William is a PhD student working with me and Nick Williams on making polymers for one-stop switchable adhesion applications. He is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Scale Engineering. He was born in Lincolnshire and studied for his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Leicester from 2008 to 2012. This was quite cool, because he took an industrial placement in 2010 with the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), where he was put in the Analysis Team of the Tritium Technology Group. Actually, they wanted military tactics from him, because they found out he’s one of those people who do military reenactments of historical battles, where the English beat the French. Anyway, now he is developing and evaluating an environmentally reversible adhesive that can simply be applied to relevant surfaces in one coating. This is quite cool, because it involves attaching environmentally reversible polymers to modified supramolecular calixresorcinarenes, for example.
L. Alfhaid, R. La Spina, M. R. Tomlinson, A. R. Hall, W. D. Seddon, N. H. Williams, F. Cousin, S. Gorb, and M. Geoghegan "Adhesion between oppositely charged polyelectrolytes" J. Adhes. 94 58-76 (2018)
L. Alfhaid, W. D. Seddon, N. H. Williams, and M. Geoghegan "Double-network hydrogels improve pH-switchable adhesion" Soft Matter 12 5022-8 (2016)