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Dispersible Microporous Polymers

   Department of Chemistry

About the Project

Porous materials are of interest due to their high surface areas which can be used to adsorb wide range of molecules for a variety of applications, however they are typically insoluble, difficult to process and limited to applications in the solid state. Recently, we have developed a new class of porous polymer material synthesised using controlled radical polymerisation techniques which are readily dispersed in solution. These materials have a coreshell diblock structure consisting of a highly crosslinked porous core and a solubilising linear outer shell.

In this project you will synthesise novel dispersible porous polymer particles investigating the effect of different outer chains and porous cores on their solubility and porosity to develop new applications.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project. The applicant should have or expect to gain at least an upper second class degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in a relevant subject.
If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work with this supervisor will be considered.

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