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Dr. Vinh Truong

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Brief Curriculum Vitae
since 02/20 Research Fellow under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane
06/17 – 01/20 Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University
07/14 – 05/17 Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof John Forsythe, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Monash University
08/11 – 05/14 Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof Andrew Dove, Department of Chemistry, Warwick University
2007 – 2011 Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering under the supervision of Prof Andrew Whittaker and A/Prof. Idriss Blakey, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, Australia
2003 – 2007 Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours 1A), University of Queensland, Australia

  • Red-Shifted Reversible Photocycloaddition
  • Light-Induced Ligation and Degradation by Long-Wavelength Visible Light
  • Photo-Triggered Polymer Crosslinking
Biomaterials Engineering
  • Hydrogels for Wound Dressings
  • Cell-Materials Interaction
  • 3D Cell Culture
  • Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels
  • Photopharmacology

International Leading Young Scientist Recognition, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
Bursary for Early Career Researcher at the Emerging Polymer Technologies Summit, Melbourne
Best Poster Presentation at RSC Biomaterials Chemistry Meeting, Manchester, UK
University of Queensland Joint Research Scholarship
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Scholarship for PhD students
David Poley Poster Prize, University of Queensland
  Dean’s list of students with high achievements, 2003-2006
 The Australian Government’s Overseas (AusAID) Scholarship
[05] Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels for Advanced Tissue Engineering Applications.
Truong, V. X., Australian-Korean Polymer Symposium at the Polymer Society of Korea Annual Meeting, Jeju, Korea, October, 2019.
[04] Visible light activation of changes in materials properties
Truong, V. X., International Conference on Emerging Advanced Nanomaterials (ICEAN) 2018, Newcastle, October, 2018.
[03] Visible light triggered degradation of hydrogels for biomaterials engineering applications.
Truong, V. X., “Manufacturing with Advanced Materialsseminar series at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, May, 2018
[02] Applications of light-responsive hydrogels in stem cell culture.
Truong, V. X., The Society of Polymer Science of Japan 67th Annual Meeting, Nagoya, Japan, May, 2018.
[01] Controlled release of therapeutics from hydrogels materials.
Truong, V. X., IUPAC-Korean Polymer Symposium, Jeju Island, South Korea, October, 2016.

[760] Photochemical Action Plots Map Orthogonal Reactivity in Photochemical Release Systems

Michenfelder, R. T.; Pashley-Johnson, F.; Guschin, V.; Delafresnaye, L.; Truong, V. X.; Wagenknecht, H.-A.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Sci. 2024, in press.

[747] Visible light-induced switching of soft matter materials properties based on thioindigo photoswitches

Walden, S. L.; Nguyen, P. H. D.; Li, H. K.; Liu, X.; Le, M. T. N.; Loh, X. J.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Truong, V. X. Nat. Commun. 2023, 14, 8298. 

[745] Simultaneously Recorded Photochemical Action Plots Reveal Orthogonal Reactivity

Irshadeen, I. M.; Truong, V. X.; Frisch, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Commun. 2023, 59, 11959-11962.

[738] Visible-Light-Induced Control over Reversible Single-Chain Nanoparticle Folding

Maag, P. H.; Feist, F.; Truong, V. X.; Frisch, H.; Roesky, P. W.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2023, 62, e202309259.

[724] DNA labelling in live cells via visible light-induced [2+2] photocycloaddition

Michenfelder, R. T.; Delafresnaye, L.; Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Wagenknecht, H.-A. Chem. Commun. 2023, 59, 4012-4015. 

[726] Fluorescence Turn-On by Photoligation – Bright Opportunities for Soft Matter Materials

Truong, V. X.; Holloway, J. O.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem Sci. 2022, 13, 13280-13290.

[725] Red Light Induced Folding of Single Polymer Chains

Irshadeen, I. M.; Truong, V. X.; Frisch, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem Commun. 2022, 58, 12975-12978.

[718] Visible Light Switchable Single-Chain Nanoparticles

Izuagbe, A. E.; Truong, V. X.; Tuten, B.; Roesky, P. W.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Macromolecules 2022, 55, 9242-9248.

[717] Light- and Mechanic Field Controlled Dynamic Soft Matter Materials

Truong, V. X.; Rodrigues, L. L.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Polym. Chem. 2022, 13, 4915-4920.

[714] Tuning the Photoreactivity of Photocycloaddition by Halochromism

Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Aus. J. Chem. 2022, 75, 899-905. (invited contribution for the Academy of Science Award Winners Special Issue)

[710] Visible-Light-Degradable 3D Microstructures in Aqueous Environments

Gernhardt, M.; Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Mater. 2022, 34, 2203474.

[708] Green Light Enabled Staudinger-Bertozzi Ligation

Kalayci, K.; Frisch, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C.; Truong, V. X. Chem Commun. 2022, 58, 6397-6400.

[704] Photodynamic covalent bonds regulated by visible light for soft matter materials

Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik C. Trends Chem. 2022, 4, 291-304.

[703] Two-Colour Light Activated Covalent Bond Formation

Walden, S. L.; Rodrigues, L. L.; Alves, J.; Blinco, J. P.; Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Nat. Commun. 2022, 13, 2943.

[702] Wavelength Orthogonal Photodynamic Networks 

Truong, V. X.; Ehrmann, K.; Seifermann, M.; Levkin, P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem. Eur. J. 2022, 28, e202104466.

[698] Wavelength-Orthogonal Stiffening of Hydrogel Networks with Visible Light

Truong, V. X.; Bachmann, J.; Unterreiner, A.-N.; Blinco, J. P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2022, 61, e202113076.

[697] Action Plots in Action: In-Depth Insights into Photochemical Reactivity

Irshadeen, I. M.; Walden, S. L.; Wegener, M.; Truong, V. X.; Frisch, H.; Blinco, J. P.; Barner-Kowollik, C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 21113-21126. 

[692] Four Component Passerini Polymerization of Bulky Monomers under High Shear Flow

Tuten, B. T.; Bui, A. H.; Wiedbrauk, S.; Truong, V. X.; Raston, C. L.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Chem Commun. 2021, 57, 8328-8331.

[688] A Self-Catalyzed Visible Light Driven Thiol Ligation

Rodrigues, L. L; Micallef, A. S.; Pfrunder, M. C.; Truong, V. X.; McMurtrie, J. C.; Dargaville, T. R.; Goldmann, A. S.; Feist, F.; Barner-Kowollik, C. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 7292-7297.

[685] Wavelength-Selective Softening of Hydrogel Networks

Pelloth, J. L.; Tran, P. A.; Walther, A.; Goldmann, A. S.; Frisch, H.; Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Adv. Mater. 2021, 33, 2102184. 

[670] Red-Light Driven Photocatalytic Oxime Ligation for Bioorthogonal Hydrogel Design

Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. ACS Macro Lett. 2021, 10, 78-83.

[653] Green Light Triggered [2+2] Cycloaddition of Halochromic Styrylquinoxaline – Controlling Photoreactivity by pH

Kalayci, K.; Frisch, H.; Truong, V. X.; Barner-Kowollik, C. Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 4193.

[624] Wavelength-Dependent Stiffening of Hydrogel Matrices via Redshifted [2+2] Photocycloadditions

Kalayci, K.; Frisch, H.; Barner-Kowollik, C., Truong, V. X. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 30, 1908171.

[42] Micro-hydrogel injectables that deliver effective CAR-T immunotherapy against 3D solid tumor spheroids

Balachandran, S. B.; Evtimov, V. J.; Truong, V. X.; Boyd, R. L.; S. F., John; Boyd,  N. R. Transl. Oncol., In Press.

[41] Biomimetic synthetic rubber and methods for controlling its physical properties through backbone double bond stereochemistry by monomer selection and end group modification

Becker ML; Dove AP; Truong VX; Bell CA; Barker IA; Yu, J. US Patent 10,968,303.

[40] Real-time intraoperative surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy-guided thermosurgical eradication of residual microtumors in orthotopic breast cancer
Wen, Y.; Truong, V. X.; Li, M. 2021, Nano Lett. 2021, 21, 3066.
[39] Preparation of thermoresponsive hydrogels via polymerizable deep eutectic monomer solvents
Nahar, Y; Horne, J.; Truong, V. X.; Bissember, A. C.; Thickett, S. C. Polym. Chem., 2021,12, 254.
[38] Robust Anti-Infective Multilayer Coatings with Rapid Self-Healing Property
Zhou, C.; Zhou, J.; Ma, X.; Pranantyo, D.; Li, J.; Xu, L.; Truong, V. X. Mater. Sci. Eng. C., 2021, 121,  111828.
[37] Visible Light Enabled para-Fluoro-Thiol Ligation
Engelke, J.; Truong, V. X.* Polym. Chem., 2020, 11, 7015.
[36] Photoresponsive Styrylpyrene-Modified MOFs for Gated Loading and Release of Cargo Molecules
Ou, R., Zhang, H.; Zhao, C.; Hegab, H. M.; Jiang, L., Truong, V. X.;* Wang H.* Chem. Mat., 2020, 32, 10621.
[35] Interplay of hydrogel composition and geometry on human mesenchymal stem cell osteogenesis
Shrestha, S.; Li, F.; Truong, X. V., Forsythe, J. S.; Frith, J.* Biomacromolecules, 2020, 21, 5323.
[34] Green light-induced thiol-propiolate ligation using BODIPY triggers
Li, M.; Dove, A.; Truong, V. X.* Angew. Chemie. Int. Ed. 2020, 132, 2304.
[33] microRNA Loaded Hydrogels to Enhance Osteogenic Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in situ
Carthew, J.; Donderwinkel, I.; Sthrestha, S.; Truong, V. X.; Forsythe, J. S.; Frith, J.* Acta Biomater. 2020, 101, 249.
[32] A sunlight-responsive metal-organic framework system for sustainable water desalination
Ou, R.; Truong, V. X.; Hegab, H. M.; Han, L; Hou, J.; Zhang, X.; Simon, G.; Wang, H.*, Nat. Sus. 2020, 3, 1052.
[31] Microencapsulation improves chondrogenesis in vitro and cartilaginous matrix stability in vivo compared to bulk encapsulation
Li, F; Levinson, C; Truong, V. X.; Applegate, L.; Maniura-Weber, K.; Thissen, H.; Forsythe, J. S.; Zenobi-Wong, M.; * Frith, J.* Biomater. Sci., 2020, 08, 1711. doi.org/10.1039/C9BM01524H
[30] Gelatin based microgels for in vitro T-cell generation
Suraiya A. B.; Hun, M. L.; Truong, V. X.; Forsythe, J. S.*; Chidgey, A. P.* ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng, 2020, 6, 2198.
[29] Utilization of photo-cleavable group in bio-orthogonal ligation
Truong, V. X.* Chemphotochem, 2020, 4, 564. (Invited Concept article/Q1)
[28] Bioorthogonal hydrogels by thiol–halide click crosslinking with fast gelation time and tunable stability in aqueous media
Truong, V. X.;* Donderwinkel, I.; Jess E. F. J. Polym. Sci. A 2019, 57, 1872.
[27] Visible Light Activation of Nucleophilic Thiol-X Addition via Thioether Bimane Photocleavage for Bioorthogonal Polymer Crosslinking
Truong, V. X.;* Li, F.; Forsythe, J. S., Biomacromolecules 2018, 19, 4277.
[26] Generation of Cartilage through Tissue-Adhesive Assembly of Stem Cells-Laden Microgels
Li, F; Truong, V. X.; Thissen, H.; Forsythe, J. S.;* Frith, J.* Acta Biomater. 2018, 77, 48.
[25] Increased cardiomyocyte alignment and intracellular calcium transients using micropatterned and drug-releasing poly(glycerol sebacate) elastomers
Zhu, C; Rodda A. E.; Truong, V. X.; Shi, Y.; Zhou K.; Haynes, J. M.; Wang, B.; Cook, W. D.; Forsythe, J. S.* ACS Biomater. Sci. Eng., 2018, 4, 2494.
[24] Wavelength Selective Coupling and Decoupling of Polymer Chains via Reversible [2+2] Photocycloaddition for Construction of Photodynamic Hydrogel
Truong, V. X.; Li F.; Ercole F.; Forsythe, J. S.* ACS Macro Lett. 2018, 7, 464.
[23] Gelatin Hydrogels with Tuneable Stiffness Prepared by Horseradish Peroxidase-Activated Tetrazine-Norbornene Click Crosslinking
Carthew, J.; Frith, J. E.; Forsythe, J. S.; Truong, V. X.* J. Mat. Chem. B, 2018, 6, 1394.
[22] Non-Swelling Click-Crosslinked Gelatin and PEG Hydrogels with Tunable Properties Using Pluronic Linkers
Truong, V. X.; Tsang, K.; Forsythe, J. S. Biomacromolecules, 2017, 18, 757.
[21] Visible-Light-Mediated Cleavage of Polymer Chains under Physiological Conditions via Quinone Photoreduction and Trimethyl Lock
Truong, V. X.; Li F.; Ercole F.; Forsythe, J. S. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 12076. (Front page inside art cover)
[20] Photo-Labile Hydrogels Responsive to Broad Spectrum Visible Light for Selective Cell Release
Truong, V. X.; Li F.; Forsythe, J. S., ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 32445.
[19] Versatile Bioorthogonal Hydrogel Platform by Catalyst Free Visible Light Initiated Photodimerization of Anthracene
Truong, V. X.;* Li F.; Forsythe, J. S. ACS Macro Lett., 2017, 6, 657.
[18] A Versatile and Rapid Coating Method via a Combination of Plasma Polymerization and Surface Initiated SET-LRP for the Fabrication of Low-fouling Surfaces
Shi, Y; Menzies, J. D.; Tsang, K. M.; Borgo, M. P. D.; Easton, C. D.; Aguilar, M.-I.; Perlmutter, P; Truong, V. X.; Forsythe, J. S. J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem., 2017, 55, 2527.
[17] Red Light Activation of Tetrazine-Norbornene Conjugation for Bioorthogonal Polymer Crosslinking Across Tissue
Truong, V. X.; Tsang, K.; Ercole F.; Forsythe, J. S. , Chem. Mat., 2017, 29, 3678.
[16] Facile Microfluidic Encapsulation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Articular Cartilage Tissue Regeneration
Li, F; Truong, V. X.; Thissen, H.; Frith, J.; Forsythe, J. S. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2017, 9, 8589.
[15] Efficient in situ Nucleophilic Thiol-Yne Click Chemistry for the Synthesis of Strong Hydrogel Materials with Tuneable Properties
Macdougall, L. J.; Truong, V. X.; Dove, A. P. ACS Macro Lett. 2017, 6, 93.
[14] Independent Control of Elastomer Properties through Stereocontrolled Synthesis
Bell C. A.; Yu J.; Barker I. A.; Truong V. X.; Becker M. L.; Dove A. P. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 13076.
[13] In situ-Forming Click-Crosslinked Gelatin Based Hydrogels for 3D Culture of Thymic Epithelial Cells
Truong, V. X.; Hun M. L.; Li, F; Chidgey, A. P.; Forsythe, J. S. Biomater. Sci., 2016, 4, 1123.
[12] Antibacterial Hydrogels Formed from Poly(ethylene glycol) via Epoxy-Amine Reaction and Thiol-Ene Click Reaction
Zhao, C.; Truong, V. X.; Qu, Y.; Lithgow, T.; Gu, F.; Forsythe, J. S. J. Polym. Sci. A Polym. Chem. 2016, 54, 656.
[11] Light-Triggered Release of Ciprofloxacin from an in situ Forming Click Hydrogel for Antibacterial Wound Dressings
Shi, Y; Truong, V. X.; Kulkarni K.; Qu, Y.; Simon, G. P.; Boyd, R. L.; Perlmutter, P.; Forsythe, J. S.* J. Mater. Chem. B 2015, 3, 8771-8774.
[10] Photodegradable Gelatin Based Hydrogels Prepared by Bioorthogonal Click Chemistry for Cell Encapsulation and Release
Truong, V. X.; Tsang, K. M.; Simon G. P.; Boyd R., Evans; R. A., Thissen, H.; Forsythe, J. S.* Biomacromolecules, 2015, 16, 2246
[09] Nitrile oxide Norbornene Cycloaddition as a Bioorthogonal Crosslinking Chemistry for Preparation of Injectable Hydrogels
Truong, V. X.; Zhao, K.; Simon G. P.; Forsythe, J. S.* Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2015, 36, 1729.
[08] Simultaneous Orthogonal Dual-Click Approach to Tough, in situ-Forming Hydrogels for Cell Encapsulation
Truong, V. X.; Ablett, M. P.; Richardson, S. M.; Hoyland, J. A.; Dove, A. P.* J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137, 1618.
[07] Synthetic strategies, sustainability and biological applications of malic acid-based polymers
King, S. L.; Truong, V. X.; Kirchhoefer, C.; Pitto-Barry, A.; Dove, A. P.* Green Mater., 2014, 1, 1-16.
[06] In situ-forming robust chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free azide-alkyne click reaction for tissue engineering
Truong, V. X.; Ablett, M. P.; Gilbert, H. T. J.; Bowen, J.; Richardson, S. M.; Hoyland, J. A.; Dove, A. P.* Biomater. Sci., 2014, 2, 167.
[05] Organocatalytic, Regioselective Click Reaction of Thiols to Propiolic Acid Esters for Polymer-Polymer Coupling
Truong, V. X.; Dove A. P.* Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 4132.
[04] Preparation of in situ-Forming Poly(5-methyl-5-allyloxycarbonyl-1,3-dioxan-2-one)-Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels with Tuneable Swelling, Mechanical Strength and Degradability
Truong, V. X.; Barker, I. A.; Tan, M.; Mespouille, L.; Dubois, Ph.; Dove A. P. J. Mater. Chem. B 2013, 1, 221.
[03] Organocatalytic Synthesis and Post-Polymerization Functionalization of Propargyl-Functional Poly(Carbonate)s
Tempelaar, S.; Barker, I. A.; Truong, V. X.; Hall, D. J.; Mespouille, L.; Dubois, Ph.; Dove A. P.* Polym. Chem., 2013, 4, 174.
[02] Hydrophilic and amphiphilic polyethylene glycol-based hydrogels with tunable degradability prepared by “click” chemistry
Truong, V. X.; Blakey, I.; Whittaker, A. K.* Biomacromolecules, 2012, 13, 4012.
[01] Synthesis of linear and branched poly(trimethylene carbonate-co-lactide) copolymers and an investigation of chemical structure on hydrolytic degradation
Truong, V. X.; Blakey, I.; Whittaker A. K.* Polym. Prepr., 2008, 49, 1097 (Conference publication).


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