Smart functional and responsive materials are based on biologically-inspired principles. They present opportunities including biomedical applications and directed 3D nanostructure assembly in which particles are assembled into ordered structures.  

Our research includes:

  • materials and approaches for stem cell therapies and targeted and triggered drug delivery

  • biosensors for rapid diagnostics – for example to reduce anti-microbial resistance

  • membrane models

  • organ-on-a-chip systems which allow researchers to test drug treatments on specific organs

  • advanced contrast and calibration agents in healthcare applications

We focus on the translation of research into practical treatments for patients and collaborate with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.