The Biophysical Chemistry group at the University of Bath, led by Professor Toby Jenkins is focused on the application of knowledge and methods in Chemistry, Materials Science and Microbiology to improve human health. Our focus is on the  early detection and treatment of wound, bladder and skin infection.

We work closely with clinical colleagues specialising in: burn care (adult and children); diabetic foot ulcer management; urology.

Our focus is on trying to translate laboratory innovation to the clinic, to realise benefit for patients. Moreover, we aim to create cost-effective and clinically effective devices which can be used both in the UK / Europe but also low resource settings.

Devices in development

Smartwound: Infection detecting wound dressing


A wound dressing that provides early and rapid indication of the onset of infection - by a simple colour change.

The dressing contains phospholipid vesicles which respond to membrane damaging toxins released by bacteria in wounds as the microbes reach a critical density.

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SPaCE: Near to patient infection sensing


 SPaCE wound swab sensor detects the following bacteria within 60 minutes:

Staphylococcus aureus

Paseudomonas aeruginosa

Candida species

Enterococcus faecalis

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Urinostics: Catheter-associated urinary tract sensing


A simple, drainage bag-based sensor for the early warning of catheter blockage following infection by P. miraiblis. The system allows the patient or carer to be informed 14.5 hours before blockage occurs, so that action can be taken.

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About Us

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Developments in the lab

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Smartwound won the 2018 RSC Chemistry in Business - Emerging Technologies Competition - in Health.

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Clinical focus

Background video on the clinical focus

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