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Athina Anastasaki


Athina was born in Athens in 1988 and graduated from the University of Athens in 2011 with 1st Class Honours .The final year of her undergraduate study included a 6 month research project, under the supervision of professor Marinos Pitsikalis which resulted in her first publication.She is currently a third year PhD student working in the Haddleton Polymer group,sponsored by Lubrizol.The project is entitled " Functionalised Polymer Additives for Novel Lubricating Regimes "

Research interests

Controlled/living radical polymerisation, catalytic chain transfer and radical polymerisation for the synthesis of diverse polymeric architectures

Glycochemistry inlcuding binding and inhibition testing

Synthesis of polymer-protein conjugates


Selected Publications

(13) Copper-mediated living radical polymerization (SET-LRP) of lipophilic monomers from multi-functional initiators: reducing star–star coupling at high molecular weights and high monomer conversions

stars chris paper

Christopher Waldron,a Athina Anastasaki,a Ronan McHale,a Paul Wilson,a
Zaidong Li,a Tim Smithb and David M. Haddleton*a

Polym. Chem., 2014, Advance Article

(12) High Molecular Weight Block Copolymers by Sequential Monomer Addition via Cu(0)-Mediated Living Radical Polymerization (SET-LRP): An Optimized Approach

high mw

Athina Anastasaki,† Christopher Waldron,† Paul Wilson,† Cyrille Boyer,‡ Per B. Zetterlund,‡ Michael R. Whittaker,*,†,§and David Haddleton*,†

ACS Macro Lett.,2013, 2, pp 896–900

(11) Absolut “copper catalyzation perfected”; robust living polymerization of NIPAM: Guinness is good for SET-LRP


Christopher Waldron, Qiang Zhang, Zaidong Li, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Gabit Nurumbetov, Jamie Godfrey, Ronan McHale, Gokhan Yilmaz, Rajan K. Randev, Mony Girault,
Kayleigh McEwan, David M. Haddleton,*Martijn Droesbeke, Alice J. Haddleton,
Paul Wilson, Alexandre Simula, Jennifer Collins, Danielle J. Lloyd, James A. Burns,
Christopher Summers, Claudia Houben, Athina Anastasaki, Muxiu Li, C. Remzi Becer, Jenny K. Kiviaho and Nuttapol Risangud

Polym. Chem., 2014, Advance Article

(10) Self-activation and activation of Cu(0) wire for SET-LRP mediated by fluorinated alcohols

number 10

Shampa R. Samantaa, Hao-Jan Suna, Athina Anastasakiab, David M. Haddletonb and Virgil Percec*a

Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article

(9) SET-LRP of methacrylates in fluorinated alcohol


Shampa R. Samantaa, Athina Anastasakiab, Christopher Waldronab, David M. Haddletonb and Virgil Percec*a

Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article

(8) SET-LRP of hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylates in tetrafluoropropanol

Shampa R. Samantaa, Athina Anastasakiab, Christopher Waldronab, David M. Haddletonb and Virgil Percec*a

Polym. Chem., 2013, Advance Article

(7) Poly(acrylates) via SET-LRP in a continuous tubular reactor

flow paperJames A. Burnsa, Claudia Houbenab, Athina Anastasakia, Christopher Waldrona, Alexei A. Lapkinb and David M. Haddleton*a

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 4809-4813

(6) Polymerization of long chain [meth]acrylates by Cu(0)-mediated and catalytic chain transfer polymerisation (CCTP): high fidelity end group incorporation and modification

long polymers

Athina Anastasaki, Christopher Waldron, Vasiliki Nikolaou, Paul Wilson, Ronan McHale, Timothy Smith and David M. Haddleton

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 4113-4119

(5) Aqueous Copper-Mediated Living Polymerization: Exploiting Rapid Disproportionation of CuBr with Me6TREN

more polymers

 Qiang Zhang, Paul Wilson, Zaidong Li, Ronan McHale, Jamie Godfrey, Athina Anastasaki, Christopher Waldron, and David M. Haddleton

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135 (19), pp 7355–7363

(4) Sequence-Controlled Multi-Block Glycopolymers to Inhibit DC-SIGN-gp120 Binding


Qiang Zhang, Jennifer Collins, Athina Anastasaki, Russell Wallis, Daniel A. Mitchell, C. Remzi Becer, David M. Haddleton

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 4435 –4439

(3) The importance of ligand reactions in Cu(0)-mediated living radical polymerisation of acrylates


Athina Anastasaki, Christopher Waldron, Paul Wilson, Ronan McHale and David M. Haddleton

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 2672-2675

(2) Copper(0)-mediated radical polymerisation in a self-generating biphasic system


Cyrille Boyer, Amir Atme, Christopher Waldron, Athina Anastasaki, Paul Wilson, Per B. Zetterlund, David Haddleton and Michael R. Whittaker

Polym. Chem., 2013,4, 106-112

(1) Statistical copolymers of methyl methacrylate and 2-methacryloyloxyethyl ferrocenecarboxylate: Monomer reactivity ratios, thermal and electrochemical properties

Margarita Droulia, Athina Anastasaki, Alexandros Rokotas, Marinos Pitsikalis, Patrina Paraskevopoulou

J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 49: 3080–3089, 2011


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Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
Library Road, CV4 7AL
Coventry, UK