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Biography

Biomaterials with inherent resistance to bacterial colonisation, Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion, Surface Science Research, Colonic drug delivery, Ocular drug delivery, Boron neutron-capture therapy.

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Research Interests

  • Controlled and targeted drug delivery: design and development of specific retentive delivery systems aimed at mucosal surfaces; nanomaterials for the transport of chemotherapeutant; stimuli-responsive polymer conjugates for the release of therapeutic agents.
  • Low-surface-energy materials: synthesis, surface characterisation of polymeric materials with ultra-low-surface-energy characteristics.
  • Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion: bioadhesive materials for therapeutic use in the eye, mouth, stomach and colon.
  • Biomolecular recognition: receptor molecules with potential applications as either binding agents or controlled release systems; support matrices for in vitro toxicology.
  • Bioadhesion control: development of materials that inhibit bacterial binding to biological surfaces and biomaterials; use of responsive ('smart') polymers displaying hydrophilic-hydrophobic transitions.
  • Therapeutic agents for targeting cancer tumours: boronated cages for cancer therapy; delivery vehicles for the transport of chemotherapeutants across the blood-brain barrier.
  • Surface science research: the use of contact angle goniometry, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and other techniques as means of quantifying surface heterogeneity.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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