Hear from our Authors: Dr Michael Cunningham and Raz Abbasi with ‘Crosslinking CO2-switchable polymers for paints and coatings applications’


RSC Applied Polymers has published its first articles. To celebrate this, we asked the authors of our first 50 articles, to discuss their work in some more detail.

In this edition, we hear from Dr Michael Cunningham and Raz Abbasi , about their study entitled ‘Crosslinking CO2-switchable polymers for paints and coatings applications’



Want to know more about their work? Read the full paper here!


Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham is a Professor in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University with a cross appointment to the Department of Chemistry. He held an Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering. His research program focusses on the development of novel polymer nanoparticles, sustainably-sourced polymeric materials including hybrids of synthetic polymers and renewable polymers, and CO2-switchable materials. He is Chair of the International Polymer Colloids Group and recipient of several national research awards including the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering, Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award, and the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award, as well as the Queen’s University Prize for Excellence in Research and the Professional Engineer’s Ontario Research and Development Medal. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and, Canadian Academy of Engineering and Engineering Institute of Canada.




Raz Abbasi


Raz Abbasi is a PhD candidate in the Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University. Raz received her master’s in Polymer Engineering from the Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (IPPI). Her current research is focused on exploring the application of CO2-switchable materials and chemistry in the enhancement of paints and coatings.












Crosslinking CO2-switchable polymers for paints and coatings applications
Raz Abbasi, Amy Mitchell, Philip G. Jessop and Michael F. Cunningham

RSC Appl. Polym., 2024,2, 214-223 DOI: 10.1039/D3LP00186E

Graphical abstract: Crosslinking CO2-switchable polymers for paints and coatings applications






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