Andrew Foster


Personal profile


Andrew studied at Queen’s University, Belfast gaining a BSc in Chemistry in 1996. He remained there to complete a PhD in polymer science funded by Du Pont Dow Elastomers LLC, under the supervision of Dr. Allan Fawcett (completed in 2000). In 2001, he moved to Sheffield University to take up a postdoctoral position (PDRA) funded by ICI Paints working under the supervision of Prof. John Ebdon and Dr. Steve Rimmer. He then remained in Sheffield for a further PDRA (2003-2004) working with Dr. Patrick Fairclough on a project, funded by Dstl (Ministry of Defence). He then moved to Manchester University to work with Prof. Pete Lovell and Dr. Michael Rabjohns in the School of Materials, Manchester, as part of a larger EU consortium of academics and industrial companies funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (2004-2007). In 2009, Andrew completed a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) at Manchester University. From 2010 to 2017, Andrew was employed as a project scientist within the research group of Prof. Michael Turner, working on several projects in collaboration with companies as part of the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC). He was employed (2017-2021) as a PDRA on the EPSRC Immortal Membranes programme grant (SynFabFun) working in the research group of Prof. Peter Budd. He was appointed lecturer in polymer science in the Department of Materials in December 2021 (0.5 FTE) and remains doing membrane research as PDRA in the Department of Chemistry with Prof. Budd as part of a new EPSRC programme grant (SynHiSel, 2022-27).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

PGCE Secondary Education, Manchester Institute of Education


Award Date: 1 Jul 2010

Doctor of Philosophy, Polymer Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast


Award Date: 1 Aug 2001

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast


Award Date: 1 Jul 1996

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials


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