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Tom Swift

Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Faculty/Dept/School School of Chemistry and Bioscience
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 235487


Programme Lead for Apprenticeships
Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Dr Swift's research focuses on functional polymer materials; primarily stimuli responsive macromolecules which respond to their surroundings. He has an interest in developing new characterisation techniques to better understand these complex material systems.

He received a degree as a master of Chemistry (MChem Industry) from the University of York, having spent his fourth year at an industrial placement at AkzoNobel’s Decorative Paints division researching novel film functionality.

He began a PhD at the University of Sheffield where he specialised in stimuli responsive polymer synthesis and analysis, in a range of fields and applications including; fluorescence tagging, material characterisation, solution behavior of smart polymers and an understanding of water treatment processes. Practical experience with free radical, RAFT and ATRP methods of synthesising both linear polymers, branched polymers and hydrogels, extensive use of GPC techniques and time resolved fluorescence spectrometers.

He took up his post as Lecturer at the University of Bradford September 2016, originally as Lecturer in Polymer Characterisation before receiving a promotion to Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in 2019. He is now the Programme Lead for the BSc Chemistry Apprenticeship, a level 6 training program for the Laboratory Scientist standard. He is also a co-investigator of the Project Cayman ERDF / Northern Powerhouse industrial collaboration funding designed to encourage access to academic expertise across the north of England.


Teaching highlights

Programme Leader for BSc Chemistry Apprenticeship (2018 - X)

Co-ordinate and plan for our distance learning, industrially focused BSc Chemistry course.
In addition to this role I deliver on the following modules
CFS4026-D - Practical Chemistry 1 - Module leader (2016 - 2020)
CFS7018-B - Materials Characterisation (35% module load)
CFS7028-B - Imaging (50% module load)
CFS7023-E - Research Project - Advanced Investigations (Module Leader 2016 - X)

CFS5018-B - Physical Chemistry 2 (Colloids content - 2020 only)

And I have offered student research supervision for projects in the following modules:
CFS7005-E - Stage Four Research Project (MChem)
BIS6026-D - Biomedical Science Research Project
BIS7005-E - Research Project (Biomedical Science)
ARC6025-D - Dissertation (Archeology)

Teaching interests

Programme Leader of the BSc Chemistry Apprenticeship program.
My specific teaching involves aspects of practical chemistry, research projects and scientific discovery.

I teach some elements of colloidal physical chemistry, materials characterisation and imaging to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.


Polymer Chemistry, Polymer Physics, Materials Interactions, Stimuli-Responsive Behaviours

Professional activities

  • 01-DEC-17: Equality, Diversity and Opportunities Committee (EDOC),


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleDevelopments in silicone technology for use in stoma care (2020)
AuthorsSwift T.;Westgate G.;Van Onselen J.;Lee S.
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
TitleFluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of Bacteria Mineral Interface Adsorption of Lipopolysaccharides to Silica and Alumina (2020)
AuthorsFateh El-Taboni, Emily Caseley, Maria Katsikogianni, Linda Swanson, Thomas Swift,* 4andMariaE.Romero-Gonzaĺez*
PublisherAmerican chemical society
TitleShort phosphate glass fiber - PLLA composite to promote bone mineralization (2019)
AuthorsMelo, P.; Tarrant, E.; Swift, Thomas; Townshend, A.; German, M.; Ferreira, A-M.; Gentile, P.; Dalgarno, K.
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
TitleA muscle mimetic polyelectrolyte–nanoclay organic–inorganic hybrid hydrogel: its self-healing, shape-memory and actuation properties (2019)
AuthorsBanerjee, S.L.; Swift, Thomas; Hoskins, Richard; Rimmer, Stephen; Singha, N.K.
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B
TitleOsteoinduction of 3D printed particulate and short-fibre reinforced composites produced using PLLA and apatite-wollastonite (2019)
AuthorsMelo P.;Ferreira A.;Waldron K.;Swift T.;Gentile P.;Magallanes M.;Marshall M.;Dalgarno K.
JournalComposites Science and Technology
TitleHighly branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalized with an inducer molecule suppresses quorum sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum. (2019)
AuthorsShepherd J;Swift T;Chang CY;Boyne JR;Rimmer S;Martin WHC;
JournalChemical Communications
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
TitleHighly-branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalised with pendant Nile red and chain end vancomycin for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria (2019)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Hoskins, Richard; Teratarantorn, P.; Douglas, I.; MacNeil, S.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalActa Biomaterialia
TitleHighly branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalized with an inducer molecule suppresses quorum sensing in Chromobacterium violaceum (2019)
AuthorsShepherd, J.; Swift, Thomas; Chang, Chien-Yi; Boyne, J.R.; Rimmer, Stephen; Martin, William H.C.
JournalChemical Communications
TitleSegmental mobility studies of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) interactions with gold nanoparticles and its use as a thermally driven trapping system (2018)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Rehman, K.; Surtees, Alexander P.H.; Hoskins, Richard; Hickey, Stephen G.
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
TitleHighly-ordered onion micelles made from amphiphilic highly-branched copolymers (2018)
AuthorsCanning, S.L.; Ferner, J.M.F.; Mangham, N.M.; Wear, T.J.; Reynolds, S.W.; Morgan, J.; Fairclough, J.P.A.; King, S.M.; Swift, Thomas; Geoghegan, M.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalPolymer Chemistry
TitleA self-healable fluorescence active hydrogel based on ionic block copolymers prepared via ring opening polymerization and xanthate mediated RAFT polymerization (2018)
AuthorsBanerjee, S.L.; Hoskins, Richard; Swift, Thomas; Rimmer, Stephen; Singha, N.K.
JournalPolymer Chemistry
TitleAntibiotic functionalised polymers reduce bacterial biofilm and bioburden in a simulated infection of the cornea (2018)
AuthorsDoroshenko, N.; Rimmer, Stephen; Hoskins, Richard; Garg, P.; Swift, Thomas; Spencer, H.L.M.; Lord, Rianne M.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Pownall, D.; MacNeil, S.; Douglas, C.W.I.; Shepherd, J.
JournalBiomaterials Science
TitleCore (Polystyrene)−Shell [Poly(glycerol monomethacrylate)] Particles (2017)
AuthorsMckenzie, A.; Hoskins, Richard; Swift, Thomas; Grant, Colin A.; Rimmer, Stephen
TitleAnalysis Using Size Exclusion Chromatography of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) using Methanol as an Eluent (2017)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Hoskins, Richard; Telford, Richard; Plenderleith, R.A.; Pownall, David; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
TitlePoly(acrylic acid) interpolymer complexes (2017)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Seaton, Colin C.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalRSC Soft Matter
TitlePseudo electron-deficient organometallics: limited reactivity towards electron-donating ligands (2017)
AuthorsPitto-Barry, Anaïs; Lupan, A.; Zegke, Markus; Swift, Thomas; Attia, A.A.A.; Lord, Rianne M.; Barry, Nicolas P.E.
JournalDalton Transactions
TitleBinding of bacteria to poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) modified with vancomycin: Comparison of behavior of linear and highly branched polymers (2017)
AuthorsTeratanatorn, P.; Hoskins, Richard; Swift, Thomas; Douglas, C.W.I.; Shepherd, J.; Rimmer, Stephen
TitleThe effect of hyperbranched poly(acrylic acid)s on the morphology and size of precipitated nanoscale (fluor)hydroxyapatite (2017)
AuthorsShallcross, L.; Roche, K.; Wilcock, C.J.; Stanton, K.T.; Swift, Thomas; Rimmer, Stephen; Hatton, P.V.; Spain, S.G.
TitleFörster Resonance Energy Transfer across interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide) (2017)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Paul, N.; Swanson, L.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Rimmer, Stephen
TitleThe pH-responsive behaviour of poly(acrylic acid) in aqueous solution is dependent on molar mass (2016)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Swanson, L.; Geoghegan, M.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalRSC Soft Matter
TitlepH Responsive Highly Branched Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) with Trihistidine or Acid Chain Ends (2016)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Lapworth, J.; Swindells, K.; Swanson, L.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalRSC Advances
TitleMeasuring poly(acrylamide) flocculants in fresh water using inter-polymer complex formation (2015)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Swanson, L.; Bretherick, A.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalEnvironmental Science: Water Research And Technology
TitleHighly-branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide)s with core-shell morphology below the lower critical solution temperature (2014)
AuthorsPlenderleith, R.A.; Swift, Thomas; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalRSC Advances
TitlePoly(acrylic acid) interpolymer complexation: use of a fluorescence time resolved anisotropy as a poly(acrylamide) probe (2014)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Swanson, L.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalRSC Advances
Book Chapter
TitlepH Dependence of Acrylate-Derivative Polyelectrolyte Properties (2019)
AuthorsThomas Swift
JournalAcrylate Polymers for Advanced Applications
Conference Contribution
AuthorsThomas Swift
AuthorsThomas Swift
AuthorsThomas Swift
AuthorsThomas Swift, Richard Hoskins, Stephen Rimmer
AuthorsThomas Swift, Richard Plenderleith, Stephen Rimmer
AuthorsThomas, Swift; Stephen Rimmer
AuthorsThomas Swift, Linda Swanson, Stephen Rimmer
AuthorsSwift, Thomas, Stephen Rimmer, Linda Swanson
AuthorsThomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer, Linda Swanson
AuthorsThomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer, Richard Hoskins