Kristina Fidanovski

Casual Academic

Conjugated polymers (CPs) are of particular interest in electroresponsive tissue engineering where it is necessary for the material to be flexible and biocompatible. But they must also retain their conductivity in the physiological environment – which isn’t always easy to achieve.

Kristina is interested in modifying poly(3,4-ethylendioxythiophene) (PEDOT) – a well-known, biocompatible CP – with doping side groups. These groups, covalently bonded to the backbone of the CP, dope PEDOT and make it conductive without common problems like dopant loss in biological conditions. They also circumvent the need for a polymeric dopant that can compromise the overall conductivity or biocompatibility of the material. The processing of the polymer also plays a critical role in determining the scalability of production and the final biocompatibility of the therapy, which is why Kristina is particularly excited by the water soluble and processable nature of the new CP.

publications

Journal articles
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Fidanovski K; Mawad D, 2019, 'Conjugated Polymers in Bioelectronics: Addressing the Interface Challenge', Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 8, pp. e1900053, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adhm.201900053
2019
Hopkins J; Fidanovski K; Lauto A; Mawad D, 2019, 'All-organic semiconductors for electrochemical biosensors: An overview of recent progress in material design', Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2019.00237
2019
Hoang AP; Ruprai H; Fidanovski K; Eslami M; Lauto A; Daniels J; Mawad D, 2019, 'Porous and sutureless bioelectronic patch with retained electronic properties under cyclic stretching', Applied Materials Today, vol. 15, pp. 315 - 322, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2019.02.013
2019