Sulfoxide Polymers - A New Paradigm in Polymer Design (2021–2024)

Low fouling polymers are important for moderating interactions of molecules and particles with cells. In pharmaceutical sciences they are essential tools for extending the pharmacokinetics of dissolved drugs. However, the widely-used low-fouling polymer, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) has been recently reported to induce formation of anti-PEG antibodies. Polymeric alternatives to PEG are thus desperately needed. We introduce in this project super-hydrophilic polymers incorporating sulfoxide groups, mimics of the polar solvent DMSO. The project aims to explore how polymer architecture can enhance biocompatibility and reduce biofouling. The outcome will be a new class of low-fouling polymeric materials with broad application in the biosciences.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
  • Professorial Research Fellow and Se
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
  • NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow
    Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Funded by:
Australian Research Council