Physics Seminar: Prof Giuseppe Battaglia

Centre for Computational Physics

Date: Wednesday 1st of March 2017, 14:00.
Location: MB1010 (Minerva Building).

‘Bionic nanoscopic carriers for precision drug delivery’

by Prof Giuseppe Battaglia,
Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering, University College London, London, UK.

Getting across biological barriers and deliver therapeutic cargo to the right site is indeed a very challenging task that requires the judicious combination of physiological information with carrier engineering. In the last decade, we have approached this problem, applying a constructionist approach where we mimic biological complexity in the form of design principles to produce functional bionic units from simple building blocks and their interactions. We combine synthetic and supramolecular chemistry to tune inter/intramolecular interactions and self-assembly processes to form dynamic soft materials. Among the different bionic efforts, we have focussed our attention to possibly one of the few that encompasses polymerisation, compartmentalisation and positional self-assembly in the same unit; Polymersomes. These…

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