Researcher

Associate Professor Penny Martens

My Expertise

Polymers, biomaterials, hydrogels.

Keywords

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Biography

A/Prof Penny Martens, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

A/Prof PENNY MARTENS is currently the Deputy Dean of Graduate Research and an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW Australia in Sydney. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, USA in 2002. She then took up her academic position at UNSW in 2003. Her area of expertise is in polymer synthesis and...view more

A/Prof Penny Martens, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering

A/Prof PENNY MARTENS is currently the Deputy Dean of Graduate Research and an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW Australia in Sydney. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, USA in 2002. She then took up her academic position at UNSW in 2003. Her area of expertise is in polymer synthesis and characterisation, particularly the rational design of complex biomedical polymer systems. Specifically, she is focused on developing biosynthetic hydrogels for applications ranging from fundamental polymer design to cell encapsulation to conducting coatings for implants. She has worked on several approaches to covalently incorporating biological polymers into her poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) hydrogel systems, as well as various polymerisation methods.

 

Student Projects:

Development of new polymeric materials

Biosynthetic hydrogel microspheres for diabetes applications

Biosynthetic conducting hydrogels for neural applications

Looking for students for projects related to:

Polymer synthesis, fabrication, and characterisation.  Also open to other projects relating to this core area. Feel free to contact me to discuss your project ideas. 

 

Professional Organisations and Consulting positions

President, Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Awards

Young Tall Poppy, 2009

Education

PhD/postgraduate

2002 - PhD from the University of Colorado in Chemical Engineering

2000 - MS from the University of Colorado in Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate

1997 - BS from Loras College in Engineering Physics

 


My Qualifications

 

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

                 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, December 2002

                 M.S. Chemical Engineering, May 2000

Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, USA

                 B.S. Engineering Physics, May 1997

 


My Awards

NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award - October 2009


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

I supervise in the areas of biomaterials and tissue engineering.  The research mainly focuses on the use of biosynthetic hydrogels for a range of biomedical applications. 


Currently supervising

Primary Supervisor: Rebecca Sehnert, PhD Student - Chemically Modifying a Drug that Preserves Fertility in Cancer Patients

Secondary Supervisor: Mihee Shin, PhD Student - Fatigue Resistance of Bone


My Teaching

 

BIOM9410:  Regulatory Requirements

                    Coordinator 2019 - current

   GSOE9400: Engineering Postgraduate Research Essentials

                    Coordinator and Lecturer 2016 - 2019

 

BIOM 9332: Biocompatibility

                    Coordinator 2006 - 2015

                    Lecturer 2004 - 2016

 

BIOM 9432: Chem. & Physics of Synthetic & Biol. Polymers

                    Coordinator 2009 - 2015

                    Lecturer 2007 - 2016

 

BIOM 9561: Mechanical Properties of Biomaterials

                    Coordinator 2012 – 2014, 2018

                    Lecturer 2012 – 2015, 2018

 

BIOM 9334: Comprehensive Biomaterials Science

                     Coordinator 2012 – 2014 (summer course)

 

ENGG1000: Engineering Design

                     Lecturer 2010 - 2012

 

BIOM1010: Engineering in Medicine and Biology

                     Coordinator 2017

                     Lecturer 2010 – 2012, 2017

 

GSBmE Undergrad Thesis

                     Coordinator 2007-2013

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Location

Samuels Building (F25)
Level 5, Room 511
Kensington Campus


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Contact

+61 2 9385 3902