School of Physical Sciences



Additional Roles:

  • Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences


I researched for my PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Hull under the supervision of Dr. David Lacey as part of the Liquid Crystal group. After receiving my PhD in 1993 I worked as postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Kent on polysilane syntheses and applications with Prof. Dick Jones. Subsequently I worked with Prof. Roeland Nolte in the Department of Organic Chemistry at the University of Nijmegen on supramolecular chemistry. I became a lecturer in organic chemistry at Kent in 1998.

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319, Ingram Building

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

McKenzie, B. et al. (2016). The evolution of bicontinuous polymeric nanospheres in aqueous solution. Soft Matter [Online] 12:4113-4122. Available at:
De Santis, E. et al. (2016). Selective complexation of divalent cations by a cyclic ,-peptoid hexamer: a spectroscopic and computational study. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry [Online]. Available at:
Belsey, K. et al. (2016). Inhibiting the Thermal Gelation of Copolymer Stabilized Nonaqueous Dispersions and the Synthesis of Full Color PMMA Particles. Langmuir [Online] 32:2556-2566. Available at:
Rumens, C. et al. (2015). Swelling of PDMS Networks in Solvent Vapours; Applications for Passive RFID Wireless Sensors. Journal of Materials Chemistry C [Online] 3:10091-10098. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Batchelor, J. et al. (2015). Skin-mounted RFID sensing tattoos for assistive technologies. in: 2014 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on RF and Wireless Technologies for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications (IMWS-Bio2014). IEEE, pp. 1-3. Available at:
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Research Interests

Simon Holder's predominant research interest is in the synthesis and application of novel polymeric materials. Holder is an internationally recognised expert on the synthesis of polysilanes and he has been engaged in understanding the polymerisation of dichlorodiorganosilanes to improve the yields, allowing for the first time the high yield synthesis of a variety of polysilanes at ambient temperatures.  
A further main area of research interest is the synthesis by controlled polymerisations and application of novel copolymers including:

  • Polysilane block copolymers - unique biomaterials applied as thin film templates for controlled CaCO3 mineralisation and cell growth.
  • Optimised synthesis of polysiloxane based amphihilic block copolymers.
  • Novel stabilisers for the non-aqueous dispersion polymerisation of vinyl monomers in non-polar solvents giving micro- and nano-particles.

Simon Holder is also engaged in the design and development of novel non-invasive polymer based optical sensor systems including: the development of polymer based sensors of local surface pressures and temperatures, and fluorescent labelled polysiloxane elastomers for measurements of mechanical deformation.

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  • CH309 - Fundamental Chemistry for Chemists and Bioscientists
  • CH504 - Organic Chemistry
  • CH506 - Chemical Identification Techniques
  • Director of Research
  • RAE Coordinator
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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 06/07/2016