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Neil Cameron

Neil Cameron

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
+61 3 990 20774
Room 352, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

  • Our research interests lie at the interface between materials chemistry and biology. We use modern synthetic chemistry to create designed macromolecules and materials that interrogate, interrupt or mimic biological systems and processes. This in turn leads to opportunities to create novel systems with therapeutic or biotechnological applications. Research projects fall into one or more of the following interlinked themes.
  • New Tools for Biology: scaffolds for 3D cell culture; glycopolymers; polypeptides
  • New Tools for Chemistry: supported catalysts, organocatalysts, biocatalysts and
  • reagents; novel materials; new mass spectrometry methods for polymer sequencing
  • Materials for Medicine: tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; nanomedicine;
  • targeted delivery
  • Synthetic Biology: polymersomes as protocells
  • Current work in the group is exploring i) polypeptide nanoparticles and nanocapsules for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye; ii) glycosylated giant polymersomes as protocells; iii) emulsion templated and electrospun porous scaffolds as 3D cell culture substrates; iv) biodegradable emulsion templated scaffolds for the regeneration of ligaments and tendons; v) surface chemical functionalisation of porous materials to allow attachment of molecules of interest; vi) self-assembling nanostructures from biocompatible polypeptide block copolymers; vii) the application of novel mass spectrometry methods to polymer sequencing; viii) chemical functionalisation of cellulose; ix) network polymers of enhanced chemical resistance.