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 seek inspiration from nature to develop new classes of materials for exerting molecular level control at the interface between synthetic surfaces and biomolecules and biological cells. In this rapidly developing area of bioinspired materials and biointerfaces research, we exploit peptidomimetic polymers, nanoporous materials, and physical chemistry principles to create information-rich, highly functional materials that incorporate high degrees of chemical information and nanoscale spatial organisation. Our research will enable broad applications, including the realization of better biomaterials, and more sustainable manufacturing through highly efficient molecular separations and biocatalysis.


Material Approaches


  Peptoid BioInterfaces

Peptoid BioInterfaces

  Nanoscale Organization

Nanoscale Organization

  CHEMIcal   VERSATIlity

CHEMIcal VERSATIlity

 

Scientific Expertise


  Surface Modification

Surface Modification

  Biointerfaces, Cell-Surface and Protein-Surface Interactions, B  iocompatibility

Biointerfaces, Cell-Surface and Protein-Surface Interactions, Biocompatibility

  Nanopores/ Nanoporous Materials

Nanopores/ Nanoporous Materials

  Polyphenolic/ Polycatecholic Materials

Polyphenolic/ Polycatecholic Materials

 
  Polymer Brushes  and Hydrogels 

Polymer Brushes  and Hydrogels 

   Protein and Enzyme Assays, Peptide Characterization

Protein and Enzyme Assays, Peptide Characterization

  Surface Characterization

Surface Characterization

 
 

News:


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.
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