Smart Materials

Many new materials take advantage of the interplay of properties to develop systems that can be applied to solve the problems facing the world today.  These problems demand the collaboration of scientists from several areas.  

Within the Department we touch on several aspects, including supramolecular systems for drug delivery which enhance the bioavailability of pharmaceutical compounds, their pharmacodynamics, and kinetics, and allow for the possibility of directing the drugs more accurately to the site of action.

This is often achieved by building into the materials, a latent activity that is triggered through the application of a stimulus.  These “Stimuli-Responsive Systems” (SRS) have materials that respond to changes in their environment, and are useful in many areas from pollutant sensors to biomaterials for health.
Further information can be obtained from Professor Krause (

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