fDr Sarah Canning


Department: Chemistry

Group: Prof Steven P. Armes

Status: Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: cha07sc@sheffield.ac.uk


Sarah received an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2011. The third year of the course was spent studying at the University at Buffalo, SUNY in the USA. She completed a Masters research project working for Prof. Rimmer, which was entitled ‘Synthesis and Characterisation of Hyperbranched Poly(Butyl Methacrylate)s’, and decided to remain in his group for her PhD. This was a CASE Award PhD project supervised by Prof. S. Rimmer (Dept. of Chemistry) and Prof. M. Geoghegan (Dept. of Physics), sponsored by Domino UK Ltd and funded by the EPSRC.

She is currently undertaking a post doctoral position in the group of Prof. Steven P. Armes

Research Interests

Her current research interests are the use of RAFT polymerisation to synthesise amphiphilic copolymers in various architectures including graft, hyperbranched, block and random structures, and their self-assembly into unique ‘nano-objects’. Additionally her research studies the behaviour of these copolymers at surfaces, particularly in terms of adhesion. She is involved in the use of many techniques for materials characterisation, predominantly Small Angle Neutron Scattering, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy, and additionally the use of Gel Permeation Elution Chromatography to separate copolymer/homopolymer mixtures.

Recent Publications

1. S. L. Canning, T. J. Wear, S. W .Reynolds, J. Morgan, M. Geoghegan, S. Rimmer, Modification of Polymethacrylates with Pendant Dithioester Functionality using Phase Transfer Catalysis and their use in Graft Copolymer Synthesis (in preparation)