Dr. Thompson is a senior research fellow in the department of Chemistry at Durham University. Research in Dr Thompson’s group is focused on the physical chemistry of polymers and particularly their fascinating behaviour at exposed surfaces and buried interfaces. Within this area, there are two main themes: (i) the relationship between chemical functionalisation of polymer and their self-organisation, and (ii) the exploitation of unusual process environments to control this behaviour. As well as addressing fundamental polymer science problems, the group collaborates with actively with industry and other research groups to address diverse topics such as surface modification, rheology (flow) problems, polymer electronics and nanocomposites.
Left to right: Stephen Boothroyd, Arron Briddick, Richard Thompson, Elise Sabattie, Ben Robertson, Vikki Bird, Carl Reynolds