Department of Materials


Dr Fiona Hatton

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Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

"Fiona Hatton obtained her MChem degree in Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology from the University of Liverpool in 2010. She stayed at the University of Liverpool for her PhD (2010-2014) which focused on the preparation of highly branched dendritic polymers for biomedical applications. In 2014 she joined the Division of Coating Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm as a postdoctoral researcher. During this time, she worked primarily on cellulose modification with bio- and synthetic polymers. In 2016, she returned to the UK to work as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sheffield, preparing functional polymer colloids by polymerization-induced self-assembly.   

In 2018, Fiona became a Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University. Her research interests include renewable polymer synthesis, block copolymer self-assembly and hydrogels for biomedical applications." 


  • PhD Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool, 2014
  • MChem (1st class) Medicinal Chemistry with Pharmacology, University of Liverpool, 2010

Outline of main research interests:

  • Synthetic polymer chemistry
  • Self-assembly of amphiphilic block copolymers
  • In situ monitoring of polymer self-assembly
  • Polymer composite materials utilising nanocellulose

FYF321 – Materials and Materials Processing

MPB203 – Polymers: Processing

MPC104/MPD103 – Tomorrow’s Materials

MPC231 Biomaterials 2 (Biomaterials for Drug Delivery)

MPP503/MPP603 – Polymerisation and Polymer Blends

MPP558 – Sustainable Use of Materials

Part A and B Year Tutor

F. L. Hatton, “Recent Advances in the RAFT Polymerization of Monomers Derived from Renewable Resources”, Polym. Chem. 2020, 11, 220-229. Special Issue: Emerging Investigators 2020.

E. E. Brotherton, F. L. Hatton,* A. A. Cockram, M. J. Derry, A. Czajka, E. J. Cornel, P. D. Topham, O. O. Mykhaylyk, S. P. Armes,* “In Situ SAXS Studies During RAFT Aqueous Emulsion Polymerization”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 141, 13664-13675.

J. R. Lovett, M. J. Derry, P. Yang, F. L. Hatton, N. J. Warren, P. W. Fowler, S. P. Armes, “Can percolation theory explain the gelation behavior of diblock copolymer worms?”, Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 7138-7144.

F. L. Hatton,* J. R. Lovett, S. P. Armes,* “Synthesis of well-defined epoxy-functional spherical nanoparticles by RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization”, Polym. Chem. 2017, 8, 4856-4868. 

For a full list of publications see Google Scholar page

External roles and appointments:

Co-opt member of the CISG/CSCG Joint Colloid Group committee

Member of the Early Career Colloid Committee (ECColloid)

Professional affiliations:

Member, Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)