2016 Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement

The Macro Group UK Medal for Outstanding Achievement is awarded to a scientist based any-where in the world that has made outstanding contributions to the field of polymer science.
nikos-hadjichristidisThis year award has been made to Professor Nikos Hadjichristidis (Polymer Synthesis Laboratory, KAUST Catalysis Center, Division of Physical Sciences & Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KAUST).
Professor Hadjichristidis received his Ph.D in 1971 from the University of Liège, Belgium. He is best known for his work on the synthesis of well-defined polymers with complex macromolecular architectures using anionic polymerisation high vacuum techniques. These materials have led to numerous advances such as the development of nanorelief ceramics or the demonstration of tri-continuous cubic phases in copolymers. They are ideal models for validating established theory, understanding and improving the performance of industrial polymers and are potential candidates for high-tech applications such as nanolithography or drug delivery. Prof Hadjichristidis is a member on the Editorial Board of several leading polymer journals (Polymer Chemistry, European Polymer Journal, Progress in Polymer Science and Journal of Polymer Science) and has published more than 450 scientific papers. He has received numerous awards, including the International Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, 2007 and the 2015 ACS National Award in Polymer Chemistry.

2015 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.

 
Michael_ShaverThis year the award has been made to Dr Michael Shaver (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh).

 
Dr Shaver obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He followed an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at Imperial College with an appointment in 2007 as a Lecturer at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. In 2012, Michael returned to the UK as a Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader in sustainable polymer chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests focus on improving the sustainability of industrially relevant processes by both the preparation of new catalysts that facilitate polymer synthesis and the development of new monomers, polymers and materials, with particular expertise in controlled radical and ring opening polymerisations. Michael’s academic output is reinforced by collaborations with companies including Samsung, Synthomer, GSK and Axis-Shield Diagnostics.

2015 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.
dave-adamsThis year the award has been made to Professor Dave Adams (Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool).
Professor Adams received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of York. Before moving back into academia in 2008, Dave has worked for four years at Unilever, investigating peptides and polymer/peptide conjugates. His current research interests focus in areas such as supramolecular polymers and polymer nanostructures or materials for strategically important gas storage and carbon capture. He has published more than 150 papers featured in journals such as Nature Communications, Nature Chemistry, Nature Materials and JACS. Recent highlights have included spatially resolved multicomponent supramolecular polymers, photocatalytic generation of H2 from water using polymer catalysts and self-sorted supramolecular gels.

2015 Jon Weaver PhD Prize

The Jon Weaver PhD Prize sponsored by Synthomer rewards the best PhD students in the field of Polymer Science in the UK. The prize is awarded to a PhD student who has displayed an outstanding ability across a range of criteria throughout their PhD.

giovanna-siciliaThe 2015 Macro Group PhD Prize has been awarded to Dr Giovanna Sicilia from the University of Nottingham.

Her thesis was entitled “Synthesis of Programmable Nucleic Acid – Polymer Conjugates with Sensing and Signalling Capabilities”. Giovanna worked under the supervision of Prof. C. Alexander and developed novel nucleic acid – polymer conjugates capable of sensing DNA binding events through hybridization and dehybridization processes al-owing amplification of these 3-5 nm scale events into macroscale signals using optical and nuclear magnetic resonance techniques.
During her PhD, Giovanna spent a month at the world-leading Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), University of Queensland, working in the group of Dr Kristofer Thurecht. Her work has been published in leading chemical and polymer journals (e.g. Polymer Chemistry, Nanoscale, Biomaterial Science, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics) and highlighted in several press releases (e.g. EPSRC; an interview for BBC Radio and Nottingham University). Giovanna presented her research at various national and international conferences, winning 2 national prizes for best oral presentation (e.g. UKICRS symposium, Macro Group UK Young Researchers Meeting). Her research interests include theranostic biopolymers, gene delivery, cancer therapeutics and advanced imaging techniques.
In January 2015, Giovanna was awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Prize, for which she is currently developing nanopatterned polymeric surfaces with inherent anticancer activity in the School of Pharmacy, Physics and Medicine of the University of Nottingham and the National Institute of Metrological Research (INMRI) in Turin (Italy).

2014 Jon Weaver PhD Prize

The Jon Weaver PhD Prize sponsored by Synthomer rewards the best PhD students in the field of Polymer Science in the UK. The prize is awarded to a PhD student who has displayed an outstanding ability across a range of criteria throughout their PhD.

athina-anastasakiThe 2014 Macro Group PhD Prize has been awarded to Dr Athina Anastasaki from the University of Warwick. Her thesis was entitled “Shining a Light on Copper Mediated Living Radical Polymerisation: Maximising End Group Fidelity”. Athina worked under the supervision of Prof. D. Haddleton and used copper mediated polymerisation techniques to obtain sequence-controlled multiblock copolymers. During her PhD, she also spent two months at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), working in the group of Prof. V. Percec. Her work has been published in leading chemical and polymer journals including JACS, Angewandte Chemie, Chemical Science, and Macromolecules. Athina presented her research at various international conferences and collaborated with several researchers around the globe, including Prof. Barner-Kowollik (Germany), Prof. Davis, Prof. Zetterlund (Australia), and Prof. Nunes (Saudi Arabia). She is currently working as a Monash-Warwick Alliance Research Fellow. Her research interests include controlled living radical polymerisation methods, mechanistic studies, photochemistry, sequence-controlled polymers, glycochemistry and polymer-protein conjugates. In January 2016, she will start a prestigious Elings Fellowship (USCB University) to join Prof. C. Hawker’s group in Santa Barbara. Athina will receive her award in September at the YRM in Warwick.

2014 Macro Group UK Medal

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

cameron-alexanderThis year the award has been made to Professor Cameron Alexander (School of Pharmacy, The University of Nottingham).

Professor Alexander received his PhD from the University of Durham in 1990 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2008. His work has focused mainly on the synthesis of polymers for bio-medical applications, especially drug, gene and cell delivery. Most recent-ly he has held an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship (2009 -14) to develop synthetic biopolymer complexes and conjugates, bioresponsive polymers for gene therapy, and smart materials for biomolecular recognition in solu-tion and at surfaces. He has published extensively in leading journals including Nature Materials and Nature Chemistry, providing seminal contributions on the use of polymers in a range of bio-logical environments, and for synthetic biology. Cameron has successfully established the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicine and is the UK PI for ‘NanoFar’, the first European Erasmus Mundus joint doctorate in Nanomedicine.

2014 Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal

The Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal is awarded annually to a UK-based scientist, normally under the age of 36 on December 31st of the preceding year, whose contributions to polymer science show outstanding promise for the future.

PaulTophamThis year award has been made to Dr. Paul D. Topham (Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University).
Dr. Topham obtained his PhD in 2006 from the University of Sheffield. Following this he undertook a post-doctoral research position, working for Uni-lever. He was appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Aston in 2008 and was recently promoted to a Reader position (2013). His research focuses on the synthesis, development and application of well-defined polymer systems to address issues of both fundamental and industrial importance. His current re-search interests include organic solar cells, rubber technology, electrospinning, microphase separation, click chemistry, tissue engineering, cell therapy, drug delivery, polymer fibres and water purification. Paul’s work has led to numerous papers and some collaborations with companies such as Robinson Brothers Ltd and Belectric OPV GmbH and with a Chinese University. Paul is an Associate Editor of Wiley journal, Polymer International and has been Treasurer/Co-organiser of Recent Appointees in Polymer Science (RAPS).