Ottewill International Travel Scholarship – 2018 Applications Open

The UK Polymer Colloids Forum (UKPCF) closed in 2015 and assigned its residual funds for use in awarding the new Ottewill International Travel Scholarship in honour of Professor Ronald Harry Ottewill OBE FRS (1927-2008).  The award (worth up to £1000) is designed to assist, each year, one outstanding UK-based graduate researcher (whose research relates to polymer colloids) in presenting their work at an international conference outside the UK.  The first award was made to Qian Sun from Cambridge University.  Qian is carrying out PhD research into aqueous core, metal-coated colloidosomes under the supervision of Dr. Alex Routh and will use the award to attend and present at the 91st ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium in New York in July 2017.

Applications are called for the second award of the scholarship.  The conditions of the award and an application form can be obtained from Craig Jones of Unilever (by email to  In short, applications for the 2018 award must be received by 15 October 2017 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome by 30 November 2017.  The adjudicating committee comprises Brian Vincent (Bristol University), Peter Lovell (Manchester University) and Craig Jones (Unilever).

Pete Lovell

on behalf of the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship Award Committee

PAT2017 Conference: Abstract Deadline Extended, Group Discount

The abstract deadline has been extended for the Polymers for Advanced Technologies Conference (PAT 2017, Manchester 11 – 13 Sep). A new discount for groups sending multiple members has been introduced also.

Submission of abstracts: 30/6/2017
Early bird registration: 31/7/2017
Early-bird registration fee: £450 for staff, £350 for students;
£100 discount per person when ≥ 2 participants per group
Late registration fees will incur an extra £50

More information in the new flyer, on our site and the conference site.

Jobs at Bath: 2 x Postdoctoral Research Associates; 1 Research Associate, 1 PhD – BIOBEADS

The University of Bath seeks excellent candidates to contribute to research on Advanced Manufacturing for Sustainable Biodegradable Microbeads, BIOBEADS. The BIOBEADS team will comprise two postdocs (two thirty six month fixed term postdoctoral positions are offered) and one research associate (suitable for candidates with a 4-year undergraduates degree). Position are available from 01 September 2017.

Closing date:
15 June 2017
27, 28, 30 June

For full details, please see the PDF Advert

Polymers for Advanced Technologies Conference: PAT 2017, Manchester 11 – 13 Sep


The 14th International Conference on Polymers for Advanced Technologies (PAT 2017) will be held in Manchester (United Kingdom) on September 11-13, 2017.

PAT conferences are held on a biannual basis and are associated with the Polymers for Advanced Technologies journal (Wiley). PAT 2017 is organised by Profs Nicola Tirelli (University of Manchester) and Cameron Alexander (University of Nottingham) and will focus on three main themes:

  • life and health
  • energy and electronics
  • synthesis and sustainability

A number of distinguished speakers have already agreed to present in the exciting programme of our conference, which will be hosted in the town cradle of the industrial revolution, a fitting location for a technology-orientated conference.

We welcome all potential presenters to submit their abstracts for consideration (either for oral or poster presentations)  by the 30th June.

See you in Manchester!

Further information

Please see the conference conference flyer for full details.

Contact details:

All enquiries should be addressed to:
Janet Adnams
ConferCare, Conferences and Venues
The University of Manchester
Beyer Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PL, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 161 306 4082


Deadlines and Fees

Submission of abstracts: 30/6/2017
Early bird registration: 31/7/2017
Early-bird registration fee: £450 for staff, £350 for students;
£100 discount per person when ≥ 2 participants per group
Late registration fees will incur an extra £50

Keynote addresses

  • Eugenia Kumacheva (U Toronto)
  • Andreas Lendlein (Helmoltz Inst. of Biomater. Sci.)
  • Krzysztof Matyjaszewskii (Carnegie Mellon U)
  • Jian Pei (Peking U).

Confirmed speakers

  • Rigoberto Advincula (Case Western U)
  • Alexander Bismarck (U Vienna)
  • Paolo Decuzzi (IIT)
  • Avi Domb (Hebrew U)
  • Dirk Grijpma (U Twente)
  • Sophie Guillaume (U Rennes)
  • Jöns Hilborn (U Uppsala)
  • Harm-Anton Klok (EPFL)
  • Teruyuki Komatsu (Chou U)
  • Jean-Francois Lutz (U Strasbourg)
  • Alvaro Mata (Queen Mary U)
  • Sebastien Perrier (U Warwick)
  • Andrea Pucci (U Pisa)
  • Steve Rannard (U Liverpool)
  • Wim Thielemans (U Leuven)
  • Tao Xie (Zhejiang U)
  • Alex Zelikin (Aarhus U).

Medal Winners Symposium Announcement: 10th Nov 2017, Aston University, Birmingham

We are pleased to announce our annual Macro Group Medal Winners Symposium will be held at Aston University, Birmingham, UK on Fri 10th November 2017.

Our medal-winning speakers will be:

Prof Ian Hamley (2016 Macro Group UK Medal)

Dr Theoni Georgiou (2016 Young Researchers Medal)

Prof Nikos Hadjichristidis (2016 Medal for Outstanding Achievement)

Dr Giovanna Sicilia (2015 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

Charalampos Pappas (2016 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

Further details and registration information will be available soon.

2016 Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal

The Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal is awarded annually to a UK based scientist with up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD on December 31st of the preceding year (exclusive of career breaks) and whose contributions to polymer science show out-standing promise for the future.

theoni-georgiouThis year the award has been made to Dr Theoni Georgiou (Imperial College)

Dr. Georgiou obtained her PhD in polymer chemistry in 2006 from the University of Cyprus. She then moved to the USA and worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University. In 2007, Theoni was awarded an RCUK Academic Fellowship and moved to the UK to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull. In 2014, she was appointed as a Lecturer at Imperial College, in the Department of Materials. She has been recently promoted to a Senior Lecturer position in the same department. Her research focuses on the synthesis of well-defined polymers using living and controlled polymerisation. Her interest is to develop polymers with potential biomedical applications, including drug delivery, gene delivery and photo thermal therapy. Theoni’s work has led to numerous publications and she has recently become an associate editor of the RSC Advances journal

2016 Macro Group UK Medal

The Macro Group UK Medal is awarded annually to a UK based scientist who has made a significant and substantial contribution to the development of polymer science through his/her scientific achievements and/or services to the UK polymer science community.

This year the award has been made to Professor Ian Hamley (University of Reading).

Ian_HamleyProfessor Hamley received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Southampton in 1991. After postdocs in Amsterdam and Minnesota, he returned to a lectureship at Durham University, moving to the University of Leeds where he worked for a decade before taking a joint professorship with Diamond Light Source at the University of Reading in 2005.

His work is multidisciplinary and involves polymer, colloid and biophysical chemistry and a key theme is understanding molecular self-assembly in soft matter. Using x-ray scattering, Ian established the nanostructures of block copolymers in the melt, which led to a detailed understanding of their nanostructures. His current work focuses on the development of peptides, and polymer-peptide and other peptide-based conjugates with potential healthcare applications including the treatment of amyloid diseases and the development of immune therapies. This work has been supported by EPSRC and BBSRC grants, including a recent EPSRC Platform Grant, as well as industry. Over the years, he has developed numerous collaborations both nationally and internationally and he has numerous high impact publications (with more than 13,000 citations) and has authored three books. Recent awards for his research include the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011) and the RSC Peter Day Award for Materials Chemistry (2015).