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Personal Statement

Lau Laboratory for Bioinspired Interfaces and Nanomaterials

I seek inspiration from biological systems to develop new classes of macromolecular and nano materials with superior molecular and interfacial functionalities. In this rapidly developing area of bioinspired materials research, my group focuses on convenient peptidomimetic polymers and physical chemistry principles for incorporating high degrees of chemical information and spatial organisation, to create information-rich, highly functional materials. These materials will have broad applications in healthcare, biocatalysis and sustainable technologies.

Expertise & Capabilities

General Areas of Expertise

  • Biointerfaces, Cell-Surface and Protein-Surface Interactions
  • Nanopores: Transport/Diffusion of Macromolecules
  • Polymer Brushes and Hydrogels
  • Surface Modification
  • Protein and Enzyme Assays, Peptide Characterization

Material Systems under Investigation

  • Peptoids: Poly(N-Substituted Glycines)
  • Nanoporous Alumina
  • Polymer Surface Grafting and Polymerisation
  • Polyphenolic/Polycatecholic Coatings

Technical Expertise

  • Solid Phase Synthesis
  • HPLC, LC-MS, MALDI-MS
  • Macromolecular Self-Assembly
  • Anodisation
  • Radical Polymerisation
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance, Ellipsometry, and Related Surface Optical Measurements
  • AFM, XPS, SEM

Keywords

  • Bioinspired Materials
  • Nanoporous Membranes/Materials
  • Peptoids
  • Biomaterials
  • Biointerfaces

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Optical waveguides Chemical Compounds
Peptoids Chemical Compounds
Aluminum Oxide Chemical Compounds
Polymers Chemical Compounds
Self assembly Chemical Compounds
Nanopores Chemical Compounds
Thin films Chemical Compounds
Proteins Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 2001 2018

Atomistic study of zwitterionic peptoid antifouling brushes

Cheung, D. L. & Lau, K. H. A., 24 Aug 2018, In : Langmuir. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Peptoids
antifouling
brushes
Brushes
Polymers
3 Citations

Biocatalytic self-assembly on magnetic nanoparticles

Conte, M. P., Sahoo, J. K., Abul-Haija, Y. M., Lau, K. H. A. & Ulijn, R. V., 24 Jan 2018, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 10, 3, p. 3069-3075 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Self assembly
Hydrogels
Nanoparticles
Hydrogel
Nanofibers

Datasets

Self-assembly of ultra-small micelles from amphiphilic lipopeptoids

Lau, K. H. A. (Creator), Kendall, T. (Creator), Sefcik, J. (Creator), Ruokolainen, J. (Creator), Reza, M. (Creator), Hamley, I. W. (Creator), Castelletto, V. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 30 Jan 2017

Dataset

Thesis

Bioinspired materials for enzyme immobilisation and transport of biomolecules

Author: Sousa, A., 1 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Lau, K. H. A. (Supervisor) & Halling, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Directing the self-assembly of short peptide derivatives

Author: Conte, M. P., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Ulijn, R. (Supervisor) & Lau, K. H. A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Prizes

Delegate to Scottish Crucible 2015

K. H. Aaron Lau (Recipient), 23 Apr 2015

Prize: Other distinction

Researcher Mobility Fellowship

K. H. Aaron Lau (Recipient), Aug 2014

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Nanopores
Polymers
Proteins
Membranes
Molecules

Activities 2009 2015

EPSRC NetworkPlus Understanding the Physics of Life Compartmentalisation & Confinement in Biological Systems

Lau, K. H. A. (Participant)
21 Sep 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

9th Peptoid Summit

Lau, K. H. A. (Invited speaker)
6 Aug 20157 Aug 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference