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Dan Whitaker is a fourth year PhD student at the Melville Laboratory For Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge.

Dan received a Masters in Chemistry (MChem) from the University of Sheffield and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 with undergraduate research projects focusing on monomer synthesis for novel ADMET formulations with Prof. Steve Zimmerman and then on the synthesis of diblock copolymers via RAFT chemistry with Prof. Steve Armes FRS  (see publication history).

Dan joined the Scherman Group with funding from the EPSRC in October 2017 to undertake a research project focusing on the synthesis of acrylic monomers which contain cationic CB[8] guests and their subsequent polymerisation (see image below). Dan has won numerous awards and funding oppertunities including  a NanoDTC Associate Studentship and a JSPS Summer Programme Fellowship involving a ten week research project in the Takashima Lab at the university of Osaka, Japan. This project has led to a strenghened collaboration between the groups which continues to date. Dan is also involved in a project with Dr. John Kolinski  at EPFL examining the failure behaviour of hydrogels and was a member of the Natural Material Innovation Group which spans multiple departments within Cambridge and works towards utilising natural materials for a more sustainable future. As shown by the numerous projects around the globe, Dan strongly believes that increased collaboration leads to better science.


You can find more information about Dan at the following: LinkedinGoogle ScholarResearchGate.


Water content and guest size dictate the mechanical properties of cyclodextrin mediated hydrogels
DJ Whitaker, J Park, C Ueda, G Wu, A Harada, G Matsuba, Y Takashima, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
An ultralow-acceptor-content supramolecular light-harvesting system for white-light emission
K Diao, DJ Whitaker, Z Huang, H Qian, D Ren, L Zhang, Z-Y Li, X-Q Sun, T Xiao, L Wang
– Chem Commun (Camb)
Highly compressible glass-like supramolecular polymer networks
Z Huang, X Chen, SJK O'Neill, G Wu, DJ Whitaker, J Li, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– Nat Mater
Formulation of Metal-Organic Framework-Based Drug Carriers by Controlled Coordination of Methoxy PEG Phosphate: Boosting Colloidal Stability and Redispersibility
X Chen, Y Zhuang, N Rampal, R Hewitt, G Divitini, CA O'Keefe, X Liu, DJ Whitaker, JW Wills, R Jugdaohsingh, JJ Powell, H Yu, CP Grey, OA Scherman, D Fairen-Jimenez
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
Supramolecular hydrogels prepared from fluorescent alkyl pyridinium acrylamide monomers and CB[8]
DJ Whitaker, Z Huang, BW Longbottom, RL Sala, G Wu, OA Scherman
– Polymer Chemistry
Host-Enhanced Phenyl-Perfluorophenyl Polar–π Interactions
Z Huang, X Chen, G Wu, P Metrangolo, D Whitaker, JA McCune, OA Scherman
– J Am Chem Soc
Acid-Triggered, Acid-Generating, and Self-Amplifying Degradable Polymers
KA Miller, EG Morado, SR Samanta, BA Walker, AZ Nelson, S Sen, DT Tran, DJ Whitaker, RH Ewoldt, PV Braun, SC Zimmerman
– J Am Chem Soc
Anionic block copolymer vesicles act as Trojan horses to enable efficient occlusion of guest species into host calcite crystals.
Y Ning, DJ Whitaker, CJ Mable, MJ Derry, NJW Penfold, AN Kulak, DC Green, FC Meldrum, SP Armes
– Chemical Science

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