Paul D. Topham

Aston University, United Kingdom

Paul D. Topham is a Lecturer in chemistry at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. He achieved his Ph.D. degree in polymer science with Professor Anthony J Ryan (University of Sheffield, UK) and M.S. degree in chemistry (University of Sheffield, UK). Dr. Topham’s research focuses on the synthesis, development, and application of well-defined polymer systems, including “smart” polymers, biocompatible and biodegradable peptide materials, and tethered polymer brushes. Controlled polymerisation techniques are combined with synthetic organic chemistry to fabricate novel (co)polymers, which display varying phenomena, depending on the material itself and the environment in which it is placed. Applications include organic solar cell (OSC) devices, synthetic rubber, and biodegradable peptide-based scaffolds for human cell regeneration. Dr. Topham synthesizes polymers which microphase-separate into nanostructured self-assemblies. Behaviour at the nanometer length scale is then probed using small-angle X-ray scattering and neutron reflectivity at the Radiation Facilities across Europe. His expertise lies in the synthesis and characterization of such polymer systems and how they “perform” from the nano- to macroscale.

Biography Updated on 2 January 2012

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