Research group: Functional Materials for Medicine

Functional Materials have played more and more critical role in development of novel treatment methods for different diseases. Our group focus on designing all kinds of functional materials, at different scales, to solve clinical and biological problems. We have broad collaborations with hospitals, and most of our projects have clinical doctors involved and initial from a real-life clinical question. Our group is multidisciplinary,  which interplay between physics, materials science, synthetic organic chemistry, engineering, biology and medicine. We aim that many of our designs could be clinical applicable in future, and to have a great social impact in treating diseases. 

Contact: hongbo.zhang@abo.fi

Senior Researchers

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Visiting professor from jiangsu university. His focus is catalytics

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Visiting professor from jiangsu university. Her research focus is chemical engineering

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Xiaoyu Xu received her PhD degree in Chemistry from Tongji University in China (2013-2018) with the research field of lanthanide photo-functionalized metal-organic framework (MOF) hybrid materials. From April 2018, she started her postdoc research in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University. Her research focus is MOF-based biomaterials in biomedical application. Currently she is developing smart delivery systems based on MOFs biomineralization and applying them for CRISPR/Cas9-based gene therapy.

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Jixiang Wang received his PhD degree in Material Science from Jiangsu University in China. From August 2019, he started his postdoc research in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s Lab, Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory at Åbo Akademi University. His research focus is Molecular Imprinting-based biomaterials in biomedical applications.

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Chang Liu received his Ph.D. degree in Prof. Hongbo Zhang’s group, Pharmaceutical sciences laboratory at Åbo Akademi university. His current research interests are in the design of functional nanomaterials, particularly MOFs-based biomimetic mineralized composites and their theranostic applications.