Dr Ian Ingram is a “green” polymer and organic materials chemist whose research background also includes nanotechnology, solvents, semiconducting polymers, electronic devices, and sensors. His research at MMU is focused on developing a new generation of “smart” bio-based plastics that degrade when they are accidentally released into the environment, but are compatible with recycling and the circular economy. Prior to moving to MMU, Ian worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at York, where he was developing new bio-based polymers. Ian graduated with an MChem from Oxford in 2009, and obtained his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Manchester in 2013.
2009-2013 PhD in Materials Chemistry, Organic Materials Innovation Centre, University of Manchester
Project: (Supervisor Prof M. L. Turner) “New Materials and Processes for Flexible Nanoelectronics” – Using nanoimprint lithography and anisotropic argon milling, in conjunction with a doping process, to produce all-polymer in-plane-gate nano-transistors and self-switching diode arrays. This project also included synthetic polymer chemistry, microscopy (electron, AFM, and optical), and surface chemistry.
2005-2009 MChem, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
Part II (final year) project: (Supervisor Prof M. G. Moloney) “Carbene Reagents for the Surface Functionalisation of Materials”
2014 - 2019 Post-doctoral Research Associate, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York
Project: Developing new sustainable polymers derived from biomass and carbon dioxide, in collaboration with colleagues at Imperial College London, Oxford, and Newcastle.
2013-2014 Research Associate, Organic Materials Innovation Centre, University of Manchester
Project: Developing sensors based on Organic Field Effect Transistors, and the specialised equipment required to test and calibrate them. The details of the project remain confidential.
Selected Research Publications:
A. Blanpain, J. H. Clark, T. J. Farmer, I. D. V. Ingram, J. E. Kendrick, S. B. Lawrenson, M. North, G. Rodgers and A. Whitwood “Rapid ring-opening metathesis polymerisation of monomers obtained from biomass derived furfuryl amines and maleic anhydride” ChemSusChem, 2019.
Y. Ran, F. Byrne, I. D. V. Ingram, M. North, “Resin swelling in mixed solvents analysed using Hansen solubility parameter space” Chemistry a European Journal, 2019. Featured on the front cover.
J. H. Clark, T. J. Farmer, I. D. V. Ingram, Y. Lie and M. North, ‘Renewable Self-Blowing Non-isocyanate Polyurethane Foams from Lysine and Sorbitol’ European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2018
S. B. Lawrenson, S. Hart, I. D. V. Ingram, M. North, R. R. Parker and A. Whitwood, ‘Ring-opening metathesis polymerisation of tertiary amide monomers derived from a bio-based oxa-norbornene’ ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2018
Y. Bai, J. H. Clark, T. J. Farmer, I. D. V. Ingram, M. North ‘Wholly biomass derivable sustainable polymers by ring-opening metathesis polymerisation of monomers obtained from furfuryl alcohol and itaconic anhydride’ Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 3074
Y. Bai, M. De Bruyn, J. H. Clark, J. R. Dodson. T. J. Farmer, M. Honoré, I. D.V. Ingr am, M. Naguib, A. C. Whitwood, M. North ‘Ring opening metathesis polymerisation of a new bio-derived monomer from itaconic anhydride and furfuryl alcohol’, Green Chemistry, 2016, 18, 3945
I. D. V. Ingram, R. S. Sprick, A. V. S. Parry, M. L. Turner ‘A method for controllable solution doping of complete polymer field effect transistor devices’, Applied Physics Letters, 2014, 104, 153304.
Selected Review Articles & Book Chapters:
I.D.V. Ingram, K. Lamb, M. North, M. Sengoden, “Valorisation of Carbon Dioxide into Oxazoladinones with Aziridines”, Current Green Chemistry, 2019
J. W. Comerford, I. D. V. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu ‘Sustainable Metal-Based Catalysts for the Synthesis of Cyclic Carbonates Containing Five-Membered Rings’ Green Chemistry, 2015, 17, 1966-1987 (250+ citations)
I. D. V. Ingram, S. B. Lawrenson, M. North, ‘Sustainable Organocatalysis’ Chapter in ‘Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies, Volume 3’ Elsevier 2016, 629 – 642
J. W. Comerford, I. D. V. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu ‘Catalytic Cyclic Carbonate Synthesis with Sustainable Metals’ Chapter in ‘Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry’ Wiley, 2016
I. D. V. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu ‘Halide-Free Synthesis of Cyclic and Polycarbonates’ Chapter in ‘Chemistry Beyond Chlorine’, Springer, 2016, 413-434
IDV. Ingram, SB. Lawrenson, M. North (2017). Sustainable Organocatalysis. Elsevier.
A. Blanpain, JH. Clark, TJ. Farmer, Y. Guo, IDV. Ingram, et al. (2019). Rapid Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Monomers Obtained from Biomass-Derived Furfuryl Amines and Maleic Anhydride. ChemSusChem. 12(11), pp.2393-2401.
KJ. Lamb, IDV. Ingram, M. North, M. Sengoden (2019). Valorization of Carbon Dioxide into Oxazolidinones by Reaction with Aziridines. Current Green Chemistry. 6(1), pp.32-43.
Y. Ran, F. Byrne, IDV. Ingram, M. North (2019). Resin Swelling in Mixed Solvents Analysed using Hansen Solubility Parameter Space. Chemistry. 25(19), pp.4951-4964.
Q. Chen, T. Ren, Y. Chai, Y. Guo, IDV. Ingram, et al. (2018). Preparation of Novel Aromatic‐Aliphatic Poly(ketone ester)s through Condensation of Biomass‐Derived Monomers. ChemCatChem. 10(23), pp.5377-5381.
JH. Clark, TJ. Farmer, IDV. Ingram, Y. Lie, M. North (2018). Renewable Self-Blowing Non-Isocyanate Polyurethane Foams from Lysine and Sorbitol. European Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2018(31), pp.4265-4271.
SB. Lawrenson, S. Hart, IDV. Ingram, M. North, RR. Parker, et al. (2018). Ring-Opening Metathesis Polymerization of Tertiary Amide Monomers Derived from a Biobased Oxanorbornene. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 6(8), pp.9744-9752.
D. Bai, Q. Chen, Y. Chai, T. Ren, C. Huang, et al. (2018). Vanillin derived a carbonate dialdehyde and a carbonate diol: novel platform monomers for sustainable polymers synthesis. RSC Advances. 8(60), pp.34297-34303.
Y. Bai, JH. Clark, TJ. Farmer, IDV. Ingram, M. North (2017). Wholly biomass derivable sustainable polymers by ring-opening metathesis polymerisation of monomers obtained from furfuryl alcohol and itaconic anhydride. Polymer Chemistry. 8(20), pp.3074-3081.
JA. Castro-Osma, JR. Dodson, IDV. Ingram, M. Moss, M. North, et al. (2016). Highlights from the Faraday Discussion on Carbon Dioxide Utilisation, Sheffield, UK, September 2015. Chem Commun (Camb). 52(2), pp.232-238.
Y. Bai, M. De bruyn, JH. Clark, JR. Dodson, TJ. Farmer, et al. (2016). Ring opening metathesis polymerisation of a new bio-derived monomer from itaconic anhydride and furfuryl alcohol. Green Chemistry. 18(14), pp.3945-3948.
JW. Comerford, IDV. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu (2015). Sustainable metal-based catalysts for the synthesis of cyclic carbonates containing five-membered rings. Green Chemistry. 17(4), pp.1966-1987.
IDV. Ingram, DJ. Tate, AVS. Parry, R. Sebastian Sprick, ML. Turner (2014). A simple method for controllable solution doping of complete polymer field-effect transistors. Applied Physics Letters. 104(15), pp.153304-153304.
IDV. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu (2016). Halide-Free Synthesis of Cyclic and Polycarbonates. P. Tundo, L-N. He, E. Lokteva, C. Mota. In: Chemistry Beyond Chlorine. Springer International Publishing, pp.413-434.
JW. Comerford, IDV. Ingram, M. North, X. Wu (2016). Catalytic Cyclic Carbonate Synthesis with Sustainable Metals. In: Encyclopedia of Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp.1-13.