Professor Colin McCoy


Professor McCoy’s research team focus on developing next-generation materials to enhance the performance of materials used in the body. A key focus is in prevention of infection, either through development of surfaces resistant to bacterial adherence or triggered drug delivery.

The research can result in new medical devices which help protect patients, new ways of delivering drugs to specific sites, or sensors to monitor patients’ health. 

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Open to PhD applications in the field of drug delivery, biomaterials, sensor development, SMART materials, and medical device enhancement. Polymer and small-molecule synthesis, materials characterisation, biological and microbiological performance are all areas of expertise in our research.

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Colin McCoy

Professor Colin McCoy (PI) - is Chair of Biomaterials Chemistry and Dean of Internationalisation for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. 



Research students

PhD Title: Simultaneous sensing and self-regulating treatment of infection in biomaterials

Name: Mr Jonathan Turner
Years of Study: 2017-2020
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Biomedical Devices with Slippery Liquid-infused Porous Surfaces which are Ultra-resistant to Infection

Name: Mr Matthew Wylie
Years of Study: 2014-2017
Country: Northern Ireland


PhD Title: The development of light-activated antimicrobial materials

Name: Miss Jessica Moore 
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Northern Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Nicola Irwin

PhD Title: Infection-responsive urinary biomaterials

Years of Study: 2010-2013
Country: UK
Current position: Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Materials Science, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Áine De Baroid

PhD Title: Light-activated anti-infective materials for healthcare

Years of Study: 2012-2015
Country: USA
Current position: Scientific researcher, Almac Clinical Services 

Dr Dan Corbett

PhD Title: Functional hydrogel coatings for biomedical applications

Years of Study: 2011-2014
Country: China/UK
Current position: Lecturer at China Queen’s College, Shenyang, China 

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