Research projects

 

Current research projects:

Designing nano-structured hydrogel for cartilage engineering (2014-17)

Sponsor: Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Collaborator: Drs. S. Cartmell, J. Gough & MD T. Woodford (The University of Manchester, UK)


Designing peptide based hydrogel composites for biomedical applications (2013-17)

Sponsor: School of Materials EPSRC DTA & DTC NOWNANO

Collaborator: Drs. A. Vijayaraghavan & A. Reid (The University of Manchester, UK)


Designing high hard block content TPU resins for nano-composite applications (2014-17)

Sponsor: Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)


Designing high hard block content TPU resins for fiber composite applications (2014-17)

Sponsor: Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)


Developing a technological platform based on the fundamental understanding of peptide self-assembly for the design of novel biomaterials (2013-18)

Sponsor: EPSRC


Fabricating Stable Biocatalyst Networks for the Manufacture of Fine Chemicals (2012-16)

Sponsor: BBSRC

Collaborator: Prof. N. Scrutton (The University of Manchester, UK)


Self-Assembling Peptide Based Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications (2011-15)

Sponsor: Peptisyntha (Solvay)

Collaborator: Drs. C. Merry and J. Gough (The University of Manchester, UK), L. Jeannin (Peptisyntha)


Designing and characterising MDI/polyurea based nanoparticles (2011-14)

Sponsor: Huntsman Polyurethanes / School of Materials

Collaborator: Dr. C. Lindsay (Huntsman Polyurethanes)


Peptide hydrogels for tissue engineering applications (2011-14)

Sponsor: CONACYT, Mexican Government

Collaborator: Dr. J. Gough (The University of Manchester, UK)


Manipulating the mechanical properties of peptide hydrogels (2010-13)

Sponsor: School of Chem. Eng. EPSRC DTA Award


Developing protein hydrogels for biomedical applications (2010-14)

Sponsor: Brunei Government

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Designing high hard block content TPU resins for composite applications (2010-13)

Sponsor: Huntsman Polyurethanes / School of Materials

Collaborator: Dr. C. Lindsay (Huntsman Polyurethanes)

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Past research projects:

Bioactive highly porous and injectable scaffolds controlling stem cell recruitment, proliferation and differentiation and enabling angiogenesis for cardiovascular engineered tissues (2009-14)

Sponsor: EUFP7 NMP Programme

Collaborator: Dr. C. Merry (The University of Manchester, UK)

Publications: Chemical Society Reviews, 40(3), 1200-1210 (2011), Biomacromolecules, 14, 1403-1411 (2013), Langmuir, 26, 11297-11303 (2010), Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 1417, Online (2012), Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 1418, Online (2012), Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 1272, 1272-NN05-04 (2010)

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Exploiting peptide self-assembly for the design of drug delivery solutions (2010-13)

Sponsor: ReckittBenkiser

Publications: International Journal of Pharmaceutics, in press (2014)


Designing peptide hydrogels for drug delivery (2009-12)

Sponsor: School of Materials EPSRC DTA Award

Publications: Langmuir, 28, 1619616206 (2012)


Development of peptide based responsive scaffolds for tissue regeneration applications (2008-11)

Sponsor: Manchester Alumni Fund / Peptisyntha

Collaborator: Dr. J. Gough (The University of Manchester, UK)


Peptide hydrogels for cell culture applications (2007-2011)

Sponsor: School of Materials EPSRC DTA Award

Collaborator: Dr. J. Gough (The University of Manchester, UK)

Publications: Acta Biomaterialia, 9, 4609-46017 (2013)


Protein hydrogels as biomaterials (2007-11)

Sponsor: BBSRC

Collaborator: Dr Robin Curtis (The University of Manchester, UK)


Studies of model segmented polyurethanes: Thermodynamic - structure - properties (2005-10)

Sponsor: EPSRC / Huntsman Polyurethanes

Collaborator: Dr. C. Lindsay (Huntsman Polyurethanes, Belgium)


Self-assembling Peptides for Biomaterial Applications (2007-10)

Sponsor: School of Chem. Eng. EPSRC DTA Award

Publications: Macromolecular Symposia, 273, 139-145 (2008), Faraday Discussions, 166, 195-207 (2013), Biopolymers, in press (2013)


3D responsive hydrogel scaffolds from self-assembling polymer-peptide conjugates (2007-10)

Sponsor: EU-PF6 - Early Stage Training Grant Plyelectrolites

Publications: Macromolecular Symposia, 296, 248-253 (2010), Soft Matter, 7, 6025-6033 (2011)


Engineering the properties of polyolefins (2006-10)

Sponsor: SABIC

Collaborator: Dr. F. Mair (The University of Manchester, UK)


Characterising and screening of novel self-assembled biomaterials (2006-09)

Sponsor: Leverhulme Trust

Collaborator: Dr. J. Gough (The University of Manchester, UK)

Publications: Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 1140, 163-168 (2009), Langmuir, 26, 11297-11303 (2010), Materials Research Society Symposia Proceedings, 1272, 1272-NN05-04 (2010)

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Rationally designed self-assembled peptide scaffolds for 3D tissue regeneration (2005-09)

Sponsor: EPSRC

Collaborator: Dr. R. Ulijn (The University of Manchester, UK)

Publications: Advanced Materials, 18, 611-614 (2006), Advanced Materials, 20, 37-41 (2008), Acta Biomaterialia, 5, 934-943 (2009), Langmuir, 25, 94479453 (2009), Langmuir, 27, 14438-14449 (2011), European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics, 36:111 (2013)

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Engineering the properties of spray-dried detergent granules (2004-08)

Sponsors: Univ. of Manchester EPSRC EngD Award / Procter&Gamble

Collaborator: Prof. G.J.T. Tiddy (The University of Manchester. UK)

Publications: Liquid Crystals, 32, 1465-1481 (2005), Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 338, 155-161 (2009), Journal of Cosmetic Science, 60, 393-394 (2009)


Formation of 2-dimensional networks; structure property relationships

Sponsor: EPSRC

Publications: Langmuir, 23, 3766-3773 (2007), Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 321, 271-274 (2008)


Role of Chemical Architecture on the Physical Properties of Model Polyurethanes Ureas (2005-08)

Sponsors: School of Materials EPSRC DTA Award / Huntsman Polyurethanes

Collaborator: Dr. C. Lindsay (Huntsman Polyurethanes, Belgium)


Building a Framework for Evaluating Drug-Polymer Miscibility and Interactions in the Solid State (2007-08)

Sponsors: RAEng / AstraZeneca

Publications: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 99, 2681-2696 (2010)


3D responsive hydrogel scaffolds from self-assembling polymer-peptide conjugates (2005-08)

Sponsor: EU FP6 Early Training Grant ExPERT

Collaborator: Alexander Cameron (University of Nottingham, UK)

Publications: Macromol. Symp., 251, 33-40 (2007)Chemical Communications, 44334435 (2008)


Protein hydrogels from lysozyme: Structures, properties and applications (2005-08)

Sponsor: EU FP6 Early Training Grant ExPERT

Collaborators: Dr. J. Gough (University of Manchester, UK)

Publications: Biomacromolecules, 7, 2776-2782 (2006), Soft Matter, 4, 1313-1325 (2008), Faraday Discussions, 139, 7184 (2008), Research Letters in Nanotechnology, 2009, 614301 (2009)

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Understanding pair distribution functions of amorphous materials (2004)

Sponsor: AstraZeneca


In vitro degradation of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) copolymers (2003-06)

Sponsor: AstraZeneca

Publications: Macromolecular Symposia, 251, 81-87 (2007), Polymer Degradation and Stability, 93, 1869-1876 (2008), Polymer Degradation and Stability, 96, 1882-1889 (2011)

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Microstructure of surfactant mesophases under shear

Sponsor: Unilever

Collaborators: Professors Gordon Tiddy and Paul Sharrat (The University of Manchester, UK)


Gelation properties of model peptides (2003-06)

Sponsor: School of Materials EPSRC DTA Award

Publications: Macromolecular Symposia, 251, 88-95 (2007), Soft Matter, 5, 193-202 (2009)


Origin of multiple melting endotherms in a high hard block content polyurethane (1998-00)

Sponsor: Huntsman Polyurethanes

Supervisor: Dame Prof. J.S. Higgins (Imperial College, London, UK)

Publications: Macromolecules, 34, 9059-9068 (2001); Macromolecules, 37, 1411-1421 (2004); Macromolecules, 40, 7252-7262 (2007)

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Thermoreversible gelation of stereoregular poly(methyl methacrylate) in organic solvents

Supervisor: Dr. J.-M. Guenet (Institut Charles Sadron, Strasbourg, France)

Publications: Macromol. Rapid Comm., 17, 389-395 (1996); Macromolecules, 30, 966-972 (1997); Macromolecules, 31, 703-710 (1998); Macromolecules, 32, 657-663 (1999); Macromol. Symp., 222, 37-47 (2005)

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