Research in the Dove group is focussed on the development and application of degradable biomaterials and sustainable polymers. While fundamentally based around the discovery of new materials and methodologies by which to make them, we also work with engineers, biologists and medics across academia, hospitals and industry to drive our chemical discoveries towards application. Specifically the group are particularly focussed on the development of new (organo)catalytic and efficient 'click' chemistry methods for the sustainable synthesis and functionalisation of degradable polymeric materials as well as developing new materials from sustainable feedstocks. Our studies extend into controlling the properties of the materials that we make through both structure and stereochemistry to control properties at the macroscopic level (i.e. degradability and mechanical properties), microscale (control over structure via 3D printing and emulsion methodologies) and nanoscale (self assembly and ordering) to realise new biomaterials for application in delivery and tissue engineering applications.
Key Current Areas of Research are:
• Sustainable organocatalysis for stereocontrolled polymerisation
• Synthesis and functionalisation of degradable polymers
• Development of metal-free click chemistry for materials synthesis
• Hydrogel materials for tissue (and stem cell) engineering applications
• 3D printing to develop tuneable scaffolds for regenerative medicine
• Novel elastomeric materials using efficient chemical methodologies
• Crystallisation-driven self assembly of degradable polymer materials for delivery applications
The group has access to outstanding facilities and is hosted in state-of-the-art modern synthetic laboratories.