Stenzel Group

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We are interested in the design of functional nanoparticles based on polymers. Inspired by nature, we combine synthetic polymers with nature's building blocks such as carbohydrates, peptides and proteins. We aim at combining the versatility of synthetic polymers with the bioactivity of building blocks found in nature. The aim is to create nanoparticles for the delivery of drugs. Our groups works therefore on the interface between polymer science, nanoparticle design and medicine.

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Prof Martina Stenzel


Martina Stenzel studied chemistry at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, before completing her PhD in 1999 at the Institute of Applied Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany. With a DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) in her pocket, she started working as a postdoctoral Fellow at the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. In 2002, she took on a position as a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and worked in The Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD). She now an full Professor. In 2013, she was appointed Co-director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) and Adjunct-Professor in Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interest is focused on the synthesis of functional polymers with complex architectures such as glycopolymers and other polymers for biomedical applications, especially polymers with in-build metal complexes for the delivery of metal-based anti-cancer drugs. Martina Stenzel published more than 200 peer reviewed papers mainly on RAFT polymerization and 8 book chapters. She is currently on the ARC College of Experts. She is a scientific editor of Materials Horizons and also serves on several editorial advisory boards. She received a range of awards including the 2011 Le Fèvre Memorial Prize from the Australian Academy of Science.  

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