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 is a long way off, it is great to see a clear indication of the importance of this as a target, including funding for research into sustainable plastics innovation. Check out the link below for the original story:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42639359

Sayonara Mike!

We’ve recently bid a fond farewell to Mike as he spends the next two months as a visiting professor at Nagoya University in Japan!

The University of Edinburgh and the Graduate School of Sciences at Nagoya University have strong links through a joint degree program so hopefully this will be the start of some fruitful collaborations. We recently had some researchers from Nagoya visit Edinburgh for a joint symposium in November: Prof. Yuko Okamoto (Biophysics), Dr. Keiichiro Imura (Solid-state Physics), Dr. Yusuke Nakanishi (Physical Chemistry), Prof. Kunio Awaga (Solid-state chemistry). Hopefully Mike will have similar success in getting everyone excited about polymers!

Feel free to contact Mike while he’s away (he’s only 9 hours ahead of GMT) and he’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

As he’s away for December and January we moved our Festive Dinner forward to November. Everyone was having too much fun to remember we still need a new group photo, but thankfully Yuechao got a picture of Mike enjoying himself:

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Congratulations Dan!

A big well done to Dan (and Ben) for his work on the organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene, and vinyl acetate, mediated by a novel tert-butyl-substituted amine–bis(phenolate) iron(II) complex in the absence of a halide source for an organometallic-only route to controlled radical polymerization. Check it out below:

Understanding Organometallic-Mediated Radical Polymerization with an Iron(II) Amine–Bis(phenolate)

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