Jason Rowley

Jason Rowley


Started my undergraduate BSc in Chemistry at The University of Leeds in 2010 and graduated in August 2013. I was then awarded the Clothworkers' Scholarship to undertake an MSc in Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals, again at The University of Leeds. Graduated from the MSc in December 2014 and took a three year break from chemistry working in corporate services in London.

I missed chemistry and found a PhD opportunity with Dr Paul Thornton back in Leeds and was awarded the Gunnell and Matthews Scholarship to undertake doctorial study starting October 2017.

I am an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) and sit on the RSC Central Yorkshire Local Secution Committee as well as the School of Chemistry Health and Safety Committee.

Research interests

My PhD is in polymer chemistry and areas of interest include the modification of commodity polymers to add value by functionalisation, the synthesis and functionalisation of biodegradable polymers to potentially replace some commodity polymers, ring-opening polymerisation reactions to synthesise novel polymers with useful applications, and combining inorganic materials with polymers forming hybrid nanocomposite materials. Such work has potential applications in covalent colouration of polymers, advanved industrial formulations, antimicrobial materials, drug delivery vehicles, theranostics, gels, and other biomaterials.


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  • MSc Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Research groups and institutes

  • Colour and Polymer Science