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Professor Stephen Rimmer

PositionHead of School
LocationM15, Richmond building
DepartmentSchool of Chemistry and Biosciences
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 233787

Research Interests (key words only)

Polymers, Biomaterials, Radical Polymerisation, Cationic Polymerisation, Polyurethanes, Emulsion Polymerisation, Smart Polymers, Anti-microbial agents, Tissue Engineering, Drug delivery

Study History

1988: BSc (Hons) Polymer Science and Technology-Chemistry, University of Manchester

1992: PhD/DIC, Imperial College London

1992-1995: Post-Doctoral work, University of Lancaster

1995-2000: Lecturer-Senior Lecturer, University of Lancaster

2000-2012: Reader, University of Sheffield

2012-2015: Professor, University of Sheffield

2015 - present: Professor of Chemistry and Head of School of Chemistry and Biosciences, University of Bradford

Also spent seven years in industrial research.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Fellow of Royal Society of Biology (FRSB)

Research Areas

Our work is focused on the synthesis and properties of functional polymers. We enjoy good collaborative relationships with large sections of the polymers and biomedical devices industry. Functional polymers are produced using a variety of methods including radical, cationic and ring-opening polymerisations as well as step-growth techniques such as polyurethane synthesis. We also make extensive use of polymerisations in disperse media; such as emulsion polymerisations.

Recently, one of our focuses has been on producing functional hydrogels to support cells for applications in tissue engineering. Here our aim is to control cells as they develop and grow and to examine how the structure of the materials affects performance and cell compatibility. Another strong theme is to use functional polymers to detect pathogens in infective diseases and here we are developing unique medical devices for use at the point of care. Many of the polymers are complex materials and analysis is difficult. To achieve full characterization we use a great deal of expertise in chromatographic techniques, advanced mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies; often coupling these techniques together.


“Binding of bacteria to poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) modified with vancomycin: Comparison of behavior of linear and highly branched polymers” P. Teratanatorn, R. Hoskins, T. Swift, C.W.I. Douglas J. Shepherd and S. Rimmer Biomacromolecules 18 2887 (2017).

“Förster Resonance Energy Transfer Across Interpolymer Complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide)” T. Swift, N. Paul, L. Swanson, M. Katsikogianni, S. Rimmer Polymer 123 10 (2017).

“Analysis Using Size Exclusion Chromatography of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) using Methanol as an Eluent” T. Swift, R. Hoskins, R. Telford, D. Pownell and S. Rimmer J. Chromat-B 1508 16 (2017).

“Core(polystyrene)-shell(poly(glycerol mono-methacrylate)) particles” A. Mckenzie, R. Hoskins, T. Swift, C. Grant, S. Rimmer ACS Appl. Mater. Int. 9 7577 (2017).

“The pH responsive behaviour of aqueous solutions of poly(acrylic acid) is dependent on molar mass” T. Swift , L. Swanson , M. Geoghegan, S. Rimmer Soft Matter 12 2542 (2016).

 “Tuning temperature dependent collagen-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels for tissue engineering” A. Barnes, P. G. Genever, S. Rimmer, M. C. Coles Biomacromolecules 17 723 (2016).

“Peptide functional branched semi-interpenetrating hydrogel networks: synthesis behaviour and use as substrates for cell culture” R.A. Plenderleith, C.J. Pateman, C. Rodenburg, F. Claeyssens, J. Haycock, C. Sammon, S. Rimmer Soft Matter 11 7567 (2015).

“Nerve Guides Manufactured from Photocurable Polymers to aid Peripheral Nerve Repair” C. Pateman, A, Harding, A. Glen, C. Taylor, S.Rimmer, F. Boissonade, F. Claeyssens and J W Haycock Biomaterials 49 77 (2015)

“Glucomannan-poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidinone) bicomponent hydrogels for wound healing” M. Shahbuddin, A.J. Bullock, S. MacNeil, S. Rimmer J. Mater. Chem.-B 2 727 (2014)

“Controlled delivery of cytokine growth factors mediated by core-shell particles with poly(acrylamidomethylpropane sulphonate) shells” L. Platt, L. Kelly, S. Rimmer J.Mater. Chem.-B 2 494 (2014)

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