The Advanced Materials Research Unit (AMRU) of the Polymer and Advanced Materials Research Group brings together experts from organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and polymer nanotechnology for a range of applications, including organic solar cells, quantum dots, switchable magnetic materials and safe rubber.
The AMRU applies its expertise in fundamental chemical and polymer synthetic methodologies to generate materials with pre-determined characteristics for targeted application. Specific exemplars include the development of polymeric matrices for the incorporation of nanoparticles, synthesis of molecular, thermal and optical memories, block copolymer development for use in organic solar cells and the construction of designer polymer-peptide biomaterials.
Financial support for the research work of the AMRU is broadly based covering regional, national and international funding agencies, including the EU, EPSRC, Royal Society and Royal Society of Chemistry.
Collaboration. The AMRU is committed to working closely with local, national and international companies and research institutes/Universities. Current AMRU collaborators include Konarka, Merck, Hereaus, AMCor. Siemens, Evonik, Robinson Brothers Ltd, Nanoco Technologies Ltd, University of Groningen and the Technical University of Vienna.