I grew up in Nottingham and began my education in the chemical sciences in 2013 when I enrolled at Bangor University, North Wales, as a BSc student in Chemistry. In 2015 I undertook a work placement through the Erasmus+ scheme in Prague at the Institute of Microbiology at the Czech Academy of sciences (Mikrobiologický ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.) working closely with Dr. Chris Chambers and under the mentorship of Prof. Vladimir Kren on a short project aiming to enzymatically synthesize flavonoids via the use of horseradish peroxidase. Following this, I graduated with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Chemistry in 2016. I then decided to further my chemical education under the guidance of my BSc undergraduate supervisor Dr. Hongyun Tai and in 2016 began my PhD studies on a NRN-LSRNW (National Research Network-Life Science Network Wales) fully funded project. The project encompassed the synthesis via the RAFT approach of stimuli-responsive hyperbranched polymers for the folic acid targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics.
In 2019 I returned to Nottingham and worked at Nottingham Trent University as a Lab Technician during the write-up period of my PhD working within a multidisciplinary Category 2 lab and following this in 2021, I was formally awarded my PhD and subsequently, joined the University of Nottingham's School of Pharmacy as a Research Fellow as part of Prof. Morgan Alexander's research group.
My research interests cover a wide range of polymer based chemistries. I am most interested in the discovery and exploitation of polymers and "smart materials" for their use in meeting unmet clinical… read more
CHESTER BLACKBURN, HONGYUN TAI, MARTINA SALERNO, XI WANG, EDGAR HARTSUIKER and WENXIN WANG, 2019. Folic acid and rhodamine labelled pH responsive hyperbranched polymers: Synthesis, characterization and cell uptake studies European Polymer Journal. 120, 109259
ANNA TOCHWIN, ALAA EL-BETANY, HONGYUN TAI, KAI YU CHAN, CHESTER BLACKBURN and WENXIN WANG, 2017. Thermoresponsive and reducible hyperbranched polymers synthesized by RAFT polymerisation Polymers. 9(9), 443
My research interests cover a wide range of polymer based chemistries. I am most interested in the discovery and exploitation of polymers and "smart materials" for their use in meeting unmet clinical needs. This ranges from: drug/payload delivery, drug discovery involving polymers, tissue engineering and novel biomaterial discovery.