University of Manchester

Professor Peter M. Budd

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

Telephone: ++161 275 4711


Peter Budd








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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 2 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.

Simulation of graphene with PIM-1


Polyelectrolytes are polymers that possess many ionizable groups. In collaboration with Prof. Sandra Downes and Dr. 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 positions are available, they are advertised on the University website and on


Porous Polymers at the American Chemcial Society

Peter Budd delivered an invited lecture at the Porous Polymers Symposium, during the ACS meeting in San Francisco, 21-25 August 2014.

Mealin Suzhou, China

Membrane Scientists in China

Peter Budd was a keynote speaker at the 10th International Conference on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM 2014), held in Suzhou, China, 20-25 July 2014.

Carbon Capture in South Africa

Peter Budd was a guest speaker at a Carbon Capture workshop held at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, 24-26 March 2014.

Cape Town
BBC World Service - Business Daily - Carbon - 22 Jan 2014

World leading research

Our research on graphene-based membranes featured in the BBC World Service "Business Daily" look at "Elemental business: Carbon materials" on 22nd Jan 2014. Podcast

Visit to the Italian Institute on Membrane Technology

In October 2013 Peter Budd spent nine days at ITM-CNR, Italy, engaged in collaborative research, delivering a seminar series to young researchers, and contributing to a symposium in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Institute.

SEminar at ITM-CNR, Italy

Membrane scientists in Seoul

In August 2013, Peter Budd spoke at the World Congress on Chemical Engineering, and at a special symposium on "Future Membranes and Membrane Processes" at Hanyang University, in Seoul, South Korea.

Graphene-based membranes

A £3.5M EPSRC-funded research programme to develop the science and technology of graphene-based membranes kicked off in July 2013. Led by Peter Budd, it involves researchers from across the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  The aim is, together with industrial partners, to produce working membranes for applications related to sustainability, energy, health, defence and food security. Press release
Graphene-based membranes kick-off meeting

Manchester and Liverpool United

A communication in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. reports a novel approach to composite membranes arising from collaborative research involving the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool (UK) and the Institute on Membrane Technology (Italy). In-situ crystallization of organic cage molecules from Liverpool, within a matrix of a polymer from Manchester, gives membranes with exceptional gas permeability.


Updated 9 October 2014

Copyright © 2006 - 2014 Peter M. Budd


Graphene's potential to provide drinking water

Peter Budd talks to Polymer Chemistry

Macromolecules 22 June 2010