In the first part of this talk, we will present a light regulated polymerization. The emergence of efficient photocatalysts using transition metals, such as iridium and ruthenium, has been recently applied to perform organic reactions under visible light. Such catalysts have been utilized to perform complex organic reactions. In this talk, we present our recent results showing that these catalysts can be employed in polymer synthesis for the preparation of complex macromolecules and their post-modification under visible light.
In the second part, we will give an overview of our research on the prevention of biofilm. In this research, we have developed polymers capable to release Nitric Oxide (molecule capable to disperse and prevent the formation of biofilm). We have also demonstrated synergistic effect when we combine nitric oxide (NO) with antibiotic for the treatment against antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Prof Cyrille Boyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Montpellier II. After working with Dupont Performance Elastomers, Cyrille moved to UNSW in the centre for advanced macromolecular design. He was awarded the SCOPUS Young Researcher of the year Award in 2012, one of the six 2015 Prime Minister’s Science Prizes (Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the year), the 2016 LeFevre Memorial Prize and nominated as one of the inaugural Knowledge Nation 100 selected by the Knowledge Society, guided by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb and senior commentators from The Australian newspaper. Cyrille’s research has also been recognized by several international awards, including ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Award and Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award. Cyrille is the co-director of Australian Centre for Nanomedicine and member of Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design. The Australian Centre for Nanomedicine regroups 12 academics, 25 post-docs and research associates and 80 PhD students. Cyrille’s research interests mainly cover the use of photoredox catalysts to perform living radical polymerization and polymer post-modification, hybrid organic–inorganic nanoparticles for imaging and drug delivery. Cyrille has published over 180 research articles and eight patents which have gathered over 9000 citations resulting in H-index of 57.