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    • Aston Institute of Materials Research, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

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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

    Member of the American Chemical Society

    Teaching Activity

    Physical Chemistry II (CH2107)

    Physical Chemistry III (CH3008)

    Organic Chemistry III (CH3103)

    Chemistry Research Projects (CH3011)

    Literature Research Projects (CH3117)

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3252


    Room number: MB122

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    Research Output 2013 2020

    Unique aqueous self-assembly behavior of a thermoresponsive diblock copolymer

    Byard, S. J., O'brien, C. T., Derry, M. J., Williams, M., Mykhaylyk, O. O., Blanazs, A. & Armes, S. P., 1 Jan 2020, In : Chemical Science. 11, 2, p. 396-402 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Self assembly
    Block copolymers
    Volume fraction

    A Single Thermoresponsive Diblock Copolymer Can Form Spheres, Worms or Vesicles in Aqueous Solution

    Ratcliffe, L. P. D., Derry, M. J., Ianiro, A., Tuinier, R. & Armes, S. P., 17 Dec 2019, In : Angewandte Chemie. 131, 52, p. 19140-19146

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Block copolymers
    Mean field theory
    Open Access
    Self assembly
    Block copolymers
    Diesel engines

    Dispersible microporous diblock copolymer nanoparticles via polymerisation-induced self-assembly

    James, A. M., Derry, M. J., Train, J. S. & Dawson, R., 14 Jun 2019, In : Polymer Chemistry. 10, 28, p. 3879-3886

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    divinyl benzene
    Self assembly
    Block copolymers

    In Situ Small-Angle X-ray Scattering Studies During Reversible Addition–Fragmentation Chain Transfer Aqueous Emulsion Polymerization

    Brotherton, E. E., Hatton, F. L., Cockram, A. A., Derry, M. J., Czajka, A., Cornel, E. J., Topham, P. D., Mykhaylyk, O. O. & Armes, S. P., 28 Aug 2019, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141, 34, p. 13664-13675 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Emulsion polymerization
    X ray scattering
    Self assembly