To utilize the photopolymerisation technique for application of biocompatible polymeric materials, it is important to develop waterborne formulations, in which water-soluble photoinitiators constitute the key component. Even though 2-hydroxy-1-[4-(2-hydroxyethoxy) phenyl]-2-methyl-1-propanone (I2959) is a well-known biocompatible water-soluble photoinitiator widely used in the fabrication of biomaterials and exhibits minimal toxicity, the UV light exposure is necessary during the fabrication process which is generally regarded as harmful to living cells. This project aims to develop a series of novel visible-light-sensitive and water-soluble photoinitiators through physical or chemical approaches. Their interaction with Lewis acids will also be investigated using photophysical and photochemical technologies.
Please contact Dr Xiao if you are interested in joining the group. Australian and International Honours, Master, PhD, and visiting students are all welcome.