Department of Materials


Dr Fiona Hatton

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Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry

Fiona obtained a 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 novel polymeric materials; hyperbranched polydendrons, with Prof. Steve Rannard.

Fiona moved to Stockholm, Sweden after her PhD studies to join the Division of Coating Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral researcher. During this time she worked primarily on cellulose modification with bio- and synthetic polymers with Assoc. Prof. Anna Carlmark and Prof. Eva Malmström. In April 2016, she returned to the UK to begin a Postdoctoral Research Associate position with Prof. Steve Armes at the University of Sheffield, preparing functional polymer colloids.

Fiona joined the Department of Materials at Loughborough University in September 2018 as a lecturer in Polymer Chemistry as maternity cover.

  • 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

Joseph R. Lovett, Matthew J. Derry, Pengcheng Yang, Fiona L. Hatton, Nicholas J. Warren, Patrick W. Fowler, Steven P. Armes, “Can percolation theory explain the gelation behavior of diblock copolymer worms?”, Chem. Sci., 2018, 9, 7138-7144.

Kate L. Thompson, Matthew J. Derry, Fiona L. Hatton, Steven P. Armes, “Long-Term Stability of n-Alkane-in-Water Pickering Nanoemulsions: Effect of Aqueous Solubility of Droplet Phase on Ostwald Ripening”, Langmuir, 2018, 34, 9289-9297.

Fiona L. Hatton,* Joseph R. Lovett, Steven P. Armes, “Synthesis of well-defined epoxy-functional spherical nanoparticles by RAFT aqueous emulsion polymerization”, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 4856-4868. *Joint corresponding author.

Fiona L. Hatton, Joakim Engström, Josefine Forsling, Eva Malmström, Anna Carlmark, “Investigation of xyloglucan-b-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) block copolymer effects on CNF nanocomposite properties – towards tailored super-absorbing cellulose materials”, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 14947-14958.

Joakim Engström, Fiona L. Hatton, Lars Wågberg, Muriel Lansalot, Franck D’Agosto, Eva Malmström, Anna Carlmark, “Soft and rigid core latex nanoparticles prepared by RAFT-mediated surfactant-free emulsion polymerization for cellulose modification - a comparative study”, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 1061-1073.

Fiona L. Hatton,* Stephanie A. Kedzior, Emily D. Cranston, Anna Carlmark, “Grafting-from cellulose nanocrystals via photoinduced Cu-mediated reversible-deactivation radical polymerization”, Carbohydr. Polym., 2017, 157, 1033-1040. *Joint corresponding author.

Marco Giardiello, Fiona L. Hatton, Rebecca A. Slater, Pierre Chambon, Jocelyn North, Anita Peacock, Tao He, Tom O. McDonald, Andrew Owen, Steve P. Rannard, “Stable, polymer-directed and SPION-nucleated magnetic amphiphilic block copolymer nanoprecipitates with readily reversible assembly in magnetic fields”, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 7224-7231.

Fiona L. Hatton, Marcus Ruda, Muriel Lansalot, Franck D’Agosto, Eva Malmström, Anna Carlmark, “Xyloglucan-functional latex particles via RAFT-mediated emulsion polymerization for the biomimetic modification of cellulose”, Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17, 1414-1424.

Fiona L. Hatton, Pierre Chambon, Alison C. Savage, Steve P. Rannard, “Role of highly branched, high molecular weight polymer structures in directing uniform polymer particle formation during nanoprecipitation”, Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 3915-3918.

Andrew B. Dwyer, Pierre Chambon, Adam Town, Fiona L. Hatton, Jane Ford, Steve P. Rannard, “Exploring the homogeneous controlled radical polymerisation of hydrophobic monomers in anti-solvents for their polymers: RAFT and ATRP of various alkyl methacrylates in anhydrous methanol to high conversion and low dispersity”, Polym. Chem., 2015, 6, 7286-7296.

Jane Ford, Pierre Chambon, Jocelyn North, Fiona L. Hatton, Marco Giardiello, Andrew Owen, Steve P. Rannard, “Co-nanoprecipitation of A-B amphiphilic block copolymers and branched hydrophobic copolymers to rapidly form sterically-stabilised nanoparticles in aqueous media”, Macromolecules, 2015, 48, 1883-1893.

Fiona L. Hatton, Eva Malmström, Anna Carlmark, “Tailor-made copolymers for the adsorption to cellulosic surfaces”, Eur. Polym. J., 2015, 65, 325-339. *Special edition: 50 Years of European Polymer Journal.

Fiona L. Hatton, Lee M. Tatham, Louise R. Tidbury, Pierre Chambon, Tao He, Andrew Owen, Steve P. Rannard, “Hyperbranched polydendrons: a new nanomaterials platform with tuneable permeation through model gut epithelium”, Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 326-334.

Fiona L. Hatton, Tom O. McDonald, Pierre Chambon, Andrew Owen, Steve P. Rannard, “Hyperbranched polydendrons: a new controlled macromolecular architecture with self-assembly in water and organic solvents”, Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 1844-1853.

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)