Researcher

Dr Edgar Hoe Hon Wong

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Biography

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications but his focus is now on...view more

Dr. Edgar Wong is currently a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering. He is a multidisciplinary researcher whose work span across several disciplines including synthetic (polymer) chemistry, materials science, (micro)biology and nanotechnology. His research interest in particular is on developing new functional polymeric materials for a range of targeted applications but his focus is now on generating materials for antimicrobial and anticancer applications. These include the development of new polymers as potential antimicrobial and anticancer drugs, and polymer scaffolds/materials for water disinfection, wound healing and food packaging.

*Key Stats: Career total of 55 journal publications (average IF of 6.8), 1100+ citations, h-index 21, ~ $1 million in funding received

Education and Employment History: 

Dr. Wong graduated with a BE in Chemical Engineering (2007) and a PhD (2011) from UNSW. His PhD involved the development of new polymer synthesis and functionalization methods under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Prof. Tanja Junkers and Prof. Martina Stenzel. During his PhD, he has spent a total of 8 months at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany for joint collaborative projects. Immediately after his thesis submission, Edgar worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Melbourne with Prof. Greg Qiao and Prof. Frank Caruso till 2015 where he worked on the development of functional materials (nanoparticles, thin films and coatings) for various (bio)applications. He returned to UNSW as a Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellow in Jan 2016 as an independent researcher.

Current Research Projects: 

  1. Determining the structure-activity relationship of antimicrobial polymers and antimicrobial drug development
  2. Advanced fabrication of novel antimicrobial polymer scaffolds for water disinfection and wound healing
  3. Development of new membrane-disruptive anticancer polymers
  4. New food packaging materials

*Note: Prospective students are encouraged to contact me (edgar.wong@unsw.edu.au) for any of the listed projects above. However, I am also open to new ideas and if you have some interesting ones, feel free to discuss with me and see if we can take it further.

Key Publications:

  1. Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17, 1170
  2. Nat. Microbiol., 2016, 1, 16162
  3. ACS Infect. Dis., 2017, 3, 237
  4. Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 1735.
  5. Prog. Polym. Sci., 2018, 76, 40.
  6. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2018, 57, 4559.
  7. Sci. Rep., 2018, 8, 7965.

*Note: 4 Highly Cited Papers in the fields of Chemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Current Active Funding:

  1. DFAT Australia-India Council Project Grant
  2. UNSW VC Fellowship

*Note: Career total of ~ $1 million in research funding in terms of personal fellowship, project grants, instrument grants, travel awards, scholarships were obtained either as main or co-investigator.

Recent Awards and Honours:

  1. Listed as a '2018 Emerging Investigator' by RSC Polymer Chemistry
  2. Selected to represent UNSW to showcase research at 2017 UNSW India Research Roadshow
  3. Selected to represent UNSW to showcase research at 2017 UNSW Indonesia Research Roadshow
  4. Nature Microbiology work on 'Structurally Nanoengineered Antimicrobial Peptide Polymers (SNAPPs)' is an exhibit at the Science Museum, London

Current Teaching Activities:

  1. CEIC4002 - Thesis A
  2. CEIC4003 - Thesis B
  3. CEIC9002 - Advanced Thesis A
  4. CEIC9003 - Advanced Thesis B
  5. CEIC4001 - Process Design Project

Postgraduate Students:

  1. Ms. Erna Wulandari (PhD) - started in 2018 (main supervisor - myself, co-supervisor - Dr. Soeriyadi)
  2. Mr. Peter Judzewitsch (PhD) - started in 2017 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)
  3. Ms. Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh (PhD) - started in 2016 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)
  4. Ms. Zahra Sadrearhami (PhD) - started in 2016 (main supervisor - Prof. Boyer, co-supervisor - myself)

Life Outside of Research:

Playing soccer, watching tv shows, tasting new and delicious food

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