Our multidisciplinary research interests lie at the interface between biotechnology and nanotechnology, with an emphasis of chemical molecular methods and approaches. Our work is thus underpinned by components of synthetic chemistry (for the synthesis of building blocks, linkers and enzyme substrates), molecular biology (to enable the genetic engineering of recombinant proteins) and surface chemistry (for the nanofabrication of devices). The research activities in our group are currently divided into:
Biocatalysis. The development of modified recombinant enzymes to enable chemical transformations that are more selective and sustainable.
Nanofabrication. The use of scanning probe methods together with chemical catalytic and biocatalytic methods for surface fabrication.
See the Research and Projects section for more details.
Lu Shin Wong graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham in 1997. He then practised as a hospital pharmacist for four years while pursuing a postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy from the University of Bradford. He subsequently undertook his PhD studies in organic and analytical chemistry at the University of Southampton with Prof. Mark Bradley. Upon completing this in 2005, he joined the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology as a postdoctoral research associate with Prof. Jason Micklefield on the application of chemical biology and surface chemistry to biomolecular-array technologies. In 2008, Lu Shin was awarded an EPSRC Life Science Interface research fellowship, which enabled him to work with Prof. Chad A. Mirkin at the International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University. In 2011, he returned to the UK and was appointed as a lecturer at the School of Chemistry.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
Member of the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC)
Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS)