Group Research

A deep dive into our common topics

There is a broad range of research activities being carried out in in our laboratories, with a rich history of polymer expertise within the group. Whenever possible we prefer to publish in open access journals,  however sometimes when this is not always possible we will ensure our work is uploaded to free online repositories as soon as possible.

Research Spotlights

Highly Branched Polymers

Highly branched polymer with core shell structure

We have developed a new synthetic approach to make open microgel polymer particles using SCVP-RAFT polymerisation. Stimuli responsive materials that respond to their environment in unusual ways. Highly branched polymers have interesting properties and we want to apply these in commercial and medical settings, specifically:

Bacterial Diagnosis

One of the most exciting uses of our highly branched polymers are the way they are uniquely set up for biological interactions. Our work in this area is advancing to clinical trials on a brand new polymer platform that can diagnose specific bacterial strains for infection.

HB-PNIPAM-vaoncomycin binds to S. aureus

Controlling Cell Adhesion

We have also utilised a range of techniques to control the level of interaction between polymer materials and biological systems.

Interpolymer Complexes

As well as binding to cells and bacteria polymers can interact with each other in interesting ways. We have been developing advanced analytical techniques to study polymer solution properties and have cast serious doubts on some outdated models of polymer-polymer interaction.

This work has led to us developing new methods to measure polymer pollution in fresh water supplies.

Our polymer sensing systems operate via a very unusual mechanism of detection.

Polymer Analysis

We are passionate about developing and improving techniques to study polymer materials. Many polymers are difficult to characterise and require specialist techniques.

We are passionate about developing and improving techniques to study polymer materials. Many polymers are difficult to characterise and require specialist techniques.

One of our signature specialist techniques is use of the Spectroscopic Ruler