Professor Stephen Yeates graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Chemistry in 1981 and a PhD in polymer Chemistry in 1984. He has over 20 years industrial experience working for ICI, Zeneca and Avecia Ltd in the area of specialty polymer chemistry. During that time he held a number of senior technical positions developing and implementing research strategy. Over the last 7 years in industry, he developed a particular interest in organic semiconductors and inkjet printing for both industrial and SOHO applications.
In November 2004, he was appointed to the full time academic position as Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Manchester with his research interests covering the areas of organic electronic materials, direct write non-impact printing, smart materials and novel polymer colloids. After serving as Head Physical and Theoretical Chemistry he is now Associate Dean for Research.