Prof Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Nanotechnocolgy Expert

In the Biocide ToolBox programme, Jadranka is focussing on the design and synthesis of novel polymeric biocide materials and their application to surfaces. 


Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor in Macromolecular Sciences at the School of Chemical Sciences and Director of the Polymer Electronic Research Centre (PERC). She has published cca. 180 articles in international journals; is a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Councilor of the Pacific Polymer Federation and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry. She was awarded the Easterfield Medal and the University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award. Her current research is in the field of advanced polymeric materials for health, bioelectronics and polymer electronic devices. The current projects include development of novel gene sensors, conducting polymers-based switchable surfaces, biointerfaces and actuators. 

Jadranka's current research is the field of advanced polymeric materials, particularly those based on conducting polymers, and their application in health and bioelectronics, and polymer electronics devices.

Current projects

Currently, a number of projects on conducting polymers run, in collaboration with the research groups from Chemistry Department, School of Medicine and Engineering (“Polymer Electronics Research Group”). The projects include

  • Developing of novel gene sensors based on conducting polymers

  • Conducting polymers-based actuators

  • Conducting polymer self-assembled nanostructures

  • Poly(p-phenyl vinylene) based electroluminescent polymers

  • Spectroscopy, EPR and NMR studies on polyaniline

Research group members

  • Dr Nihan Aydemir, Post-doctoral researcher - Conducting polymer-based biosensors

  • Dr Lenny Voorhaar, Post-doctoral researcher - Stretchy, sticky, self-healing organic electronics

  • Alissa Hackett, PhD - Switchable surfaces based on conducting polymers

  • Dr Thomas Kerr-Phillips, PhD - Electrospinning of conducting polymers for smart materials

  • Paul Baek, PhD - Self-healing systems based on conducting polymers

  • Guangyuan Xu, PhD - Graphene for use in novel biological sensing

  • Qiang Zhang, PhD - Antimicrobial polymers and surface presentation

  • Roshan Khadka, PhD - Development of olfactory receptor-based biosensors

  • Peikai Zhang, PhD - Direct writing of 3D conducting polymers

  • Min Wang, PhD - Stretchy, sticky, self-healing organic electronics


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