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Prof. dr. ir. Stefan A. F. Bon

Stefan Bon is a professor at the University of Warwick in Polymer and Colloid Chemical Engineering. Originally from the Netherlands, educated at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), he joined Warwick Chemistry in spring 1998.

His research team, BonLab, works at the forefront of polymer and colloid science, by blending chemistry, with soft matter physics, and chemical engineering. The team is working with a variety of multinational industrial players to innovate in science, often using a green and sustainable approach.

He is an academic lead for Warwick University's Global Research Priority (GRP) program in Innovative Manufacturing & Future Materials. He has chaired (2021) the future/new education workgroup in the STEM-Grand Challenge. He is a recipient of a 2021 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).

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The BonLab's research themes are: colloid and polymer science for the environment, a mechanistic understanding of polymer and colloid synthesis and physical/mechanical behaviour, out-of-equilibrium active matter, colloidal materials for a circular economy, and colloids at interfaces: adhesion and film formation. This involves:

  • the chemistry and physics of colloidal systems in which molecular and/or colloidal entities can be assembled into more complex supracolloidal structures, with the aim to produce innovative advanced, and importantly sustainable, materials, and
  • the synthesis of particles and macromolecules with a design tailored to provide function, for example motility, or responsive photonic behavior.

We investigate and develop methods to (self)-organise colloidal matter, and aim for an understanding of the interactions involved between molecular and colloidal building blocks and potential macroscopic substrates. We find it important that our technologies can be scaled-up and are of use in a variety of industrial applications ranging from sensors and devices, coatings and adhesives, to food, personal care, agricultural and biological systems.

Stefan Bon is passionate about teaching. He is a winner of an individual Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE, 2021). His track record includes: the introduction of interactive "clickers" to Warwick Chemistry, the first online lecture capture for Warwick Chemistry (Youtube), and the design and refurbishment of our undergraduate teaching labs. He is also the founder of Chemistry Café.

Stefan contributes in undergraduate teaching 2022/2023:

CH272 Materials and Polymers (part on polymer physics)

CH3F6 Polymer and Colloid Science (phase behavior of liquid mixtures and Colloids I) [Module Leader]

CH3C8/CH3G1/CH3G2 12 Months Industrial Placements (Integrated/Intercalated) [Module Leader]

CH415 Colloid Science II [Module Leader]

Stefan contributes in postgraduate teaching 2022/2023:

CH967 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry (part on free radical polymerization)

CH971 Polymer Laboratories (3 lab days on free radical polymerization and emulsion polymerization)

CH975 Colloid Science I and II [Module Leader]

See who is part of the BonLab on our site.

If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch.

Textured microcapsules through crystallization. Wilson-Whitford, S., R.; Jaggers, R., W.; Longbottom, B., W.; Donald, M., K.; Clarkson, G., J.; and Bon, S., A., F. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(4): 5887-5894. 2021.
Anisotropic silica colloids for light scattering. Jacucci, G.; Longbottom, B., W.; Parkins, C., C.; Bon, S., A., F.; and Vignolini, S. J. Mater. Chem. C, 9: 2695-2700. 2021.
Thermoresponsive Icy Road Sign by Light Scattering and Enhanced Fluorescence. Booth, J., R.; Young, R., A.; Richards Gonzales, A., N.; Meakin, Z., J.; Preuss-Weber, C., M.; Jaggers, R., W.; and Bon, S., A., F. J. Mater. Chem. C, 9: 7174-7185. 2021.
Flower-like colloidal particles through precipitation polymerization of redox responsive liquid crystals. Liu, X.; Moradi, M.; Bus, T.; Debije, M., G.; Bon, S., A., F.; Heuts, J., P., A.; and Schenning, A., P., H., J. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, accepted. 2021.

A complete list of publications can be found on the BonLab website