Dr Fu specialises in design and synthesis of functional polymers for bioapplications in imaging, drug delivery and advanced surfaces.

​Dr Fu obtained his bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Tsinghua University China in 2010 and 2015 respectively. After that, he moved to the Centre of Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) at UNSW as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof Cyrille Boyer to explore photo-induced polymerization technologies. In 2016, he relocated to AIBN as a postdoctoral research fellow in Prof Andrew Whittaker's group on developing advanced imaging agents. In 2018, He was awarded a UQ Development Fellowship to work on novel bioactive polymers. Following this, he was awarded an NHMRC Emerging Investigator Grant for studying Bio-Nano interaction.

Key Publications

  1. Fu, C; Herbst, S; Zhang, C; Whittaker, A. Polym. Chem. 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00986K.
  2. Fu, C.; Xu, J.; Boyer, C. Chem. Comm. 2016, 52, 7126-7129.
  3. Lu, J.; Fu, C.; Wang, S.; Tao, L.; Yan, L.; Haddleton, D. M.; Chen, G.; Wei, Y., Macromolecules 2014, 47, 4676-4683.
  4. Fu, C.; Yang, B.; Zhu, C.; Wang, S.; Zhang, Y.; Wei, Y.; Tao, L., Polym. Chem. 2013, 4, 5720-5725.
  5. Fu, C.; Tao, L.; Zhang, Y.; Li, S.; Wei, Y., Chem. Comm. 2012, 48, 9062-9064.
  6. 1. Xu, X.; Wang, Q.; Chang, Y.; Zhang, Y.; Peng, H.; Whittaker, A.*; Fu, C.*. Antifouling and Antibacterial Surfaces Grafted with Sulfur-containing Copolymers. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 36, 41400-41411.
  7. Xu. X.; Huang, X.; Chang, Y.; Yu, Y.; Zhao, J.; Isahak, N.; Teng, J.; Qiao, R.; Peng, H.; Zhao, C.; Davis, T.; Fu, C.*; Whittaker, A.*, Antifouling Surfaces Enabled by Surface Grafting of   Highly Hydrophilic Sulfoxide Polymer Brushes Biomacromolecules, 2021, 22, 2, 330–339. 
  8. Yu, Y.; Xu, W.; Huang, X.; Xu, X.; Qiao, R.; Li, Y.; Han, F.; Peng, H.; Davis, T.; Fu, C.*; Whittaker, A.*, Proteins Conjugated with Sulfoxide-containing   Polymers Show Reduced Macrophage Cellular Uptake and Improved Pharmacokinetics ACS Macro Lett., 2020, 9, 6, 799–805. 
  9. Fu, C.; Demir, B.; Alcantara, S.; Kumar, V.; Han, F.; Kelly, H.; Tan, X.; Yu, Y.; Zhao, J.; Zhang, C.; Peng, H.; Boyer, C.; Woodruff, T.; Kent, S.; Searles, D.; Whittaker, A., Low-fouling Fluoropolymers for Bioconjugation and In Vivo Tracking Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59, 2– 9.
  10. Fu, C.; Xu, J.; Boyer, C., Photoacid-mediated ring opening polymerization driven by visible light. Chem. Commun. 2016, 52, 7126-7129. 
Featured projects Duration
Novel Biologically-Responsive MRI Agents