Our group works in the synthesis, characterization and the photochemical and photophysical study of new photosensitizers for use in Photodynamic Therapy.
We are interested in photosensitizers such as phthalocyanines, naphthalocyanines, hypericin and others. Also, we work on the synthesis of drug carrier polymer systems to increase the bioavailability of photosensitizers studied. We conducted laboratory studies on the photophysical, photochemical and the cell interaction properties of these photosensitizers.
Figure: Representative application of PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
Figure: Some photosensitizers studied for use in PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
Students in our group are exposed to and trained in synthesis and characterization of small molecules (organic and inorganic alike), polymers, and nanomaterials. Specific techniques they learn include, but not limited to, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), absorption and emission spectroscopies, mass spectrometry, dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission and scanning electron microscopies (TEM and SEM).
Our main focus is the synthesis and characterization of new photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy