Pioneering analytical technologies

Understanding the composition and structure of a material is essential for the study of its properties and defining its us. In the Soft Matter Materials Laboratory, advanced modes to obtain information on the chemical structure of a sample as a function of its molar mass are being developed. Complex systems such as highly charged poly(ionic liquids) or Single Chain Nanoparticles (SNCPs) are precisely analysed via Size-Exclusion Chromatography hyphenated to Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (SEC ESI−MS). Pioneering SEC ESI-MS analytical technique has allowed our team to push the boundaries of analytical science to better understand how synthetic macromolecules form.

Employing SEC ESI-MS techniques allows for the generation of accurate maps of the polymer chain distributions with respect to composition and end group fidelity. Key areas of interest in our team include the development of protocols that allow the efficient ionization of variable polymer structures ranging from polar (such as polyacrylates) to non-polar (such as polystyrenes), the determination of end group chemistries via ion trapping experiments as well as the increase of both sensitivity and resolution of synthetic polymer MS.


Understanding the formation processes of complex network materials just out in @NatureMaterials in a three way collaboration between @ResearchUGent @Stanford and @QUT @QUTmaterials Amazing work by first author Lies de Keer and @QUT author Daniel Kodura.

Multicomponent reactions give fast and simple access to photoreactive monomers for wavelength-orthogonal soft matter materials design, just out in @ACSMacroLett Well done, Christina! Excellent collaboration with @HatisMutlu @KITKarlsruhe @QUTmaterials @QUT

If your PhD expertise is in advanced surface and soft matter materials characterization, check out the latest opening in our team and join us @QUT @QUTmaterials in Brisbane for a post-doctoral position