Welcome to the gml-logoGreen Materials Laboratory at the University of Edinburgh. Led by Prof. Michael Shaver, Chancellor’s Fellow, the team works to develop improved catalysts, processes and polymers that are sustainable both economically and environmentally. This is captured in our Tree of Awesomeness which looks at our diverse inputs and outputs while reminding us that it is all above the process – the sustainability of the transformation of one thing into another.

Feel free to explore! You can find more details about our research efforts, our research outputs, our team and how to join (and start drinking the Kool Aid) above or check out our blog posts for an insight into our group (including links to Mike’s TEDx talk and comedy routine in the YouTube page). Recent posts are shown below and the wonderful people who work in the group are shown below.



Recent Posts


A warm welcome to all that have joined the group over the Summer! These include new postdocs Yuechao and Mitch, PhD students Panos, Laura and Utku and undergrad students Hannah, Alex and Genevieve! We expect big things…

Congratulations Meng and Rebecca!

Well done Meng for his JACS paper reporting the development of the first polymeric frustrated Lewis pairs. These poly(FLP)s offer an entirely new type of dynamic crosslinks, allowing for triggered gelation, responsive gel rupture and self-healing. Frustrated Lewis Pair Polymers as Responsive Self-Healing Gels

Congratulations Dan!

A big well done to Dan (and Ben) for his work on the organometallic-mediated radical polymerization (OMRP) of methyl methacrylate (MMA), styrene, and vinyl acetate, mediated by a novel tert-butyl-substituted amine–bis(phenolate) iron(II) complex in the absence of a halide source for an organometallic-only route to controlled radical polymerization. Check it out below: Understanding Organometallic-Mediated Radical … Continue reading Congratulations Dan!

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