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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,
NE1 8ST

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Engineered living photosynthetic biocomposites for intensified biological carbon capture, In-na, P., Sharp, E., Caldwell, G., Unthank, M., Perry, J., Lee, J. 4 Nov 2022, In: Scientific Reports
  • Self-assembled, hierarchical structured surfaces for applications in (super)hydrophobic antiviral coatings, Dawson, F., Yew, W., Orme, B., Markwell, C., Ledesma Aguilar, R., Perry, J., Shortman, I., Smith, D., Torun, H., Wells, G., Unthank, M. 30 Aug 2022, In: Langmuir
  • The influence of mechanical grinding on the microstructure and corrosion behaviour of A356 aluminium alloys, Goodall, M., Pawar, S., Curioni, M., Morsch, S., Unthank, M., Gibbon, S., Zhou, X. 17 Feb 2022, In: Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Tribological Behavior of Microalloyed Cu50Zr50 Alloy, Younes, A., De la Flor, S., Clark, S., Nutter, J., Birkett, M., Watson, J., Unthank, M., Gonzalez Sanchez, S. 1 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Tribology
  • 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
  • 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

  • Neave White Start Date: 01/10/2022
  • Hoang Nguyen INVESTIGATING NOVEL COVALENT ADAPTIVE NETWORKS POLYMERS FOR APPLICATIONS IN LOW-TEMPERATURE BAKE POWDER COATINGS 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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