Dr Nathaniel Corrigan
Research Associate

Dr Nathaniel Corrigan

Nathaniel Corrigan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering, Hons. 1) and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Polymer Science/Chemical Engineering) obtained under the supervision of Prof. Cyrille Boyer.

School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Nathaniel Corrigan is a postdoctoral researcher working in the Cluster for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine (ACN) in the School of Chemical Engineering at UNSW. His research focuses on the use of light in macromolecular synthesis, with a particular focus on new methods for polymer synthesis. Dr. Corrigan has expertise in flow mediated photochemical reactions, reaction design for photopolymerization, and controlling polymer molecular weight distributions. Dr. Corrigan has also pioneered the application of reversible deactivation radical polymerization to 3D printing, via the use of ultra-fast PET-RAFT polymerization and other ultra-fast photoinduced 3D printing processes. These processes enable the production of advanced macromolecular materials via more streamlined and highly accessible approaches.

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Bobrin VA; Yao Y; Shi X; Xiu Y; Zhang J; Corrigan N; Boyer C, 2022, 'Nano- to macro-scale control of 3D printed materials via polymerization induced microphase separation', Nature Communications, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31095-9
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jung K; Corrigan N; Wong EHH; Boyer C, 2022, 'Bioactive Synthetic Polymers', Advanced Materials, vol. 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.202105063
    Journal articles | 2022
    Shi X; Bobrin VA; Yao Y; Zhang J; Corrigan N; Boyer C, 2022, 'Designing Nanostructured 3D Printed Materials by Controlling Macromolecular Architecture', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202206272
    Journal articles | 2020
    Corrigan N; Jung K; Boyer C, 2020, 'Merging New Organoborane Chemistry with Living Radical Polymerization', Chem, vol. 6, pp. 1212 - 1214, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chempr.2020.05.021
    Journal articles | 2020
    Corrigan N; Jung K; Moad G; Hawker CJ; Matyjaszewski K; Boyer C, 2020, 'Reversible-deactivation radical polymerization (Controlled/living radical polymerization): From discovery to materials design and applications', Progress in Polymer Science, vol. 111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2020.101311
    Journal articles | 2020
    Jung K; Corrigan N; Ciftci M; Xu J; Seo SE; Hawker CJ; Boyer C, 2020, 'Designing with Light: Advanced 2D, 3D, and 4D Materials', Advanced Materials, vol. 32, pp. e1903850, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201903850
    Journal articles | 2019
    Corrigan N; Xu J; Boyer C; Allonas X, 2019, 'Exploration of the PET-RAFT Initiation Mechanism for Two Commonly Used Photocatalysts', ChemPhotoChem, vol. 3, pp. 1193 - 1199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cptc.201800182
    Journal articles | 2016
    Boyer C; Corrigan NA; Jung K; Nguyen D; Nguyen TK; Adnan NNM; Oliver S; Shanmugam S; Yeow J, 2016, 'Copper-mediated living radical polymerization (atom transfer radical polymerization and copper(0) mediated polymerization): From fundamentals to bioapplications', Chemical Reviews, vol. 116, pp. 1803 - 1949, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.5b00396
    Journal articles | 2016
    Corrigan N; Xu J; Boyer C, 2016, 'A Photoinitiation System for Conventional and Controlled Radical Polymerization at Visible and NIR Wavelengths', Macromolecules, vol. 49, pp. 3274 - 3285, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b00542
    Journal articles | 2014
    Xu J; Jung K; Corrigan NA; Boyer C, 2014, 'Aqueous photoinduced living/controlled polymerization: Tailoring for bioconjugation', Chemical Science, vol. 5, pp. 3568 - 3575, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c4sc01309c
  • Conference Papers | 2014
    Xu J; Shanmugam S; Corrigan NA; Boyer C, 2014, 'Catalyst-Free Visible Light-Induced RAFT Photopolymerization', in Matyjaszewski K; Sumerlin BS; Tsarevsky NV; Chiefari J (eds.), CONTROLLED RADICAL POLYMERIZATION, VOL 1: MECHANISMS, AMER CHEMICAL SOC, San Francisco, CA, pp. 247 - 267, presented at American-Chemical-Society Symposium on Controlled Radical Polymerization, San Francisco, CA, 10 August 2014 - 14 August 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/bk-2015-1187.ch013

ARC Discovery Project. Programming the Microstructure of 3D Printed Objects (DP210100094) 

Dr. Corrigan was part of the Boyer Laboratory team that was recognized as finalist for the 2016 Eureka Prize for Scientifc Research. 

In 2020, Dr. Corrigan was recognized as a finalist of the prestigious Reaxys PhD prize for the best PhD thesis in the Chemical Sciences globally.

Dr. Corrigan is coauthor of >40 peer reviewed publications in leading high-impact journals in chemistry, chemical engineering, and polymer and materials science. His research focuses on the use of visible light for advanced manufacturing of polymeric materials, through flow-controlled systems and 3D printing.

polymer science, 3d printing, flow polymerisation, photopolymerisation, photochemistry

Dr. Corrigan's has been featured by in mainstream media, including stories related to 3D/4D printing of novel polymeric materials picked up by EurekAlert (AAAS, https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-11/uons-n3p111819.php), Scimex (https://www.scimex.org/newsfeed/new-3d-printing-technique-produces-living-4d-materials), as well as interviews with ABC radio. Additionally, Dr. Corrigan is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

My Research Supervision

3 PhD, 1 MPhil