The Polymer and Biomaterials Chemistry Laboratories (PBCL) are part of the School of Chemistry and Biosciences at the University of Bradford. The Centre delivers both research and teaching in the synthesis, characterisation, chemical modelling and properties of polymers. Funded by industrial and UKRI grants PBCL is one of the leading UK Centres in the field and within the interdisciplinary centre for polymer science and technology represents one of the largest consortia of Polymer expertise in Europe.
Stephen Rimmer is Professor of Chemistry. He was awarded a PhD in 1992 (Imperial College) for work on polyurethanes. He spent a total of six years in industrial research and development and two years as a post-doctoral fellow with Prof. J. R. Ebdon. His time in industry included development of many commercialised coatings and a new contact lens. He has spent time as an academic at Lancaster University and at the University of Sheffield, as the Chair of Polymer Chemistry. In 2015 he took up the Chair of Chemistry at Bradford. His research involves the synthesis and biological applications of polymers. He has been awarded over £6 million in funding from various research councils, charities and industrial concerns. He has published 132 peer-reviewed articles and 12 book chapters and reviews and is inventor on 14 filed patents. He was also founding chair of RSC’s special interest group in Biomaterials Chemistry.