Drug Delivery and Biomaterials

Development of materials which interface with the body and provide enhanced functionality, such as drug delivery, infect

Research in this theme is focused on the development of materials which interface with the body and provide enhanced functionality, such as drug delivery, infection resistance or monitoring of levels of drug or host markers. Activities are concentrated on the development of new methods for fabricating materials for medical device manufacture including biomaterials with enhanced anti-infective and biocompatibility properties. Sensor research focuses on sensors immobilised in biocompatible scaffolds, blood-free diagnosis/patient monitoring using microneedles and developing point-of-care tests for microbial infection.

Research themes and areas of activity

Photoactive Biomaterials


Professor Colin McCoy

Professor David Jones


Research activities are focussed on materials which can resist a wide range of microbial pathogens using in situ generation of reactive oxygen species from the surfaces of materials. This non-antibiotic approach is supported by industry as effective new technology to address bacterial resistance issues.

Polymeric Medical Devices


Professor Colin McCoy

Professor Gavin Andrews

Professor Brendan Gilmore

Dr Garry Laverty

Dr Louise Carson

Dr Nicola Irwin


Research activities focus on (i) the development of new methods of fabrication of materials suitable for construction of medical devices and (ii) enhancement of the function of devices through new methods of polymer synthesis, supramolecular assembly, surface modification, drug eluting materials and minimising adverse host responses to materials.

Sensor Development


Professor Colin McCoy

Professor Ryan Donnelly

Professor David Jones

Professor Michael Tunney

Dr Deirdre Gilpin


Sensors research in the School focuses on novel methods for obtaining and analysing small volumes of blood, as well as blood-free diagnosis/patient monitoring using microneedles and developing point-of-care tests for microbial infection

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