Biopolymer Research Centre

Organisation profile

Research within this centre focuses on characterising and understanding the fundamental and applied aspects of biopolymers using a “from source to application approach” whereby biopolymers are extracted, chemically characterised, physically characterised, engineered and potential applications evaluated for use in drug delivery and as biomaterials. We also utilise commercially available biopolymers to develop new applications in pharmaceutical and biomedical technology. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Isolation and chemical characterisation of plant polysaccharides
  • Physical and mechanical characterisation of polysaccharides
  • Glycosaminoglycan characterisation
  • 3D Bioprinting using low viscosity biopolymers
  • Particulate biopolymer gels for drug delivery
  • Physiologically responsive biopolymers
  • Development of bioactive hydrogel wound dressings

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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