Dr Vinh Truong

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Role in the Centre

Vinh is a biomaterials scientist with background training in cell biology and polymer science. His current research focuses on integration of photochemistry into the design of smart biomaterials with advanced properties for healthcare applications, including tissue regeneration and controlled drug delivery. Within the Centre, Vinh works together with the group of Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik on innovative photochemical systems that can be activated by long-wavelength visible light (500-700 nm), which has high penetration properties and is less damaging to tissue and living cells. Development of such systems is the key for the transition of light-induced chemistry into biomedical fields. Vinh’s research also aims to incorporate additional stimuli control in addition to light, such as a pH switch, to lock/unlock the photo-reactivity. This research opens up fascinating possibilities for the construction of molecular switches in nanotechnology-based applications.

Short Biography

Vinh obtained his PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Queensland in 2011, focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of crosslinked polymer networks using click chemistries. Thereafter, Vinh undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the Department of Chemistry, Warwick University (UK). In 2017, Vinh became a Lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University. Currently, he’s a Research Fellow in the group of Prof Christopher Barner-Kowollik. Vinh has published 36 papers in leading peer reviewed journals and given invited lectures at 5 conferences. His research on light-responsive hydrogels scaffolds has been recognised internationally and he was part of the International Leading Young Scientists recognised by the Society of Polymer Science, Japan. Vinh is currently a Chartered Chemist within the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

Selected Publications

“Break up to make up: Utilization of photo‐cleavable groups in bio‐labelling of hydrogel scaffolds” Truong, V.X. Chem. Photo. Chem. 2020, in press (invited concept article).

“Wavelength-Dependent Stiffening of Hydrogel Matrices via Red-shifted [2+2] Photocycloadditions”, Kalayci, K.; Frisch, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C., Truong, V.X. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 30, 1908171.

“Additive‐Free Green Light‐Induced Ligation Using BODIPY Triggers” Li, M.; Dove, A.P.; Truong V.X. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 132, 2304.

“Visible Light Activation of Nucleophilic Thiol-X Addition via Thioether Bimane Photocleavage for Polymer Cross-Linking” Truong, V.X.; Li, F.; Forsythe, J.S. Biomacromolecules 2019, 19, 4277.

“Polyethylene glycol–gelatin hydrogels with tuneable stiffness prepared by horseradish peroxidase-activated tetrazine–norbornene ligation” Carthew, J.; Frith, J.E.; Forsythe, J.S.; Truong, V.X. J. Mater. Chem. B 2018, 6(9), 1394.