Author Archive

Congratulations to the prize winners at UoN Polymer Symposium 2024

The University of Nottingham Polymer Symposium 2024 (UoN Polymer Symposium 2024) took place in Nottingham, UK on 22 March 2024. RSC Applied Polymers and Polymer Chemistry were pleased to support poster prizes at this event and we would like to congratulate our winners!

Photo of UoN Polymer Symposium 2024 opening remarks.

Photo of UoN Polymer Symposium 2024 opening remarks.

Learn more about the prize winners below:

Photo of RSC Applied Polymers Poster Prize winner James Wilford Caruana.

RSC Applied Polymers Poster Prize

James Wilford Caruana (University of Nottingham)

James Wilford Caruana, holding a Bachelors in Chemistry and Material Science from the University of Malta and a Masters in Bioengineering from the University of Nottingham. At Baxter Global, my focus was on renal and critical pediatric care, where I served as a Senior Medical Affairs Specialist from 2021 to 2022. Currently, a doctoral candidate at the University of Nottingham with the Centre for Additive Manufacturing and Irvine Group. My project focuses on the multi-material additive manufacturing of imageable pediatric medical devices.

Photo of Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize winner Valena (Eleni ) Axioti.

Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize

Valena (Eleni) Axioti (University of Nottingham)

My name is Eleni Axioti, but I go by Valena. A chemist with a master’s degree in Cosmetic Science (Liverpool John Moores University), I’m currently in the second year of my PhD at the University of Nottingham. My research focuses on developing sustainable polymers for biomedical applications, particularly in the drug delivery area, under the supervision of Dr. Vincenzo Taresco. I’ve always been fascinated by the chemistry behind cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations. After years working as a beauty advisor, pharmaceutical assistant, completing a related internship at the University of Bologna (Italy), two placements in leading cosmetic industries, and a job as a pharmaceutical analyst, I’m ready to explore new opportunities in the academic world! In my free time, I enjoy traveling and sharing skincare advice on my Instagram page.

We’d like to congratulate all the prize winners once more, it’s a great achievement for their work to be selected from all the excellent research presented at the event. We’d also like to thank all organisers, especially Dr Vincenzo Taresco and Dr Valentina Cuzzucoli Crucitti, for organising this conference.