Final Report Summary - PISA (Polymerisation-induced self-assembly)
Polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) is a powerful and versatile synthetic methodology for the rational design and synthesis of organic nanoparticles of controllable size, shape and surface chemistry. Moreover, PISA works well in a wide range of solvents, including water, polar solvents such as ethanol and non-polar solvents such as n-alkanes. This has enabled many potential applications to be explored for such nanoparticles. This ERC grant has enabled Prof. Armes to become a world-leading scientist in this field: he has published more than eighty scientific papers during the grant period, received multiple (inter)national prizes and awards in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. He has worked closely with various industrial partners on various aspects of PISA, including Lubrizol, BASF, AkzoNobel, Ashland, P & G, DSM, Scott Bader and GEO. Various post-doctoral scientists who have been employed on this ERC grant now have gained permanent employment, either as academics in Universities or in the chemical industry. The PhD student funded by this ERC grant (Dr. Charlotte Morse, nee Mable) received the prestigious Jon Weaver prize for the best PhD thesis in UK polymer science in 2018.