Committee

Dr Nicholas Warren (Chair) is a University Academic Fellow in Polymer Engineering at the University of Leeds. He was awarded an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Bristol in 2005. After a brief period working as a formulation chemist, he moved to the University of Sheffield where he obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry in 2011. He stayed in Sheffield as a postdoctoral researcher working in the area of polymerisation-induced self-assembly until 2016, when he moved to Leeds to start his independent research career. His current research interests include the development of novel polymer manufacturing systems, controlled-structure biocompatible polymers and block copolymer self-assembly.

Dr Maria Katsikogianni (Secretary) is a Lecturer in Biomaterials Chemistry since September 2016. She joined the University of Bradford in 2014 as a Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer in the Centre of Advanced Material Engineering, following her post-doctoral training within WELMEC, the centre of excellence in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Surface Engineering Group, University College Dublin.Maria completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and gained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, studying the effect of material surface chemistry, morphology and flow conditions on bacterial adhesion, under the supervision of Professor Yannis Missirlis (University of Patras, Greece).Her research profile lies at the interface of biomaterial science, life sciences and engineering. She is particularly interested in the biomimetic design of multifunctional materials for relevant clinical applications, e.g. in the context of fabricating and testing non-fouling/antimicrobial materials to prevent medical device associated bone infections, through the incorporation of antimicrobial agents and/or the surface patterning at the nanoscale.

Dr Aram Saeed (International Rep) is currently a lecturer in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering in the School of Pharmacy at University of East Anglia. Dr Saeed’s research lab work on the development of engineered targeted drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering scaffolds as 3D cell culture matrix, injectable delivery systems for biotherapeutics or implantable regenerative medical devices. Prior to his recent appointment, Saeed has held positions with the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials - gained experiences in Tissue regeneration and repair. He obtained his PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham.

Dr Robert Dawson (Treasurer) is a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. He received his MChem in Chemistry with German from the University of Liverpool in 2006 and completed his PhD with Prof. Andrew I. Cooper at the same institution graduating in 2010. This was followed by a further two years in the group as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2012 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the group of Prof. Arne Thomas. He returned to the UK in 2014 working at the University of Bath before moving to Sheffield in 2015.

Dr Lee Fielding (Website & Social Media) is a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry within the School of Materials at The University of Manchester. He obtained an MChem in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield in 2008, which was followed by a PhD in 2012 on the synthesis, characterization and applications of colloidal nanocomposite particles from the same institution with Professor Steven P. Armes. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the same group until 2015, primarily on the preparation of bespoke colloidal particles via RAFT dispersion polymerisation. His current research themes include the development of novel particles for use in the fields of waterborne paints and biomedical diagnostics.

Dr Chris Serpell (Social Media) was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Kent in July 2015 and is currently Head of the Functional Materials Group at the School of Physical Sciences. His research operates at the interface of biomolecular, supramolecular, and polymer chemistry. Chris completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2005 with a first class MChem after a final year project with Prof. Paul Beer. After a year teaching physical and analytical chemistry at the University of Brighton, he returned to Paul Beer’s group for DPhil studies which encompassed anion coordination, halogen bonding, crystallography, and metal nanoparticles. Chris was a finalist in the Reaxys PhD Prize, and was awarded EPSRC PhD+ funding for extension projects. In 2011 he moved to McGill University in Montreal as a Tomlinson, and then Banting Fellow in Prof. Hanadi Sleiman’s group, and worked at the interface of DNA, peptide, and polymer nanotechnologies. Chris returned to the UK in 2014, taking up a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowship in Prof. Ben Davis’s group at Oxford as part of an Innovative Training Network developing the use of filled carbon nanotubes in medicine and biology

Dr Jessica Gould (Industrial Rep) currently works as a Lead Research Scientist at Croda Europe specializing in the development of acrylic polymers for a wide range of applications from Personal Care to Battery Additives. She gained her PhD in synthetic inorganic chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Martin Schröder at The University of Nottingham. Since joining Croda in 2013 she has developed a wide range of expertise in synthesis of new products focusing on tailored dispersants and rheology modifiers.

Dr Matt Unthank is a Senior Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry within the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University. He was award a PhD in Synthetic Chemistry from The University of Bristol in 2007 and went on to develop expertise in polymer synthesis and process scale-up through leadership roles within AkzoNobel. His background centres around the development of proprietary polymers and polymeric coatings for chemical resistant and anti-corrosion applications, with a broad portfolio of patents to his support these technologies. His current research interests include the development of new, high performance materials for coating, composite and adhesive applications via a ‘safe-by-design’ and ‘recyclable-by-design’ approach, as well as developing responsive surfaces and polymers for functional coatings.