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Research interests

In my group, Materials for Health, we are developing advanced materials for transformative sustainable healthcare. Specifically, to develop materials that can detect and diagnose the presence of disease at point-of-care. Health and Well-being is the third goal of the UN Sustainability Development Goals, and our research is seeking to contribute to sustaining healthcare, democratising healthcare and tackling the ever increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

Current ongoing projects include:

  • Artificial antibody materials for inflammatory maker detection.
  • Microneedle and nanoneedle development for minimally invasive detection methods.
  • Exosome separation for early detection of ovarian cancer.
  • Dynamic force measurements of material/biomarker interactions. 
  • Therapeutic nanocomposite fibres for wound dressings.

Find out more at our group website materialsforhealthlab.org

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Bath

Oct 2009Jul 2013

Award Date: 3 Jul 2013

External positions

Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester

Jul 2017Mar 2018

Post Doctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London

Mar 2013Jun 2017

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Research Output

Co-processing of common plastics with pistachio hulls via hydrothermal liquefaction

Hongthong, S., Raikova, S., Leese, H. & Chuck, C., 1 Feb 2020, In : Waste Management. 102, p. 351-361 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Inorganic Nanotube Mesophases Enable Strong Self-Healing Fibers

Lee, W. J., Paineau, E., Anthony, D., Gao, Y., Leese, H., Rouziere, S., Launois, P. & Shaffer, M., 26 May 2020, In : ACS Nano. 14, 5, p. 5570-5580 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Designed Liquid Crystalline Polypeptide Fibres

Leese, H., 2 Dec 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Interfacially-grafted Single Wall Carbon Nanotube / Poly (vinyl alcohol) Composite Fibers

Lee, W., Clancy, A., Fernández-Toribio, J., Anthony, D., White, E., Solano, E., Leese, H., Vilatela, J. & Shaffer, M., 1 May 2019, In : Carbon. 146, 0008-6223, p. 162-171 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)
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