Welcome to the
Kempe Research Group
Our group was established in 2015 at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, and moved in April 2016 to Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. We are based in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) and Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS).
We are also a part of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science & Technology
and the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR).
We are an interdisciplinary group working at the interface of synthetic polymer chemistry and materials science. Our research is centred on the development of functional biocompatible and biodegradable materials through advanced macromolecular design. Do you want to know more? Check out our RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS.
September 28, 2020 - Simran starts her Pre-Honours project with us.
February 17, 2020 - Priya joins us as PostDoc, working on joint projects between the Kempe Group and the group of Dr. John F. Quinn. Welcome Priya! We are looking forward to great research.
January 20, 2020 - He is back! Alex joins as joint PhD student with the Wilson Group (Warwick). Welcome Alex!
January 06, 2020 - Our first paper in 2020, reporting a new type of non-ionic water-soluble polymers, check it out:
Nonionic Water-soluble and Cytocompatible Poly(amide acrylate)s
Happy New Year 2020!!
December 21, 2019 - Merry Christmas everyone!
October 17, 2019 - Kristian is awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship
October 01, 2019 - Meike starts as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in our group!
September 18, 2019 - Our first collaborative manuscript with the group of A/Prof Kris Thurecht is online. Everything you need to know about the power of POx macromonomers, check it out:
Poly (2-oxazoline) macromonomers as building blocks for functional and biocompatible polymer architectures
September 16, 2019 - Inin starts in our group as a PhD student - Welcome Inin!
September 09, 2019 - New paper on Native Chemical Ligation out with Dr Paul Wilson from Warwick, check it out:
A Sequential Native Chemical Ligation− Thiol-Michael Addition Strategy for Polymer-Polymer Ligation
August 01, 2019 - Very excited for this one to be finally published: Mito-targeting with highly cytocompatible carboxylated comb polymers. Check it out:
Carboxylated Cy5-Labeled Comb Polymers Passively Diffuse the Cell Membrane and Target Mitochondria
July 29, 2019 - Kristian takes up a Senior Lecturer position jointly between MSE and MIPS, Monash
March 04, 2019 - Pauline joins the group for a 6 month internship - Welcome Pauline!
February 25, 2019 - Josh is back and starts his Honours project, working on a joint project with Ben Boyd - Welcome Josh!
January 30, 2019 - Multi-collaborative study accepted in Macromolecular Rapid Communications. Our first work on poly(2-oxazine)s and MRI applications. Check it out:
Functional Brush Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazine)s: Synthesis by CROP and RAFT, Thermoresponsiveness and Grafting onto Iron Oxide Nanoparticles
Happy New Year 2019!!
December 12, 2018 - Kristian presents the group's vision for 2019 at the annual D4 workshop
November 29, 2018 - New collaborative work on 19F comb-shaped POx out with Andrew Whittaker from UQ. Well done Cheng!
Importance of thermally induced aggregation on 19F MRI of perfluoropolyether-based comb-shaped POx
November 30, 2018 - Ayaat has won the award for the best poster presentation at the annual CBNS meeting!
October 28, 2018 - Kristian is about to start his ATSE trip to China to visit Universities in Beijing, Jinan, Shanghai & Soochow
September 06, 2018 - Kristian presents the group's latest work @ UNSW, Department of Chemistry - Thanks for hosting Rob!
August 19, 2018 - Our review about the Spontaneous Zwitterionic copolymerisation, a facile polymerisation technique for the preparation of functional and degradable oligomers and polymers is online. Well done Patrick
Spontaneous Zwitterionic copolymerisation: An undervalued and efficacious technique for the synthesis of functional degradable oligomers and polymers
August 15, 2018 - Dr Meike Leiske joins us as a postdoctoral researcher to work on a collaborative project with Prof. Tom Davis
August 8, 2018 - Collaborative paper with Frank Caruso's and Ashley Bush's group online in Advanced Materials. Great work Denzil!
Overcoming the Blood-Brain Barrier: The role of nanomaterials in treating neurological diseases
July 8, 2018 - Kristian receives a ATSE fellowship to foster collaborations with Chinese Universities
June 21, 2018 - Josh joins our group as a Winter Research Student. Welcome Josh!
June 13, 2018 - James from Kris Thurecht's group is joining us as part of his honours project - Welcome!
April 10, 2018 - Collaborative work with Tom Davis and Pu Chun Ke online in Nanoscale. Well done Marvin!
Human plasma proteome association and cytotoxicity of nano-graphene oxide grafted with stealth PEG and PEtOx
March 2018 - Kristian joins the University of Tasmania as a Visiting Scholar.
March 2018 - After a very successful year as Research Assistant, Ayaat starts her PhD studies in our group!
February, 2018 - David starts his honours studies in our group! Welcome!
February, 2018 - Sibylle is joining the group as intern! Welcome!
January, 2018 - Collaborative work with Barner-Kowollik and Goldmann published in Macromolecules - Congratulations
Unraveling the Spontaneous Zwitterionic Copolymerisation mechanism of cyclic imino ethers and acrylic acid
December, 2017 - Paper accepted in Polymer Chemistry - Congrats Ayaat and Alex
Functional hydrophobic and hetero-grafted block comb polymers via a combination of spontaneous zwitterionic copolymerisation and redox-initiated RAFT polymerisation
August, 2017 - Our website is online!
April, 2016 - Our group starts in MIPS, Melbourne.