Research Themes
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Supramolecular Chemistry in Membranes

At the University of Manchester we use molecular self-assembly to create materials that mimic biological membranes and improve our understanding of important biological processes.

Current research themes include: quantifying 'cooperativity' in multivalent binding to surfaces; understanding the role of 'lipid rafts' in cellular recognition; creating synthetic ion channels; magnetically- and thermally- triggered release of bioactive compounds from liposomes. Recently we have been developing synthetic signal transuction devices for the transmission of information across bilayer membranes. Such compounds may even circumvent normal signalling pathways in cells and offer a path towards truely synthetic biology.