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Matt UnthankDr Matt Unthank

Dr. Matt Unthank has over 10 years’ experience in research and leadership roles with two major multinational research organisations, spanning two industrial sectors (pharmaceuticals and polymers). His industrial experience is specifically in polymer synthesis, coatings research and commercial scale-up of chemical processes, established though both industrial (AkzoNobel – Polymer Chemistry Technical Leader; GSK – Senior Scientist) and academic (visiting academic University of Manchester, Associate Professor in Polymer Chemistry, Northumbria University) research employment.

This experience includes the development of new polymers, polymerisation processes and coating systems to meet market requirements and coating performance properties (including corrosion protection, chemical resistance and exterior durability). This is demonstrated through an extensive patent portfolio in this field (WO 2018011103, WO 2017068015, WO 2015165808, WO 2015082409, WO 2013107747).

Justin PerryProfessor Justin Perry

Prof. Justin Perry has over 15 years of experience of working closely with the polymer, materials and formulation industries through Industry funded collaborative PhD projects and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP- currently 5) across the coatings, inks and additives industries. Specifically, Professor Perry has a long-standing collaboration with AkzoNobel having supervised 6 PhD research projects over 15 years in the field of polymeric coatings.

In addition to this, Prof. Perry has led a KTP with a NE based ink manufacturer Multichem Ltd (rated ‘outstanding’ on completion) and a double KTP (with Dr Unthank) with Lear Corporation (polymer foam synthesis and engineering). In addition, Prof Perry has run the Nzomics Biocatalysis (with Prof Gary Black) for over 10 years developing biotechnology solutions for clients in the pharma, fine chemical and bulk chemical sector in part supported by InnovateUK funding.


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