Future polymers: post-polymerisation functionalisation

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Would you like to improve the properties and performance of the materials that you use?

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Join Dr Julien Doulcet, GISMO Innovation Fellow for Chemicals & Hydrogen, to learn about post-polymerisation functionalisation.

This webinar is the latest in a series of breakfast research seminars on materials science at Lancaster University’s Material Science Institute. Learn how cutting-edge research can help you increase the competitiveness of your business and find out more about how the GISMO programme can help you do this at no extra cost.

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Would you like to improve the properties and performance of the materials that you use? Polymers with the tuneable properties obtained from post-polymerisation functionalisation may hold the answer.

Post-polymerisation functionalisation could be defined as decorating the backbone of a preformed polymer with small molecules. Introduction of these small molecule pendants after the polymerisation stage, allows to introduce functional groups that would not be tolerated in most polymerisation reactions. It can be used to modify commodity polymers or specifically designed polymers bearing appendixes that are unreactive in the polymerisation step, but highly reactive in specific conditions.

Post-polymerisation functionalisation of commodity polymers can also be seen as a viable route for plastic waste stream valorisation, providing a variety of upcycling opportunities depending on the structure of the waste polymer.

GISMO innovation fellow Dr Julien Doulcet will discuss new trends in post-polymerisation functionalisation and the opportunities that they present in product development.

Who is it for?

These breakfast events are for businesses and material researchers from across the globe.

We are especially pleased to invite Cheshire and Warrington SMEs to join our seminars and to gain insight into our research in smart polymers and post-polymerisation functionalisation and the latest research challenges in this field.

Why attend?

  • Learn how smart polymers can improve the versatility of your products
  • Understand how post-polymerisation functionalisation adds complex functionality to them
  • Find out how you can use the experts and specialist facilities at Lancaster University to develop and prove smart polymers – all fully-funded.

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This event will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams. You will receive a link to join the webinar upon registration. You can join from your browser. This will be an automated email from Eventbrite with the subject ‘Order Confirmation’. Please scroll down to ‘Additional Information’ to find the meeting link. If you do not receive this email, please contact


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