Associate Professor, School of Chemical Engineering
University of New South Wales, Australia
I am an associate professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for NanoMedicine. I have been awarded two Australian Research Council fellowships: in 2009 ARC-Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship and in 2012 ARC-Future Fellowship. Briefly, after my PhD (awarded in 2006), I joined the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at UNSW under the supervision of Prof. Thomas P. Davis. In 2009, I received an ARC-APD fellowship to work on the design of hybrid organic/inorganic materials for drug delivery and imaging. In the last 5 years, I published a large number of publications in different fields, including leading journals in chemistry (including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie ? International Edition, Chemical Science, Chemical Communication, Australian Journal of Chemistry, etc.), in material sciences (including, NPG Asia Materials, Journal of Material Chemistry, etc.), in nanotechnology (ACS Nano, Small, etc.), in drug delivery (Biomacromolecules, Molecular Pharmaceutical and ACS Medicinal Chemistry) and in polymer science (Macromolecules, ACS Macro Letter, Langmuir and Polymer Chemistry). Furthermore, my research in this field has been highlighted in different magazines, including ?Chemistry in Australia? and ?Chemistry World?. For instance, an article highlighting my work on iron oxide nanoparticles was published in Chemistry in Australia in February 2013. More recently, my work on photopolymerisation using chlorophyll has been highlighted in ?Chemistry World Magazine? (February 2015) and in ?Chemistry in Australia? in April 2015. In 2012, I received a Future Fellowship from the ARC on the preparation of responsive polymer for the release of nitric oxide for bio-application. In this area, I developed new approaches for the delivery of nitric oxide for cancer treatment and infectious diseases, as demonstrated by several publications in high impact journals (Angewandte Chemie ? International Edition, Chemical Communication, Biomacromolecules, Journal of Material Chemistry
new functional polymers (including the development of new macromolecular tools: polymerization technique and click chemistry) and new nanomaterials for energy, drug delivery & imaging, developed a new technique of living radical polymerization using light as energy source, instead of thermal initiation.