Inspired by bacteria able to thrive in the ocean’s inky depths, award-winning UNSW chemist Cyrille Boyer has for the first time used near-infrared light to create polymers – a discovery with implications for nanomedicine.
Cyrille Boyer, winner of the 2015 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, is mimicking nature to create functional polymers and next-generation nanomedicines to treat infectious diseases.
Scientists, engineers and clinicians are delivering 3D printed bionics and novel electroactive materials that can communicate with muscles and nerves; they’re reprogramming cells and repairing tissues; and they’re synthesising functional nanoparticles to swim through blood and deliver drugs.
UNSW researchers are developing drugs tailored to an individual patient and delivered directly to a target organ as part of a new Centre of Excellence that explores medical innovation at the molecular level.
Four UNSW academics are among a group of esteemed health and medical researchers – including Nobel laureates and former Australians of the Year – recognised as making a significant difference to the lives of people worldwide.