2018 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.

The 2018 award has been made to Professor Sébastien Perrier (University of Warwick/ Monash University) and Professor Charlotte Williams (Oxford University).

PerrierProfessor Sébastien Perrier graduated from the Ecole National Supèrieure de Chimie de Montpellier, France, in 1998. He undertook his PhD at the University of Warwick, England, in polymer chemistry, and spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Advances Macromolecular Design (University of New South Wales), Australia. He started his academic career at Leeds in 2002 as a lecturer, then moved to the University of Sydney in 2007, as director of the Key Centre for Polymers & Colloids. In October 2013, Sébastien was appointed as the Monash-Warwick Alliance Chair in Polymer Chemistry, a joint appointment between the Chemistry Department and the Medical School at the University of Warwick, UK, and the Faculty of Pharmacy at Monash University, Australia. Sébastien’s team focuses on the use of macromolecular engineering to design functional nanostructured materials, with applications ranging from material science to nanotechnology and nanomedicine. He has published nine book chapters and ca. 200 articles, which have received over 15,000 citations, and graduated to date 31 PhD students. Sebastien is member of the editorial board of a number of journals, and associate editor of Polymer Chemistry. His received the Macro Group UK Young Researcher Award in 2006, and more recently the Wolfson Merit Award (Royal Society, 2014), the Biomacromolecules / Macromolecules Young Investigator Award (ACS, 2014) and the IUPAC / Samsung Young Polymer Scientist Award (IUPAC, 2014).

WilliamsCharlotte Williams is a professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford University (2016-present). Her research interests are in polymerization catalysis, polymer chemistry and nanoparticle synthesis. She investigates how to use renewable resources to make polymers, with a particular emphasis on polyesters and polycarbonates.  Her work includes catalysts enabling carbon dioxide copolymerization, lactone ring-opening polymerization and selective catalysis from monomer mixtures (switch catalysis). In 2011, Charlotte founded econic technologies which is commercializing catalysts to transform carbon dioxide into products (http://econic-technologies.com/).  From 2003-2016, she was on the faculty at Imperial College London and during that time served as the head of the materials chemistry research section.  Earlier in her career, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Cambridge University (2002-2003), working with Andrew Holmes and Richard Friend (Organometallic polymers for electronics), and at the University of Minnesota (2001-2002) working with Bill Tolman and Marc Hillmyer (zinc catalysts for lactide polymerization). She obtained her BSc and PhD from Imperial College London, working with Vernon Gibson and Nick Long on ethene polymerization catalysis.  Charlotte’s work has been recognised by recent prizes from DECHEMA (Otto Roelen Medal, 2018), The UK Catalysis Hub (Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal, 2017) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (Corday Morgan Medal, 2016).

2018 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.

BronsteinThe 2018 award has been made to Dr Hugo Bronstein (University of Cambridge)

Dr. Hugo Bronstein was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980 but grew up in London, UK. He studied Chemistry at Oxford, before going on to do a PhD at Imperial College with Prof. Charlotte Williams. He then spent a year at the University of Washington in Seattle working as a postdoc for Prof. Christine Luscombe. After this he returned to Imperial College to do a second postdoc with Prof. Iain McCulloch. He was awarded an Imperial College Junior Research Fellowship in 2012 before being appointed as a lecturer at University College London in 2013. In 2015 he was awarded an ERC starting grant and then in 2017 he was appointed as a lecturer joint between the physics and chemistry departments at the University of Cambridge. Research in his group involves the synthesis of novel conjugated polymers for use in organic solar cells, light emitting diodes and transistors. He is particularly interested in synthesizing materials that help understand and utilise triplet excited states (eg. singlet fission, upconversion, reverse intersystem crossing) due to their unique and fascinating properties.

Job at Northumbria: Professor/Associate Professor in Polymer Chemistry

Professor Salary – Competitive

Associate Professor Salary – £49,772 – £55,998

Polymer chemistry is an established aspect of the Department’s research and teaching portfolio, and is an essential part of our RSC accredited BSc and MChem programmes. The department has recently refurbished synthetic and analytical chemistry research laboratories, and teaching facilities. It also possess its own high-performance computing cluster for modelling and simulation.

The Department has particular strengths in analytical and synthetic chemistry, as well as interdisciplinary research with biology, engineering, art and design, with a record of success in industrially focussed research co-funded by InnovateUK/RCUK. Northumbria’s chemistry academics were a significant part of the University’s success in the recent REF exercise, placing Northumbria in the top 50 UK universities for research power.

The successful candidate must hold a first degree in chemistry and be qualified to PhD level in polymer chemistry. They should have subject expertise in polymer chemistry, with specialist knowledge gained through research activity, professional practice or consultancy. They must be able to demonstrate the ability to deliver high quality research-led teaching, possess an excellent publication profile and show a track record of income generation from a range of funders. Applicants with an interest in collaboration across discipline boundaries are encouraged to apply.

For informal enquiries about this post, please contact Professor John Dean, Head of Subject, via email at john.dean@northumbria.ac.uk.  For more information about the Department, please visit our homepage – https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/applied-sciences.

Link to application procedure: https://work4.northumbria.ac.uk/work-for-us/details/?roleId=173

Closing date: 06/08/2017

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 craig.jones@unilever.com).  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