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Prof Peter Cormack

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Personal statement

Peter Cormack was raised in Fankerton, a village located in the Carron Valley in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and schooled in nearby Denny. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde as BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry in 1992, and gained undergraduate and postgraduate industrial research experience with Raychem Ltd. in Swindon, UK, working on high-performance, thermoplastic polymers. Electing to remain at Strathclyde to pursue his scientific interests further, he worked towards a PhD under the guidance of Professor David C. Sherrington and Dr Barry D. Moore, graduating in July 1996. His PhD work, sponsored by Merck Ltd. and the SERC, focussed upon the design and the synthesis of monodisperse liquid crystalline peptides and polymers.

In February 1996, Peter moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a position as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, working with Dr Joachim H.G. Steinke on the synthesis of hyperbranched polymers. He then moved to Lund University, Sweden, in March 1997, to work with Professor Klaus Mosbach in the area of molecularly imprinted polymers, initially as a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the Department of Pure & Applied Biochemistry (Tillämpad Biokemi) and latterly as Vice-Director of Research in the Center for Molecular Imprinting and Molecular Recognition.

In September 1998, Peter returned to the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde to take up a position as Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry, a position that was funded by ICI for the first three years. Subsequently, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in April 2004, and was awarded the RSC/SCI Macro Group UK Young Researchers' Medal for 2005 in recognition of his contributions to polymer science and research potential. Thereafter, Peter was promoted to Reader in Polymer Chemistry in 2007 and to Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2009. He was Scientist in Residence at the Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures, Montréal, Canada in 2008, and has held Visiting Professorships in Canada (2008), Malaysia (2011) and Poland (2015). Currently, Peter is Associate Dean for International Research in the Faculty of Science at Strathclyde, and Deputy Head of the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry.

Peter’s research interests lie predominantly in the areas of synthetic polymer chemistry and materials science, with special emphasis on the design, the synthesis and the applications of functional organic polymers.

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Publications

Synthesis of poly(acrylonitrile-co-divinylbenzene-co-vinylbenzyl chloride)-derived hypercrosslinked polymer microspheres and a preliminary evaluation of their potential for the solid-phase capture of pharmaceuticals
Subri Nur Nida Syamimi, Cormack Peter A. G., Jamil Siti Nurul Ain Md., Abdullah Luqman Chuah, Daik Rusli
Journal of Applied Polymer Science Vol 135, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/app.45677
Reconfigurable particle separation by dynamic acoustic fields in microfluidic devices
Simon Gergely, Marques-Hueso Jose, Desmulliez Marc P. Y., Bernassau Anne L., Roolvink D., Burns G., Cormack P. A. G., Andrade Marco A. B., Reboud Julien, Cooper Jonathan M., Riehle Mathis O.
24th International Conference on Sound and Vibration, (2017)
Polymer-supported photosensitizers for oxidative organic transformations in flow and under visible light irradiation
Tobin John M., McCabe Timothy J. D., Prentice Andrew W., Holzer Sarah, Lloyd Gareth O., Paterson Martin J., Arrighi Valeria, Cormack Peter A. G., Vilela Filipe
ACS Catalysis Vol 7, pp. 4602-4612, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b00888
Automated protein biomarker analysis : on-line extraction of clinical samples by molecularly imprinted polymers
Rossetti Cecilia, Switnicka-Plak Magdalena, Grønhaug Halvorsen Trine, Cormack Peter A.G., Sellergren Börje, Reubsaet Léon
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep44298
A deterministic method for particle sorting by dynamic acoustic fields
Simon G., Andrade M. A. B., Roolvink D., Cormack P. A. G., Riehle M. O., Bernassau A. L.
2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS)IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium. Proceedings, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ULTSYM.2016.7728638
Reflux precipitation polymerization : a new synthetic insight in molecular imprinting at high temperature
Shen Xiantao, Huang Chuixiu, Shinde Sudhirkumar, Switnicka-Plak Magdalena, Cormack Peter, Sellergren Börje
RSC Advances Vol 6, pp. 81491-81499, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6RA15990G

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Research interests

Within the Cormack Group at the University of Strathclyde, we are particularly interested in the synthesis and use of functional organic materials, especially materials based upon macromolecules, with a variety of end applications in mind (including high performance chemical separations, bioanalysis, environmental and forensic analysis, ion-exchange, metrology, films, coatings, proteomics and diagnostics). Typically, the materials are prepared using a broad-range of synthetic methodologies, including radical polymerisation, step-growth polymerisation, template-directed synthesis and solid-phase synthesis. The development and exploitation of molecularly imprinted polymers, microporous solids, functionalised polymer microspheres, branched polymers, and self-assembling systems are of special interest.

If you wish to join the Cormack Group as a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher, and have your own external funding in place, then please contact Professor Cormack directly.

At the time of last updating of this section (23rd March 2017) there were no open vacancies.

Professional activities

University of Tokyo
Invited speaker
1/9/2017
17th IUPAC International Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes
Invited speaker
30/8/2017
17th IUPAC International Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes
Member of programme committee
28/8/2017
External Examiner, University of Manchester
Examiner
4/2017
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Invited speaker
6/2/2017
External Examiner, Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Examiner
2/2017

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Projects

Industrial Case Account 2016 | Dargo, Stuart
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator) Liggat, John (Co-investigator) Dargo, Stuart (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2020
Polymer Supported Components for Lubricant Additives
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2020
Industrial Case Account 2016 / S160595-102
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2021
Smart capture phases for proteomics, glycomics and biomarker assays (BIOCAPTURE) H2020 MSCA ETN
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Nov-2016 - 31-Oct-2020
Elastomer Ultrasonic Coupling
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 31-Mar-2020
Doctoral Training Grant 2006 | Davies, Arlene
Cormack, Peter (Principal Investigator) Davies, Arlene (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Aug-2008 - 12-Oct-2012

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Address

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Thomas Graham Building

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