New polymerisation processes for the synthesis of novel biopolymers

  • Robinson, Andrea (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Jackson, David (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Elvin, Christopher (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Novel homogeneous catalysis strategies will be used to generate well defined peptide polymers. The resulting polymer targets will be biomimetics of unique-functioning natural proteins. Stable analogues of antifreeze proteins, which are non-toxic and inhibit ice nucleation at extremely low concentrations in sub-Arctic animal and plant species, are needed for medical applications (organ/cell preservation) and food preservation. Resilin, a bioelastomer found in insects, is a near perfect rubber with extraordinary fatigue life. Structural mimetics will find medical (implants -heart valves, spinal discs) and industrial (accelerometers/actuators) uses. Polymerisation of immunogenic segments of infectious diseases will lead to synthetic vaccines.
Effective start/end date2/01/0831/12/12


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$235,944.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$174,056.00
  • Monash University