About the Project
In this project you will aim to synthesise and characterise polymeric molecular imaging agents, which are able to switch their signal output based on interactions with biochemical processes. This can include optical energy for fluorescence imaging, acoustic signal for photoacoustic imaging and electronic properties for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). While the imaging techniques are diverse, the fundamental principle are the same, the chemical nature of the polymer will govern its physical properties. By creating a system that harnesses dynamic chemistry, the physical properties can be modified, ultimately switching the signal detected by the imaging instrument. The project will be focused on the synthesis of polymeric materials, characterising the chemical and physical structure of these materials, and understanding how these changes affect the detectable signal.
This is an interdisciplinary project, with opportunities in small molecule synthesis and characterization, polymer synthesis and characterization, material science, biomedical science and pre-clinical science. The interdisciplinary nature of the project allows for the focus to be tailored by the candidate, to craft a unique PhD experience for themselves.
The project is supported by collaborations with experts in material science, pre-clinical science and medical imaging.
The candidate will become a member of the brand new QUT Centre for Material Science. The centre provides a collaborative environment for curiosity-driven materials research and innovation focusing on outstanding research strengths in:
-soft matter materials
-hard condensed matter materials
-computation, prediction and modelling
-analytical technique development.
The Centre is fostering a supportive environment for PhD students and early career researchers, and aims to build a diverse and collegial group of researchers dedicated on pushing the barriers in material science. https://www.qut.edu.au/research/centre-for-materials-science
For more information on application processes and eligibility: https://www.qut.edu.au/research/study-with-us/how-to-apply
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