Despina obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a specialisation in Food and Environmental Chemistry, from the University of Cyprus in her home country in 2017. She then continued her studies in the UK by doing an MSc in Analytical Science and Instrumentation at the University of Warwick. She was introduced into the polymer world shortly after that, by choosing a research project in the Haddleton group to analyse novel personal care materials in collaboration with Unilever.
In November 2018, she was employed by the Polymer Research Technology Platform (RTP) as a research technician, where she had to provide technical and analytical support for the GPC/SEC and thermal analysis labs.
Despina was awarded the EU Chancellor’s Scholarship in 2019 and is now a 1st year PhD student in the Haddleton group working on Cu(0) RDRP for the synthesis and characterisation of block copolymers with functional groups.
Email: Despina dot Coursari dot 1 at warwick dot ac dot uk