Polymer Chemistry @ University of Glasgow

Dr. Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt

Lecturer for Polymer Chemistry @ UofG

Bernhard V. K. J. Schmidt (University of Glasgow) studied at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, and worked with Christopher Barner‐Kowollik at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for his PhD (completed in 2013). From 2013–2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Craig J. Hawker at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he was made group leader in the department of Markus Antonietti at the MPI of Colloids and Interfaces in 2015 leading to Habilitation in 2020. Since 2019 he teaches and researches as Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. Schmidt’s current research focusses on self‐assembled nanostructures from double hydrophilic block copolymers and carbon nitride derived polymer materials, especially reinforced hydrogels. He is also interested in metal–organic frameworks as polymerization templates and catalysts.


Google Scholar Profile

Researcher ID: A-9543-2011

ORCID: 0000-0002-3580-7053

Awards and Honours: Dr. Anton Keller Award 2010, Springer Thesis Award 2014, Dr. Hermann Schnell Fellowship 2018, Polymers Young Investigator Award 2020, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2021

Editorial Board Memberships: Polymers, PLOS One

PhD Students

Cameron McAnespie

PhD Student @ UofG in collaboration with the Thomson group

Topic: Resilin-based hybrid peptide/polymer biomaterials

Cameron joined the University of Glasgow in 2021 through the LifETIME Centre of Doctoral Training after completing his undergraduate and master’s studies at Aston University, Birmingham. His PhD project encompasses the development of resilin-based hybrid peptide/polymer biomaterials for use in 3D cell culture and tissue engineering. The project will give rise to new elastomeric materials with mechanical and physical properties that better recapitulate in vivo cell behaviours.

Jean-Baptiste Masclef

PhD Student @ UofG in collaboration with the Prunet group

Topic: PEGose-based block copolymers for drug-delivery

Jean-Baptiste joined the University of Glasgow in 2020 after finishing his MSc at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier. The project focuses on developing novels bio-mimicking polymers for the synthesis of biodegradable and biocompatible amphiphilic block copolymers. Those copolymers will allow the preparation of stimuli-responsive nanocarriers, which will improve the solubility of anticancer drugs and reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy.

Alexander Plucinski

PhD Student @ UofG

Topic: Double hydrophilic block copolymers and high molecular weight hydrophilic polymers for phase separations and self-assembly

Alex studied chemistry at the University of Potsdam (Germany) and joined the group at the MPICI for his master thesis in 2018. The thesis was focused on the synthesis of ultra-high molecular weight double hydrophilic block copolymers. He started his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2019. His research is about the self-assembly of novel double hydrophilic block copolymers and the phase separations and self-assembly of high molecular weight hydrophilic polymers e.g. aqueous multi-phase systems or water-in-water emulsions.

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Group Pictures


Noah Al-Nakeeb (PhD Student, MPICI)

Christopher Bradshaw (PhD Student, UofG)

Marc Brunet Cabre (Intern, MPICI)

Qian Cao (PhD Student, MPICI)

Roberta di Costanzo (Bachelor Student, UofG)

Caterina Dasmi (Bachelor Student, UofG)

Bradley Frank (Intern, MPICI)

Marlies Gräwert (Technician, MPICI)

Will Hempstead (Bachelor Student, UofG)

Jongkook Hwang (PostDoc, MPICI)

Baris Kumru (PhD Student, MPICI)

Hui-Chun Lee (PhD Student, MPICI)

Jiaye Li (Intern, UofG)

Tingting Li (PostDoc, MPICI)

Minh Duc Luong (Master project student, UofG)

Zan Lyu (Literature Project student, UofG)

David Morley (Bachelor Student, UofG)

Alexander Plucinski (Master Student, MPICI)

Marko Pavlovic (PostDoc, MPICI)

Bowen Sun (Intern, MPICI)

Jochen Willersinn (PhD Student, MPICI)

Jianrui Zhang (PhD Student, MPICI)

Youjia Zhang (Intern, MPICI)

Do you want to join our group?

Current vacancies are posted on our Twitter channel

We are always looking for motivated coworkers with a background in polymer chemistry, materials chemistry and colloid chemistry. In case you want to join the Schmidt group, contact Bernhard directly. Please include your CV and a motivation letter.


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Glasgow, G128QQ

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