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Dr Xiaorong Zhou

Xiaorong's research is mainly associated with understanding the impact of fabrication processes as well as advanced forming and joining techniques on the performance of alloys, corrosion control of light alloys and developing novel surface engineering approaches.

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Environment, Metals, Sustainability, Materials, Polymers, Corrosion

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Prof Peter Budd

We carry out fundamental research on polymers and their interactions with small molecules. We are developing novel materials and energy-efficient processes for molecular separations and transformations.

Keywords: 
Polymers, Materials, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Energy efficiency, Sustainability, Energy, Renewable energy, Energy supply, Climate change, Climate, Emissions, Carbon, Management, Energy storage, Fuel cells, Hydrogen, Graphene, Technology, Teaching, Education

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Dr Peter Quayle

Varied lines of research have been investigated whilst at Manchester including the use of transition metal carbene complexes and organostannanes in synthesis, the synthesis of hydrophilic polymers, and the development of "clean oxidation" processes using hydrogen peroxide. Recent interests include the development of more efficient catalysts for atom transfer reactions and their use in natural product synthesis.

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Materials, Metals, Chemistry, Research methods, Polymers, Biology, Environment, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

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Prof Krishna Persaud

Research interests in the area of olfaction from physiology to chemistry. Has been involved in the development of gas sensor arrays for sensing odours based on conducting polymers, that became commercialised by Aromascan plc, now Osmetech plc.

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Technology, Aerosols, Smell, Health, Polymers, Electric and electronics, Instrumentation, Biosensors, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer science, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Aviation, Crime and security, Transport

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Prof Ian Kinloch

My research focuses on polymeric and carbon (graphene and nanotubes  and related nanomaterials. The research takes the science from the controlled growth of the nanomaterials through to their processing and applications. My research on applications is on polymer-nanocarbon composites, electrodes and the bio-nano interface.

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Graphene, Carbon, Technology, Energy storage, Energy, Materials, Nanoscience, Polymers, Electric and electronics, Electrochemistry

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Dr James Winterburn

My main research interest lies in the exploration of more efficient manufacturing methods for bio-based products, looking to industrial biotechnology to meet this aim. I am particularly interested in identifying ways to add value to existing bioprocesses through valorisation of by-products and waste streams. To date this research has centred on biosurfactants, surfactant molecules of microbial origin which are potentially more sustainable to source, manufacture, use and dispose of than petrochemical surfactants.

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Biosurfactant, Biology, Biotechnology, Production, Biomaterial, Polymers, Plants, Fermentation

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Prof David Leys

The research in our group mainly uses x-ray crystallography and a range of other techniques to address how macromolecular structure determines function. We focus on several aspects: how do proteins interact with other macromolecules (RNA, DNA or other proteins) or their substrates?  How do enzymes work, particularly those for which mechanistic insight is lacking? Protein structures also form the basis of protein engineering and for structure-based drug design.

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Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Health, Polymers