Professor reaches 500th paper milestone

Stevearmes350Professor Steve Armes from Chemistry is celebrating a major academic milestone with the publication of his 500th paper.

The paper recently appeared online in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, and explores how the growth of microscopic hollow polymer particles takes place in water, and the process by which the particles are formed.

This work, and other recent research carried out by Steve and his research group, contributes to ground-breaking insights used for the development of technologies behind biomedical research; new hydrogels can be used as media for the long-term storage of human stem cells.

Steve’s research also contributes to the development of consumer products such as anti-reflective coatings for glass and plastics, thickeners for cosmetics and laundry products.

Steve, who joined our University in 2004 to take up a Chair in polymer and colloid chemistry, also recently received the 2014 Royal Society of Chemistry Interdisciplinary Prize for his outstanding contribution to the field of space science.

This award acknowledged his 17-year collaboration with space scientists based in the UK, Germany and the USA, which involves the design of various types of synthetic polymer particles that mimic the behaviour of fast-moving cosmic dust particles found in space.

Steve was also recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and is currently the Director of the Sheffield Polymer Centre and Farapack Polymers, a successful University spin-out company.

In addition, he leads a new £7.16 million single-site Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids at our University.

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Find out more about Professor Armes’ work – visit his staff page

The Polymer Centre

Farapack Polymers