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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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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Photoswitchable Block Copolymers Based on Main Chain α-Bisimines

718

Visible Light Switchable Single Chain Nanoparticles

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Light- and Mechanic Field Controlled Dynamic Soft Matter Materials

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Near Infrared Light Induced Radical Polymerization in Water

Distinguished 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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Low Energy Kick-off: Au-Nanorod mediated initiation of free-radical polymerization by infra-red light @angew_chem https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.202209177 Well done, Philipp and Josh! Excellent collaboration with Andreas Unterreiner @KITKarlsruhe @swaldenwebb and Esa Jaatinen @QUT @QUTmaterials

Our latest in using dual stimuli control of chemical reaction pathways is out in @PolymChem, using light and mechanical fields to control polymer end group chemistry https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2022/py/d2py00892k Excellent collaboration with @VinhXTruong @QUT @QUTmaterials @KITKarlsruhe

...and the Lord of the Boxing Rings strikes once again with beautiful work on visible light degradable photoresists for 3D laser lithography https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.202203474 Well done, Marvin, and thank you for the outstanding collaboration @VinhXTruong @QUTmaterials @QUT @Cluster3DMM2O