The Centre for Materials Science (Chemistry) has two main research themes: Biological Materials and Functional Materials
The Biological Materials Grouping has particular expertise within the following areas:
Biological Materials is producing world leading research at the physical life science interface that have important scientific, economic and social impact. Our research is rooted in the application of cutting edge science to real world problems, research such as diagnosing disease, drug design, photoantimicrobial chemotherapy and inhalation toxicity of nano-particulates.
Bioanalytical Sciences – The interdisciplinary Bioanalytical Sciences Research Group is led by Dr Matthew J Baker. The group has a wide range of research projects in the area of biophotonics, biomedical spectroscopy, bioanalytical forensics, drug detection and defence science
Organic / Medicinal Chemistry - The Organic Medicinal Research Group is led by Dr Robert B. Smith. The group has a wide range of research projects in the areas of antimicrobial chemotherapy, wound technology and NIR colour chemistry.
Computational Chemistry / Biology – Group leader of the Molecular Modelling Group is Dr. Joseph M. Hayes. Research combines a multidisciplinary approach in the areas of drug design, organic and supramolecular chemistry, with computational predictions directing the course of laboratory experiments.
Lipid Nanostructures – The Lipid Nanostructures Group is led by Dr Chandrashekhar V Kulkarni. The main research of this group is based on nanostructured self-assemblies of lipids but it also extends towards the study of other amphiphilic molecules including surfactants and membrane proteins. Some of the forefront projects include model intracellular biomembranes, lipid nanoscaffolds, biomolecular interactions with lipid nanostructures, designing and fine tuning of lipid nanostructures, and exploring their novel applications for pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations; e.g. using hierarchically ordered soft materials.
Synthetic Biomaterials – Led by Dr Kelarakis this area is developing synthetic biomaterials for therapeutic applications.
The approach to impact for the Centre for Materials Science (Chemistry) has led to research outputs with high impact. CMS has focused on three main themes to maximise the impact of our research:
Please follow the links below to view the publications and outputs from members of the Biological Materials research group.