We are excited to announce that as of February 1, Wood Mackenzie is a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, a leading investor at the intersection of technology and government. Our focus remains on providing you with the best intelligence, analytics, data and tools to ensure you are making the best data-driven business decisions with confidence.  

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Michael McDermott

Senior Research Analyst, Polyolefins


  • Global
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Chemicals

Get in touch with Michael

Michael joined Wood Mackenzie Chemicals in 2018, bringing seven years of experience in the petrochemical consulting. He is responsible for research and analysis of the polyolefins market in EMEA and global, as well as providing support to polyolefins clients worldwide. He provides supporting research for olefins, Materials & Applications Platform and sustainability, including experience in the RPET team.

Michael’s industry experience includes market analysis, supply/demand modelling, pricing, cost models and technology, delivering individually and as a team leader. He has engaged in projects covering a range of various chemicals from olefins to downstream derivatives and polymers.

Prior to joining Wood Mackenzie Chemicals, Michael established himself in the consultancy industry working for Nexant for almost seven years. At Nexant he achieved the role of Global Manager for the Polyolefins Planning Service, he was a key contributor to Nexant’s Petrochemical Simulator and database and was the author of reports covering a wide range of topics.

Michael also has five years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working as a Group Leader and Chemist for a synthetic chemistry team at Pfizer in Sandwich.


PhD, Organic and Organometallic Chemistry, University of East Anglia