ARC Future Fellowship – Dr Kristian Kempe
Grants and Awards | January 2, 2020

In October 2019 Dr Kristian Kempe was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for “Expanding the toolbox of synthetic stealth polymers”.

This project aims to develop a new generation of synthetic and biomimetic pseudo peptide polymers with advanced biomedical properties. The polymers will be used for the fabrication of a range of nanoparticles, which will allow studying the effect of architecture, composition and surface functionalisation on their behaviour in a biological environment. Carefully conducted structure-physicochemical property relationship and bio-nano interaction studies will generate new knowledge in the area of stealth and protein repellent nanomaterials.

The intended outcome of the project is the generation of a platform of bioinert materials that could potentially find applications as building blocks in next-generation nanomedicines and medical devices.

Future Fellowships provide four-year fellowships to up to 100 outstanding Australian mid-career researchers. The objectives of the Future Fellowships scheme are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research and research training by outstanding mid-career researchers to be recruited and retained by universities in continuing academic positions
  • support national and international research collaboration
  • enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority