Welcome to the Lau Laboratory for Bioinspired Interfacial Materials


Enabling molecular function using nature-inspired synthetic materials and surfaces for healthcare, biocatalysis and biotechnology applications


We are an interdisplinary group with core strengths in bioinspired polymers, biointerfaces, and nanomaterials. / Our group members hail from backgrounds in biophysical, synthetic and polymer chemistries, as well as pharmacy, materials science, and bio- and chemical engineeering. / Current projects include the self-assembly of bioactive peptoids, directed assembly of membrane proteins, development of sequence specific macromolecular structures, dynamic hydrogels, and mimics of intrinsically disordered proteins. / These materials will enable broad applications, including better biomaterials, antimicrobial and antibiofouling surfaces, molecular separations, biocatalysis, and environmental sensing and remediation.

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Material Approaches

Peptoid BioInterfaces

Peptoid BioInterfaces

Nanoscale Organization

Nanoscale Organization




2017/10/25: Congratulations Ana for winning a travel grant to participate in the "Newton-Bhabha Researcher Links Workshop", to be held in Dec. 2017 at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata.

2017/10/01: Abshar Hasan joins the group after winning a highly competitive 1-yr Commonwealth Split Site PhD Scholarship. Congratulations and welcome!

2017/09/18: Alasdair Dennis joins the group as a MChem placement research assistant. Welcome!

2017/09/12: Congratulations Ana (!!!) for successful defense of her PhD: "Bioinspired Materials For Enzyme Immobilisation And Transport Of Biomolecules".

2017/08/30: New paper accepted in Biomimetics: "Size Control and Fluorescence Labeling of Polydopamine Melanin-Mimetic Nanoparticles for Intracellular Imaging". Biomimetics 2017, 2, 17; doi:10.3390/biomimetics2030017

2017/05/11: Congratulations Mari (!!!) for successful defense of her PhD: "Directing the self-assembly of short peptide derivatives"

2017/04/10: Dr Kunal Tewari joins the group to work on the peptoid nanosheets project. Welcome!

2017/01/25: Lipopeptoid paper, a collaboration with Ian Hamley at Read, published in ChemComm. It's open access! DOI: 10.1039/c6cc09888f

2017/01/12: Mari's paper on localized self-assembly of peptide nanofibers is accepted by ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. Congratulations!!! DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b13162

2016/12/01: Marwa El Yaagoobi (University of Montpellier) wins Strathclyde's John Anderson Research Award PhD studentship and will join the group in Jan.

2016/09/30: The Lau group goes baking on Explorathon'16 outreach activity at Eastbank Primary School:

2016/09/21: Ana Sousa wins best presentation award (and €200!) at this year's E-MRS Fall Meeting. Congratulations!

2016/04/01: Bradley Wilson wins BP bursary support to intern in the lab this coming summer. Good job and welcome!

2015/09/07: Ana receives Scottish Funding Council PECRE (Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges) support to perform experiments at the Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna.

2015/06/29: Kyo-Young Goo from University Pierre and Marie Curie, France joins the lab as a summer intern. Welcome!

2015/06/01: Maxence Louaze from Université Blaise Pascal - Clermont-Ferrand, France, and Mattheus Begali from the Science without Borders program join the lab as summer interns. Welcome!

2015/05/06: Ana's research is highlighted in the Images of Research contest, and will be touring Scotland! http://www.imagesofresearch.strath.ac.uk/2015/gallery.php

2015/04/15: The Lau group moves into new labs, in Strathclyde's Technology and Innovation Centre. www.strath.ac.uk/tic

2015/04/01: Dr Lau gives invited talk at the Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna.

2015/01/29: Dr Lau joins the editorial board of Scientific Reports. http://www.nature.com/srep/index.html

2015/01/07: Research article "Molecular Design of Antifouling Polymer Brushes using Sequence-Specific Peptoids” published in Adv. Mater. Interf. Open access: DOI: 10.1002/admi.201400225

2014/10/26: Undergraduate researchers Catherine, Larissa and Maria join our lab. Welcome!

2014/09/17: A warm welcome to Daniel Almgren, visiting graduate researcher from Lund University

2014/08/07: Dr Lau is awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Researcher Mobility Fellowship.