We are a synthetic polymer chemistry group based in the Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, UK. Our research is diverse but may be loosely grouped as novel materials for therapeutics and diagnostics.

To achieve this we use a combination of "small molecule" synthesis, modern polymer synthesis, including controlled radical and ring-opening polymerizations, and in vitro and in vivo pre-clinical studies.

Current projects range from embolizing agents and trandermal drug delivery to industrial coatings. Further details can be found on our research pages or individual group member pages.

slide show image 6: Size control in statistical copolymers slide show image 7: Fatty acid containing electrospun patches inhibit Candida slide show image 5: Schematic of coating viruses with polyvalent diazonium polymers slide show image 1: 3D render of DNA based micelles in blood slide show image 2: FRET data for the unpacking of DNA micelles slide show image 3: 3D render of temperature responsive particles slide show image 4: Confocal microscopy image of cells treated with fluorescent polymer


  • 23 Jan 2021 » Tom's paper on controlling particle size of self-assembled statistical copolymers is now online in Macromolecules
  • 14 Dec 2020 » Congratulations to Marissa on passing her PhD viva.
  • 27 Aug 2020 » A new paper out with Tom McDonald's group from Liverpool in Nanoscale Advances.
  • 07 Aug 2020 » Jasmine's review on liquid embolics is now online in J. Mater. Chem. B..
  • 02 Jun 2020 » Jake's review on mucoadhesive electrospun materials for oral medicine is now online in Pharmaceutics.
  • 20 May 2020 » Kathy's paper on fatty acid-containing patches for candidiasis is now online in ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng.
  • 02 Apr 2020 » Jake's paper on lysozyme-containing electrospun patches is now online in Mat. Sci. Eng. C.
  • 14 Jan 2020 » Congratulations to Rheanna on passing her PhD viva.
  • 18 Dec 2020 » Congratulations to Jasmine on passing her PhD viva.
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Recent Papers

  • "Control of Particle Size in the Self-Assembly of Amphiphilic Statistical Copolymers", Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 1425-1440. [DOI]
  • "Insights into the internal structures of nanogels using a versatile asymmetric-flow field-flow fractionation method", Nanoscale Advances, 2020, 2, 4713-4721. [DOI]
  • "Advancements in the Development on New Liquid Embolic Agents for Use in Therapeutic Embolisation", J. Mater. Chem. B., 2020, 8, 8207-8218. [DOI]
  • "Mucoadhesive Electrospun Fibreā€Based Technologies for Oral Medicine", , 2020, 12, 504. [DOI]
  • "Medium-chain fatty acids released from polymeric electrospun patches inhibit Candida albicans growth and reduce biofilm viability", ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2020, 6, 4087-4095. [DOI]
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