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.
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.
SPaCE wound swab sensor detects the following bacteria within 60 minutes:
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.
Developments in the lab
Smartwound won the 2018 RSC Chemistry in Business - Emerging Technologies Competition - in Health.
Background video on the clinical focus