Jason Rowley


Started my undergraduate BSc in Chemistry at The University of Leeds in 2010 and graduated in August 2013 with a 2:1 honours degree. I was then awarded the Clothworkers' Scholarship to undertake an MSc in Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals, again at The University of Leeds. Graduated from the MSc in December 2014 with merit and took a three year break from chemistry.

During my chemistry break, I was quickly promoted within the private security industry in London, arriving at Operations manager for one of the three biggest private corporate security companies in London and at times was the line manager for over 300 security officers. But, I missed chemistry and found a wonderful PhD opportunity with Dr Paul Thornton, whom I had got to know during my MSc studies. I was awarded the Gunnell and Matthews Scholarship to undertake the PhD and started in October 2017.

I am also an associate member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) and sit on the RSC Central Yorkshire Local Secution Committee.

Research interests

I am currently interested in the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for therapeutic delivery by ring-opening polymerisation (ROP) of N-carboxyanhydrides (NCAs) and O-carboxyanhydrides (OCAs). I'm also interested in the synthesis of highly functional biodegradable polymers that can be grafted from inorganic materials, thus forming hybrid nanocomposite materials with potential use in theranostic devices or as stimuli-responsive materials. Natural product-based polymers are a potential alternative to some of the non-degradable polymers in the market, thus potentially alleviating the polution caused from these non-degradable polymers and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Thus, I am also interested in the synthesis, and colouration of, such natural product-based biodegradable polymers. I'm also interested in hydrogels and organogels.

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  • MSc Polymers, Colourants and Fine Chemicals
  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Research groups and institutes

  • Colour and Polymer Science