The Macro Group UK Young Researchers Meeting gives PhD students and post-doctoral fellows the chance to present their work in oral and poster sessions, be inspired by plenary speakers from academia and industry, and network with their peers from across the UK. With support from our sponsors, we are hosting the 2017 YRM at the University of Edinburgh (19th-20th June) and encourage all polymer science groups across the UK and European countries to attend and showcase their work!
For more details please click here!
A massive congratulations to Kevin (Kailong Zhu) for his successful viva yesterday!
Well done to Mo for winning a poster prize at the Green Materials Conference 2016! He also won the less official prize of best dressed. Jennifer Garden also presented her work and Mike presented an overview of the diverse work we all do.
Not only did Emily pass her viva a few weeks ago (Congratulations number one!), she has also just had her work on polyphosphonates as high refractive index polymers (HRIPs) published (Congratulations number two!). Check it out here.
Head over to the research output page to see her other excellent publications.
We had a great group dinner at Blonde on Monday. Great food, great company, great fun!
Thanks to Stefan for organising and Mike for the cash!
Check out another great publication from the work of Dr. Jarret MacDonald, broadening the scope of applications for polyester-based amphiphilic block copolymers.
Post-polymerization functionalization of poly(ethylene oxide)- poly(β-6-heptenolactone) diblock copolymers to tune properties and self-assembly
The Centres for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces and Critical Resource Catalysis are both exceptional learning environments and a hotbed of research activity. In this current intake we’ve been lucky enough to have four different projects on offer:
SOFI PROJECT 1: Monomers for Biodegradable Plastics: Green Production by Heterogeneous Catalysts – A project joint with Dr Russell Taylor at Durham University developing zeolites for cyclic ester synthesis.
SOFI PROJECT 2: Soft Matter inside Hard Matter – A project joint with Fabio Nudelman here in Edinburgh using soft matter self assembly to nucleate hard materials.
CRITICAT PROJECT 1: A New Route to Sustainable Polyesters – A project capitalising on our recent discovery of a new synthetic strategy to prepare functional polyesters with exceptional thermal properties, involving catalysis, ligand design, polymerisations and property characterisation.
CRITICAT PROJECT 2: Catalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Oxygenated Polymers – A project led by Dr Jenni Garden here in Edinburgh developing catalytic coupling of new partners to waste CO2 to make novel plastics.
Applications are made directly to the CDTs, but I am happy to help out as much as I can. Get in touch if interested!
Mike recently participated in the Edinburgh Fringe’s Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, putting on a show that challenged preconceptions about plastics and the decisions we make, arguing that we need to use MORE plastic, not less, to save the world. The show was super fun (thanks to the help of comedian Susan Morrison) and hopefully also informative! And check out those trousers!
Vishal joins us as another Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training (SOFI CDT) student. He’s very excited to be making polymers!