The Chemistry Research Group is comprised of three themes: Biological and Biomimetic Chemistry; Sensors and Molecular Electronics; and Soft Matter.
Details of staff research interests and links to their own research sites are below
Research at the interface between chemistry and biology looking at the interactions between DNA, proteins and lipids. Typically projects look at recreating biological processes outside of cells or understanding how the physical properties of molecules determine the functions of biological systems within cells.
Research at focused on the development of novel analytical chemistry devices and methodologies for biological and therapeutic monitoring. Our main drive is to develop smart chemical sensors to understand mucosal signalling mechanisms, understand age-related changes in neurochemical signalling and aid patient safety in clinical pharmacy.
Dr Dipak Sarker
Soft and hard condensed matter physics. That means soft matter self-assembly of polymers and surfactants into superstructures like micelles and vesicles, liquid crystals and hard matter where there are architectures of atoms formed into regular ordered objects such as nanotubes nanowires and fullerenes. These are used for chemical and medical diagnostic purposes and for drug delivery but also relate to food and petrochemical additives.
Dr Nicolas Stewart
Chemical modification of proteins and developing methods to characterise such modifications. Protein modification can significantly affect protein function and consequently biochemical outcome (leading to a disease state). Attempts to identify and characterise protein modification can be challenging, due in part to the complexity of the sample, however these can be overcome using a combination of chemical approaches and mass spectrometry.
Development of stand-alone electrochemical sensors for aquatic habitat monitoring; the analysis of heavy metals in the environment and in foodstuffs. The main drive is to overcome the limitations of current analytical techniques to enable continuous monitoring with little intervention.