Supervisory Team

Dr. Haritz Sardon is one of the co-founders of POLYKEY and an Associate Professor at the University of Basque Country. He has a strong expertise in polymer synthesis and organocatalysis, with >150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has supervised 5 PhD students in the last years.

Dr. Coralie Jehanno is one of the co-founders of POLYKEY. Her research interests are in  depolymerisation, organocatalysis and chemical recycling. In spite of her age she already has supervised several master and undergrad students, and she is currently co-supervising one PhD student.

Prof. Andrew Dove is a Professor of Chemistry at the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. His research interests are on sustainable polymerisation and catalysis. He is the author of >300 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised more than 20 PhD students in the last years.

Prof. Rachel O’Reilly is a Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She has co-authored >400 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has supervised more than 25 PhD students in the last years.

Dr. Agustin Etxeberria is an Associate Professor at UPV/EHU and Head of the Polymer Science and Technology Department at POLYMAT. His main research interest is the study of transport properties of gases and vapors in polymeric materials for packaging applications. He is the author of >100 peer-reviewed publications and has supervised 4 PhD students.

Beneficiaries

POLYKEY POLYMERS – With the objective to reconcile polymer industry´s economy and sustainability, POLYKEY  emerged in 2020 as a spin-off company of the University of the Basque Country/POLYMAT. POLYKEY produces polymers and provides R&D solutions in three areas established as objectives for a transition to a sustainable future: (1) bio-based polymer industry, (2) chemical recycling and (3) materials for energy storage.

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM – Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham continues its tradition as one of the leading research-based universities in the UK. The research groups of Prof. Dove and Prof. O´Reilly at the School of Chemistry have vast experience in polymer chemistry. Their current research projects are based on nature like materials and in stereocontrolled polymerisations.

Partner Organisation

UNIVERSITY OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY – The University of the Basque Country is a vibrant 40-year-old institution with 45,000 students, 5,000 world-class academic staff and state-of-the-art facilities. POLYMAT is an internationally reputed research institute in Polymer Science, devoted to user-inspired fundamental research on synthesis, assembly and processing of polymers.