Fertilizers to Vaccines - Materials Science is Everywhere

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Craig Bunt

Associate Professor

Lincoln University (New Zealand)

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Please explain your research in simple words

My research investigates controlled release formulations for applications ranging from veterinary and human pharmaceutics to agricultural products. With a current focus on electrospinning of nanofibers and 3D printing my lab is investigating wildlife solutions, drug delivery and sustainable controlled release fertilizers.

An introduction to how someone who completed a pharmacy degree ends up teaching physiology and researching nanotechnologies at an agricultural university.
Discussion about the research environment in industry, government research and academia.
Career/research resilience in the face of natural and other (e.g. funding) disasters; I live and work in Christchurch, New Zealand and over the last decade there's been earthquakes, terrorism, bush fires ... and now everyone has the covid-19 pandemic.
Why now is an exciting time for nanotechnology research and not just within medicine.

What can the followers expect in your curation week?

How did you end up in your current research field?

Starting out studying pharmacy I had a lot of initial formulations training. A move to veterinary pharmaceutics research in industry and now back in academia. Basically I keep coming across a lot of different opportunities for formulations science research.

My research looks mostly at new applications of existing nanotechnologies; early stage proof-of-concept development is perhaps another way to describe my research, ultimately some of my research will translate to new products for industry.

How and where does your research fall in the domain of materials/nano science?

Which research project are you most proud of and could you explain it in simple words in the section we call #InOtherwords?

It's going to be controversial, but taste masking a wildlife control toxic compound. Not only did we identify a solution by research, but we helped deliver a solution to improve food security and aid endanger species recovery.

Undergraduate mammalian physiology

If you teach, which are the courses would you like to mention?

If you had 3 wishes to improve your research experience, what would you ask for (not promising anything here!)?

1) a more streamlined funding application process; run it blind with direct interaction between applicants and reviewers.

2) better networking between scientist, dare I say it - fewer science societies.

3) remove the need to format papers before submission and also there shouldn't be fees to publish open access

The covid-19 pandemic to be under control has to be at the top of my list, but a close second I hope new ways of working I've adopted in response to social distancing can be maintained

What are you most looking forward to in the next 3 months?

Which challenges/questions is the nano/materials science field facing at the moment?

What's the environmental fate of nanomaterials, why does research struggle to translate to industry,