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).

 

2016 Ottewill International Travel Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that the first award of the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship has been made to Qian Sun from Cambridge University.  The award was established using residual funds from closure of the UK Polymer Colloids Forum (UKPCF), as announced in the June 2016 issue of the Bulletin, and is designed to assist, each year, one outstanding UK-based graduate polymer colloids researcher in presenting their work at an international conference outside the UK.

Qian is carrying out PhD research into aqueous core, metal-coated colloidosomes under the supervision of Dr. Alex Routh at Cambridge and will use the award to attend and present at the 91st ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium in New York in July.

Pete Lovell

on behalf of the Ottewill International Travel Scholarship Award Committee

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).