Martina Stenzel

Martina Stenzel

Martina Stenzel

Professor / Co-Director Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD)

Contact details

Phone: 02 9385 4656


Room 226 Chemical Sciences Building, F11
UNSW, Kensington 2052

Research Group Website


Biographical Details

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 in Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales and worked in the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD). She was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in 2009 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2012. In 2013, she was appointed Co-Director of the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD). She also holds an Adjunct-Professorship in Medicine at the University of Western Sydney. In 2014 she joined the School of Chemistry at UNSW to establish a research program on polymeric nano- and biomaterials.

Research Interests

Martina is interested in the design of polymers for biomedical applications, mainly drug delivery. Her research ranges from fundamental aspects of polymerization synthesis to the application of polymers in medicine. She combines polymers with sugar, proteins and drug moleculars to create smart nanoparticles for drug delivery.

Topic include

  • Complex polymer architectures; Synthesis of star polymers, comb polymers, block copolymers via RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation transfer) polymerization
  • Self-assembly of block copolymers into micelles and other core-shell nanoparticles
  • Synthesis of glycopolymers and their interaction with lectins and cells
  • Synthesis of nanoparticles for drug delivery purposes
  • Development of drug delivery systems for the delivery of platinum drugs and other metal-based drugs (gold, ruthenium)
  • Development nanoparticles for the delivery of non-metal anti-cancer drugs
  • Understanding the interaction of nanoparticles with cells and cancer spheroids

More information on the research topics can be found at Martina's personal website or on the CAMD website

Research publications

For a full list of publications please see

UNSW research gateway

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