2017 Jon Weaver PhD Prize

The 2017 Macro Group Jon Weaver PhD Prize has been awarded to Dr Charlotte J. Mable at the University of Sheffield for her PhD thesis “Block Copolymer Nanoparticles Prepared by RAFT Aqueous Polymerisation”.

C Morse photoUnder the supervision of Prof. Steve Armes, Charlotte designed, synthesized and evaluated a series of new nanoparticles known as ‘framboidal vesicles’ for potential applications ranging from efficient emulsion stabilisers to drug delivery vehicles. Working closely with Dr. Sasha Mykhaylyk, Charlotte visited the Diamond Light Source in Oxford and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in Grenoble to analyse her nanoparticles using small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS). She also collaborated with Dr. Irene Canton to prepare biocompatible nanoparticles under sterile conditions for cell biology experiments. Thus Charlotte gained some experience of soft matter physics and cell biology during her PhD studies in addition to her core disciplines of synthetic polymer chemistry and colloid science.

Charlotte’s research has yielded six primary publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (1), Chemical Science (2), Macromolecules (2) and Macromolecular Rapid Communications (1), with a seventh manuscript in preparation. Her latest publication was selected for the back cover artwork for the February 2018 issue of Chemical Science. During her PhD, Charlotte also worked with research groups at the Universities of Edinburgh and Hull as well as teams based in Germany, Australia and Switzerland. These collaborations have yielded eight additional joint publications, with further manuscripts in preparation. Charlotte presented her PhD results at several national and international conferences, including the 2014 ACS National Meeting held in San Francisco where she was awarded a poster prize.

Aside from her scientific achievements, Charlotte managed to get married, renovate two houses and have a baby during her four-year PhD degree. After taking maternity leave, Charlotte has returned to the University of Sheffield as a part-time postdoctoral research associate under the supervision of Prof. Steve Armes. She is currently extending her PhD studies to design synthetic mimics of the Dengue fever virus for anti-cancer therapies.

2018 MacroGroup Medals Symposium

We are pleased to announce our annual MacroGroup Medals Symposium will be held at the University of Nottingham on Thursday 22nd November 2018.

Full details are below and in our flyer.

Registration is free but numbers are limited. Please register your attendance by 1st November via Eventbrite at https://tinyurl.com/ydb5r8sv

Our medal-winning speakers will be:

Location: Boots Science Building, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham


10.00 – 10.30 Registration and Coffee

10.30 – 10.45 Welcome and Introduction – Cameron Alexander, Chair Macro Group UK

10.45 – 11.30 Professor Steve Armes – (2018 Medal for Outstanding Achievement)

11.30 – 12.10 Dr Rachel Evans (2017 Young Researchers Medal)

12.10 – 12.30 Dr Charlotte Morse (2017 Jon Weaver PhD Prize)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch and posters

13.00 – 14.00 Macro Group UK AGM open to all Macro Group members

14.00 – 15.30 Contributed talks: Early Career Researchers and DH Richards Award Winners

15.30 – 16.10 Tea and posters

16.10 – 16.50 Prof Andrew Lewis (2017 Macro Group UK Medal)

16.50 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

17.00 – Close of meeting

(Please email carol.turrill@nottingham.ac.uk with any dietary and/or access requirements).

10 Travel Bursaries available for PhD students thanks to the generous sponsorship of AstraZeneca and Agilent. To apply for a bursary, send a short statement of support from yourself or PhD supervisor confirming RSC Macro Group Membership to cameron.alexander@nottingham.ac.uk by 1st November.

Car parking and disabled car parking are available at the Visitors’ Car parks indicated on the University Park campus map.

If you need accommodation, please book with the following hotels which we recommend in this order of preference: Orchard Hotel University ParkTravel Lodge Wollaton ParkJurys Inn Nottingham and Holiday Inn Castle Marina.

EPF Prize

The European Polymer Federation is inviting nominations for the first EPF prize, awarded biannualy to recognize outstanding accomplishments and excellence in research in polymer science and significant contributions to the strengthening of the polymer community.

Nominations are open to scientists of all nations regardless of the geographical location in which the work was carried out.

The nominees do not have to be members of the EPF Member Societies.

Deadline for nominations: 1st October 2018

For more details and the nomination procedure please visit: www.epfwebsite.org

EPF 2019

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The European Polymer Congress 2019 (EPF 2019) is to take place from 9 to 14 June 2019 at the Creta Maris Convention Center & Beach Resort in Hersonissos Heraklion Crete, Greece.

The topics to be addressed during the Conference will include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Polymer Synthesis
  • The Physics of Polymers
  • Polymeric Nanostructured Materials
  • Biopolymers, Biocomposites, Bioengineering and Biotechnology
  • Smart Polymeric Materials
  • Polymer Electronics and Bioelectronics
  • Theory and Modelling
  • Modern Applications of Polymers
  • Polymer Reaction Engineering
  • Rheology and Polymer Processing
  • Polymer Characterization Methods

All the Conference information can be found at the conference website: http://www.epfcrete2019.org

To download the Congress Announcement, click the following link: EPF_2019_Announcement

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2017 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.



This year award has been made to Dr Rachel Evans (University of Cambridge)

Dr Rachel Evans obtained her PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2007 from Swansea University. She was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université Paris-Sud, France and subsequently held an FCT research fellowship between the University of Coimbra and the University of Aveiro, Portugal. In 2009, she was appointed as a Contract Lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and in 2011 became the Ussher Assistant Professor in Device Fabrication. She was subsequently made a Fellow of TCD and promoted to Associate Professor. In 2017, Rachel moved back to the UK to take up a University Lectureship at University of Cambridge in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. Rachel’s research is multidisciplinary and involves polymer, colloid and photophysical chemistry. Her current work is focused on the development of photoactive polymer-hybrid materials for luminescent solar devices, organic photovoltaics and stimuli-responsive membranes. Rachel has numerous national and international collaborations and is a member of the Editorial Board for Materials Chemistry Today. Previous awards for her research include the RSC Ronald Belcher Memorial Lectureship and the Dillwyn Medal from the Learned Society of Wales.

2017 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 Andrew Lewis, Director of Research & Development, Innovation, Biocompatibles UK Ltd, a BTG International group company, Professor of Biomaterials & Drug Delivery. Professor Lewis has experience of developing products within small, medium and large companies, having spent his early career with ICI working in the area of advanced polymer membranes and subsequently with Johnson & Johnson leading projects in absorbent technologies.  Andy joined Biocompatibles in 1996 and is Director of R&D in Innovation (now part of BTG).

He specialises in the development of advanced biomedical polymer systems, for instance, to enhance the biocompatibility of implants or to modulate delivery of active agents in the body. These technologies have been applied to novel drug-device combination products for use in interventional therapies in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer and have resulted in around a dozen products reaching commercialisation.

Andy has generated around 230 scientific peer-reviewed publications and articles (H-index 52), 11 book chapters and 50 patent families/applications in the fields of polymers, biomaterials and drug delivery. He is Professor of Biomaterials & Drug Delivery at the University of Brighton where he lectures on Drug-Device Combination Products and in 2015 was recognised by the scientific community with the award of the Chapman Medal for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation, which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. In 2017 he was presented with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Science for his contribution to the development of a Novel Drug-eluting Bead concept that had just entered clinical evaluation.