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Developments in silicone technology for use in stoma care

We have just written an article for the British Journal of Nursing commenting on developments of the use of silicone polymer technology in stoma care. This article, written by Thomas Swift, Gillian Westgate, Julie Van Onselen and Stewart Lee reports on the background theory behind the development of a new silicone product due to launch later this year that we hope to report on soon.

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Event: Real Scientists Nano Curation

Doctor Thomas Swift, lecturer in Polymer Characterisation, will be curating the RealScientists_Nano twitter account this week, focusing on all aspects of polymer science. He will be running it from March 22nd 2020 to midnight March 29th.

A podcast interview where the Real Scientists Nano team interview Dr Swift is available on their website here.

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Fluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of the Bacteria–Mineral Interface: Adsorption of Lipopolysaccharides to Silica and Alumina

We’re delighted that we have just published an article in the journal Langmuir. This study, written by Fateh El-Taboni, Emily Caseley, Maria Katsikogianni, Linda Swanson, Thomas Swift and Maria E. Romero-González reports our work on studying Liposaccharide’s produced by bacteria in the formation of biofilms. The full paper can be read at the journal Langmuir

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Osteoinduction of 3D printed particulate and short-fibre reinforced composites produced using PLLA and Apatite-Wollastonite

Today a paper from our collaborators at the University of Newcastle has just been released for viewing in the journal Composite Science and Materials. This is written by Priscila Melo from the Dalgarno research group, and features the contributions of Dr Thomas Swift to characterise the materials.

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Highly branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalized with an inducer molecule suppresses quorum sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum

A new paper showcasing our collaborative work with Dr Shepherd in the University of Sheffield has just been published in ChemComm. This work, writing by Joey Shepherd, Tom Swift, Chien-Yi Chang, James R Boyne, Stephen Rimmer and William Martin showcases how HB-PNIPAM-HL can act as a quorum sensing antagonist and modulate how bacterial organisms communicate with one another.

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Short phosphate glass fiber – PLLA composite to promote bone mineralization

Today a paper from our collaborators at the University of Newcastle has just been released for viewing online. This is written by Priscila Melo from the Dalgarno research group, and features the contributions of Dr Thomas Swift to characterise the materials.

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Highly-branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalised with pendant Nile red and chain end vancomycin for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria

We are delighted to announce a new publication released today is our latest work in the area of bacterial diagnostics. We have attached Nile Red as a pendant dye to our highly branched PNIPAM polymers to create a diagnostic infection sensor, and our latest results are published in Acta Biomateriala.

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A muscle mimetic polyelectrolyte–nanoclay organic–inorganic hybrid hydrogel: its self-healing, shape-memory and actuation properties

A new paper has been published today in the Royal Society of Chemistry purchased Journal of Materials Chemistry B. This paper is the second following the visit from Sovan Banerjee from IIT Kharagpur to Bradford in 2016 and we are delighted that our collaboration with Prof Singha’s group is continuing to bear fruit.

Read the full paper at the J Mat Chem B website here.

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Highly-ordered onion micelles made from amphiphilic highly-branched copolymers

The Royal Society of Chemistry has just published our latest work; a collaboration between University of Bradford, University of Sheffield and Domino UK ltd. This paper, written by Dr Sarah Canning, with Professors Rimmer and Geoghen, shows the use of block poly butyl-methacrylate-co-acrylic acid to create uniform, onion forming micelles at the nanoscale.

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Antibiotic functionalised polymers reduce bacterial biofilm and bioburden in a simulated infection of the cornea

Today online a new advanced access article is online at Biomaterials Science,  launched following our recent collaboration with the team at the University of Sheffield. This paper shows the efficacy of our recent highly branched polymer materials to disturb or prevent the formation of bacterial biofilms.

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Segmental Mobility Studies of Poly(N‐isopropyl acrylamide) Interactions with Gold Nanoparticles and Its Use as a Thermally Driven Trapping System

Published online as early access today, a brand new communication has been published in Macromolecular Rapid Communications, by Dr Swift and collaborator Dr Hickey.  This article shows a first examination of the interaction between gold nanoparticles and linear PNIPAM polymer chains and can be read at the MRC website here.

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A self-healable fluorescence active hydrogel based on ionic block copolymers prepared via ring opening polymerization and xanthate mediated RAFT polymerization

We are delighted to publish the first of several collaborations with our colleagues in IIT Kharagpur has been accepted for publication with RSC journal Polymer Chemistry. This publication, outlining a self healing fluorescent hydrogel, is a functional demonstration of new material types we have been actively developing for several years. Read the article at the RSC Polymer chemistry website.

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Poly(acrylic acid) Interpolymer Complexes

Today we were delighted to hear from RSC Soft Matter that they are publishing one of our articles on “Polyacrylic acid interpolymer Complexation”. This paper is written by Drs Thomas Swift, Colin Seaton and Stephen Rimmer, and can be found at the Soft Matter website. This is the latest in a series of articles studying interpolymer complexation carried out by the group in recent years.

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Pseudo electron-deficient organometallics: limited reactivity towards electron-donating ligands

Our colleagues in the Barry and Lord groups at the University of Bradford have just published a paper on electron deficient inorganic complexes, with the assistance of our own Doctor Swift. The paper is available to read now at Dalton Transactions.

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Event – Chemistry: The Science Around Us

Doctor Thomas Swift will shortly be presenting his work in Leeds on the 4th of September at a free event at the University of Leeds.

He will be presenting results from his recent paper on Hydrogen Bonding Systems, and the beautiful lie.

Register for free at the conference at their website here.