Dr Edgar Wong
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Edgar Wong

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Edgar Wong is an independent research group leader, ARC Future Fellow and UNSW Scientia Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications, including antimicrobial, anticancer and antiviral applications. Group website: https://www.edgarwonglab.com/

*Key Stats: Career total of 71 journal publications, >3500 citations, h-index 32, ~ $1.3 million funding received as lead investigator and another ~$1.7 million as co-investigator

Education and Employment History: 

Dr. Wong graduated with a BE in Chemical Engineering (2007) and a PhD (2011) from UNSW. His PhD involved the development of new polymer synthesis and functionalization methods under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Prof. Tanja Junkers and Prof. Martina Stenzel. During his PhD, he has spent a total of 8 months at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, for joint collaborative projects. Immediately after his thesis submission, Edgar worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne with Prof. Greg Qiao and Prof. Frank Caruso till 2015 where he worked on the development of functional materials (nanoparticles, thin films and coatings) for various (bio)applications. He returned to UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow on Jan 2016 and has recently successfully obtained the ARC Future Fellowship in late 2021. He was also recently appointed as a UNSW Scientia Fellow in early 2022.

Current Research Projects: 

  1. Development of new smart responsive peptide-mimicking antimicrobial polymers
  2. Reviving 'resisted' antibiotics using antimicrobial polymers as synergists/adjuvants
  3. Fabrication of novel antimicrobial coatings and materials
  4. Development of new peptide-mimicking anticancer polymers
  5. Development of new antiviral polymers and materials

*Note: Prospective students are encouraged to contact me (edgar.wong@unsw.edu.au) regarding any of the listed projects above, whether its for PhD studies, final year honours or summer research work. I am also open to new ideas and if you have some interesting ones, feel free to discuss with me to explore research opportunities.

Key External Grants:

  1. ARC Future Fellowship, "Nanoengineering Smart and Precise Antimicrobial Polymers" (lead investigator)
  2. NHMRC Ideas Grant, "Tackling Hospital Acquired Infections with Peptide Mimics" (co-investigator)
  3. DFAT Australia-India Council Project Grant, "Disinfecting Indian Waters with Novel Antimicrobial Polymer Membranes" (lead investigator)

Recent Awards and Honours:

  1. Awarded the ARC Future Fellowship in 2021
  2. Invited speaker for the ACS Biomacromolecules Forum at the Symposium on Innovative Polymers for Controlled Delivery (SIPCD) conference in 2018
  3. Listed as a '2018 Emerging Investigator' by RSC Polymer Chemistry
  4. Selected for the UNSW team to showcase research at India and Indonesia Research Roadshows in 2017
  5. Nature Microbiology work on 'Structurally Nanoengineered Antimicrobial Peptide Polymers (SNAPPs)' was an exhibit at the London Science Museum in 2016-2017.
  6. Awarded the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship in 2016

Teaching Experiences:

  1. CEIC4002 - Thesis A
  2. CEIC4003 - Thesis B
  3. CEIC9002 - Advanced Thesis A
  4. CEIC9003 - Advanced Thesis B
  5. CEIC4001 - Process Design Project

Postgraduate Students:

  1. Mr. Zeyu Ethan Shao (Masters) - started in 2020 (Edgar Wong main supervisor)
  2. Ms. Manjulatha Sara (PhD) - started in 2020 (Mark Willcox main supervisor)
  3. Mr. Shyam Mishra (PhD) - started in 2019 (Mark Willcox main supervisor)
  4. Ms. Erna Wulandari (PhD) - started in 2018 (Edgar Wong main supervisor)
  5. Mr. Peter Judzewitsch (PhD) - started in 2017 (Cyrille Boyer main supervisor)
  6. Ms. Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh (PhD) - started in 2017 - graduated 2020 (Cyrille Boyer main supervisor)
  7. Ms. Zahra Sadrearhami (PhD) - started in 2016 - graduated 2019 (Cyrille Boyer main supervisor)
  8. Ms. Thuy-Khanh Nguyen (PhD) - started in 2014 - graduated 2017 (Cyrille Boyer main supervisor)
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  • Journal articles | 2021
    Pham P; Oliver S; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2021, 'Effect of hydrophilic groups on the bioactivity of antimicrobial polymers', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 12, pp. 5689 - 5703, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d1py01075a
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wulandari E; Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Judzewitsch PR; Budhisatria R; Soeriyadi AH; Boyer C; Wong EHH, 2021, 'Silk Sponges with Surface Antimicrobial Activity', ACS Applied Bio Materials, vol. 4, pp. 692 - 700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.0c01222
    Journal articles | 2020
    Judzewitsch PR; Corrigan N; Trujillo F; Xu J; Moad G; Hawker CJ; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2020, 'High-Throughput Process for the Discovery of Antimicrobial Polymers and Their Upscaled Production via Flow Polymerization', Macromolecules, vol. 53, pp. 631 - 639, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.9b02207
    Journal articles | 2020
    Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Yang Y; Xu S; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2020, 'Antibiofilm Platform based on the Combination of Antimicrobial Polymers and Essential Oils', Biomacromolecules, vol. 21, pp. 262 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01278
    Journal articles | 2020
    Phuong PT; Oliver S; He J; Wong EHH; Mathers RT; Boyer C, 2020, 'Effect of Hydrophobic Groups on Antimicrobial and Hemolytic Activity: Developing a Predictive Tool for Ternary Antimicrobial Polymers', Biomacromolecules, vol. 21, pp. 5241 - 5255, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01320
    Journal articles | 2019
    Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Sadrearhami Z; Dutta D; Willcox M; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2019, 'Synergy between Synthetic Antimicrobial Polymer and Antibiotics: A Promising Platform to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria', ACS Infectious Diseases, vol. 5, pp. 1357 - 1365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsinfecdis.9b00049
    Journal articles | 2019
    Sadrearhami Z; Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Price E; Krasowska M; Al-Bataineh SA; Whittle J; Wong EHH; Blencowe A; Boyer C, 2019, 'S-Nitrosothiol Plasma-Modified Surfaces for the Prevention of Bacterial Biofilm Formation', ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, vol. 5, pp. 5881 - 5887, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.9b01063
    Journal articles | 2018
    Judzewitsch PR; Nguyen T; Shanmugam S; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2018, 'Towards Sequence‐Controlled Antimicrobial Polymers: Effect of Polymer Block Order on Antimicrobial Activity', Angewandte Chemie, vol. 130, pp. 4649 - 4654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.201713036
    Journal articles | 2018
    Judzewitsch PR; Nguyen TK; Shanmugam S; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2018, 'Towards Sequence-Controlled Antimicrobial Polymers: Effect of Polymer Block Order on Antimicrobial Activity', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 57, pp. 4559 - 4564, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201713036
    Journal articles | 2018
    Kumar A; Boyer C; Nebhani L; Wong EHH, 2018, 'Highly Bactericidal Macroporous Antimicrobial Polymeric Gel for Point-of-Use Water Disinfection', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26202-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Lam SJ; Wong EHH; Boyer C; Qiao GG, 2018, 'Antimicrobial polymeric nanoparticles', Progress in Polymer Science, vol. 76, pp. 40 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2017.07.007
    Journal articles | 2018
    Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Kwan RJ; Nguyen TK; Yeow J; Byrne FL; Oehlers SH; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2018, 'The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers', Polymer Chemistry, vol. 9, pp. 1735 - 1744, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py01069a
    Journal articles | 2018
    Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Sadrearhami Z; Bagheri A; Sauvage-Nguyen M; Ho KKK; Kumar N; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2018, 'Nitric Oxide-Loaded Antimicrobial Polymer for the Synergistic Eradication of Bacterial Biofilm', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 7, pp. 592 - 597, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.8b00190
    Journal articles | 2018
    Sadrearhami Z; Nguyen TK; Namivandi-Zangeneh R; Jung K; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2018, 'Recent advances in nitric oxide delivery for antimicrobial applications using polymer-based systems', Journal of Materials Chemistry B, vol. 6, pp. 2945 - 2959, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8tb00299a
    Journal articles | 2017
    Nguyen TK; Lam SJ; Ho KKK; Kumar N; Qiao GG; Egan S; Boyer C; Wong EHH, 2017, 'Rational Design of Single-Chain Polymeric Nanoparticles That Kill Planktonic and Biofilm Bacteria', ACS Infectious Diseases, vol. 3, pp. 237 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsinfecdis.6b00203
    Journal articles | 2016
    Ren JM; McKenzie TG; Fu Q; Wong EHH; Xu J; An Z; Shanmugam S; Davis TP; Boyer C; Qiao GG, 2016, 'Star Polymers', Chemical Reviews, vol. 116, pp. 6743 - 6836, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00008
    Journal articles | 2016
    Ren JM; Subbiah J; Zhang B; Ishitake K; Satoh K; Kamigaito M; Qiao GG; Wong EHH; Wong WWH, 2016, 'Fullerene peapod nanoparticles as an organic semiconductor-electrode interface layer', Chemical Communications, vol. 52, pp. 3356 - 3359, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5cc10444k
    Journal articles | 2016
    Tan S; Cui J; Fu Q; Nam E; Ladewig K; Ren JM; Wong EHH; Caruso F; Blencowe A; Qiao GG, 2016, 'Photocontrolled Cargo Release from Dual Cross-Linked Polymer Particles', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 8, pp. 6219 - 6228, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.5b11186
    Journal articles | 2015
    Tan S; Nam E; Cui J; Xu C; Fu Q; Ren JM; Wong EHH; Ladewig K; Caruso F; Blencowe A; Qiao GG, 2015, 'Fabrication of ultra-thin polyrotaxane-based films via solid-state continuous assembly of polymers', Chemical Communications, vol. 51, pp. 2025 - 2028, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4cc08759c
    Journal articles | 2014
    Wibowo SH; Sulistio A; Wong EHH; Blencowe A; Qiao GG, 2014, 'Polypeptide films via N-carboxyanhydride ring-opening polymerization (NCA-ROP): Past, present and future', Chemical Communications, vol. 50, pp. 4971 - 4988, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4cc00293h
    Journal articles | 2013
    Wibowo SH; Wong EHH; Sulistio A; Guntari SN; Blencowe A; Caruso F; Qiao GG, 2013, 'Assembly of free-standing polypeptide films via the synergistic combination of hyperbranched macroinitiators, the grafting-from approach, and cross-chain termination', Advanced Materials, vol. 25, pp. 4619 - 4624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201301132