University of Manchester

Professor Peter M. Budd

School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK.

Telephone: ++161 275 4711


Peter Budd








Graphene link






Welcome to the fascinating world of molecules and macromolecules.

We carry out fundamental research on polymers and their interactions with small molecules. We seek to apply our knowledge for the benefit of society and are developing novel materials for a variety of industrial and medical applications.


In Manchester, we have invented a novel class of polymers, referred to as polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs), which have rigid, contorted molecular structures. In the solid state the polymer molecules cannot pack together efficiently, so the material behaves like a sieve for small molecules (i.e., it has micropores, holes smaller than two nanometers).

PIM-1 membrane


A membrane may be used to separate mixtures of gases or liquids into their components. To be useful, a membrane material needs to be both highly selective (i.e., one type of molecule must pass through more easily than others) and highly permeable (i.e., it must let a lot through). We are developing membranes for applications such as carbon dioxide capture and biofuel recovery.


In collaboration with researchers across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, we are seeking to develop the science and technology of graphene-based membranes, exploring a range of applications in molecular separations, as barrier materials, in fuel cells, and in sensors. Watch a video about graphene-based membranes.

Simulation of graphene with PIM-1


Polyelectrolytes are polymers that possess many ionizable groups. In collaboration with Prof. Julie Gough (School of Materials), Prof. David Watts (School of Dentistry) and Prof. Judith Hoyland (School of Medicine), we are investigating bioactive polyelectrolytes for application in tissue engineering.


When postdoctoral research positions or funded PhD studentships are available, they are advertised on the University website. Please note that we cannot respond to speculative enquiries, due to the large number that are received.


Chemists in Hawaii

Peter Budd gave two invited talks at Pacifichem in Honolulu, 15-20 December 2015, on "PIMs: tailoring selectivity through chemical modification" and on "High free volume polymers for gas separation".

SynFabFun launches

The formal launch meeting of the Programme grant "From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function" (SynFabFun) took place in London on 3 December 2015. The research programme brings together key groups researching membranes for gas and liquid separations at Manchester, Newcastle, Imperial College, Edinburgh and Bath Universities


Congratulations to Bekir Satilmis, who acheived his PhD.

Award for product utilising Manchester invention

The 3M Organic Vapour Filter End of Service Life Indicator has won a Product Innovation Award from the British Safety Industry Federation. The product uses a Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity invented in Manchester. You can read about the product in the May 2015 issue of "Tomorrow's Health & Safety", on p. 36. More information.

Euromembrane 2015

In September, Peter Budd and Wayne Harrison were at Euromembrane in Aachen, Germany.


Royal Society Meeting

In April, Peter Budd spoke at a Royal Society Theo Murphy international scientific meeting on Nanostructured Carbon Membranes, held at Chichely Hall. The paper is published in Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A.

Carbon Capture at Cranfield

In April, Peter Budd spoke at the Biannual Meeting at Cranfield University of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre.


Graphene membranes video

A short video about graphene-based membranes can be viewed on the graphene website or on YouTube.

First commercial product using a PIM

A polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM) is a key component of a new type of sensor that indicates when it is time for a user of industrial respirators to change their organic vapour filter. Press release

Advanced Materials in New Zealand

In February 2015, Peter Budd delivered a keynote lecture at AMN-7 in Nelson, and gave a seminar at the University of Auckland.

Manchester and Liverpool United

An EPSRC-funded programme of research "Organic Mixed Matrix Membrane Technologies for Post-combustion CO2 Capture" (ORGMENT) commenced in 2015. The research, which links Manchester and Liverpool Universities, builds on earlier work reported in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.


Updated 4 January 2016

Copyright © 2006 - 2016 Peter M. Budd


Graphene membrane video

Graphene's potential to provide drinking water

Peter Budd talks to Polymer Chemistry

Macromolecules 22 June 2010