Polymer Nanoparticles to Control Ice Growth

1 day 4 hours ago

The GibsonGroup, in collaboration with Dr Tom Whale, have published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, showing that polymer nanoparticles can inhibit ice growth.

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The particles were prepared using polymerization-induced self-assembly, which is a synthetically scalable method to obtain well-defined nanoparticles. These particles could stop ice recrystallisation and in some cases appeared to bind the ice faces, opening new opportunities to mimic the complex function of ice binding proteins, which have huge biotechnological potential. //

Soil bacteria hormone discovery provides fertile ground for new antibiotics

2 months 3 weeks ago

The discovery of how hormone-like molecules turn on antibiotic production in soil bacteria could unlock the untapped opportunities for medicines that are under our very feet.

An international team of scientists working in the Department of Chemistry, the School of Life Sciences and the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre at the University of Warwick, UK, and Monash University, Australia, have determined the molecular basis of a biological mechanism that could enable more efficient and cost-effective production of existing antibiotics, and also allow scientists to uncover new antibiotics in soil bacteria.

It is detailed in a new study published in the journal Nature.

New company, CryoLogyx, is spun out from the Department

2 months 3 weeks ago

A new biotechnology company, CryoLogyx, has been spun-out from the department, supported from a grant from InnovateUK. Cryologyx will be led by Dr Tom Congdon (A UoW UG and PG alumus) and will exploit technology developed by the GibsonGroup. Cryologyx will use innovative macromolecular (polymeric) cryoprotectants to protect biological samples, including cells used in therapy, diagnostics and drug discovery.

Read the news story here and more details will be released soon.

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