11-12 February 2016 | Edinburgh
Speaker: Michael Shaver, University of Edinburgh
Time: 15:00 - 15:30
Location: St Trinnean's Room

Abstract: The growth of precision polymer synthesis offers chemists and polymer scientists a unique opportunity to control the microstructure (tacticity, chemical functionality, chain-ends) and macrostructure (blocks, stars, brushes) of soft matter. Our group works at designing both catalysts and monomers for novel polymers and materials through both radical and ring opening polymerisations. We look to improve sustainability in these processes. While our current work in energy applications is negligible, it is the use of this toolbox in new fields that will allow for a step-change in scientific progress. In this talk I'll showcase some of our recent efforts in the hopes of inspiring future collaborations on key challenges in soft materials for energy applications.