K. H. Aaron Lau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (UK equivalent rank: Lecturer)
Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
University of Strathclyde
Sc.B., Sc.M., Materials Science and Engineering
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Ph.D., Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany
Postdoctoral training: Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
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Dr. King Hang Aaron Lau joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde as lecturer (assistant professor) in late 2013, as a founding member of the university’s bionanotechnology initiative. Aaron's research in bioinspired materials aims to establish the design rules for creating synthetic polymers and nanostructures that mimic the structure and function of natural biomolecules. This will, in the long-term, expand the possibilities of controlling biological interactions and enable improvements in human health and our ability to fashion material functionality at will. Current projects explore peptide-mimetic polymers (“peptoids”), polyphenol coatings, and nanopores for a range of applications from biomaterials and biointerfaces to environmental engineering. These applications include self-assembled molecular scaffolds, antibacterial and antifouling coatings, enzyme biocatalysis, and nanopore control of protein transport and separation. Aaron earned his Sc.B. and Sc.M. in materials science at Brown University and his Ph.D. in chemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University, during which he received a US National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award (2011). Aaron was also recently a Royal Society of Chemistry mobility fellow (2014), a Scottish Cruciblist (2015), and he holds a Human Frontier Science Program early career award (2016).