Hybrid Polymers


Our research

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Scientists and business people are very similar – we are both curious.

If we can do something more efficiently and effectively, we want to know how.


In the world of hybrid polymers, the questions go both ways.

  • How can I increase the shelf-life of my juices, the CEO of a manufacturer will ask us.
  • How can we apply this new technology we’ve discovered to extend the shelf-life of juices and other beverages, ask the scientists.

The work we do in the Hybrid Polymers team is about knowledge and how we can practically apply it to business and industry needs.

With our research partners, we’re focusing on producing new, multi-functional plastics. Find out more

We’re developing new methods for integrating the functional properties of conducting polymers such as polyaniline with the processability of commodity plastics such as polyethylene (PET, Nylon, PVC and poly vinyl acetate).

The key is to deliver a hybrid plastic that retains the anti-microbial and anti-oxidant capabilities of polyaniline and its derivatives without compromising the ability of the commodity plastics to be processed by conventional industry methods

From this, we prepare academic papers that are subject to rigorous peer review – a quality check, if you like.

Here you’ll find papers giving some of the research background to our discoveries.
 

Electrospun fibres


These fibres give enhanced mammalian cell growth, potent antimicrobial capability and significant electrical conductivity with the advantage of being able to kill microorganisms without using an antiseptic.

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Electrospun nanofibers
(962.7 kB, PDF)

Microwaves


Microwave radiation is a clean, fast and convenient way to get conducting polymers in high yield for large-scale industrial production.

  

Thermoplastic composites


The insolubility of polyaniline can be circumvented by copolymerizing monomer aniline with substituted aniline that imparts solubility to the resulting functionalized polyaniline copolymers.

  

Grafting to oxides


We have developed a novel ‘‘low solvent’’ method for silylation of silica gel using a very small amount of methanol as solvent, which has the advantages of both a ‘‘green chemistry’’ approach and a simplified procedure.

  

Antioxidant plastics based upon conducting polymers


Novel plastic materials with added functions for the packaging industry. Designed to prolong shelf-life, improve convenience and prevent deterioration.

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Antioxidant plastics
(804.1 kB, PDF)