Porous materials are omnipresent and some of the unseemingly solid materials in nature and around us are porous at sub-micron scale. Nature creates some of the most elegant and functional porous materials like bones, diatom silica shells, and opals.
The Laboratory for Advanced Porous Nano-Biomaterials is inspired by natural porous materials and focuses on development of advanced porous materials and their composites for medical applications. We utilize unique materials properties of a range of different porous materials for creating advanced drug delivery platforms, surfaces and scaffolds for regenerative medicine, and sensing tools that exploit unique optical and electrical properties of our porous materials.
Our research has a broader focus in development of new porous materials and composites, and their use in various medical applications. Some of the main research focuses of the group are:
- Porous materials-based imaging and drug delivery systems for efficient diagnosis and targeted therapy.
- Understanding interaction of porous materials with biological materials (e.g. cells, proteins, etc.) for medical devices applications.
- Porous materials/polymer composite scaffolds and implants for tissue engineering.
- Porous photonic crystals-based point-of-care sensors for diagnostics and environmental applications.
The group brings together a specialised research expertise to this field with a range of highly sophisticated porous materials fabrication and biological testing methods. Some of the key techniques, tools, and facilities in my group include:
- Electrochemical anodisation setup for preparation of porous anodic alumina, porous silicon, and porous titanium dioxide.
- Sol-gel mesoporous silica materials fabrication with controlled structural and morphological features.
- Materials surface chemical modification and composite synthesis facility.
- 3D printers (FFF and DLP 3D printers) for biofabication and device prototyping.
- Miniature optical and electrochemical measurement tools for sensing application.
- Analytical testing facility (HPLC and spectrophotometers) for qualitative and quantitative analysis of our porous materials and payloads.
- Highly specialized in-vitro cell culture models for understanding cytocompatibility and efficacy of our porous materials.