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”

Well Done Waitrose!

Waitrose is leading the way in the UK supermarkets’ pursuit of cutting single-use plastic waste with their “Unpacked” trial in Oxford. Packaging has been removed from 75% of produce, with more fragile items sold in cardboard punnets, while flowers are wrapped in recyclable craft paper or in fibre-based pots rather than the classic cellophane wrapContinue reading “Well Done Waitrose!”

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!”

Rheological Characterisation of Poly(FLP) Networks

Congrats to Utku and Meng for their new Macromolecules paper! This work further investigates the rheological properties of our novel polymeric Frustrated Lewis Pairs. The original styrene-FLP copolymers were studied, as were newly synthesised FLP-MMA copolymers. The networks formed upon addition of a DEAD linker behave as non-covalent supramolecular assemblies with a high temperature dependence.Continue reading “Rheological Characterisation of Poly(FLP) Networks”

Group Transfer Polymerization of Methacrylates

Great work by Dan in his new Macromolecules paper! The paper details our work in developing novel titanium-amino-phenolates complexes for the radical polymerisation of methyl methacrylate. The polymerization is possible without the need for a co-catalyst or activator and gives good control over molecular weight, as expected with a controlled radical polymerization. These systems howeverContinue reading “Group Transfer Polymerization of Methacrylates”

Compostable Sales Soar!

With the UK throwing away 2.5bn coffee cups a year, the “latte levy” of 25p on plastic disposable cups was welcome progress on government policy addressing single-use plastic waste. The EU has also announced plans to ban single-use plastics – ranging from plastic straws to a reduction in food and drink packaging. For some businesses,Continue reading “Compostable Sales Soar!”

GML at Greater Manchester Green Summit

Following on from the GML joining Manchester’s RE3 project, Prof. Shaver represented the University of Manchester and the Henry Royce Institute at the recent Greater Manchester Green Summit! Greater Manchester has ambitious plans to be a carbon neutral city by 2032 and to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2020, lots of positive discussion was hadContinue reading “GML at Greater Manchester Green Summit”

GML joins EPSRC RE3 project- Rethinking Resources and Recycling

Manchester is at the heart of the UK’s shift to a sustainable plastic society. Greater Manchester plans to minimise single-use plastics by 2020, providing a leading example to the rest of the UK, where a 2042 target has been set by the government for elimination of avoidable plastic waste. It is essential that we realiseContinue reading “GML joins EPSRC RE3 project- Rethinking Resources and Recycling”

Ring-opening polymerisation of dioxolanones

Congrats to Yuechao and Mitch for their latest work on ROP of dioxolanones! The paper builds on our previous work on the synthesis of poly(α-hydroxy acid)s where we found elimination of formaldehyde to be the favoured driving force. Here, the impact of a competing Tischchenko side reaction via the liberated formaldehyde was probed and foundContinue reading “Ring-opening polymerisation of dioxolanones”

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”