University of Manchester

Professor Peter M. Budd

School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.

Telephone: ++161 275 4711

Email: Peter.Budd@manchester.ac.uk

 

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Welcome to the fascinating world of molecules and macromolecules.

We carry out fundamental research on polymers and their interactions with small molecules. We seek to apply our knowledge for the benefit of society and are developing novel materials for a variety of industrial and medical applications.

POLYMERS THAT BEHAVE AS MOLECULAR SIEVES

In Manchester, we have invented a novel class of polymers, referred to as polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs), which have rigid, contorted molecular structures. In the solid state the polymer molecules cannot pack together efficiently, so the material behaves like a sieve for small molecules (i.e., it has micropores, holes smaller than two nanometers).

PIM-1
PIM-1 membrane

MEMBRANES THAT SELECTIVELY TRANSPORT MOLECULES

A membrane may be used to separate mixtures of gases or liquids into their components. To be useful, a membrane material needs to be both highly selective (i.e., one type of molecule must pass through more easily than others) and highly permeable (i.e., it must let a lot through). We are developing membranes for applications such as carbon dioxide capture and biofuel recovery.

GRAPHENE: THE 2D WONDER MATERIAL

In collaboration with researchers across the Faculty of Science and Engineering, we are seeking to develop the science and technology of graphene-based membranes, exploring a range of applications in molecular separations, as barrier materials, in fuel cells, and in sensors. Watch a video about graphene-based membranes.

Simulation of graphene with PIM-1

POLYELECTROLYTES THAT HELP BONE GROW

Polyelectrolytes are polymers that possess many ionizable groups. In collaboration with Prof. Julie Gough (School of Materials), Prof. David Watts (School of Dentistry) and Prof. Judith Hoyland (School of Medicine), we are investigating bioactive polyelectrolytes for application in tissue engineering.

RECRUITMENT

When postdoctoral research associate postions or funded PhD studentships are available, they are advertised on the University website. We regret that we cannot respond to speculative enquiries, due to the large number that are received.

NEWS

PhD success

Congratulations to Peter Youle, Bann Dawood and Muhanned Khdhayyer on achieving their PhD.

Membranes in Saudi Arabia

Peter Budd spoke at a research conference of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

PIM and POSS

A paper in the Journal of Membrane Science reports nanocomposite membranes of the polymer PIM-1 with polyhedral oligomeric phenethyl-silsesquioxanes (POSS)

Pulling an alcohol out of water

Two papers in the Journal of Membrane Science describe research on membranes for the energy-efficient recovery of biobutanol. One shows that the addition of graphene-like fillers to a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM) can enhance the separation. The other shows that thin films of a PIM in a composite structure can give membranes with high productivity.

Separating colours

A paper in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science shows how a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM) can be modified in different ways, in order to isolate different types of dye.

Materials researchers meet in Boston

Peter Budd gave an invited lecture at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, USA, 27 Nov - 2 Dec 2016.

Speaking in Schools

An academic guest lecture on "Giant Molecules and 2D Materials" teaches young people about our research. We have visited Audenshaw School, Buxton Cummunity School, Al-Jimiatul Islamiyah School in Bolton and Giggleswick School.

Constrained polymer

A Scientific Report shows how selective transport of gases and vapours is changed when a polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM) is constrained in nanoscale channels.

Global challenge

The EPSRC global challenges fund is supporting a feasibility study on "Safe drinking water from fluoride-rich groundwater." In parts of India, and elsewhere, the water contains excessive fluoride, which can give rise to severe health problems. We have developed polymers which readily take up fluoride, and hope to develop an efficient, cost-effective water treatment system that can be used by remote communities.

Manchester Energy highlight

Our Chemical Communication on hypercrosslinked nanoparticle fillers for mixed matrix membranes was the Manchester Energy highlighted publication in May 2016.

Membranes in MOOCs

Our research features in a massive online open course (MOOC) on "Graphene and 2D Materials", and in a forthcoming MOOC on "Industrial Biotechnology."

C&EN looks at graphene

We are quoted in an article in Chemical and Engineering News on "commericalising graphene."

Dielectic spectroscopy reveals polymer mobility

Recent dielectric measurements provide evidence of a high temperature relaxation process in PIM-1.

Polymers for tissue engineering

A paper in Macromolecules presents some of our research on copolymers for application in bone tissue scaffolds.

Award for product utilising Manchester invention

The 3M Organic Vapour Filter End of Service Life Indicator won a Product Innovation Award from the British Safety Industry Federation. The product uses a Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity invented in Manchester. You can read about the product in the May 2015 issue of "Tomorrow's Health & Safety", on p. 36. More information.

Graphene membranes video

A short video about graphene-based membranes can be viewed on the graphene website or on YouTube.

 

Updated 16 March 2017

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Graphene membrane video

Graphene's potential to provide drinking water

Peter Budd talks to Polymer Chemistry

Macromolecules 22 June 2010