Professor Peter A. G. Cormack

Associate Dean (International Research), Faculty of Science

Head of Materials and Computational Chemistry

Professor of Polymer Chemistry

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Research Profile

Within the Cormack Group at the University of Strathclyde, we are particularly interested in the synthesis and use of functional organic materials, especially materials based upon macromolecules, with a variety of end applications in mind (including high performance chemical separations, bioanalysis, environmental and forensic analysis, ion-exchange, metrology, films, coatings, drug delivery, proteomics and diagnostics). Typically, the materials are prepared using a broad-range of synthetic methodologies, including radical polymerisation, step-growth polymerisation, template-directed synthesis and solid-phase synthesis. The development and the exploitation of molecularly imprinted polymers, microporous solids, functionalised polymer microspheres, branched polymers, and self-assembling systems are of particular interest. Brief technical details appear below.

 

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs)

Template-directed polymerisations are used to generate porous, network polymers that have extraordinary molecular recognition characteristics. Demonstrated applications include the selective capture of analytes (e.g., drugs from biofluids), the affinity separation of proteins, and the diagnosis and prognosis of diseases such as cancer.

 

Porous Polymer Particulates

Porous polymer particulates, including molecularly imprinted variants, are of interest for chromatographic, analytical, forensic and polymer-supported chemistry applications. When precipitation polymerisation is used to prepare the particulates, clean polymer beads are produced with excellent control over the size (100 nm -10 µm), size-distribution, porosity and chemical functionality.

 

Branched Polymers

Various approaches are under investigation for the controlled, facile synthesis of branched polymers. Branched polymers display unique physico-chemical properties thus convenient synthetic routes into such materials are valued highly.

 

Hypercrosslinked Polymer Microspheres

Spherical, ultra-high specific surface area (> 2,000 m2 g-1) monodisperse polymer microspheres with diameters in the low micrometer size range have been prepared for the first time. The polymers sorb significant levels of both hydrocarbon solvents and water, and thus act as amphipathic micro-sponges. Their performance as sorbents is remarkable.

 

Dynamic Combinatorial Chemistry

Polymer-supported templates in dynamic combinatorial chemistry allow for the simultaneous, selection, amplification and capture of novel molecular receptors. Control of the chemical and physical nature of the polymer support is important.

 

Molecular Diagnostics

SERRS-coded polymer beads are the basis for ultra-sensitive bioanalytical applications (SERRS = Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Scattering). The beads have dye-loaded aggregated metal nanoparticles at their cores and are functionalised with biomolecules, e.g., DNA.

 

Controlled Radical Polymerisation

Methods of controlled radical polymerisation, e.g., RAFT and ATRP, offer convenient access into macromolecules with controlled chemical composition and structure and morphology, and thereby novel toughening agents, surface-active agents, etc.

 

Biodegradable Polymers

Biocompatible, biodegradable polymers can be used as novel macromolecular scaffolds for tissue engineering and drug delivery. Surface patterning methods, e.g., polymer-polymer demixing and colloidal resist methods are relevant because topographical cues can be important for cell proliferation.

 

Nanotechnology

Self-assembly is used as a powerful tool for the facile preparation of conjugates of (discotic) liquid crystals with peptides. The motivation for the work is the development of 3D computer architectures utilising molecular wiring.

 

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Publications

2018 - 2015

  • Synthesis of Poly(Acrylonitrile-co-Divinylbenzene-co-Vinylbenzyl Chloride)-Derived Hypercrosslinked Polymer Microspheres and a Preliminary Evaluation of Their Potential for the Solid-Phase Capture of Pharmaceuticals, N.N.S. Subri, P.A.G. Cormack, S.N.A.M. Jamil, L.C. Abdullah and R. Daik, J. Appl. Polym. Sci. (2018) 135, 45677
  • Automated Protein Biomarker Analysis: On-Line Extraction of Clinical Samples by Molecularly Imprinted Polymers, C. Rossetti, M.A. Świtnicka-Plak, T.G. Halvorsen, P.A.G. Cormack, B. Sellergren and L. Reubsaet, Scientific Reports (2017) 7, 44298
  • Polymer-Supported Photosensitizers for Oxidative Organic Transformations in Flow and Under Visible Light Irradiation, J.M. Tobin, T.J.D. McCabe, A. Prentice, S. Holzer, G.O. Lloyd, M.J. Paterson, V. Arrighi, P.A.G. Cormack and F. Vilela, ACS Catal. (2017) 7, 4602-4612
  • Reconfigurable Particle Separation by Dynamic Acoustic Fields in Microfluidic Devices, G. Simon, J. Marques-Hueso, M.P.Y. Desmulliez, A.L. Bernassau, D. Roolvink, G. Burns, P.A.G. Cormack, M.A.B. Andrade, J. Reboud, J.M. Cooper and M.O. Riehle In Proceedings of the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration. International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations. (2017) 1-7. ISBN: 9781906913274
  • Reflux Precipitation Polymerisation: A New Synthetic Insight in Molecular Imprinting at High Temperature, X. Shen, C. Huang, S. Shinde, M. Switnicka-Plak, P.A.G. Cormack and B. Sellergren, RSC Advances (2016) 6, 81491-81499
  • Non-Aqueous Dispersion (NAD) Polymerisation-Based Synthetic Route to Hypercrosslinked Polymer: Effect of Reaction Temperature and Solvent System on Specific Surface Area, N. Abdullah and P.A.G. Cormack, Advanced Materials Research (2016) 1134, 198-202
  • Comparative Study of Extraction Methods for Bisphenol A in Water by Solid-Phase Extraction and Dispersive Liquid-Liquid Microextraction, S. Borrirukwisitsak, H.E. Keenan, P.A.G. Cormack and C. Gauchotte-Lindsay, Proceedings of the 2nd Environmental and Natural Resource International Conference (ENRIC 2016) (2016) 47-50
  • A Deterministic Method for Particle Sorting by Dynamic Acoustic Fields, G. Simon, M.A.B. Andrade, D. Roolvink, P.A.G. Cormack, M.O. Riehle and A.L. Bernassau, 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). IEEE, 2016. 7728638
  • Hypercrosslinked Materials, N. Fontanals, R.M. Marcé, F. Borrull and P.A.G. Cormack, In A. Méndez-Vilas and A. Solano (Eds.), Material Science: Research Advances, Practical Applications and Educational Aspects, Polymer Science Book Series , Formatex Research Center (2016) 258-269. ISBN (13): 978-84-942134-8-9
  • Hypercrosslinked Materials: Preparation, Characterisation and Applications, N. Fontanals, R.M. Marcé, F. Borrull and P.A.G. Cormack, Polym. Chem. (2015) 6, 7231-7244
  • David Sherrington Commemorative Issue, P.A.G. Cormack and D. Haddleton, Polym. Chem. (2015) 6, 7228-7230
  • Porous Macromolecules for the Selective Capture of Organic Molecules, P.A.G. Cormack, In Proceedings of the 16th IUPAC International Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes (2015) 17. ISBN 978-83-7493-901-0

2014 - 2010

  • Development of New Polar Monolithic Coatings for Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction, N. Gilart, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, N. Fontanals and F. Borrull, J. Separation Sci. (2014) 37, 2225-2232
  • Evaluation of Strong Cation-Exchange Polymers for the Determination of Drugs by Solid-Phase Extraction - Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry, N. Fontanals, N. Fontanals, N. Miralles, N. Abdullah, A. Davies, N. Gilart and P.A.G. Cormack, J. Chromatogr. A (2014) 1343, 55-62
  • Selective Determination of Pharmaceuticals and Illicit Drugs in Wastewaters Using a Novel Strong Cation-Exchange Solid-Phase Extraction Combined with Liquid Chromatography – Tandem Mass Spectrometry, N. Gilart, P.A.G. Cormack, R.M. Marcé, N. Fontanals and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2014) 1325, 137-146
  • Template-Directed Synthesis of Uniformly-Sized Silver Nanoparticles with High Colloidal Stability, M. Salsamendi, P.A.G. Cormack and D. Graham, New J. Chem. (2013) 37, 3591-3594
  • Effect of Climate Change on the Environmental Fate, Bioavailability, Bioaccumulation and Toxicity of Bisphenol A in the Marine Environment, H.E. Keenan, S. Borrirukwisitsak, C. Gauchotte-Lindsay and P.A.G. Cormack, In Proceedings of The 2nd Asian Conference on Civil, Material and Environmental Sciences, Osaka, Japan (2013) 329-334. ISBN: 978-986-89298-0-7
  • Preparation of a Polar Monolithic Coating for Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction of Emerging Contaminants from Wastewaters, N. Gilart, P.A.G. Cormack, R.M. Marcé, F. Borrull and N. Fontanals, J. Chromatogr. A (2013) 1295, 42-47
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Synthesis Using RAFT Polymerisation, P.A.G. Cormack and F. Shimal Mehamod, Sains Malaysiana (2013) 42, 529-535
  • Synthesis and Characterisation of Microporous Polymer Microspheres with Strong Cation-Exchange Character, P.A.G. Cormack, A. Davies and N. Fontanals, React. Func. Polym. (2012) 72, 939-946
  • Special Issue in Honour of Prof. David C. Sherrington FRS. Functional Polymers Between Chemistry and Applications, P.A.G. Cormack, React. Func. Polym. (2012) 72, 913-914
  • Hypercrosslinked Strong Anion-Exchange Resin for Extraction of Acidic Pharmaceuticals from Environmental Water, D. Bratkowska, A. Davies, N. Fontanals, P.A.G. Cormack, F. Borrull, D.C. Sherrington and R.M. Marcé, J. Separation Sci. (2012) 35, 2621-2628
  • Supramolecular Chemistry in Polymer Networks, P. Besenius and P.A.G. Cormack, in Supramolecular Chemistry: from Molecules to Nanomaterials, 3321-3336, J.W. Steed and P.A. Gale (eds), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012
  • Preparation of a Polar Monolithic Stir Bar Based on Methacrylic Acid and Divinylbenzene for the Sorptive Extraction of Polar Pharmaceuticals from Complex Water Samples, D. Bratkowska, N. Fontanals, P.A.G. Cormack, F. Borrull and R.M. Marcé, J. Chromatogr. A (2012) 1225, 1-7
  • Development and Application of a Polar Coating for Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction of Emerging Pollutants from Environmental Water Samples, D. Bratkowska, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, F. Borrull and N. Fontanals, Anal. Chim. Acta (2011) 706, 135-142
  • Synthesis of Caffeic Acid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres and HPLC Evaluation of Their Sorption Properties, Á. Valero-Navarro, M. Gómez-Romero, J.F. Fernández-Sánchez, P.A.G. Cormack, A. Segura-Carretero and A. Fernández-Gutiérrez, J. Chromatogr. A (2011) 1218, 7289-7296
  • Synthesis of Caffeic Acid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres and HPLC Evaluation of their Sorption Properties, Á. Valero Navarro, M. Gómez Romero, J.F. Fernández Sánchez, A. Segura Carretero, P.A.G. Cormack and A. Fernández Gutiérrez, Proc. Eur. Pol. Congr. (2011) 1325
  • Synthesis of Functionalised Polymer Microspheres with Ultra-High Specific Surface Areas and their Applications in Selective Chemical Extractions, P.A.G Cormack, A. Davies and N. Fontanals, Proc. Eur. Pol. Congr. (2011) 962
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymer With High-Fidelity Binding Sites for the Selective Extraction of Barbiturates from Human Urine, A. Beltran, F. Borrull, P.A.G. Cormack and R.M. Marcé, J. Chromatogr. A (2011) 1218, 4612-4618
  • Synthesis of Core-Shell Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres by Precipitation Polymerisation for the In-Line Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction of Thiabendazole from Citrus Fruits and Orange Juice Samples, F. Barahona, E. Turiel, P.A.G. Cormack and A. Martín-Esteban, J. Separation Sci. (2011) 34, 217-224
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Useful Sorbents for Selective Extractions, A. Beltran, F. Borrull, P.A.G. Cormack and R.M. Marcé, Trends Anal. Chem. (2010) 29, 1363-1375
  • Synthetic Approaches to Parabens Molecularly Imprinted Polymers and their Applications to the Solid-Phase Extraction of River Water Samples, A. Beltran, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack and F. Borrull, Anal. Chim. Acta (2010) 677, 72-78
  • Mixed-Mode Ion-Exchange Polymeric Sorbents: Dual-Phase Materials that Improve Selectivity and Capacity, N. Fontanals, P.A.G. Cormack, R.M. Marcé and Francesc Borrull, Trends Anal. Chem. (2010) 29, 765-779
  • Hydrophilic Hypercrosslinked Polymeric Sorbents for the Solid-Phase Extraction of Polar Contaminants from Water, D. Bratkowska, N. Fontanals, F. Borrull, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and R.M. Marcé, J. Chromatogr. A (2010) 1217, 3238-3243
  • Weak Anion-Exchange Hypercrosslinked Sorbent in On-Line Solid-Phase Extraction-Liquid Chromatography Coupling to Achieve Automated Determination with an Effective Clean-Up, N. Fontanals, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington, R.M. Marcé and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2010) 1217, 2855-2861
  • Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction (MISPE) and Liquid Chromatography - Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) Analysis for Ketamine and Norketamine Determination in Hair Samples, N. Harun, R.A. Anderson and P.A.G. Cormack, Anal. Bioanal. Chem. (2010) 396, 2449-2459
  • Affinity Chromatography in Dynamic Combinatorial Libraries: One-Pot Amplification and Isolation of a Strongly Binding Receptor, P. Besenius, P.A.G. Cormack, R.F. Ludlow, S. Otto, J.K.M. Sanders and D.C. Sherrington, Org. Biomol. Chem. (2010) 2414-2418
  • Synthesis and Application of Hypercrosslinked Polymers With Weak Cation-Exchange Character for the Selective Extraction of Basic Pharmaceuticals from Complex Environmental Water Samples, D. Bratkowska, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington, F. Borrull and N. Fontanals, J. Chromatogr. A (2010) 1217, 1575-1582
  • Chromatographic Performance of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Core-Shell Microspheres by Precipitation Polymerisation and Grafted MIP Films Via Iniferter-Modified Silica Beads, F. Barahona, E. Turiel, P.A.G. Cormack and A. Martín-Esteban, J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem. (2010) 48, 1058-1066

2009 - 2005

  • Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction of Cephalexin from Water-Based Matrices, A. Beltran, N. Fontanals, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack and F. Borrull, J. Separation Sci. (2009) 32, 3319-3326
  • Synthesis of Main Chain Chiral Methacrylate Copolymers via Chirality Transfer from Polymerizable Chiral Metal Complexes, S. Jana, P.A.G. Cormack, A.R. Kennedy and D.C. Sherrington, J. Mater. Chem. (2009) 19, 3427-3442
  • Synthesis by Precipitation Polymerisation of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres for the Selective Extraction of Carbamazepine and Oxcarbazepine from Human Urine, A. Beltran, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2009) 1216, 2248-2253
  • Hypercrosslinked Polymer Microspheres with Weak Anion-Exchange Character: Preparation of the Microspheres and their Applications in pH Tuneable, Selective Extraction of Analytes from Complex Environmental Samples, N. Fontanals, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, J. Chromatogr. A (2008) 1215, 21-29
  • Tailored Polymer-Supported Templates in Dynamic Combinatorial Libraries: Simultaneous Selection, Amplification and Isolation of Synthetic Receptors, P. Besenius, P.A.G. Cormack, J. Liu, S. Otto, J.K.M. Sanders and D.C. Sherrington, Chem. Eur. J. (2008) 14, 9006-9019
  • Dynamic Combinatorial Discovery of a [2]-Catenane and its Guest-Induced Conversion into a Molecular Square Host, K.R. West, R.F. Ludlow, P.T. Corbett, P. Besenius, F.M. Mansfield, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington, J.M. Goodman, M.C.A. Stuart and S. Otto, J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2008) 130, 10834-10835
  • Selective Solid-Phase Extraction of Amoxicillin and Cephalexin from Urine Samples Using a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer, A. Beltran, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Separation Sci. (2008) 31, 2868-2874
  • Polymer-Supported Cationic Templates for Molecular Recognition of Anionic Hosts in Water, P. Besenius, P.A.G. Cormack, R.F. Ludlow, S. Otto and D.C. Sherrington, Chem. Commun. (2008) 2809-2811
  • Multidentate Macromolecules for Functionalisation, Passivation and Labelling of Metal Nanoparticles, P.A.G. Cormack, A. Hernandez-Santana, R.A. Prasath, F. McKenzie, D. Graham and W.E. Smith, Chem. Commun. (2008) 2517-2519
  • Monodisperse, Hypercrosslinked Polymer Microspheres: Tailor-Made Sorbents for Highly Efficient Solid-Phase Extractions of Polar Pollutants from Water Samples, N. Fontanals, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2008) 1191, 118-124
  • Synthesis of Densely Branched Poly(Methyl Methacrylates) via Atom Transfer Radical Copolymerization of MMA and EGDMA, D.C. Sherrington, M.-H. Bouhier, P.A.G. Cormack and S. Graham, Polymer Preprints (2008) 49, 105-106
  • Synthesis of Spherical Ultra-High Surface Area Monodisperse Amphipathic Polymer Sponges in the Low Micrometer Size Range, N. Fontanals, P. Manesiotis, D.C. Sherrington and P.A.G. Cormack, Adv. Mater. (2008) 20, 1298-1302
  • Comparison of Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction (MISPE) with Classical Solid-Phase Extraction (SPE) for the Detection of Benzodiazepines in Post-Mortem Hair Samples, R.A. Anderson, M.M. Ariffin, P.A.G. Cormack and E.I. Miller, Forensic Sci. Int. (2008) 174, 40-46
  • Synthesis and Characterisation of Micrometer-Sized Molecularly Imprinted Spherical Polymer Particulates Prepared via Precipitation Polymerization, J.F. Wang, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and E. Khoshdel, Pure Appl. Chem. (2007) 79, 1505-1519
  • Chromatographic Comparison of Bupivacaine Imprinted Polymers Prepared in Different Formats: Crushed Monolith, Microsphere, Silica-Based Composite and Capillary Monolith Formats, J. Oxelbark, C. Legido-Quigley, C.S.A. Aureliano, M.-M. Titirici, E. Schillinger, B. Sellergren, J. Courtois, K. Irgum, L. Dambies, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and E. De Lorenzi, J. Chromatogr. A (2007) 1160, 215-226
  • Synthesis and Application of a Carbamazepine Imprinted Polymer for Solid-Phase Extraction from Urine and Waste Water, A. Beltran, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, Anal. Chim. Acta (2007) 597, 6-11
  • Evaluation of Water-Compatible Molecularly Imprinted Polymers as Solid-Phase Extraction Sorbents for the Selective Extraction of Sildenafil and its Desmethyl Metabolite from Plasma Samples, P. Dżygiel, E. O’Donnell, D. Fraier, C. Chassaing and P.A.G. Cormack, J. Chromatogr. B (2007) 853, 346-353
  • Synthesis of Densely-Branched Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)s via ATR Copolymerisation of Methyl Methacrylate and Ethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate, M.-H. Bouhier, P.A.G. Cormack, S. Graham and D.C. Sherrington, J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem. (2007) 45, 2375-2386
  • Chromatographic Characterisation, Under Highly Aqueous Conditions, of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Binding the Herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid, C. Legido-Quigley, J. Oxelbark, E. De Lorenzi, A. Zurutuza-Elorza and P.A.G. Cormack, Anal. Chim. Acta (2007) 591, 22-28
  • One-Pot Synthesis of Methacrylic Acid-Ethylene Oxide Branched Block and Graft Copolymers, S. Graham, S.P. Rannard, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, J. Mater. Chem. (2007) 17, 545-552
  • Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction of Diazepam and its Metabolites from Hair Samples, M.M. Ariffin, E.I. Miller, P.A.G. Cormack and R.A. Anderson, Anal. Chem. (2007) 79, 256-262
  • Synthesis of Branched Polystyrenes via Cationic Polymerisation, S. Camerlynck, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, European Polym. J. (2006) 42, 3286-3293
  • SERRS-Active Nanoparticle-Polymer Beads for Ultra-Sensitive Biodiagnostic Applications, R.J. Stokes, A. Hernandez-Santana, A. Macaskill, P.A.G. Cormack, W.E. Smith and D. Graham, Micro & Nano Letters (2006) 1, 57-61
  • Direct Determination of Ciprofloxacin by Mass Spectrometry after a Two-Step Solid-Phase Extraction Using a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Separation Sci. (2006) 29, 1230-1236
  • Imprinted Polymers, P.A.G. Cormack, in J. Atwood and J. Steed (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Supramolecular Chemistry, Marcel Dekker, Inc. (2006) DOI: 10.1081/E-ESMC-120012798
  • SERRS Labelled Beads for Multiplex Detection, A.F. McCabe, C. Eliasson, R.A. Prasath, A. Hernandez-Santana, L. Stevenson, I. Apple, P.A.G. Cormack, D. Graham, W.E. Smith, P. Corish, S.J. Lipscomb, E.R. Holland and P.D. Prince, Faraday Discuss. (2006) 132, 303-308
  • Novel Enrofloxacin Imprinted Polymer Applied to the Solid-Phase Extraction of Fluorinated Quinolones from Urine and Tissue Samples, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, Anal. Chim. Acta (2006) 562, 145-151
  • Application of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers to Solid-Phase Extraction of Compounds from Environmental and Biological Samples, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, TrAC (2006) 25, 143-154
  • Facile Synthesis of Branched Water-Soluble Poly(Dimethylacrylamide)s in Conventional and Parallel Reactors Using Free Radical Polymerisation, F. Isaure, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, React. Func. Polym. (2006) 66, 65-79
  • HPLC Imprinted-Stationary Phase Prepared by Precipitation Polymerisation for the Determination of Thiabendazole in Fruits, E. Turiel, J.L. Tadeo, P.A.G. Cormack and A. Martin-Esteban, Analyst (2005) 130, 1601-1607
  • Hyperbranched (Co)Polymers via Free Radical Polymerization of Polymerizable Barton Esters, P.A.G. Cormack, N. Shirshova and J.H.G. Steinke, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (2005) 44, 8699-8706
  • Control of Branching Vs. Crosslinking in Conventional Free Radical Copolymerisation of MMA and EGDMA Using CoBF as a Catalytic Chain Transfer Agent, S. Camerlynck, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and G. Saunders, J. Macromol. Sci., Part B: Physics (2005) 44, 881-895
  • Selective Enrichment of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs From River Water Samples by Solid-Phase Extraction With a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Separation Sci. (2005) 28, 2080-2085
  • Synthesis and Application of an Oxytetracycline Imprinted Polymer for the Solid-Phase Extraction of Tetracycline Antibiotics, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, Anal. Chim. Acta (2005) 552, 81-86
  • Use of Rapid Triple-Detection Size-Exclusion Chromatography to Evaluate the Evolution of Molar Mass and Branching Architecture During Free Radical Branching Copolymerization of Methyl Methacrylate and Ethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate, G. Saunders, P.A.G. Cormack, S. Graham and D.C. Sherrington, Macromolecules (2005) 38, 6418-6422
  • Polymeric SERRS Beads for Ultra-Sensitive Analysis, A. Hernandez, D. Graham, W.E. Smith, P. Cormack and A. McCabe, Abstr. Pap. Am. Chem Soc. (2005) 229: 393-ANYL Part 1
  • One-Pot Synthesis of Branched Poly(Methacrylic Acid)s and Suppression of the Rheological "Polyelectrolyte Effect”, S. Graham, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, Macromolecules (2005) 38, 86-90
  • Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction of Cocaine Metabolites from Aqueous Samples, A. Zurutuza, S. Bayoudh, P.A.G. Cormack, L. Dambies, J. Deere, R. Bischoff and D.C. Sherrington, Anal. Chim. Acta (2005) 542, 14-19
  • Evaluation of a New Hypercrosslinked Polymer as a Sorbent for Solid-Phase Extraction of Polar Compounds, N. Fontanals, M. Galià, P.A.G. Cormack, R.M. Marcé, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2005) 1075, 51-56
  • Synthesis of Davankov-Type Hypercrosslinked Resins Using Different Isomer Compositions of Vinylbenzyl Chloride Monomer, and Application in the Solid-Phase Extraction of Phenols, N. Fontanals, J. Cortés, M. Galià, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, F. Borrull and D.C. Sherrington, J. Polym. Sci.: Part A: Polym. Chem. (2005) 43, 1718-1728
  • Scaffolding of Discotic Liquid Crystals, M. Murugesan, R.J. Carswell, D. White, P.A.G. Cormack and B.D. Moore in "3D Nanoelectronic Computer Architecture and Implementation", Eds. D. Crawley, K. Nicolić and M. Forshaw, (2005) pp. 224-241, IOP Publishing Ltd., London.

2004 - 2000

  • Aqueous ATRP of 4-Styrene Sulfonic Acid (SSA) and 2-(Dimethylamino)ethyl Methacrylate (DMAEMA) from a Polysaccharide Macroinitiator, P.A.G. Cormack, S.P. Rannard, S.P. Rogers and N. Simpson, e-Polymers (2004) http://www.e-polymers.org/paris/data/L3611.pdf
  • A New Molecularly Imprinted Polymer For the Selective Extraction of Naproxen From Urine Samples by Solid-Phase Extraction, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. B. (2004) 813(1-2), 137-143
  • Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction of Naphthalene Sulfonates from Water, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2004) 1047, 175-180
  • Synthesis of Branched Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)s via Controlled/Living Polymerisations Exploiting Ethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate as Branching Agent, F. Isaure, P.A.G. Cormack, S. Graham, D.C. Sherrington, S.P. Armes and V. Bütün, Chem. Commun. (2004) 1138-1139
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers: Synthesis and Characterisation, P.A.G. Cormack and A. Zurutuza Elorza, J. Chromatogr. B (2004) 804(1), 173-182
  • Synthesis of Branched Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)s: Effect of the Branching Comonomer Structure, F. Isaure, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, Macromolecules (2004) 37(6), 2096-2105
  • Facile Synthesis of Branched Poly(Methyl Methacrylate)s, F. Isaure, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, J. Mater. Chem. (2003) 13, 2701-2710
  • Monodisperse, Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres Prepared via Precipitation Polymerisation for Affinity Separation Applications, J.F. Wang, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and E. Khoshdel, Angew. Chem. (2003) 115, 5494-5496
  • Monodisperse, Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Microspheres Prepared via Precipitation Polymerisation for Affinity Separation Applications, J.F. Wang, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and E. Khoshdel, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2003) 42(43), 5336-5338
  • On-Line Solid-Phase Extraction With Molecularly Imprinted Polymers to Selectively Extract Substituted 4-Chlorophenols and 4-Nitrophenols from Water, E. Caro, R.M. Marcé, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and F. Borrull, J. Chromatogr. A (2003) 995, 233-238
  • Synthesis and Characterisation of an Extended Series of Biodegradable Cycloaliphatic Polyesters, E. Barriau, P.A.G. Cormack, J.H. Daly, J.J. Liggat and A. Quincy, Eur. Cells Mater. (2002) 4 Suppl. 2, 100
  • Imprinted Polymers as Tailor-Made Stationary Phases for Affinity Separation, K. Haupt, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Mosbach, In Theory and Practice of Biochromatography, Harwood Academic Publishers (2002) 419-431
  • Non-Covalent and Semi-Covalent Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Selective On-Line Solid-Phase Extraction of 4-Nitrophenol From Water Samples, E. Caro, N. Masqué, R. M. Marcé, F. Borrull, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, J. Chromatogr. A (2002) 963(1-2), 169-178
  • Spherical Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Particles: A New Tool for Molecular Recognition for Capillary Electrokinetic Separations, T. de Boer, R. Mol, R.A. de Zeeuw, G.J. de Jong, D.C. Sherrington, P.A.G. Cormack, W. Blau and K. Ensing, Electrophoresis (2002) 23, 1296-1300
  • Development of a Semi-Automated Procedure for the Synthesis and Evaluation of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Applied to the Search for Functional Monomers for Phenytoin and Nifedipine, F. Lanza, A.J. Hall, B. Sellergren, A. Bereczki, G. Horvai, S. Bayoudh, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, Anal. Chim. Acta (2001) 435(1), 91-106
  • Development of a Semi-Automated Procedure for the Synthesis and Evaluation of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers Applied to the Search for Functional Monomers for Phenytoin and Nifedipine, F. Lanza, A.J. Hall, B. Sellergren, A. Bereczki, G. Horvai, S. Bayoudh, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, Anal. Chim. Acta (2001) 435(1), 91-106
  • Molecular Imprinting on Microgel Spheres, L. Ye, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Mosbach, Anal. Chim. Acta (2001) 435(1), 187-196
  • Rapid Determination of Clenbuterol in Bovine Liver by Combining Matrix Solid-Phase Dispersion and Molecularly Imprinted Solid-Phase Extraction Followed by Liquid Chromatography / Electrospray / Ion-Trap Multiple Stage Mass Spectrometry, C. Crescenzi, S. Bayoudh, P.A.G. Cormack, T. Klein and K. Ensing, Anal. Chem. (2001) 73, 2171-2177
  • Synthesis and Evaluation of a Molecularly Imprinted Polymer for Selective On-Line Solid-Phase Extraction of 4-Nitrophenol from Environmental Water, N. Masqué, R. M. Marcé, F. Borrull, P.A.G. Cormack and D.C. Sherrington, Anal. Chem. (2000) 72(17), 4122-4126
  • Affinity Separation: Imprint Polymers, P.A.G. Cormack, K. Haupt, and K. Mosbach, In Encyclopedia of Separation Science, Academic Press Ltd. (2000) 288-296
  • Molecular Imprints for Solid-Phase Extraction, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Haupt in Encyclopedia of Separation Science, pp. 3395-3400, Academic Press Ltd. (2000)
  • Application of Molecularly Imprinted Polymers in Supercritical Fluid Chromatography, A. Ellwanger, P.K. Owens, L. Karlsson, S. Bayoudh, P.A.G. Cormack, D.C. Sherrington and B. Sellergren, J. Chromatogr. A (2000) 897, 317-327

1999-1996

  • Molecularly Imprinted Monodisperse Microspheres for Competitive Radioassay, L. Ye, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Mosbach, Anal. Commun. (1999) 36, 35-38
  • Molecular Imprinting: Recent Developments and the Road Ahead, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Mosbach, React. Func. Polymers (1999) 41, 115-124
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Application in Chemical Analysis, P.A.G. Cormack and K. Mosbach, American Biotech. Lab. (1998) 16(6), 47-48
  • Molecular Imprinting: Status Artis et Quo Vadere?, K. Mosbach, K. Haupt, X.-C. Liu, P.A.G. Cormack and O. Ramström in R.A. Bartsch, M. Maeda (Eds.), Molecular and Ionic Recognition with Imprinted Polymers, ACS Symposium Series 703, 1998
  • Monodisperse Liquid Crystalline Peptides, P.A.G. Cormack, B.D. Moore and D.C. Sherrington, J. Mater. Chem. (1997) 7(10), 1977-1983
  • Solid Phase Synthesis of Liquid Crystalline Oligopeptides, P.A.G. Cormack, B.D. Moore and D.C. Sherrington, Chem. Commun. (1996) (3), 353-354

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Co-Workers

Mariam Badawi (Polymers for ophthalmology); PhD student

John Barratt (Polyurethanes); PhD student

Tuğrul Cem Bıçak (Molecularly imprinted polymers); PhD student

Grant Cameron (Infinite polymer networks); PhD student

Stuart Dargo (Polymeric sorbents); PhD student

Elaine Gray (Polymeric sorbents); MChem student

Mingquan Liu (Molecularly imprinted polymers); PhD student

Stuart Lynch (Super-absorbent polymers); MChem student

Siti Nor Qamarina Manaf (Polymer functionalisation); PhD student

Timothy McCabe (Polymeric sorbents); PhD student

Christina McKendry (Polymer functionalisation); MChem student

Danny Roolvink (Super-absorbent polymers); PhD student

Magdalena Świtnicka-Plak (Molecularly imprinted polymers); PhD student

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Vacancies

At the time of last updating of this section (23rd January 2018), there were no PhD or postdoctoral vacancies available immediately within the Cormack Group.

If you wish to join the Cormack Group as a postgraduate or postdoctoral researcher, and you have your own funding in place or funding avenue lined up, then please contact Peter directly.

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Biography

Peter Cormack was raised in Fankerton, a village located in the upper reaches of the Carron Valley in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and was schooled in nearby Denny. He graduated from the University of Strathclyde as BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry in 1992, and gained undergraduate and postgraduate industrial research experience with Raychem Ltd. in Swindon, UK, working on high-performance, thermoplastic polymers. Electing to remain at Strathclyde to pursue his scientific interests further, he worked towards a PhD under the guidance of Professor David C. Sherrington and Dr Barry D. Moore, graduating in July 1996. His PhD work, sponsored by Merck Ltd. and the SERC, focussed upon the design and the synthesis of monodisperse liquid crystalline peptides and polymers.

In February 1996, Peter moved to the University of Cambridge to take up a position as Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis, working with Dr Joachim H.G. Steinke on the synthesis of hyperbranched vinyl polymers. He then moved to Lund University, Sweden, in March 1997, to work with Professor Klaus Mosbach in the area of molecularly imprinted polymers, initially as a Post-Doctoral Fellow within the Department of Pure & Applied Biochemistry (Tillämpad Biokemi) and latterly as Vice-Director of Research in the Center for Molecular Imprinting and Molecular Recognition.

In September 1998, Peter returned to the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde to take up a position as Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry, a position that was funded by ICI for the first three years. Subsequently, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in April 2004, and was awarded the RSC/SCI Macro Group UK Young Researchers' Medal for 2005 in recognition of his contributions to polymer science and research potential. Thereafter, Peter was promoted to Reader in Polymer Chemistry in 2007 and to Professor of Polymer Chemistry in 2009. He was Scientist in Residence at the Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures, Montréal, Canada in 2008, and has held Visiting Professorships in Canada (2008), Malaysia (2011) and Poland (2015). He was Deputy Head of the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry from 2016-2017 and is now Head of Materials and Computational Chemistry. Since 2015, Peter is Associate Dean for International Research in the Faculty of Science at Strathclyde.

Peter’s research interests lie predominantly in the areas of synthetic polymer chemistry and materials science, with special emphasis on the design, synthesis and applications of functional organic polymers.

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Contact Information

 

WestCHEM, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

University of Strathclyde

Thomas Graham Building

295 Cathedral Street

Glasgow, G1 1XL

SCOTLAND

 

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+44-(0)141-548 4951

 

E-mail:

Peter.Cormack@strath.ac.uk

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