The Macromolecular and Interfacial Engineering research cluster takes novel materials and transforms them into solutions that can be applied in electronics, energy, medicine, commercial products and food.
Experts within this cluster work specifically with polymers, biomaterials, complex fluids, soft matter and nano-composite materials. Researchers are studying polymers and colloids in truly unique ways – aiming to develop novel methods to achieve high levels of control over desired properties to manipulate them for a range of beneficial uses.
They utilise controlled and living radical polymerisation, organic chemistry and self-assembly methods to innovate new materials—and combine experimental work with computational modelling to bringing a distinctive quantitative aspect to their research. The researchers also work on measuring the interface of molecules to improve the stability of face creams, pharmaceuticals and paints, minimising the effects of external factors such as pressure and temperature.
While they work on the smallest molecules, their research has a big impact on many facets of society including economies, human health and the environment.