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Brannigan Lab

Sustainable Polymer Chemistry

& Degradable Biomaterials

Welcome to the Brannigan Lab situated in the School of Chemical Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland. We are interested in everything polymers from monomer design to application of materials and materials performance. We are specifically interested in the synthesis and polymerisation of novel monomers from sustainable resources, and biodegradable and bioabsorbable materials for industrial, biomedical and agricultural applications.


Research topics

Due to their unsustainability, lack of degradability and adverse effect on the environment, the utilisation of petroleum-based resources in the development of new polymeric materials has been increasingly under scrutiny in recent years. Currently, 4-8% of the global consumption of fossil fuels is dedicated to the production of non-degradable plastics.

Sustainable Polymer


Arguably, the most rapidly evolving area in materials science in the past century has been the development of biodegradable polymers for medical applications. Although the use of natural polymers offers  some unique advantages, the range of applications and criteria for which biomaterials are required has become too vast for natural polymers to endure.

Biomaterials and

Drug Delivery

The presence of pollutants in the environment poses serious threats to various aspects of life, including air, water, soil, and biodiversity.  By reducing pollution and implementing sustainable practices, we can ensure long-term environmental stability, minimizing the impact of hazardous substances on the environment and future generations.



Phone: +353 (0)1 700 8001


School of Chemical Sciences, DCU

X105 Lonsdale Building,

Collins Ave, Whitehall, Dublin 9

I am always happy to receive contact from prospective students, collaborators and investors. I can be contacted through the details below, or using the desktop form.

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