Traditional polymer manufacturing processes such as thermopolymerisation employs hazardous chemicals which present health and environmental risks. This project will develop an environmentally-friendly approach: it aims to develop naturally derived photoinitiators applicable to 3D printing through low-energy visible light-induced polymerisation, and explore their application in the fabrication of biocompatible polymeric materials. This project will expand fundamental scientific knowledge of photochemistry, polymer chemistry and biology through the development of a novel, economical, clean, commercially-relevant platform (3D printing) for the fabrication of polymeric materials.
Please contact Dr Xiao if you are interested in joining the group. Australian and International Honours, Master, PhD, and visiting students are all welcome.