Our research group is located at the Kroto Research Institute and affiliated with the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of Sheffield. We use interdisciplinary approaches that integrate the concepts and expertise from chemistry, physics, biomaterials, cell biology and microbiology to develop materials and devices for biomedical applications.
Current research areas in Zhao Group include:
de novo designed self-assembling peptides as antimicrobial, anticancer agents and gene delivery vectors. Magnetic core-shell nanoparticles for gene and drug delivery.
Reactive inkjet printing of silk based scaffolds for tissue engineering; surface tension and enzyme powered silk swimming devices for enhanced mixing and sensing; & printed micro-arrays for cancer diagnostics.
Adsorption of natural and designed biosurfactants and their interaction with conventional surfactants at interfaces. Surface adsorption or functionalization of biomolecules (such as antibodies, peptides, proteins, DNAs and biocompatible polymers) for biocompatible surfaces, antimicrobial surfaces, and biosensor applications.