Dr Andrew Sutherland


Reader in organic/polymer chemistry

Contact details

Email   a.j.sutherland@aston.ac.uk
Phone number  +44(0) 121 204 3425
Room number   MB132


Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET

Research group

Dr Sutherland is a member of the Advanced Materials Research Unit (AMRU) which is part of the Polymer and Advanced Materials Research Group within the School of Engineering & Applied Science

Research ethos

I trained formally as a synthetic organic chemist (PhD, Manchester, 1992; PDRA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1992-1994). This background in synthesis enables me to develop new materials with bespoke properties such as the ability to bind nanoparticles; emit light; enter living cells etc. The ability to use synthetic chemistry as a tool to make new polymers has proven to be both powerful and productive in with applications in both materials science and biology. Moreover the highly applied nature of the work has enabled me to become involved in numerous multi-centre/multi-disciplinary research projects both within the UK and more lately internationally.

Current projects

  • 2015-2017, PI (~£140K) 661317 - H2020-MSCA-IF-2014 - POLYCOMP*  
'POLYmer-COntrolled Mesocrystal application-oriented Production: a combined theoretical and experimental approach'
  • 2012-2015, Joint-PI (£498K @ Aston) 290022 – FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN ESTABLIS*  
‘Ensuring STABiLIty in organic Solar cells (ESTABLIS). For more details please see the ESTABLIS website.  

Dr Sutherland is the Director of Training for this Initial Training Network    
  • 2014-2016, PI (£12K) Royal Society InternationalExchanges Scheme 2014/R2*  
‘Biodegradable Microspheres for Imaging and Cellular Delivery (BioMIC)’
  • 2014-2016, PI (£12K) Royal Society International Exchanges Scheme 2014 RFBR*  
‘Metal cluster/polymer hybrid materials for bioimaging applications’
  • 2014-2018, Co-I (£94K) BBSRC, BB/L015633/1 iCASE Award*  
‘Amino-acyl tRNA synthetases: investigations of tRNA specificity for application in ProxiMAX / synthetic biology.

* international project


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