Dr Derrick Roberts

I am an ARC DECRA and University of Sydney Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the School of Chemistry and Sydney Nano Institute, The University of Sydney.

My research programme centres on designing self-assembled molecular materials that can undergo controlled morphological transformations (e.g., discrete polymer vesicles transforming into gel networks) in response to external signals (e.g., light, biochemical cues). My research employs supramolecular and dynamic covalent interactions to explore self-assembly phenomena spanning from small molecule recognition (metal-ligand coordination, halogen bonding) up to microphase separation of block copolymers.

Broadly, my research interests include:

  • Molecular self-assembly and supramolecular chemistry

  • Metal-organic coordination complexes

  • Polymer synthesis and self-assembly

  • Advanced biomaterials for acceleated wound healing and targeted delivery

Eduation and Experience
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Grants, Awards and Honours
  • ARC DECRA Fellow, Sydney University Fellow School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney (2019-present).

  • Marie Skłowdowska Curie Fellow, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2017-2019). Host: Prof. Molly Stevens

  • PhD (Inorganic Chemistry), The University of Cambridge (Trinity College). Advisor: Prof. Jonathan Nitschke.

  • MSc (Polymer Chemistry), The University of Sydney (2011-2012). Advisors: Prof. Sebastien Perrier and Prof. Max Crossley.

  • BSc (Adv.), 1st Class Honours and The University Medal, The University of Sydney (2007-2010). Supervisors: Prof. Max Crossley and Prof. Timothy Schmidt.

  • Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2019-2022)

  • Sydney University Research Fellowship (2019)

  • Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship (2017-2019)

  • Lindau Nobel Meeting 2020, selected delegate

  • Reaxys International PhD Prize (2017), Finalist

  • Solvay-IUPAC PhD Prize (2017), Honorable Mention

  • ABTA Doctoral Research Award (2015), Second Place

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Class of 2012

  • University Medal and First Class Honours, University of Sydney