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Prof. Dave Haddleton


Portrait of David HaddletonProfessor David Haddleton has over 30 years of experience in industrial and academic polymer chemistry experience with over 500 academic papers and over 20 patent families.

He has extensive collaborations with industry including Unilever, Lubrizol, Syngenta and SMEs including Medherant.

David is the Director of the Polymer Characterisation RTP at Warwick

D dot M dot Haddleton at warwick dot ac dot uk

024 765 23256

Office C518

Dave Haddleton Group

I am always available

Groups at Warwick


  • 1986 - D Phil University of York "Photochemistry of some metal ethene complexes"
  • 1987 - University of Toronto PDRA
  • 1988 - ICI visiting fellow University of Southern Mississippi
  • 1988 - 1993 ICI senior Scientist
  • 2001-2011 Founder and CSO of Warwick Effect Polymers Ltd
  • 2014 - present Founder and CSO of Medherant Ltd
  • 1993 - present, Professor of Chemistry, University of Warwick
  • 2013 - present Honorary Professor at Monash university (Pharmacy and Materials Engineering)
  • 2014 - 2017 Chair Professor Soochow University, Suzhou, China

I am working on the following projects at the moment:

  • Sustainable Chemistry in flow
  • Stress Free 3d printing
  • Controlled and living radical polymerisation
  • Transdermal drug delivery through new pressure sensitive adhesives
  • Photopolymerisation

New methods of polymer synthesis and catalysis. Specific interests include controlled polymerisation of acrylics and esters by organometallic initiators and catalysts, e.g. atom transfer living polymerisation, catalytic chain transfer polymerisation. Mechanisms of polymerisation and utilisation of this knowledge to design catalysts and organic polymers for specific commercial applications. Environmentally friendly polymerisation and use of biomimetic chemistry in this area.

Chemistry in flow, transdermal drug delivery, development of pressure sensitive adhesives, polymerisation of dienes, biodegradable polymers and polymers for use in personal care.

David teaches the Materials and Polymers (CH272) and the Polymer and Colloid Science (CH3F6) undergraduate modules

I am supervising the following PhD students:

  • Evelina Liarou, <Topic>
  • Ataulla Shegiwal, <Topic>
  • James Town, <Topic>
  • Chris Atkins, <Topic>
  • Mohammed Aljuaid, <Topic>
  • Yujing Chang, <Topic>
  • Gavin Kirby, <Topic>
  • Yongguang Li, <Topic>
  • Arkadios Marathianos, <Topic>
  • Georgios Patias, <Topic>
  • Spyros Efstathiou, <Topic>
  • Ellis Hancox, <Topic>
  • Euan Kendall, <Topic>
  • Congkai Ma, <Topic>
  • Jirui Zhang, <Topic>
  • Lucas Al Shok, <Topic>
  • Despina Coursari, <Topic>
  • Alastair Little, <Topic>
  • Samantha Liu, <Topic>

Please get in touch if you want to join our team.

  • Tunable thermo-responsive polymer-protein conjugates via a combination of nucleophilic thiol-ene "click" and SET-LRP
    Jones Mathew W.; Gibson Matthew I.; Mantovani Giuseppe; Haddleton David M. POLYMER CHEMISTRY 2011, 2, 572-574, DOI: 10.1039/c0py00329h 
  • Synthesis and modification of thermoresponsive poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) via catalytic chain transfer polymerization and thiol-ene Michael addition
    Soeriyadi Alexander H.; Li Guang-Zhao; Slavin Stacy; Haddleton David M. et al. POLYMER CHEMISTRY 2011, 2, 815-822 DOI: 10.1039/c0py00372g 
  • Glycopolymers via catalytic chain transfer polymerisation (CCTP), Huisgens cycloaddition and thiol-ene double click reactions
    L. Nurmi, J. Lindqvist, R. Randev, J. Syrett and D. M. Haddleton, Chemical Communications, 2009, 19, 2727-2729
  • Advances in PEGylation of important biotech molecules: delivery aspects
    S. M. Ryan, G. Mantovani, X. X. Wang, Haddleton, D. M. And D. J. Brayden, Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 2008, 5, 371-383
  • High-Affinity Glycopolymer Binding to Human DC-SIGN and Disruption of DC-SIGN Interactions with HIV Envelope Glycoprotein
    Becer C. Remzi; Gibson Matthew I.; Geng Jin; Haddleton, David M. et al. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 2010, 132, 15130-15132, DOI: 10.1021/ja1056714

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