Reader in organic/polymer chemistry
Phone number +44(0) 121 204 3425
Room number MB132
Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Birmingham, B4 7ET
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
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.