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”

New paper on phostones and poly(phosphonate)s!

Great work by Emily with the Wurm group at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. This paper describes the synthesis of phostones, i.e., 2-alkoxy-2-oxo-1,3-oxaphospholanes, and their use in the preparation of linear poly(phosphonate)s via ring-opening polymerization resulting in polymers with a hydrolytically stable P–C bond in the polymer backbone. Phostones have the stable P–C bondContinue reading “New paper on phostones and poly(phosphonate)s!”

University cuts out fossil fuels investments

The student body at the University of Edinburgh was surprised yesterday evening with an email from its senior Vice-Principal, Charlie Jeffery, announcing remarkable news: the University has decided to complete its transition out of fossil fuels within three years. For those who have been following trends in the institution’s investments, this is no real surprise.Continue reading “University cuts out fossil fuels investments”

Fern’s new cross-metathesis paper!

Cross-metathesis functionalised exo-olefin derivatives of lactide Fern’s latest work explores the use of two derivatives of lactide, each of which features an exocyclic olefin, and their pre-polymerization modification by olefin cross-metathesis. The ring-opening polymerization of these new monomers, and their hydrogenated congeners, is facilitated by organo- and Lewis-acid catalysts. Together, they offer a new strategy forContinue reading “Fern’s new cross-metathesis paper!”

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)”