Metalloenzymes such as hemoglobin, peroxidases, and laccases can catalyze atom transfer radical polymerizations. These “ATRPases” show great promise as environmental benign alternatives to conventional transition metal based ATRP catalysts. Moreover, they allow tuning ATRP reactions in unprecedented ways. However, advanced polymerization methods, such as slow-feeding ARGET ATRP, electrochemically mediated ATRP, flow chemistry and surface-initiated ATRP have not been explored in great detail to improve the performance of ATRPases. This project aims to apply such advanced polymerization methods to bioATRP and to study their effect on the polymerizations. This will not only enhance the performance of catalysts in bioATRP, but will also allow to understand the novel enzymatic activity on a fundamental level.
Prof. Nico Bruns, Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde
How to apply
Application for all PGR opportunities in the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry are accessed here.
Please note that before applying for this position you must contact Prof. Nico Bruns in the first instance via email, including a motivation letter and a CV.