This group has a wide ranging interest in both the synthesis and applications of polymers. Our research interests include the synthesis of micelles using novel hydrophilic-hydrophilic diblock copolymers exhibiting stimuli-responsive behaviour, the synthesis of shell-cross-linked micelles using novel ABC triblock copolymers, and the synthesis of novel polymeric surfactants. The group also conducts research into the synthesis and characterisation of conducting polymers in the form of colloidal dispersions, nanocomposites, and core-shell micelles. Vinyl polymer-silica nanocomposites have also been extensively studied, based on the simple synthesis route to conducting polymer-silica nanocomposite particles discovered by this group.
The group has used a wide range of polymer synthesis techniques, including conventional free-radical polymerisation, living cationic polymerisation, group-transfer polymerisation, nitroxide-mediated polymerisation,atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) and reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerisation.
Recent research highlights include the synthesis and aqueous self-assembly of a variety of amphiphilic block copolymers using RAFT and ATRP and the preparation of covalently cross-linked colloidosomes.
A picture gallery of some of the electron microscopy images obtained by past and present members is available here.