Professor Michael Shaver (FRSC, FIMMM) is the Professor of Polymer Science in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester where he leads initiatives in sustainable polymers, plastics and materials for the School and for the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s national advanced materials science centre, for which he is the Sustainable Materials Champion.
Following a PhD in his native Canada from the University of British Columbia and an NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College London, he began his independent research career at the University of Prince Edward Island before moving to Scotland in 2012 where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow, Reader and finally Professor of Polymer Chemistry.
He leads the Green Materials Laboratory on the development of sustainable materials, including new motifs for renewable, degradable and chemically recyclable materials. His work ranges from fundamental projects rooted in monomer design to working with industrial partners in plastic packaging, medical diagnostics and sustainable materials.
He was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Green Materials before his current role as Editor of the European Polymer Journal. He has published >100 papers and been recognised with >80 invited/plenary lectures, the MacroGroup Young Polymer Scientist award (2015), Young Academy of Scotland (2014-2018), Fellowship in the Royal Society of Chemistry (2018) and two Canada Foundation for Innovation Leadership Awards (2010, 2012) as well as Fellowships in both RSC and IMMM.