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New Year’s Lecture 2020 from the Graduate School for Macromolecular Bioscience

Portrait of Frank Gu

Professor Frank Gu during his visit to the Institute of Biomaterial Science. Source: HZG/Fraeya Whiffin

Prof. Frank Gu is the NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair Professor in Nanotechnology Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. His interdisciplinary research group combines chemical engineering principles and nanotechnology to tailor the design of materials for applications in the life sciences and environmental remediation. His research in the field of drug delivery is already having industrial impact through the delivery of drugs by nanoparticle carriers. These “nanomedicines” are capable of sticking to mucous membranes (e.g. the surface of the eye) where they release drugs, resulting in fewer required dosages and drug types.

New Year's lecture 2020 gruppe

Andreas Lendlein, Frank Gu, Nan Ma, Burkhard Schulz. Source: HZG/Fraeya Whiffin

Prof. Gu’s inspirational lecture was themed on ‘addressing global challenges in healthcare and the environment through nanotechnology engineering’. He introduced his lab’s activities on therapeutics and pathogen sensing applications through the use of metallic nanoparticles to generate “fingerprint”-like interactions with biological structures. In the topic of environmental remediation, he showcased his group’s recent development of advanced nanocomposites for photocatalytic treatment of persistent organic water pollutants. Prof. Gu also kindly took the time to discuss more details on his research, experiences in the transfer of technology to industry, and career planning with PhD students from the Graduate School MacroBio.

Photo of scientists discussing the lecture during the Coffee break

Source: HZG/Fraeya Whiffin

The New Year’s lecture series at the Institute of Biomaterial Science was initiated in 2016. Guest Lecturers are internationally renowned scientists - former lecturers were Prof. María José Alonso (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Prof. Stoyan Smoukov (Queen Mary University, London), Prof. József Karger-Kocsis (Budapest University for Economics and Technology) and Prof. Joseph Kost (Ben-Gurion, University of the Negev, Israel). Prof. Frank Gu’s website