Dr Josh Worch
Josh currently holds the post of Group Leader in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham (UK) where he is investigating sustainable materials synthesized from organocatalyzed step-growth polymerizations. Other topical research themes include the manipulation of polymer properties with stereochemistry, degradable materials, and intrinsically recyclable polymers. Hailing from the United States, Josh completed his undergraduate studies at Manchester College (B.A. chemistry, 2011) and conducted his graduate training at Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D. organic chemistry, 2016) under Kevin J.T. Noonan where he developed organic semiconducting materials for energy applications. In 2016, he moved to the University of Warwick and was awarded a Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017−2019) to investigate stereocontrolled Click polymerizations alongside Andrew P. Dove. The group moved to the University of Birmingham in 2018 and Josh was promoted to Group Leader in July 2020. He is an advocate for public engagement with research (receiving an RSC outreach grant in 2019 to fund the delivery of a degradable plastics program) and coordinates the Dove research group’s outreach activities. Josh’s current teaching responsibilities include a 4th year undergraduate module on advanced sustainable polymeric materials and a 3rd year laboratory module related to the chemical recycling of commercial plastics.