Prof Brian Saunders


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Brian Saunders (BS) obtained his PhD at Monash University (Australia) in 1994 and worked as a post-doc with Prof. Brian Vincent at the University of Bristol between 1994 and 1997. He is a Professor of Polymer and Colloid Chemistry at the School of Materials, University of Manchester. His research career at Manchester began in 2002 and involves the application of polymer and colloid chemistry principles to healthcare and solar energy research. He has an international reputation for microgel (MG) research and published his first MG paper in 1996. MGs are pre-assembled sub-micrometre gel particles. A highlight of his healthcare research is a new method for constructing gels using pre-assembled sub-micrometer microgel particles. He has more than 157 peer-reviewed publications and is the corresponding author for 75% of them. Of those papers, more than 90 involve polymer colloids and more than 70 involve MGs. He also has more than 25 publications involving conjugated polymers and / or light harvesting particles for solar applications, which now includes perovskite solar cells. Our solar group has recently achieved a published perovskite solar cell efficiency of 20.98%. He is co-founder of a University of Manchester spin-out, Gelexir Healthcare (now Gelmetix). BS welcomes enquiries for PhDs in the biomaterials area.

NEWS: A 2 year postdoc position funded by EPSRC is now available. The project title is:

Mussel-inspired tough and stiff injectable gels from inter-linked microgels

The closing date is 12/10/2021 and the advertisement can be found at:

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  • Biomaterials, Solar energy using photovoltaics, Polymers and Colloids

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