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Colour and Polymer Science


Expertise of research area
applied Chemistry; colourants; Dyes; polymers; printable electronics; surface coatings

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The Department of Colour Science, which joined the School of Chemistry in 2009, has over 100 years of research history, leading to outstanding impact from our work. Our research in applied colour creation and colour application is globally leading, which we achieve through extensive industrially collaborative research activities, aimed at providing novel, science-based solutions for industry.

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<p><strong>Colour chemistry</strong></p> <p>We focus on the design, synthesis, evaluation of novel colourants and their applications across important, wide-ranging scientific and technological fields. Themes of particular interest include:</p> <ul> <li>novel photochromic and thermochromic molecules for anti-counterfeit applications</li> <li>novel dyes for the environmentally friendly colouration of textile fabrics</li> <li>biological colourants and their applications in photo-medical treatments</li> <li>functional organic dyes and their use in nano-technological products.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Polymer chemistry</strong></p> <p>We explore the design, synthesis and characterisation of both monomers and macromolecules, in order to generate functional polymers and polymer-containing materials on the basis of targeted applicability and application. Particular areas of interest include:</p> <ul> <li>design and development of novel monomers for use in controlled polymerisation reactions to yield highly multifunctional polymers</li> <li>synthesis of biodegradable polymers for biomedical and the more industrial applications</li> <li>synthesis and development of flame retardant, intumescent hydrogel compositions for use in extreme environments</li> <li>polymeric membranes for healthcare applications</li> </ul> <p><strong>Surface coatings</strong></p> <p>Our research projects concerning surface coatings (inks, paints, cosmetics, coatings for pharmaceuticals, structural materials and so on) are varied and yet have consistent themes. The emphasis lies in formulation creation, optimisation and characterisation with respect to fitness for purpose for the designed application.</p> <p>Our themes of research include designed polymer synthesis and conversion, rheological properties, migration phenomena, ageing effects, controlled delivery, appropriate mechanical and dynamic priorities, and end of life strategies (waste handling).</p> <ul> <li>study of migration phenomena in/to/from coatings based on composite formulations as used on metallic containers, plastics and other materials</li> <li>high barrier for architectural applications</li> <li>coatings for use in controlled drug delivery applications and for other biomedical applications</li> <li>recycling strategies for waste polymeric materials, including coatings</li> </ul> <p><strong>Printed electronics</strong></p> <p>We have developed expertise in the following areas of printed electronics, all of which play roles in increasingly important future technologies for consumer and healthcare products:</p> <ul> <li>design and synthesis of high-performance semi-conductor molecules</li> <li>formulation of conductive and dielectric inks</li> <li>development of point-of-care medical diagnostic sensors</li> <li>development of ultrathin, high-performance lithium-ion batteries.</li> </ul> <h5>For queries relating to your research proposal or subject area, please contact the individual supervisors listed below:</h5> <ul> <li><a href="">Long Lin</a></li> <li><a href="">Natalia Sergeeva</a></li> <li><a href="">Kelvin Tapley</a>&nbsp;</li> <li><a href="">Paul Thornton</a></li> </ul> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees within the School of Chemistry</a></li> <li><a href="">Colour and Polymer Science research</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Chemistry, Research and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For general enquiries and details regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate School Office:<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 34 35057</p>

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