Sustainable Social Science at the Interface

A Research Associate position is available for an enthusiastic, early-career, interdisciplinary scholar with experience in investigating large scale infrastructure systems or new business models. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be part of an EPSRC funded project exploring the circular economy of plastics and plastics waste with partners from academia (Materials Science, BusinessContinue reading “Sustainable Social Science at the Interface”

Seeking Post-doc in Sustainable Polymers!

We are hiring once again! A Research Associate position is available for an outstanding and enthusiastic polymer chemist to undertake research in the field of synthetic polymer chemistry, particularly in the design and synthesis of degradable polymer architectures for application in formulations. The project will be based in the Green Materials Laboratory under the directionContinue reading “Seeking Post-doc in Sustainable Polymers!”

Morpholino Polymer Hydrogels as miRNA Sensors

Check our Gerry Langford’s new paper in ACS Sensors: It details our work in developing hydrogels with morpholino-based crosslinks that serve as sensors for single stranded oligonucelotide sequences. They show a remarkable improvement in sensitivity, salt tolerance, and temperature stability compared to ssDNA analogues and have detection limits as low as 10 pM. They evenContinue reading “Morpholino Polymer Hydrogels as miRNA Sensors”

Work with the GML, work with industry leader!

As part of our new transition to the University of Manchester, we are seeking an enthusiastic person to work with us and an industry leader in glass fibre insulation on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project. The ideal person will had a PhD in polymer synthesis or composites, with an expertise in sustainability a bonus.Continue reading “Work with the GML, work with industry leader!”

Plastics, Problems and Possibilities

Prof. Shaver will be speaking at this year’s DIF (Disruptive Innovation Festival) on 19 November – he’s part of a session with Google’s lead for Safer Chemistry, Mike Werner and together they’ll look at the materials landscape and the challenges with closing loops and persistent plastics. Watch here: https://www.thinkdif.co/sessions/plastics-problems-and-possibilities and #thinkdif!

Topological Control from a Synthetic Polymer

Congrats to Mohammed Alkattan and our University of Glasgow collaborator Joelle Prunet who have just had a really cool paper accepted as a VIP article in Angewandte Chemie: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ange.201805113 The paper details our work on creating stereoregular cyclopolyethers. Ring-closing metathesis from an isotactic polyether affords the target cyclopolyether. Stereoselective cis-dihydroxylation gives a PEGose framework thatContinue reading “Topological Control from a Synthetic Polymer”

One Last Lecture in Japan…

In my last week here in Japan, I presented a lecture to the local section of the Society of Polymer Science Japan, which has been promoting polymer science in industry and academia since 1951. Hosted by Prof. Masami Kamigaito, this was a fun lecture with lots of good questions from the students and staff attending,Continue reading “One Last Lecture in Japan…”

Science Adventures in Japan

My two months in Japan hosted by Nagoya University’s Research Center for Materials Science are almost at an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have learned a lot, both about Japanese culture and the remarkable science going on here in Nagoya and the rest of Japan. My principal host on this adventureContinue reading “Science Adventures in Japan”

UK Government Clamping Down on Plastic Waste (Eventually)

It was great to see that Theresa May and the UK government are taking the issue of plastic waste seriously. While it will be impossible to break our addition to plastic completely, replacing non-degradable petroleum-derived plastics with sustainable alternatives is the best route forward to saving our world from this plastic threat. While 2042 isContinue reading “UK Government Clamping Down on Plastic Waste (Eventually)”