• 583 Citations
  • 15 h-Index

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Personal profile


Adam Martin completed his PhD at UWA in 2011 with Professor Colin Raston in the area of supramolecular chemistry. He then commenced a postdoctoral position at the University of Nottingham with Professor Martin Schröder synthesising novel ligands for new metal organic frameworks. In 2013 he moved to the University of New South Wales to work with Professor Pall Thordarson on deciphering the desgin rules in short peptide hydrogels. In 2016 he was awarded an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellowship to use these scaffolds for culturing sensitive primary neurons, thus gaining insights into the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. He was promoted to Lecturer in early 2018 and in 2019 he commenced a position at Macquarie University as Leader of the Peptides and Proteins Group within the Dementia Research Centre.

Research interests

Through his research, Adam has established a number of structure-property relationships for short, self-assembling peptides. He has shown that control over the peptide sequence and N-terminus can be used to tune the chemical and mechanical properties of resultant hydrogels. Adam is now focused on translating this knoweldge to the rational design of biocompatible hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering to support various cell types, including sensitive primary neurons. Current projects include:

  • Devleopment of 3D neuronal cell culture scaffolds for insights into neurodegenerative disease.
  • Functionalisation of hydrogels with ECM-ligating peptides for active capture of macromolecules.
  • Self-assemlbimg short peptides as novel transfection reagents.
  • Controlling temporal hydrogel scaffold degradation for biologically relevant cell profiling.

Education/Academic qualification

Supramolecular Chemistry, PhD, The University of Western Australia

External positions

Adjunct Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

2 Jan 2019 → …

Lecturer, The University of New South Wales

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2018

Research Fellow, The University of New South Wales

1 Feb 201631 Dec 2018

Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of New South Wales

1 Sep 201331 Jan 2016

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Nottingham

14 Nov 201116 Aug 2013

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Research Outputs

  • 583 Citations
  • 15 h-Index
  • 42 Article
  • 2 Patent

Decoupling the effects of hydrophilic and hydrophobic moieties at the neuron-nanofibre interface

Martin, A. D., Wojciechowski, J. P., Du, E. Y., Rawal, A., Stefen, H., Au, C. G., Hou, L., Cranfield, C. G., Fath, T., Ittner, L. M. & Thordarson, P., 7 Feb 2020, In : Chemical Science. 11, 5, p. 1375-1382 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    3 Downloads (Pure)

    Programmable enzymatic oxidation of tyrosine–lysine tetrapeptides

    Sun, B., Ariawan, A. D., Warren, H., Goodchild, S. C., in het Panhuis, M., Ittner, L. M. & Martin, A. D., 21 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 8, 15, p. 3104-3112 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Cell culture substrates

    Martin, A., Ittner, L. M. & Ke, Y. D., 21 Feb 2019, IPC No. C07K 5/ 10 A I, Patent No. WO2019033171, Priority date 16 Aug 2017, Priority No. AU20170903293

    Research output: Patent

    Open Access
  • Faceted polymersomes: a sphere-to-polyhedron shape transformation

    Wong, C. K., Martin, A. D., Floetenmeyer, M., Parton, R. G., Stenzel, M. H. & Thordarson, P., 7 Mar 2019, In : Chemical Science. 10, 9, p. 2725–2731 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Gel- and solid-state-structure of dialanine and diphenylalanine amphiphiles: importance of C···H interactions in gelation

    Farahani, A. D., Martin, A. D., Iranmesh, H., Bhadbhade, M. M., Beves, J. E. & Thordarson, P., 2 Apr 2019, In : ChemPhysChem. 20, 7, p. 972-983 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)


    Young Investigator Highlights Award

    Adam Martin (Recipient), Apr 2018

    Prize: Honorary award

  • RACI NSW Nyholm Youth Lecturer 2019/2020

    Adam Martin (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Honorary award