Investigating new polymerisation routes to (bio)degradable and sustainable polymers

Lead Research Organisation: University of Liverpool
Department Name: Chemistry


The global need for new polymers is growing rapidly and several approaches are being targeted to address this issue. Creating new monomers, and searching for renewable sources or manufacturing routes for existing monomers, is a key activity although the long-term fate of materials with conventional structures is still an outstanding problem. A new research strategy will be utilised, allowing "drop in" manufacturing to produce polymers of interest whilst causing minimal disruption to industrial practices and supply chains. The student will be engaging strongly with industrial needs, utilising novel chemistries whilst seeking to fundamentally understand and optimise the mechanism of polymerisation and develop structure/property relationships able to predict performance. Establishing the sustainability agenda for these new polymers will also require the student to investigate (bio)degradability and seek out renewable sources for monomers incorporated in their synthesis. The student will join an active team that is researching the fine details of the new chemistry and interacting with industry, including producing polymer samples at larger scales than the traditional laboratory setting, all whilst focusing on sustainable practices.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R513271/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
2270988 Studentship EP/R513271/1 01/10/2019 31/03/2023 Samuel Mckeating