Biomaterials, for example bone and skin have a remarkable capacity to self-heal. These natural materials are hydrogels, however synthetic hydrogels cannot perform the same task as they are inherently weak and not usually self-healing. We are developing a new class of hydrogels that can provide the same function as natural tissues. In collaboration with the ANU Medical School the Connal group is developing new bioinspired materials for applications as skin, ligament and cartilage replacement therapies. We have prepared a range of new polymer materials that display high strength and are also self-healing.
The student will be strong in fundamental chemistry/materials engineering. The project is multifaceted with fundamental chemistry developed and commercial and clinical applications.
The project is in an interdisciplinary team with postdocs and other students. The students will learn skills in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, 3D Printing, rheology, photochemistry and biomaterials. ANU is one of Australians top universities and is constantly ranked in the top 50 world wide. Canberra was also ranked third in Lonely Planets "Best in Travel 2018" list.
Australia has a 3.5 year system hence you will finish your PhD in 3.5 years (with possible 6 month extension).