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Welcome to the Armes Research Group at the University of Sheffield. Please use the links in the Section panel (on the left of every page) to navigate around our site.


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.

News 2016

January: Vicki Cunningham undertakes 8 week placement in the group of Prof. Erica Wanless at the University of Newcastle, Australia

April: Welcome to Dr. Fiona Hatton who joins the research group

May: Congratulations to Dr. Joe Lovett and Dr. Matt Derry for passing their PhD vivas

June: Big congratulations to Dr. Nick Warren who recently won third prize in the RSC Emerging Technologies competition in the Health and Well-being category. The prize was awarded for his work with Dr. Irene Canton on Biocompatible Hydrogels for stem cell storage (ACS Cent. Sci., 2016, 2, 65).

July: Huge congratulations to Prof. Steve Armes for winning the 2016 DSM materials science award.

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