Researchers and the public are aware of the potential issues of plastic pollution. Images of birds, mammals and other charismatic species entangled in and eating plastics have created great concern about our profligate plastic use.
The PhD will employ complex 3D in vitro or zebrafish embryo models to assess the toxicity of nanomaterials of varied physico-chemical properties to investigate impacts on the lung, immune system or intestine.
Polymer-bound palladium nanoparticles have the potential to catalyse the reaction from harmless circulating prodrug to potent chemotherapeutic at the tumour site, thereby circumventing systemic side effects.
Infectious disease outbreaks can spread quickly across the world. Today miniature sequencers can be used for the analysis of viral nucleic acids in the field, yet full mobile labs on wheels are still needed to prepare human blood samples carrying potentially deadly viruses such as Ebola.