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Biological Materials

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:

  • Bioanalytical Sciences
  • Organic/Medicinal Chemistry
  • Computational Chemistry/Biology
  • Lipid Nanostructures

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.

Expertise and Subject Areas

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:

  • Economic – supporting industry, focussed on specific areas of expertise, nationally and internationally through applied research.
  • Public Safety, Wellbeing and Health – Directing applied research towards food security, energy supply and medical technologies.
  • Societal – Developing diagnostic tests and designing drugs that can save lives and increase the efficiency of public services. Developing materials for environmental clean-up and through regular outreach activities.

Publications and Outputs

Please follow the links below to view the publications and outputs from members of the Biological Materials research group.

Dr Matthew Baker's publications

Dr Robert Smith's publications

Dr Chandrashekhar Kulkarni's publications

Dr Joseph Hayes' publications

Dr Antonios Kelarakis' publications

Professor Waqar Ahmed's publications