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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


Thomas Swift 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.His PhD, carried out at the University of Sheffield, was entitled ‘Smart Polymers for the Detection of Polymeric Contamination in Fresh Water’, and he then began working on a new project with LV Prasad, the Wellcome Trust and both the University of Sheffield and Bradford. He took up his post as Lecturer at the University of Bradford September 2016.


Teaching highlights

Module leader for Practical Chemistry 1 since the course redesign in 2016.

Module leader for MSc Research Project: Advanced Investigations, taking MSc students through dissertation submission process.

Teaching interests

Practical chemistry, research projects and scientific discovery.

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


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


Peer Reviewed Journal
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
TitleShort phosphate glass fiber - PLLA composite to promote bone mineralization (2019)
AuthorsPriscilaMelo, Emma Tarrant, Thomas Swift, Anthony Townshend, Matthew German, Ana-Marina Ferreira, Piergiorgio Gentile, Kenneth Dalgarno
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering C
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
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.
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
Conference Contribution
Title7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress (2018)
AuthorsThomas Swift
Title7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress (2018)
AuthorsThomas Swift
Title7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress (2018)
AuthorsThomas Swift
TitleACS National Meeting (2017)
AuthorsThomas, Swift; Stephen Rimmer
TitleACS National Meeting (2017)
AuthorsThomas Swift, Richard Plenderleith, Stephen Rimmer
TitleACS National Meeting (2017)
AuthorsThomas Swift, Richard Hoskins, Stephen Rimmer
TitleMACRO 2015: 13th Conference (2015)
AuthorsThomas Swift, Linda Swanson, Stephen Rimmer
TitleACS National Meeting (2014)
AuthorsThomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer, Richard Hoskins
TitleACS National Meeting (2014)
AuthorsThomas Swift, Stephen Rimmer, Linda Swanson
TitleACS National Meeting (2014)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas, Stephen Rimmer, Linda Swanson