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Dr Matthew Unthank

Associate Professor

Department: Applied Sciences

 Matthew Unthank

Dr Matt Unthank is a Senior Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry within the Department of Applied Sciences at Northumbria University. His background is one of industrial research and academic collaboration having held leadership positions in polymer research within the coating industry with AkzoNobel and process chemistry and scale-up positions within the pharmaceutical industry with GlaxoSmithKline.

Matt joined the department in 2018 and lectures in polymer and organic chemistry across the BSc and MChem courses within the University.

Campus Address

Room D225, Ellison Building,
Northumbria University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Immobilising Microalgae and Cyanobacteria as Biocomposites: New Opportunities to Intensify Algae Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, Caldwell, G., In-na, P., Hart, R., Sharp, E., Stefanova, A., Pickersgill, M., Walker, M., Unthank, M., Perry, J., Lee, J. 29 Apr 2021, In: Energies
  • Tribological behaviour of microalloyed Cu50Zr50 alloy, Younes, A., De la Flor, S., Clark, S., Nutter, J., Birkett, M., Watson, J., Unthank, M., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 7 Sep 2021, In: Journal of Tribology
  • The Importance of Ionic Conduction in Microwave Heated Polyesterifications, Hargreaves, G., Buttress, A., Dimitrakis, G., Dodds, C., Martin-Tanchereau, P., Unthank, M., Irvine, D. 1 Mar 2020, In: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering
  • Amino-borate complexation for controlling transport phenomena of penetrant molecules into polymeric matrices, Unthank, M., Cameron, C., Wright, A., Alam, A., Probert, M. 26 Jun 2019, 15th Coatings Science International 2019
  • Amino-diol borate complexation for controlling transport phenomena of penetrant molecules into polymeric matrices, Unthank, M., Cameron, C., Wright, A., Hughes, D., Alam, A., Probert, M. 28 Sep 2019, In: Polymer Chemistry
  • Design and Optimisation of a Microwave Reactor for Kilo-Scale Polymer Synthesis, Buttress, A., Hargreaves, G., Ilchev, A., Monti, T., Sklavounou, A., Katrib, J., Martin-Tanchereau, P., Unthank, M., Irvine, D., Dodds, C. 1 May 2019, In: Chemical Engineering Science: X
  • A highly diastereoselective chloride-mediated dynamic kinetic resolution at phosphorus on-route to a key intermediate in the synthesis of GSK2248761A, Ironmonger, A., Shipton, M., Slater, F., Szeto, P., Unthank, M., Alexandre, F., Caillet, C., Dousson, C. 30 May 2018, In: Tetrahedron Letters
  • Process for the manufacture of an epoxy-functional polyester, epoxy-functional polyester obtained by such process and coating composition comprising such epoxy-functional polyester, Unthank, M., Jackson, I., Thompson, B. 18 Jan 2018
  • Coating method for surfaces in chemical installations, Cameron, C., Wright, A., Unthank, M., Wood, J. 27 Apr 2017
  • Coating method for surfaces in chemical installations, Wright, A., Unthank, M., Cameron, C. 11 Jun 2015

PGR Supervision

  • Hoang Nguyen Biomimetic’ Macromolecules and Materials for New Industrial Applications Start Date: 01/10/2021
  • Lynn Anderson New Sustainable Methods in Remanufacturing Thermoset Polymers to Inherently Safe Materials Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Joseph Watson Design and synthesis of triggered, Responsive Polymers for Active Corrosion Protection Start Date: 01/10/2018

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