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Warwick Polymer Group

Warwick Polymer Group

Our Vision

The Warwick Polymer Group (WPG) brings together scientists and engineers at Warwick who have wide expertise in the education and research of one of the most widely debated materials of the 21st century: polymers.

Whereas polymers were hailed as wonder materials in the 1920s-1980s, these macromolecular materials have become a victim of their success two-fold: (1) Most of the synthetic polymers are made from a petrochemical feedstock, and (2) what to do with polymers at the end of a products life?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries make one thing clear, if we want our planet and us to survive. We have to make a radical change in how we manufacture, use, and value products that contain polymers.

The Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group is a broader STEM+ group of people from across the science, arts, and humanities disciplines.

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Our Goals

The Warwick Polymer Group (WPG) has the aim to provide answers to this and has two ambitious goals:

"Make plastics environmentally sustainable"
"Educate and train transdisciplinary with a STEM+ approach"
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Study With Us

If you want to be at the forefront in making plastics environmentally sustainable and caring for our planet, join us.

The University of Warwick provides an exciting variety of taught (PGT) and research (PGR) postgraduate opportunities in the areas of polymer science and engineering, and global decarbonisation and climate change.

Our transdisciplinary STEM+ approach will train you to become part of a generation of creative, critical, independent and accountable intellectual risk takers. You will be equipped to serve wider society and provide global leadership and innovation in tackling future environmental and sustainability challenges.

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Meet the Team

The Warwick Polymer Group's scientists and engineers are among the most influential in the world, with many listed in the recent World’s Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University. Polymer Science and Engineering is one of Warwick University’s main global success stories. IUPAC has chosen Warwick to host the 50th World Polymer Congress (, the world’s most prominent (~1200 people) meeting dedicated to all aspects of polymer science and engineering.

Warwick has a > 25-year track record in world-leading polymer research and training, in close partnership with industry and other external bodies. Highly relevant research technology platforms (RTPs support people, facilities and equipment in an impressive “all within a short walk” campus-based academic setting.

Polymer Science and Engineering at Warwick are further supported by the wider Warwick Cross Faculty Plastics Group, a STEM+ initiative that is truly multidisciplinary and includes researchers from Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, School of Life Sciences, the Polymer Characterisation Research Technology Platform, Sociology, Warwick Business School, Warwick Mathematics Institute, Warwick Manufacturing Group, the Warwick Medical School, Statistics, the Centre for Advanced Studies, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, English and Comparative Literary Studies, the School of Cross-Faculty Studies, Global Sustainable Development, and the School of Creative Arts, Performance, and Visual Cultures.

In the Spotlight

Prof. David Haddleton is one of the leading polymer scientists at Warwick University. His spin-out company Medherant Ltd. is leading this break through work.

Sustainable development goals
The Polymer Club - Be part of the solution
Warwick - Way to Sustainable