© 2019 by the Boyer Group.

Harnessing light to develop functional polymeric materials

 

Research areas

Harnessing  the power of light in Photoinduced Electron Transfer-Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerisation. Read More

Antimicrobial Materials

Using advanced synthetic polymer chemistry to develop new synthetic antimicrobial macromolecules. 
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Computation and
Photocatalyst Design

Computer-guided discovery of new efficient/functional photocatalyst and photocatalytic mechanisms. 

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Photo-PISA

Combining  photopolymerisation with Polymerisation-Induced Self-Assembly (PISA) for the preparation of nanoparticles. Read More

High-Throughput Polymerization

Leveraging oxygen tolerant properties to perform photopolymerisation in multi-well pates or discrete droplets.

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Upscaling the production of complex polymer products with photo-flow processing techniques. Read More

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Incorporating rapid photoredox RAFT polymerisation in photo-curing 3D printing techniques. 

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Preparing polymers and nanoparticles from naturally occurring antioxidant polyphenols such as catechin. 

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Upconversion Nanoparticles

Employing NIR-to-UV/visible upconversion nanoparticles to generate in situ UV/visible light for drug delivery. 

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Developing non-toxic polymeric materials with fire retardant properties 

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If you are interested in pursuing a graduate research degree with the Boyer Lab, please contact Prof Cyrille Boyer.
Email:
cboyer@unsw.edu.au

 

Overview

Our research is centred on the development of environmentally friendly techniques for the synthesis of functional polymeric materials.

 

A major focus is photoinduced electron/energy transfer-reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (PET-RAFT) polymerisation where we are continuing to develop novel photoredox catalysts.

 

We are also developing various polymerisation techniques for visible-light-cotrolled radical polymerisation, such as continous flow PET-RAFT polymerisation and high-throughput synthesis of polymers through photopolymerisation in open-air.

Furthermore, we are exploring photopolymerisation in dispersed media for the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles through polymerisiation-induced self assembly (photo-PISA).

 

Another focus is adapting the aforementioned techniques to the fabrication of advanced polymeric materials for  new synthetic antimicrobial macromolecules.

If you are interested in pursuing a graduate research degree with the Boyer Lab, please contact Prof Cyrille Boyer.


Email: cboyer@unsw.edu.au

 

Group news

November 2019

  • Congratulations to Sihao Xu, Tong Zhang, Rhiannon P Kuchel, Jonathan Yeow and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Gradient Polymerization–Induced Self‐Assembly: A One‐Step Approach" being published in Macromolecular rapid communications. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Zilong Wu, Kenward Jung and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Effective utilization of NIR wavelengths for photo‐controlled polymerization–penetration through thick barriers and parallel solar syntheses" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper.

October 2019

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan, Mustafa Ciftci, Kenward Jung and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Mediating Reaction Orthogonality in Polymer and Materials Science" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Yiling Yang, Sihao Xu, Edgar HH Wong and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "An Antibiofilm Platform based on the Combination of Antimicrobial Polymers and Essential Oils" being published in Biomacromolecules. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Zhiheng Zhang, Nathaniel Corrigan, Ali Bagheri, Jianyong Jin and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "A Versatile 3D and 4D Printing System through Photocontrolled RAFT Polymerization" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper.

September 2019

  • Congratulations to Kenward Jung, Cyrille Boyer in collaboration with Aitang Zhang, Aihua Lia and Prof Jingquan Liu from Qingdao University, on their review article titled "Recent advances in stimuli-responsive polymer systems for remotely controlled drug release" being published in Progress in Polymer Science. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Zahra Sadrearhami, Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Emily Price, Marta Krasowska, Sameer A Al-Bataineh, Jason Whittle, Edgar HH Wong, Anton Blencowe, Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "S-Nitrosothiol Plasma-Modified Surfaces for the Prevention of Bacterial Biofilm Formation" being published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Cyrille Boyer in collaboration with Prof Greg Qiao from the University of Melbourne on their review article titled "An Exciting Time for Polymer Chemists in Australia" being published in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Liwen Zhang, Chenyu Wu, Kenward Jung, Yun Hau Ng and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "An Oxygen Paradox: Catalytic Use of Oxygen in Radical Photopolymerization" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper.

  • Dr Nik Nik Mohd Adnan, who graduated from our group in 2018, has come back to visit us. He is now working for the PETRONAS Global Company in Malaysia. A dinner was held to welcome him. See photos of the dinner.

July 2019

  • Congratulations to Tong Zhang, Jonathan Yeow and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "A Cocktail of Vitamins for Aqueous RAFT Polymerization in an Open-to-Air Microtiter Plate" being published in Polymer Chemistry. View paper.

June 2019

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan and Cyrille Boyer on their review article titled "100th Anniversary of Macromolecular Science Viewpoint: Photochemical Reaction Orthogonality in Modern Macromolecular Science" being published in Polymer. View paper.

May 2019

  • Chenyu Wu gave a talk as an invited speaker in the 3rd International Symposium on Molecular Design of Opto-Electronic Materials held by Tsinghua University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, about our recent publication on "Computer-Guided Discovery of A pH/Light Dual-Responsive Organic Photocatalyst". Download slides.

  • Congratulations to Neomy Zaquen, Huijie Zhu, Ak Mohammed Najib Bin Pg Hj Abd Kadir, Tanja Junkers, Per B. Zetterlund, and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Scalable Aqueous RAFT Photo Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly of Acrylamides for Direct Synthesis of Polymer Nanoparticles for Potential Drug Delivery Applications" being accepted by ACS Applied Polymer MaterialsView paper.

April 2019

  • Congratulations to Chenyu Wu, Hengqi Chen, Nathaniel Corrigan, Kenward Jung, Xiaonan Kan, Zhibo Li, Wenjian Liu, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Computer-Guided Discovery of a pH-Responsive Organic Photocatalyst and Application for pH and Light Dual-Gated Polymerization" being published in Journal of American Chemical Society. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Peter Judzewitsch, Lily Zhao, Edgar Wong and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "High-Throughput Synthesis of Antimicrobial Copolymers and Rapid Evaluation of their Bioactivity" being published in Macromolecues.

  • Congratulations to Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Zahra Sadrearhami, Debarun Dutta, Mark Willcox, Edgar H. H. Wong, and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Synergy between Synthetic Antimicrobial Polymer and Antibiotics: A Promising Platform To Combat Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria" being published in ACS Infectious Diseases. View paper.

March 2019

  • Congratulations to Neomy Zaquen, Wan A. A. W. Azizia, Jonathan Yeowab, Rhiannon P. Kucheld, Tanja Junkers, Per B. Zetterlund and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Alcohol-based PISA in batch and flow: exploring the role of photoinitiators" being published in Polymer Chemistry. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Haiqiao Wang, Per B. Zetterlund, Cyrille Boyer and Patrick T. Spicer on their paper titled "Polymerization of cubosome and hexosome templates to produce complex microparticle shapes" being published in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan, Leonid Zhernakov, Muhammad Hazim Hashim, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Flow mediated metal-free PET-RAFT polymerisation for upscaled and consistent polymer production" being published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering. View paper.

Feburary 2019

  • Congratulations to Neomy Zaquen, Ak M. N. B. P. H. A. Kadir, Afiq Iasa, Nathaniel Corrigan, Tanja Junkers, Per B. Zetterlund, and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Rapid Oxygen Tolerant Aqueous RAFT Photopolymerization in Continuous Flow Reactors" being published in Macromolecules. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan, Jiangtao Xu, Cyrille Boyer and Xavier Allonas on their paper titled "Exploration of the PET‐RAFT Initiation Mechanism for Two Commonly Used Photocatalysts" being published in ChemPhotoChem. View paper.

January 2019

  • Congratulations to Zahra Sadrearhami, Farah Nabilah Shafiee, Kitty K. K. Ho, Naresh Kumar, Marta Krasowska, Anton Blencowe, Edgar H. H. Wong, and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Antibiofilm Nitric Oxide-Releasing Polydopamine Coatings" being published in ACS Applied Materials & Interface. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Zixuan Huang, Nathaniel Corrigan, Shiyang Lin, Cyrille Boyer and Jiangtao Xu on their paper titled "Upscaling single unit monomer insertion to synthesize discrete oligomers" being published in Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Susan Oliver, Lily Zhao, Adam Gormley, Robert Chapman and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Living in the Fast Lane—High Throughput Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization" being featured on the front cover of Macromolecules. View cover

  • Dr Lei Lei has joined our group as a Research Associate on the FSI project.

December 2018

  • Congratulations to Susan Oliver, Lily Zhao, Adam Gormley, Robert Chapman and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Living in the Fast Lane—High Throughput Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization" being published in Macromolecules and selected as an ACS Editors' Choice article. View paper.

  • Congratulations to Chenyu Wu, Nathaniel Corrigan, Chern-Hooi Lim, Kenward Jung, Jian Zhu, Garret Miyake, Jiangtao Xu, and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Guiding the Design of Organic Photocatalyst for PET-RAFT Polymerization: Halogenated Xanthene Dyes" being published in Macromolecules. View paper

November 2018

  • Congratulations to Sihao Xu, Jonathan Yeow and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Exploiting Wavelength Orthogonality for Successive Photoinduced Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly and Photo-Crosslinking" being published in ACS Macro Letters. View paper

October 2018

  • Dr Jonathan Yeow has been back to us as a postdoc scholar from Harvard University, USA.

  • Dr Kenward Jung has received a postdoctral writing fellowship.

  • Dr Winny Fam has joined our group as a Research Associate on the FSI project.

September 2018

  • Congratulations to Kenward Jung for graduating with his PhD. Well done! 

  • Congratulations to Gervase Ng, Jonathan Yeow, Robert Chapman, Naatasha Isahak, Ernst Wolvetang, Justin J Cooper-White and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Pushing the Limits of High Throughput PET-RAFT Polymerization" being published in Macromolecules. View paper

  • Congratulations to Zixuan Huang, Benjamin B Noble, Nathaniel Corrigan, Yingying Chu, Kotaro Satoh, Donald S Thomas, Craig J Hawker, Graeme Moad, Masami Kamigaito, Michelle L Coote, Cyrille Boyer and Jiangtao Xu on their paper titled "Discrete and Stereospecific Oligomers Prepared by Sequential and Alternating Single Unit Monomer Insertion" being published in Journal of the American Chemical Society. View Paper

  • Congratulations to Yingying Chu, Nathaniel Corrigan, Chenyu Wu, Cyrille Boyer and Jiangtao Xu on their paper titled "A Process for Well-Defined Polymer Synthesis through Textile Dyeing Inspired Catalyst Immobilization" being published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. View paper

  • Congratulations to Ali Bagheri, Cyrille Boyer and May Lim on their paper titled "Synthesis of Light‐Responsive Pyrene‐Based Polymer Nanoparticles via Polymerization‐Induced Self‐Assembly" being published in Macromolecular rapid communications. View paper

  • Dr Susan Oliver has joined our group as Team Leader and Senior Research Fellow on the FSI project.

August 2018

  • Dr Nathaniel Corrigan has joined our group as a postdoc scholar.

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan for graduating with his PhD. Well done! 

  • Congratulations to Ali Bagheri, Zahra Sadrearhami, Nik Nik M Adnan, Cyrille Boyer and May Lim on their paper titled "Surface functionalization of upconversion nanoparticles using visible light-mediated polymerization" being published in Polymer. View paper

July 2018

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan, Jonathan Yeow, Peter Judzewitsch, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer on their review article titled "Seeing the Light: Advancing Materials Chemistry through Photopolymerization" being published in Angewandte Chemie. View paper Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper

  • Congratulations to Susan Oliver for graduating with her PhD. Well done! 

  • Congratulations to Neomy Zaquen, Jonathan Yeow, Tanja Junkers, Cyrille Boyer and Per B. Zetterlund on their paper titled "Visible Light-Mediated Polymerization-Induced Self-Assembly Using Continuous Flow Reactors" being published in Macromolecules. View paper

  • Congratulations to the Boyer Group for being awarded the Polymer International - IUPAC Award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science or Polymer Technology.

  • Congratulations to the Boyer Group for being presented the 2018 Polymer Chemistry Lectureship at World Polymer Congress, MACRO2018.

June 2018

  • Peter R Judzewitsch's paper has been highlighted in Chemistry in Australia magazine.

  • Congratulations to Nathaniel Corrigan, Rodrigo Manahan, Ze Thong Lew, Jonathan Yeow, Jiangtao Xu and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Copolymers with Controlled Molecular Weight Distributions and Compositional Gradients through Flow Polymerization" being published in Macromolecules. View paper

May 2018

  • Congratulations to Nik Nik M Adnan, Zahra Sadrearhami, Ali Bagheri, Thuy‐Khanh Nguyen, Edgar HH Wong, Kitty KK Ho, May Lim, Naresh Kumar and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Exploiting the Versatility of Polydopamine‐Coated Nanoparticles to Deliver Nitric Oxide and Combat Bacterial Biofilm" being published in Macromolecular rapid communications. View paper

  • Congratulations to Rashin Namivandi-Zangeneh, Zahra Sadrearhami, Ali Bagheri, Maeva Sauvage-Nguyen, Kitty Ka Kit Ho, Naresh Kumar, Edgar HH Wong and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Nitric Oxide-Loaded Antimicrobial Polymer for the Synergistic Eradication of Bacterial Biofilm" being published in ACS Macro Letters. View paper

  • Congratulations to Jonathan Yeow, Robert Chapman, Adam J Gormley and Cyrille Boyer on their review article titled "Up in the air: oxygen tolerance in controlled/living radical polymerisation" being published in Chemical Society Reviews. View paper

  • Congratulations to Susan Oliver, Harsha Wagh, Yuanli Yang, Shuang Yang and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Enhancing the antimicrobial and antibiofilm effectiveness of silver nanoparticles prepared by green synthesis" being published in Journal of Materials Chemistry B. View paper

April 2018

  • Congratulations to Jonathan Yeow, Sanket Joshi, Robert Chapman and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "A Self‐Reporting Photocatalyst for Online Fluorescence Monitoring of High Throughput RAFT Polymerization" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper

  • Congratulations to Peter R Judzewitsch, Thuy‐Khanh Nguyen, Sivaprakash Shanmugam, Edgar HH Wong and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Towards Sequence‐Controlled Antimicrobial Polymers: Effect of Polymer Block Order on Antimicrobial Activity" being published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. View paper

  • Congratulations to Susan Oliver, Eugene Yee, Maria Kavallaris, Orazio Vittorio and Cyrille Boyer on their paper titled "Water Soluble Antioxidant Dextran–Quercetin Conjugate with Potential Anticancer Properties" being published in Macromolecular Bioscience. View paper

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Science & Engineering Building E8

Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design
School of Chemical Engineering
The University of New South Wales
UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052
Australia

 

Prof Cyrille Boyer

cboyer@unsw.edu.au

+61 2 9385 5268

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