Professor Paul Topham

Director of the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR)

Professor of Polymer Science


Phone number: 0121 204 3413 
Room number: MB128 


Professor Topham joined the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry subject group at Aston in August 2008 as a Lecturer in Chemistry, became a Senior Lecturer in August 2012, a Reader in Polymer Chemistry in August 2013 and a Professor in August 2017. He is the Director of the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Guest Professor at the South China University of Technology (SCUT), Guangzhou, P.R. China, Secretary of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Polymer Terminology (SPT), Chartered Chemist (CChem) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).


Following the completion of a PhD in 2006 with Professor Anthony J Ryan OBE, he undertook a post-doctoral research position working for Unilever, under the supervision of Professor Steve Armes. 

Prof. Topham’s research focuses on the synthesis, development and application of well-defined polymer systems, including “smart” polymers, biocompatible and biodegradable materials and tethered polymer brushes, within the Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) at Aston University. Conventional and Controlled polymerisation techniques (homogeneous and heterogeneous) are combined with synthetic organic chemistry to fabricate novel (co)polymers, which display varying phenomena, depending on the material itself and the environment in which it is placed. Characterisation techniques of their nanoscale behaviour involve x-ray scattering and neutron reflectivity amongst more traditional methods. Current research interests include organic solar cellsrubber technology, "Smart Cities", electrospinning, microphase separation, polymer fibres and water purification.

  • Dr Anna Isakova, Researcher (working on phase separation in polymer systems)
  • Dr Elena Patyukova, Marie Curie Fellow (working on block copolymer self-assembly)
  • Miss Sudarat Khadsai, Thai PhD student (working on RAFT polymerisation from semi-conducting polymers)
  • Mr George Parkes, PhD student (working on RAFT polymerisation)    
  • Mr Christian Burton, PhD student (working on synchrotron radiation rigs for MX beamlines)
  • Miss Sian Layton, PhD student (working on self-assembled silicon hydrogels)


Miss Pauline Debourdieu, ERASMUS student; Mr Yanis Amara, ERASMUS student; Miss Elodie Gourdon, ERASMUS student; Dr Isabel Fraga Dominguez, PhD student; Dr Joanna Kolomanska, PhD student; Mr Ales Saman, visiting Czech PhD student; Miss Renata Rybakiewicz, visiting Polish PhD student; Miss Elodie Vanel, ERASMUS student; Miss Marion Quintana, ERASMUS student; Dr Priscilla Johnston, PDRA; Miss Lucie Vejsadova, ERASMUS student; Dr Nikki Pullan, PhD Student; Miss Sutinee Girdthep, visiting Thai PhD student; Miss Clotilde Cellié, ERASMUS student; Mr François Sahuquet, ERASMUS student; Dr Keith Berry, PhD student; Miss Sujitra Ruengdechawiwat, visiting Thai PhD student, Dr Martin Levere, PDRA; Mr Alberto Gregori, visiting PhD student from the Université de Pau, France; Dr Harikrishna Erothu, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow; Miss Marion Bertrand, ERASMUS student; Miss Caroline Morin, ERASMUS student; Dr Arun Sohdi, PhD Student; Miss Wijitra Meelua, visiting Thai PhD student, Mr Quentin Bréton, ERASMUS student; Mr Mohammed Mizan Ahmad, Nuffield Placement student; Mr Michael J. Harvey, Aston Graduate Researcher; Miss Charlotte Grozel, ERASMUS student; Mr Vincent Deydier, ERASMUS student; Mr Rachid El-Ouazzani, Leonardi da Vinci Researcher; Mr Younes Baali, ERASMUS student; Mr Najim Chaib, ERASMUS student; Miss Manita Dumklang, visiting Thai PhD student


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)
  • Chartered Chemist (CChem)
  • Secretary of the IUPAC Subcommittee on Polymer Terminology (SPT) 
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of Division IV (Polymers) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)    
  • Committee Member of the MacroGroup UK



Follow this link for Professor Turitsyn's guide to a range of different funding opportunities for international researchers. For further information, contact Dr Topham directly:

Funding opportunities