Public lecture: How polymers transformed our world

Paul Topham (PR)
Paul Topham, Professor of Polymer Science

6 April 2018

  • Materials expert Professor Paul Topham shows how one type of material completely transformed the modern world
  • Free public lecture takes place on Thursday 3 May. Book your place here.

A world without polymers would throw mankind back decades. They’re responsible for countless additions to the modern world: from biomedical implants and bulletproof vests to 3D printing and a new generation of solar cells.

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Polymer Science at Aston University, Paul Topham will present a celebration of these materials and show how they have changed so many aspects of our lives.

Many people think of ‘plastics’ when they hear the word ‘polymers’. Drawing on more than 15 years of studying the materials, Professor Topham will dispel this common myth as he explores their remarkable properties and why they’re worth learning about.

The lecture is free and open to all on Thursday 3 May. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 18:00 – Refreshments
  • 18:30 – Lecture
  • 19:30 – Nibbles and networking

To book your place, visit the Eventbrite page.


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About Professor Paul Topham

A full profile can be found on the Aston University website.

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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