Dr Valentin Bobrin
Research Associate

Dr Valentin Bobrin

PhD (Macromolecular and materials chemistry), The University of Queensland

Diploma in Chemistry, The Novosibirsk State University

School of Chemical Engineering

Valentin Bobrin conducted undergraduate research at the Novosibirsk State University, where he received his Diploma in Chemistry in 2012. He then moved to the University of Queensland, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Polymer Chemistry under the mentorship of Professor Michael J. Monteiro. In April 2021, he joined Professor Cyrille Boyer’s group at the University of New South Wales as a Research Associate, where he explores polymerization methods and materials science for 3D printing applications.

Editorial activities:

Early Career Board of Biomacromolecules (ACS Publications) (https://pubs.acs.org/page/bomaf6/editors.html)

Building E8 School of Chemical Engineering The University of New South Wales UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 Australia
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Gu Y; Bobrin V; Zhang D; Sun B; Ng CK; Chen SPR; Gu W; Monteiro MJ, 2023, 'RGD-Coated Polymer Nanoworms for Enriching Cancer Stem Cells', Cancers, 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cancers15010234
    Journal articles | 2023
    Xiu Y; Bobrin VA; Corrigan N; Zhang J; Boyer C, 2023, 'Effect of Macromolecular Structure on Phase Separation Regime in 3D Printed Materials', Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/marc.202300236
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bobrin VA; Chen SPR; Grandes Reyes CF; Smith T; Purcell DFJ; Armstrong J; McAuley JL; Monteiro MJ, 2022, 'Surface Inactivation of Highly Mutated SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern: Alpha, Delta, and Omicron', Biomacromolecules, 23, pp. 3960 - 3967, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.2c00801
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bobrin VA; Lee K; Zhang J; Corrigan N; Boyer C, 2022, 'Nanostructure Control in 3D Printed Materials', Advanced Materials, 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.202107643
    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, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31095-9
    Journal articles | 2022
    Bobrin VA; Zhang J; Corrigan N; Boyer C, 2022, 'The Emergence of Reversible–Deactivation Radical Polymerization in 3D Printing', Advanced Materials Technologies, 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.202201054
    Journal articles | 2022
    Chen SPR; Bobrin VA; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2022, 'Temperature-Directed Formation of Anisotropic Kettlebell and Tadpole Nanostructures in the Absence of a Swelling-Induced Solvent', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202113974
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lee K; Shang Y; Bobrin VA; Kuchel R; Kundu D; Corrigan N; Boyer C, 2022, '3D Printing Nanostructured Solid Polymer Electrolytes with High Modulus and Conductivity', Advanced Materials, 34, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.202204816
    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, 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.202206272
    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, 134, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ange.202206272
    Journal articles | 2021
    Bobrin VA; Chen SP; Grandes Reyes CF; Sun B; Ng CK; Kim Y; Purcell D; Jia Z; Gu W; Armstrong JW; McAuley J; Monteiro MJ, 2021, 'Water-Borne Nanocoating for Rapid Inactivation of SARS-CoV-2 and Other Viruses', ACS Nano, 15, pp. 14915 - 14927, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsnano.1c05075
    Journal articles | 2020
    Bobrin VA; Lin Y; He J; Qi Y; Gu W; Monteiro MJ, 2020, 'Therapeutic Delivery of Polymeric Tadpole Nanostructures with High Selectivity to Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells', Biomacromolecules, 21, pp. 4457 - 4468, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.0c00302
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chen SPR; Jia Z; Bobrin VA; Monteiro MJ, 2020, 'UV-Cross-Linked Polymer Nanostructures with Preserved Asymmetry and Surface Functionality', Biomacromolecules, 21, pp. 133 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01088
    Journal articles | 2020
    Grandes Reyes CF; Chen SPR; Bobrin VA; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2020, 'Temperature-Induced Formation of Uniform Polymer Nanocubes Directly in Water', Biomacromolecules, 21, pp. 1700 - 1708, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01637
    Journal articles | 2019
    Gu W; Bobrin VA; Chen SPR; Wang Z; Schoning JP; Gu Y; Chen W; Chen M; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2019, 'Biodistribution of PNIPAM-Coated Nanostructures Synthesized by the TDMT Method', Biomacromolecules, 20, pp. 625 - 634, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01196
    Journal articles | 2018
    Bobrin VA; Chen SPR; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2018, 'Uniform Symmetric and Asymmetric Polymer Nanostructures via Directed Chain Organization', Biomacromolecules, 19, pp. 4703 - 4709, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.8b01558
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bobrin VA; Chen SPR; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2017, 'Temperature-Directed Self-Assembly: From Tadpole to Multi-Arm Polymer Nanostructures Directly in Water', ACS Macro Letters, 6, pp. 1047 - 1051, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00589
    Journal articles | 2017
    Bobrin VA; Jia Z; Monteiro MJ, 2017, 'Conditions for multicompartment polymeric tadpoles: Via temperature directed self-assembly', Polymer Chemistry, 8, pp. 5286 - 5294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c7py01024a
    Journal articles | 2017
    Jia Z; Bobrin VA; Monteiro MJ, 2017, 'Temperature-Directed Assembly of Stacked Toroidal Nanorattles', ACS Macro Letters, 6, pp. 1223 - 1227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00739
    Journal articles | 2015
    Bobrin VA; Monteiro MJ, 2015, 'Temperature-Directed Self-Assembly of Multifunctional Polymeric Tadpoles', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, pp. 15652 - 15655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b11037
    Journal articles | 2014
    Jia Z; Bobrin VA; Truong NP; Gillard M; Monteiro MJ, 2014, 'Multifunctional nanoworms and nanorods through a one-step aqueous dispersion polymerization', Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, pp. 5824 - 5827, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ja500092m

UNSW GROW GRANT 2023: Multi-modal Force Sensing of Micro-sized Surgical Forceps for Safe Tissue manipulation (co-CI)

The overarching goal of my research is to develop new methodologies for the programmable assembly of functional polymeric materials across multiple length scales. This research aims to result in advanced materials with enhanced properties, suitable for a broad range of applications. Using the tools of organic synthesis, synthetic polymer chemistry, photochemistry, and materials science, I design and synthesise monomers, polymers, and crosslinkers with tailored functional groups that allow them to adopt unique pathways of self-assembly. Ultimately, by employing polymer library synthesis, conducting function-based screening, and implementing design optimisation, two main outcomes are achieved: a fundamental understanding of the structure-function relationships for materials in specific applications, and the development of innovative materials-based technologies that surpass existing alternatives. Here are a few examples of target material platforms and their corresponding applications: (1) novel asymmetric polymer nanostructures for in vivo drug delivery, (2) Multifunctional worm-like polymer coatings for the inactivation of a broad spectrum of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, (3) 3D printed complex-shaped multi-materials with controlled ordering of soft and hard nanodomains, which display enhanced mechanical properties in comparison to non-ordered counterparts, (4) Customised nanostructured inorganic-organic hybrid materials, e.g., 3D printed nanostructured ceramics, for thermal applications.


Co-supervision and mentoring of students:

UNSW Sydney - current: 4 PhD students. completed: 3 MPhil, 1 visiting bachelor student.




  • the Australian Nanotechnology Network, 2020 - present
  • American Chemical Society, 2019 – present  
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2015 – present
  • Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2013 – present