Dr Chris Sumby
The University of Adelaide
Christopher makes new chemical compounds, using weak links between components to form cage-like structures much larger than regular molecules. The synthesis of such cage-like structures, which can trap guest molecules within a central cavity, may feature in new modes of drug delivery, or could be used as nanoscale flasks in which to carry-out chemical reactions in isolation, one molecule at a time.
Another aspect of Christopher’s research is concerned with making chemical sensors, which can tell us about environments too small to measure with other techniques – simply by glowing.