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Dr Matthew Derry joined the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) department in December 2019 as a Lecturer in Chemistry. Prior to joining Aston University he studied for his MChem degree in Chemistry with a Year in Industry at the University of York in 2012. This was followed by an industrially-funded PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Professor Steven P. Armes FRS in 2016, where his thesis was entitled "Polymerisation-induced self-assembly in non-polar media". He then continued at the University of Sheffield as a Research Associate to study block copolymer self-assembly using X-ray scattering in the groups of Professor Steven P. Armes FRS, Professor Anthony J. Ryan OBE and Dr Oleksandr O. Mykhaylyk.

Research Interests

Polymer Science

Materials Science

Block Copolymer Self-Assembly

X-ray Scattering


PhD in Polymer Chemistry, University of Sheffield, 2016

MChem in Chemistry with a Year in Industry, University of York, 2012


April 2016 - November 2019: Research Associate, University of Sheffield

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Teaching Activity

Organic Chemistry I (CH1ORC)

Organic Chemistry II (CH2ORC)

Organic Chemistry III (CH3ORC)

Polymer II (CH3POL)

Physical Chemistry II (CH2PHC)

Physical Chemistry III (CH3PHC)

Chemistry Research Projects (CH3RPJ)

Literature Research Projects (CH3LRP)

Demonstrating Chemistry (CH30DC)

Chemistry with Computers (CH30CC)

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3252


Room number: MB122

External positions

Diamond User Committee (Representative for Soft Condensed Matter), Diamond Light Source Ltd

May 2023 → …

Social Media Representative, Recent Appointees in Polymer Science

Apr 2022 → …


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