Imperial College London

Dr Theoni K. Georgiou

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Reader in Polymer Chemistry



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RSM 1.05Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





  • Short Bio

Theoni obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cyprus in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Following her PhD studies she joined Professor Antonios (Tony) Mikos’ group at Rice University in USA as a postdoctoral fellow where she gained experience in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Then in October 2007 she moved to UK when she was awarded a five year RCUK Fellowship in Colloidal Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull that lead to a Lectureship in November 2012. In Hull Theoni built up her own group in the area of synthesis and characterisation of polymer based materials. In January 2014 she joined Imperial College as a Lecturer and was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and to a Reader in 2019. In 2017 she was awarded the 2016 Macro Group UK Young Researchers Medal for “contributions to polymer science which show outstanding promise for the future.

Since July 2019 she is the acting chair of Macrogroup UK.

Her research interests involve synthesis and characterisation of polymers and their evaluation in a variety of applications like drug delivery, gene delivery, tissue engineering etc. She is also interested in the self-assembly of block based copolymers, gels and in stabilising dispersions or particles by using polymeric macrosurfactants.

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Constantinou AP, Zhang K, Somuncuoğlu B, et al., 2021, PEG-based methacrylate tetrablock terpolymers: how does the architecture control the gelation?, Macromolecules, Vol:54, ISSN:0024-9297, Pages:6511-6524

Constantinou A, Patias G, Somuncuoğlu B, et al., 2021, Homo- and co-polymerisation of di(propylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate – a new monomer, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:12, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:3522-3532

Constantinou AP, Zhan B, Georgiou TK, 2021, Tuning the gelation of thermoresponsive gels based on triblock terpolymers, Macromolecules, Vol:54, ISSN:0024-9297, Pages:1943-1960

Constantinou A, Sam-Soon N, Carroll D, et al., 2018, Thermoresponsive tetrablock terpolymers: effect of architecture and composition on Gelling behavior, Macromolecules, Vol:51, ISSN:0024-9297, Pages:7019-7031

Carroll D, Constantinou A, Stingelin N, et al., 2018, Scalable syntheses of well-defined pentadecablock bipolymer and quintopolymer, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:9, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:3450-3454

Constantinou A, Zhao H, McGilvery C, et al., 2017, A comprehensive systematic study on thermoresponsive gels: beyond the common architectures of linear terpolymers, Polymers, Vol:9, ISSN:2073-4360

Ghasdian N, Buzza DMA, Fletcher PDI, et al., 2015, ABC Triblock Copolymer Micelles: Spherical Versus Worm-Like Micelles Depending on the Preparation Method, Macromolecular Rapid Communications, Vol:36, ISSN:1022-1336, Pages:528-532

Lu B, Tarn MD, Pamme N, et al., 2015, Tailoring pH-responsive acrylic acid microgels with hydrophobic crosslinks for drug release, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, Vol:3, ISSN:2050-750X, Pages:4524-4529

Georgiou TK, 2014, Star polymers for gene delivery, Polymer International, Vol:63, ISSN:0959-8103, Pages:1130-1133

Ghasdian N, Ward MA, Georgiou TK, 2014, Well-defined "clickable'' copolymers prepared via one-pot synthesis, Chemical Communications, Vol:50, ISSN:1359-7345, Pages:7114-7116

Ward MA, Georgiou TK, 2013, Multicompartment thermoresponsive gels: does the length of the hydrophobic side group matter?, Polymer Chemistry, Vol:4, ISSN:1759-9954, Pages:1893-1902

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