Researcher

Professor Martina Stenzel

My Expertise

Complex polymer architectures, Synthesis of glycopolymers and their interaction with lectins, Polymers with cyclodextrins, Synthesis of nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes, Development of drug delivery systems for the delivery of platinum drugs and other metal-based drugs (gold, ruthenium), Development nanoparticles for the delivery of non-metal anti-cancer drugs, Understanding the interaction of nanoparticles with cells and cancer spheroids.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Martina Stenzel is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the School of Chemistry. Her research experience and interests include:

  • Complex polymer architectures; Synthesis of star polymers, comb polymers, block copolymers via RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation transfer) polymerization
  • Synthesis of glycopolymers and their interaction with lectins
  • Polymers with cyclodextrins
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes
  • Development...view more

Martina Stenzel is an ARC Future Fellow and Professor in the School of Chemistry. Her research experience and interests include:

  • Complex polymer architectures; Synthesis of star polymers, comb polymers, block copolymers via RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation transfer) polymerization
  • Synthesis of glycopolymers and their interaction with lectins
  • Polymers with cyclodextrins
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes
  • Development of drug delivery systems for the delivery of platinum drugs and other metal-based drugs (gold, ruthenium)
  • Development nanoparticles for the delivery of non-metal anti-cancer drugs
  • Understanding the interaction of nanoparticles with cells and cancer spheroids

 TEAM

PhD Students

  • Alice Du (A delivery platform for peptides, collaboration with K. Scott from UWS)
  • Manuela Callari (Smart micelles for the delivery of platinum drugs, collaboration Prof Paul de Souza, Ingham Institute, and Prof Janice Aldrich-Wright, UWS)
  • Ted Chang (Understanding the interaction of various-shaped nanoparticles with various cancer cell lines, collaboration with Dr Megan Lord)
  • Yanyan Jiang (polymer-protein conjugates as drugs and drug-delivery vehicle)
  • Johnny Lim (Delivery of gemcitabine using oligonucleotide containing polymers)
  • Jiacheng Zhao (Nano-objects of various shapes based on sugars for the treatment of breast cancer)
  • Mingxia Lu (Delivery of ruthenium drugs)
  • Fan Chen (delivery of proteins using polyion complex micelles)
  • Alberto Piloni (Fluorine containing nanoparticles for imaging, collaboartion with K.Thurecht UQ)
  • Lubna Hossein (a drug delivery system for albendazole, collaboration Dr Mohammad Pourgholami, Prof David Morris, St.George hospital)

Fellows and Postdocs

  • Dr Pu Xiao, DECRA fellow (polymer coated nanodiamonds)
  • Dr Hongxu Lu (spheroid cancer models to investigate the interaction of nanoparticles with cells, collaboration Dr Mohammad Pourgholami, Prof David Morris, St.George hospital)
  • Dr Krzystof Babiuch (synthesis of glycopolymers)

EDUCATION

  • 1996-99 Ph.D. in Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany
  • 1990-96 MSc. in Chemistry, University of Bayreuth, Germany

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES

  • Editorial Advisory Committee (Progress in Polymer Science, ACS MacroLetters, Macromolecules, Polymer)
  • Editor of the Australian Journal of Chemistry

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES (MEMBER OF)

  • Since 2012 Honorary General Secretary of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)
  • Since 2012 Australian Representative of the Pacific Polymer Council
  • 2008-2011 Chair of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Polymer Division

AWARDS

  • 2013 NSW Science and Engineering award
  • 2013 Exxon Mobile award
  • 2012 RACI polymer division citation award
  • 2011 LeFevre Medal of the Australian Academy of Science
  • 2009 UNSW Engineering Excellence award for research
  • 2009 ARC Future Fellow
  • 2008 RACI “Sangster Award” to an outstanding polymer scientist under the age of 40.
  • 2006 Finalist of the Eureka Prize of the Australian Museum, Category “People’s choice award” and “UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific research”
  • 2005 John Yu fellowship to visit the Melville Laboratories at the University of Cambridge, England
  • 1999 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship
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Contact

+61 2 9385 4656

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