Developing, understanding, and applying polymers to real world applications

 

The research within the Polymer Networks and Biomaterials Group led by A/Prof Tim Dargaville is focused on developing new polymers and understanding the relationships between polymers and biological systems. Our research is diverse, but at the core of everything we do is the goal of understanding the chemistry of polymers and using that knowledge to make further improvements and expand the range of applications. Current areas of research can be categorized into fundamental and translational:

Fundamental

  • Foreign body response to novel hydrogels
  • Chemistry and physical properties of poly(2-oxazoline)s
  • 3D printing of hydrophilic polymers
  • Development of new crosslinking chemistry

Translational

  • Hydrogels for corneal cell substrates and stromal-epithelial co-culture in vitro models
  • Scaffolds for an artificial pancreas
  • Implantable polymers for vaccine delivery
  • Epoxy resins for industrial applications

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