Role in the Centre
Nathan Boase is a polymer chemist, with a keen interest in developing new materials to solve problems in healthcare. His research starts with the clinical problem to be solved, asking ‘what properties does a material require to address this challenge?’. He and his team then set about designing and making this unique material from the ground up, using approaches such as controlled radical polymerisation, post-polymerisation modification and photochemistry. His work has developed new solutions for antibacterial coatings, gels to improve radiation therapy, new molecular imaging agents for the detection of disease, and nanoparticles for improving drug delivery. In doing so, he has also developed a deeper fundamental understanding of the relationship between nanomaterial properties and their biological function, through advanced material characterisation techniques. Nathan is dedicated to creating impact from his research and collaborates across QUT with members of the centres for Biomedical Technologies and a Waste Free World, as well as engaging with industry to create solutions for real world problems.
Nathan is an early career academic and began his career studying a Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Chemistry at the University of Queensland. Here during a summer research project, he discovered a passion for polymer chemistry and materials science. He completed his PhD in 2015 investigating the design of hyperbranched polymers as multimodal molecular imaging agents for disease. In his PhD he worked at the intersection of chemistry and biology, developing new tools for the preclinical evaluation of nanomaterials in small animal models. In 2015, he joined QUT as an Associate Lecturer, working on antibacterial coatings to prevent biofilm fouling. He was promoted to Lecturer in 2018 and is now establishing his own research team after transitioning to an academic role in 2019. His commitment to high quality scientific publications has been recognised with invitations to present as a keynote speaker at the Macro World Polymer Congress and the Australasian Polymer Symposium. In 2019, he was selected as a CAS Future Leader, one of 29 ECR chemists selected globally to participate in leadership development. Beyond research, he is also a committed lecturer with a keen interest in chemical education research to improve educational outcomes for his students. He believes that as scientists, we have a responsibility to communicate our work to the public, as seen through his involvement with Pint of Science, ATSE Young Science Ambassador and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, where he is a chartered chemist.
“Shining a light on bioorthogonal photochemistry for polymer science” Boase, N.R.B. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2020, in press.
“Xylenol orange functionalised polymers to overcome diffusion in Fricke gel radiation dosimeters” Boase, N.R.B.; Smith, S.T.; Masters, K-S.; Hosokawa, K.; Crowe. S.B.; Trapp, J.V. React. Funct. Polym. 2018, 132, 81–88. (Corresponding author)
“Adaptable and Reprogrammable Surfaces” Goldmann, A.S.; Boase, N.R.B.; Michalek, L.; Blinco, J.P.; Welle, A.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1902665.
“Polynitroxide copolymers to reduce biofilm fouling on surfaces”, Boase, N.R.B.; Torres, M.D.T.; Fletcher, N.L.; de la Fuente-Nunez, C.; Fairfull-Smith, K.E. Polym. Chem. 2018, 9(43), 5308–5318.
“Synthesis of a multimodal molecular imaging probe based on a hyperbranched polymer architecture”, Boase, N.R.B.; Blakey, I.; Rolfe, B.E.; Mardon, K.; Thurecht, K.J. Polym. Chem. 2014, 5(15), 4450-4458.