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Degradable Biomaterials and Sustainable Polymers

The development of novel degradable biomaterials is largely restricted by the paucity of well-defined functional degradable polymers. One focus of our research is the synthesis of new materials that are able to be specifically tailored to a range of applications. In the course of our work many of our starting materials can be derived from sustainable resources such as CO2, sugars and amino acids. To this end, we are interested in designing and synthesizing novel poly(ester)s and poly(carbonate)s as well as polymers with more diverse backbones including poly(phosphoester)s and poly(ortho ester)s. In turn, this work leads us to investigate the development of novel catalyst systems as well as applying metal-free ‘click’ chemistries.

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We are also excited to study the application of these materials and actively collaborate with researchers across a range of disciplines in academia and industry. Our research is focussed on understanding and controlling the properties of our materials on all length scales from their macroscopic mechanical and biological properties to the 3-dimensional control of structure at the micron level as well as the controlled nanoscale assembly to provide novel materials, hydrogels, scaffolds and nanoparticles for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug/gene delivery applications. We are investigating projects in all of these areas - click the links on the right for more information.

We have a broad range of publications in this area and have published review articles in several areas related to our research.

The group has access to outstanding facilities and is hosted in state-of-the-art modern synthetic laboratories.

Our research is supported by:

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Polymerisation Catalysis

Synthesis of Degradable Polymers from Sustainable Resources

Self-Assembly and Ordering of Degradable Polymers

Development of Novel Biomaterials