University of Manchester
M13 9PL, UK
Welcome to the
fascinating world of molecules and macromolecules.
We carry out fundamental
research on polymers and their interactions with small molecules.
We develop materials for
a variety of applications, including membranes for molecular separations.
THAT BEHAVE AS MOLECULAR SIEVES
Polymers of intrinsic
microporosity (PIMs) were invented in Manchester.
They behave like molecular
sieves because they have rigid, contorted macromolecular backbones.
THAT SELECTIVELY TRANSPORT MOLECULES
A membrane may be used to
separate mixtures of gases or liquids into their components. To be useful, a
membrane material needs to be both highly selective (i.e., one type of
molecule must pass through more easily than others) and highly permeable
(i.e., it must let a lot through).
We are developing membranes
for applications such as carbon dioxide capture and biofuel recovery.
We are collaborating with
researchers at Bath University, Edinburgh University, Newcastle University,
Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London in the
development of high selectivity membranes, with support from the EPSRC SynHiSel Programme Grant.
We are involved with research on graphene and other 2D
We are based in the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC)
in the Chemistry Building at the University of Manchester.
OMIC is linked to the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry
For an introduction to polymer science from an American
perspective, visit the Macrogalleria.
When postdoctoral positions are
available, they are advertised on the University website and at https://www.jobs.ac.uk/.
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Updated 15 February 2024
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