Our research combines organic and polymer chemistry with materials science to develop tools at the interface between chemistry and biology. The main focus of current research is the development of novel polymeric nanomaterials that can sense, image and treat microbial infections. In order to do so, 3 main areas are being explored in parallel:
- Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials as imaging probes to detect microbial pathogens.
- Nanomaterials to interfere with ‘non-conventional’ targets of bacterial infection such as adhesion, quorum sensing or bacterial membranes.
- Functional nanomaterials for the delivery of conventional antibiotics in a targeted way.