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Dr. Ronan McHale


Ronan was born and raised in Donegal, Ireland. He obtained his B.Sc (Hons) ('04) and Ph. D. ('07) from the National University of Ireland (Galway) having spent two semesters at Kobe University Japan in '05/'06. His doctoral studies, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Fawaz Aldabbagh (Galway), Prof. Bunichiro Yamada
(Galway/Osaka), Prof. Per B. Zetterlund (Kobe; now UNSW, Sydney) and Prof. Masayoshi Okubo (Kobe), centered on the use of addition−fragmentation chain transfer reactions in radical polymerizations and nitroxide-mediated heterogeneous
polymerizations in supercritical carbon dioxide. After a year post-PhD working in industry, Ronan returned to academia as a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Dr. Xiaosong Wang at the University of Leeds in early 2009 where he worked on the synthesis of novel coordination polymer nanostructures. Ronan came to Warwick in June 2010 to work on nucleobase containing polymers in the O'Reilly group before joining the Haddleton group in September 2012 to work on the Syngenta project.

Research interests:

Controlled/living polymerization, radical polymerization, self assembly, supramolecular chemistry, heterogeneous polymerizations, metallopolymers, nanoparticles

Selected publications:

Biomimetic Radical Polymerization via Cooperative assembly of Segregating
R. McHale; J. P. Patterson; P. B. Zetterlund; R. K. O’Reilly
Nature Chemistry, 2012, 4, 491-497

Dual Lanthanide Role in the Designed Synthesis of Hollow Metal Coordination
(Prussian Blue Analogue) Nanocages with Large Internal Cavity and Mesoporous
Cage via MiniEmulsion Periphery Polymerization (MEPP)
R. McHale; Y. Liu; N. Ghasdian; N. S. Hondow; S. Yie; Y. Lu; R. Brydson; X. Wang
Nanoscale 2011, 3, 3685-3694

Prussian Blue Coordination Polymer Nanobox Synthesis using Miniemulsion Periphery Polymerization (MEPP)
R. McHale; N. Ghasdian; Y. Liu; M. B. Ward; N. S. Hondow; H. Wang; Y. Miao; R.
Brydson; X. Wang
Chem. Comm. 2010, 4574-4576

The Role of Excess Nitroxide in the SG1 (N-tert-Butyl-N-[1-diethylphosphono (2,2-dimethylpropyl)] Nitroxide)-Mediated Polymerization of Methyl Methacrylate
R. McHale; F. Aldabbagh; P.B. Zetterlund
J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem., 2007, 45, 2194-2203

Nitroxide-Mediated Radical Dispersion Polymerization of Styrene in Supercritical
Carbon Dioxide Using a Poly(dimethylsiloxane-b-methyl methacrylate) Stabilizer
R. McHale; F. Aldabbagh; P.B. Zetterlund; H. Minami; M. Okubo
Macromolecules, 2006, 39, 6853-6860

Efficient Synthesis and Copolymerization of Poly(acrylic acid) and Poly(acrylic ester)Macromonomers: Manipulation of Steric Factors
R. McHale; F. Aldabbagh; W.M. Carroll; B. Yamada
Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2005, 206, 2054-2066

See Scifinder for full list of publications


Office phone number:
+44 24 765 22263
Mailing address:
Department of Chemistry, University of Warwick
Library Road, CV4 7AL
Coventry, UK

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