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Invited Speakers

David Haddleton (Keynote Speaker)

David Haddleton


Professor of Chemistry

University of Warwick

Coventry, CV4 7AL



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David Haddleton has been working in the area of controlled polymer synthesis for over 25 years since being employed at ICI. His PhD “Photochemistry of some organometallic ethene compounds” was under the supervision of Robin Perutz at the University of  York in 1986. He spent one year at the University  of Toronto as a PDRA working with Geoff Ozin on metal vapour synthesis and intra zeolite encapsulation of organometallics. He joined ICI in 1988 and spent one year at the University of  Southern Mississippi working with polymer liquid crystals. Moving back to theUKin 1988 he spent 5 years working on GTP and anionic polymerisation prior to moving to Warwick in 1993 and was promoted to full Professor in 1998. He has published over 350 papers and has a google h-index = 65 with over 15000 citations. He has graduated 59 PhD students from Warwick.

Current work in the group is in different aspects of developing new polymerisation methodology and using this for novel polymers for industrial applications, polymers for personal care applications, (hair and skin care) and for biomedical and nano medicinal applications (new and targeted peptide and protein conjugation). Recent work includes new conjugation strategy, glycopolymers, monomer sequence control and polymerisation in biological media.

He is the Founder of Warwick Effect Polymers Ltd and more recently Medherant developing transdermal drug delivery.

Representative Publications

[1] A. Anastasaki, V. Nikolaou, D.M. Haddleton, Cu (0)-mediated living radical polymerization: recent highlights and applications: a perspective, Polym. Chem. 7 (2016) 1002-1026.

[2] A. Anastasaki, V. Nikolaou, G. Nurumbetov, P. Wilson, K. Kempe, J.F. Quinn, T.P. Davis, M.R. Whittaker, D.M. Haddleton, Cu(0)-mediated living radical polymerization: a versatile tool for materials synthesis, Chem. Rev. 116 (2016) 835-877.

[3] E. Frick, A. Anastasaki, D.M. Haddleton, C. Barner-Kowollik, Enlightening the mechanism of copper mediated photo RDRP via high-resolution mass spectrometry, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2015) 6889-6896.

[4] G.R. Jones, Z.D. Li, A. Anastasaki, D.J. Lloyd, P. Wilson, Q. Zhang, D.M. Haddleton, Rapid synthesis of well-defined polyacrylamide by aqueous Cu (0)-mediated reversible-deactivation radical polymerization, Macromolecules 49 (2016) 483-489.

[5] G.R. Jones, R. Whitfield, A. Anastasaki, D.M. Haddleton, Aqueous copper(II) photoinduced polymerization of acrylates: Low copper concentration and the importance of sodium halide salts, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138 (2016) 7346-7352.

[6] A. Simula, A. Anastasaki, D.M. Haddleton, Methacrylic zwitterionic, thermoresponsive, and hydrophilic (co)polymers via cu(0)-polymerization: the importance of halide salt additives, Macromol. Rapid Comm. 37 (2016) 356-361.

[7] Z.C. Tang, P. Wilson, K. Kempe, H. Chen, D.M. Haddleton, Reversible regulation of thermoresponsive property of dithiomaleimide-containing copolymers via sequential thiol exchange reactions, ACS Macro Lett. 5 (2016) 709-713.

      [8] Q. Zhang, M.X. Li, C.Y. Zhu, G. Nurumbetov, Z.D. Li, P. Wilson, K. Kempe, D.M. Haddleton, Well-defined protein/peptide-polymer                     conjugates by aqueous Cu-LRP: synthesis and controlled self-assembly, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2015) 9344-9353.

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