Mike joined the group in 2019 as a postdoctoral research associate. Having completed his MChem at the University of Sheffield, Mike moved to the University of Warwick to study for his PhD with Prof. Andrew Dove. Here his work focused on the synthesis and ring-opening polymerisation of readily functionalised chiral O-carboxyanhydrides and cyclic carbonates from renewable resources.
After completing his PhD, Mike took up a postdoctoral research position with Prof. Andrew Cooper at the University of Liverpool, working with BP investigating the use of stimuli-responsive polymeric materials in supercritical carbon dioxide. He also undertook several industrially relevant projects with Dr. Tom Hasell in partnership with Unilever and BlueAir. In September 2018, Mike moved to the University of Manchester to work with Dr. Samuel Jones on the synthesis and development of antiviral polymers.
Mike’s research focuses on the development of novel polymeric hosts for triplet-triplet annihilation upconversion systems. He has a broader interest in the relationship between structural placement of functional moieties within polymers and the resulting bulk material properties.
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