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Gibson Group: Lewis Blackman

Lewis was part of the Gibson group as a PhD student (2013-2017). He now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO in Australia. See below for details of Lewis's work whilst a Gibson Group member.


Lewis graduated from the University of Southampton in 2012 with a 1st class MChem degree. During his third year at Southampton he undertook a project under Prof. A. Ganeson, where he synthesised and tested ligands for specific potassium ion channels. He then completed a placement at Merck Chemicals Ltd. under the supervision of Dr. Mark Goulding, which involved synthesising materials for electrophoretic display applications. After graduating, he spent a year teaching chemistry and physics in a school in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In the autumn of 2013, he embarked on a PhD project at the University of Warwick under the joint supervision of Prof. Matthew Gibson and Prof. Rachel O’Reilly, which involves the synthesis of polymer materials for novel applications at the materials and biology interface.

Research Interests

Lewis' research interests include synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers by reversible deactivation radical polymerisation (RDRP) and their subsequent self-assembly in aqueous solutions. Other interests include characterisation techniques of self-assembled polymer particles, responsive polymer materials, polymerization-induced self-assembly and enzymatic cascade nanoreactors.


Lewis is currently a STEM ambassador and has been involved in numerous outreach activities between local schools and the department.

Lewis Blackman


Orcid ID: 0000-0002-6113-0584


University of Warwick (2013-Present)

University of Southampton (2008-2012)


Blackman, L. D.; Doncom, K. E. B.; Gibson, M. I.; O’Reilly, R. K. "Comparison of photo- and thermally initiated polymerization-induced self-assembly: a lack of end group fidelity drives the formation of higher order morphologies", Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 2860.


Blackman, L. D.; Gibson, M. I.; O’Reilly, R. K. "Probing the causes of thermal hysteresis using tunable Nagg micelles with linear and brush-like thermoresponsive coronas", Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 233. (Front cover)

TOC Polym Chem

Blackman, L. D.; Wright, D. B.; Robin, M. P.; Gibson, M. I.; O’Reilly, R. K. "Effect of Micellization on the Thermoresponsive Behavior of Polymeric Assemblies", ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4, 1210.


Awards and Funding

£5,000 Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology grant, 2016

£500 D H Richards Memorial Bursary to attend the EUPOC2016 in Lake Garda, Italy, 2016

Best talk in Materials and Polymers Session at Warwick Postgraduate Symposium, UK, 2016

£200 RSC travel grant to attend the 3rd Belgian-German Macromolecular Meeting in Houffalize, Belgium, 2016

2016 IOM3 Young Persons' Lecture Competition, Coventry and Warwickshire Materials Society - 2nd Place

Oral Presentations

253rd ACS Meeting, Polymers and Biomimicry Session, San Francisco, USA, 2017

253rd ACS Meeting, Next Generation Smart Materials Session, San Francisco, USA, 2017

Warwick Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick, UK, 2016

MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Meeting, University of Liverpool, UK, 2016

RSC Biomaterials Chemistry Meeting, University of Birmingham, UK, 2016

Midlands Young Researcher Meeting on Nanomaterials, University of Warwick, UK, 2015

European Polymer Federation Congress, Dresden, Germany, 2015

Poster Presentations

Warwick Polymers 2016, University of Warwick, UK, 2016

EUPOC2016 - Block Copolymers for Nanotechnology Applications, Lake Garda, Italy, 2016

3rd Belgian-German Macromolecular Meeting, Houffalize, Belgium, 2016

12th International Conference on Materials Chemistry, University of York, UK, 2015

Warwick Postgraduate Symposium, University of Warwick, UK, 2015

Emerging Nanomaterials for Healthcare, University of Warwick, UK, 2015

MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Meeting, University of Durham, UK, 2014

Workshop Attendance

Soft Matter CryoTEM Workshop, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2015