I have an MChem degree in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield. My Fourth year project was entitled 'Smart Polymers for Improved Oil and Gas Production'. I used fluorescence anisotropy techniques to investigate the dynamics of thermoresponsive polymers for their use in clatherate hydrate inhibition.
I joined MOAC in 2010 to carry out an MSc in Mathematical Biology and Biophysical Chemistry.
During my MSc I completed 3 mini-projects. For more details about the projects use the links below:
- Mini-Project 1 - Molecular Dynamics Investigation of Biomimetic Antifreeze Macromolecules.
- Mini-Project 2 - Cloning and expression of transcriptional repressors in Escherichia coli.
- Mini-Project 3 - Inhibiting Bacterial Toxin Recognition at Model Cell Membranes.
My PhD is entitled Glycosylated nanomaterials: Neutralisation and detection of bacteria and toxins.
 Richards, S-J., Otten, L., Gibson, M. I, Submitted
 Richards, S-J., Biggs, C. I., Gibson, M. I., Invited book chapter Submitted
 Richards, S-J. and Gibson, M.I., ACS Macro Lett., 2014, 3, 1004-1008. 'Optimization of the Polymer Coating for Glycosylated Gold Nanoparticle Biosensors to Ensure Stability and Rapid Optical Readouts"
 Richards, S-J., Fullam, E.C., Besra, G.S., Gibson, M.I., J. Mater. Chem. B., 2014, 2, 1490 "Discrimination between bacterial phenotypes using glyco-nanoparticles and the impact of polymer coating on detection readouts"
 Jones, M.W., Otten, L., Richards, S-J., Lowery, R., Phillips D.J., Haddleton D.M., and Gibson M.I. Chem. Sci., 2014, 5, 1611 "Glycopolymers with secondary binding motifs mimic glycan branching and display bacterial lectin selectivity in addition to affinity"
 Lu, J., Zhang, W., Richards, S-J., Gibson, M.I., Chen, G. Polym. Chem., "Glycopolymer-coated Gold Nanorods Synthesized by a One Pot Copper(0) Catalyzed Tandem RAFT/Click Reaction" 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3PY01526B
 Gou, Y.; Geng, J; Richards, S-J.; Burns, J.; Becer, C. R.; Haddelton, D. M.; Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry, 2013, 51, 2588–2597 "A Detailed Study on Understanding Glycopolymer Library and Con A Interactions' link Featured on the front cover of the journal." link Featured on the front cover of the journal
 Otten, L., Richards, S-J., Fullam, E., Besra, G.S., Gibson, M.I., 2013, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. "Gold Nanoparticle-Linked Analysis of Carbohydrate-Protein Interactions, and Polymeric Inhibitors, using Unlabelled Proteins; Easy Measurements Using a ‘Simple’ Digital Camera" link
 Jones, M.W., Richards, S-J., Haddleton, D.M., Gibson M.I., Polymer Chemistry, Advance article, 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C2PY20757E, "Poly(Azlactone)s: Versatile Scaffolds for Tandem Post-Polymerisation Modification and Glycopolymer Synthesis" link 3rd most accessed article October 2012
 Richards, S-J., Jones, M.W., Hunaban, M., Haddleton, D.M., Gibson, M.I., Angewandte Chemie. International Edition., 2012, 51, 7812 - 7816. "Probing Bacterial Toxin Inhibition with Synthetic Glycopolymers using Tandem Post-Polymerization Modification: Role of Linker and Carbohydrate Density" link
 Gou, Y., Richards, S-J., Haddleton, D.M., Gibson, M.I., Polymer Chemistry, 2012, 3, 1634 - 1640. "Investigation of Glycopolymer-Lectin Interactions using QCM-d: Comparison of Surface Binding with Inhibitory Activity" link
S-J dot Richards at Warwick dot ac dot uk
The University of Warwick