Journal cover for polymer science PhD student's industry collaboration

Journal coverA PhD student who worked with a major company in the polymer chemistry industry has had her work featured on the cover of a Royal Society of Chemistry journal.

Amy Cockram spent six months of her PhD working for AkzoNobel, the biggest paints and coatings company in Europe, at their research and development site in Slough.

She worked on a project using the company's £1 million synthesis robot facility, which has now been published as the cover story in the journal Reaction Chemistry and Engineering.

Amy completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor Steve Armes FRS, as part of our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids. Students in this CDT have their projects sponsored by one of our partners in the chemical industry.

She said: "After solving a number of technical problems, I was able to show that my RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization formulations developed at the University of Sheffield could be performed using this state-of-the-art high-throughput equipment with good reproducibility.

"According to my industrial supervisors at Slough, this collaboration is regarded by AkzoNobel as an exemplar of what can be achieved via academic-industrial partnerships. It is also a good example of how our unique CDT model is driving innovation by ensuring effective technology transfer from the University of Sheffield to its corporate sponsors."

Before starting her PhD, Amy completed our MChem Chemistry course. She now plans to submit her PhD thesis before starting a new job with Coopervision, a
contact lens company based in Hampshire, in January.

Academic staff:

Professor Steven Armes FRS