Jake Mcclements

Jake Mcclements
Newcastle University | NCL · School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Doctor of Philosophy Materials Science

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19
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18 Research Items
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Additional affiliations
October 2020 - present
Newcastle University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Developing polymer-based sensor platforms for the detection of cardiovascular diseases
February 2019 - February 2020
The University of Edinburgh
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Measuring the Interactions between Carbon Black Nanoparticles and Latex Thin Films in Aqueous Media. Within this role, I designed a research project in collaboration with Michelin to investigate the interactions between carbon nanoparticles and rubbers in various liquid media. Advanced atomic force microscopy experiments were carried out where carbon nanoparticles were adhered to AFM probes, and force spectroscopy experiments were performed on thin latex films in various aqueous media. Optical
April 2014 - December 2018
The University of Edinburgh
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Polymers at Surfaces: Nanostructures and Adhesion Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy My PhD project investigated the interfacial behaviour of common polymers (e.g. polystyrene, polybutadiene and styrene-butadiene rubber) on different surfaces including graphite, silica, and glass. These examinations were performed across various length scales to comprehensively examine polymer/surface interactions. Various techniques were utilised in the project including AFM imaging and force spectroscopy, SEM
Education
September 2014 - April 2015
Durham University
Field of study
  • Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces Centre for Doctoral Training (SOFI CDT)
September 2011 - June 2014
University of Leeds
Field of study
  • Physics

Publications

Publications (19)
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A portable test to rapidly determine levels of levodopa, the drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, can improve clinical management of the disease. In this study, screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) were modified with polymers to facilitate the electrochemical detection of levodopa. Cyclic voltammetry was used to deposit a thin layer of polyaniline o...
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A portable test to rapidly determine levels of levodopa, the drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease, can improve clinical management of the disease. In this study, screen-printed electrodes were modified with polymers to facilitate the electrochemical detection of levodopa. Cyclic voltammetry was used to deposit a thin layer of polyaniline on the e...
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Molecular recognition has been described as the “ultimate” form of sensing and plays a fundamental role in biological processes. There is a move towards biomimetic recognition elements to overcome inherent problems of natural receptors such as limited stability, high-cost, and variation in response. In recent years, several alternatives have emerge...
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Rapid antigen tests are currently used for population screening of COVID-19. However, they lack sensitivity and utilize antibodies as receptors, which can only function in narrow temperature and pH ranges. Consequently, molecularly imprinted polymer nanoparticles (nanoMIPs) are synthetized with a fast (2 h) and scalable process using merely a tiny...
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The fibre-matrix interfacial properties of glass-fibre/polyamide-6 (GF/PA-6) composites produced by thermoplastic resin transfer moulding (TP-RTM) were investigated. Two different fibre sizings were compared, a specially-developed novel reactive fibre sizing and a standard silane glass fibre sizing. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force micros...
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Biopolymers possess highly favorable properties for electrochemical biosensing such as their inherent biocompatibility, inexpensive nature, and strong interfacial adhesion. In this mini review, we will focus on chitosan and polydopamine, two of the most commonly used biopolymers, for electrochemical sensing applications. Chitosan is a polysaccharid...
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Pluronic (PEO-PPO-PEO) block copolymers can form nano-sized micelles with a structure composed of a hydrophobic PPO core and hydrophilic PEO shell layer. Pluronics are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved polymers, which are widely used for solubilization of drugs and their delivery, gene/therapeutic delivery, diagnostics, and tissue engineer...
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The development of self-cleaning biomimetic surfaces has the potential to be of great benefit to human health, in addition to reducing the economic burden on industries worldwide. Consequently, this study developed a biomimetic wax surface using a moulding technique which emulated the topography of the self-cleaning Gladiolus hybridus (Gladioli) le...
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AFM force spectroscopy was utilised to measure the interactions between latex and carbon black nanoparticles in neutral ultrapure water and basic ultrapure water with 0.7% ammonia (pH of 11.6 ± 0.05) by weight added. For the first time, carbon black nanoparticles were adhered to AFM tips with epoxy using force spectroscopy techniques and characteri...
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Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was utilized to investigate the force associated with chain pull-out and single chain desorption of poly(styrene-co-butadiene) random copolymer thin films on mica, silicon, and graphite substrates. Chain pull-out events were common and produced a force of 20−25 pN. The polymer desorption force was strongest on the grap...
Thesis
Understanding and characterising the behaviour of polymers at surfaces is of great fundamental interest, in addition to being vitally important for many applications. Composite materials, films and coatings, functional membranes, and nanoelectronics are only a few examples of applications which rely on polymers functioning at surfaces. The interact...
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Microbubbles (MBs), which are used as ultrasonic contrast agents, have distinct acoustic signatures which enable them to significantly enhance visualisation of the vasculature. Research is progressing to develop MBs which act as drug/gene delivery vehicles for site-specific therapeutics. In order to manufacture effective theranostic vehicles, it is...
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We studied the morphology of poly(styrene-co-butadiene) random copolymers on a graphite surface. Polymer solutions were spin coated onto graphite, at various concentrations and molecular weights. The polymer films and nanostructures were imaged using atomic force microscopy. Above the overlap concentration, thin films formed. However, total wetting...
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A polymer of intrinsic porosity (i.e., PIM-1) has been blended with different ionic liquids (ILs) in order to evaluate the effect of the ILs on the microstructure of the polymer blend. [C8MIM][Cl], [BMIM][DCa], [BMPyr][DCa], and [BMIM][Tf2N] have been selected and were mixed with PIM-1. Polymer blends containing up to 80 wt % of ILs were prepared b...
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The self-assembly of poly(styrene-co-butadiene) random copolymers on mica surfaces was studied by varying solution concentrations and polymer molecular weights. Toluene solutions of the poly(styrene-co-butadiene) samples were spin coated onto a mica surface and the resulting polymer morphology was investigated by atomic force microscopy. At higher...
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There has been a rapid increase in the fabrication of various kinds of edible nanoparticles for oral delivery of bioactive agents, such as those constructed from proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and/or minerals. It is currently difficult to compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of nanoparticle-based delivery systems b...

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Membranes have been proven as a commercially viable gas separation technology. Separation of carbon dioxide from combustion flue gases using selective membranes shows promise to be a low energy capture option potentially offering significant energy savings over the currently more developed absorption technologies. Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) are membranes that are composed of polymers embedded with inorganic particles. By combining the polymers with the inorganic fillers, improvements can be made to the selectivity compared to the pure polymer membranes aswell as offering a lower cost alternative and improved handling properties relative to inorganic membranes.