University of Manchester

Professor Peter M. Budd

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

Telephone: ++161 275 4711


Peter Budd








Graphene link






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.


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 2 nanometers).

PIM-1 membrane


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.


In collaboration with researchers across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, 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 are polymers that possess many ionizable groups. In collaboration with Prof. Sandra Downes and Dr. 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.


A position is currently available for a Research Associate in Synthesis and Fabrication of Polymeric Membranes. Applications must be made online before the deadline of 17th July 2015.


Advanced Materials in New Zealand

In February, Peter Budd delivered a keynote lecture at AMN-7 in Nelson, and gave a seminar at the University of Auckland.

First commercial product using a PIM

A polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM) is a key component of a new type of sensor that indicates when it is time for a user of industrial respirators to change their organic vapour filter. Press release

EPSRC supports UK membrane research

A five-year EPSRC-funded programme grant "From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function" (SynFabFun) kicked off in April 2015. The research programme brings together key groups researching membranes for gas and liquid separations at Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, Edinburgh and Bath Universities.

Graphene membranes video

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

Manchester and Liverpool United

An EPSRC-funded programme of research "Organic Mixed Matrix Membrane Technologies for Post-combustion CO2 Capture" (ORGMENT) commenced in 2015. The research, which links Manchester and Liverpool Universities, builds on earlier work reported in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

Porous Polymers at the American Chemcial Society

Peter Budd delivered an invited lecture at the Porous Polymers Symposium, during the ACS meeting in San Francisco, 21-25 August 2014.

Mealin Suzhou, China

Membrane Scientists in China

Peter Budd was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Conference on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM 2014), held in Suzhou, China, 20-25 July 2014.

Carbon Capture in South Africa

Peter Budd was a guest speaker at a Carbon Capture workshop held at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, 24-26 March 2014.

Cape Town
BBC World Service - Business Daily - Carbon - 22 Jan 2014

World leading research

Our research on graphene-based membranes featured in the BBC World Service "Business Daily" look at "Elemental business: Carbon materials" on 22nd Jan 2014.


Updated 29 June 2015

Copyright © 2006 - 2015 Peter M. Budd


Graphene membrane video

Graphene's potential to provide drinking water

Peter Budd talks to Polymer Chemistry

Macromolecules 22 June 2010