Professor Steve Armes graduated from the University of Bristol with a PhD in 1987. He then worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for two years before accepting a Lectureship at Sussex University in 1989. He was promoted to Professor in 2000 and moved to the University of Sheffield in 2004, where he is currently the Firth Professor of Polymer & Colloid Chemistry.
Professor Armes is the lead academic for a single-site EPSRC CDT in Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids and is the Director of the Sheffield Polymer Centre. His research interests include biocompatible polymers, water-soluble polymers, block copolymer self-assembly, thermoresponsive hydrogels, polymerisation-induced self-assembly, RAFT polymerisation, pH-responsive microgels, polymer brushes, branched copolymers, nanoparticle occlusion and conducting polymer particles.
Professor Armes has worked closely with many industrial companies, with his research group being currently supported by BASF, Lubrizol, Syngenta, P&G, Ashland, DSM, Scott Bader and GEO Specialty Chemicals. He has received numerous awards and prizes, including the 2010 RSC Peter Day Soft Matter award, the 2013 RSC Tilden Prize, the 2014 RSC Interdisciplinary Prize, the 2016 DSM Materials Science Award, the 2017 ECIS Prize, the 2018 Royal Society Armourers and Braziers’ Company Prize, the 2018 RSC Senior Macro Group Medal, the SCI 2020 Innovation in Formulation Award and the 2021 Eric Rideal Lectureship.
He has published 640 peer-reviewed papers (h-index 111) and was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014.