Soft Matter Materials Laboratory - Shining Light on Soft Matter

Established in 2008, and now calling Brisbane home, the MACROARC lab houses over 40 active researchers in the field of synthetic and physical polymer material science.

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As another year draws to a close, we celebrated with lots of presents as well as great food and drink. Thank you team for an amazing year of light driven soft matter materials science.
Kai and Ishrath from the Soft Matter Materials team presented their work at the Queensland Annual Symposium 2021. Thanks to RACI QLD for organizing this great event.

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Our Mission

The Soft Matter Materials Laboratory at QUT is situated at the interface of organic, macromolecular and materials science. We focus on a wide range of interdisciplinary, polymer-related research including but not limited to:

The real world applications of these fundamental investigations span a number of fields, from use as inks and photoresists in 3D printing and lithography to precisely folded single strand polymers for catalysis and biomimetic applications and everything in between.

Latest Publications

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Orange Light-induced Photochemistry Gated by pH and Confined Environments

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Photodynamic Covalent Bonds Regulated by Visible Light

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Two Light Colour Activated Covalent Bond Formation

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A Simplified Approach to Non-conjugated Bipolar Host TADF Polymers

Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik

ARC Laureate Fellow, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research (DVCR) and Vice President

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A/Prof. James Blinco

Head of the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, Associate Professor

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Dr. Hendrik Frisch

DECRA Fellow

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Dr. Bryan Tuten

DECRA Fellow

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Christopher Synatschke

Universität Bayreuth, Germany, 08/08 – 09/08

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Bart Dervaux

Ghent University, Belgium, 11/08 – 12/08

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Edgar Espinosa

CNRS Lyon, France, 02/10

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Kristian Kempe

Universität Jena, Germany, 06/10

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We’ve partnered with 156 institutions & 26 countries.

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We turned our attention once more to dynamic photochemistry with hydrogels, this time exploring wavelength orthogonal stiffening with visible light, just out in @angew_chem https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.202113076 Brilliant work by @VinhXTruong and Julian @QUTmaterials @QUT @KITKarlsruhe

Australia's reputation on the international stage is once more at risk. No funding agency in a well-functioning democracy allows for ministerial interference on the expert selection of grant outcomes for political gain, personal belief or voter pleasing.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/eminent-researchers-condemn-government-s-political-and-short-sighted-funding-20220110-p59n2i.html

The photochemistry year 2022 for us starts with wavelength resolved photoATRP in @J_A_C_S https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/jacs.1c11259, probing it wavelength-by-wavelength with an action plot. Well done, Martina! @EvaBlascoPo @Cluster3DMM2O @QUTmaterials @QUT @KITKarlsruhe