Research within the biomaterials section exploits naturally
occurring particles, such as nanoscale plant viruses and microscale
sporopollenin (a major component of the tough outer walls of spores
and pollen). Other research encompasses macromolecules from natural
polymers to synthetic polymers.
Researchers in the imaging agents section are developing
molecular imaging agents for radiopharmaceutical techniques,
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and optical imaging. The novel
molecular imaging agents under development in these areas will give
much more accurate understanding of the disease and better informed
Research within the therapeutic agents section relies heavily on
the application of synthetic methods to health related problems.
The majority of group members utilise synthetic procedures to
obtain bespoke molecules for use as drugs or drug delivery