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Bio-inspired Photonics

Dr Richard Parker

Dr Richard M. Parker graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2011 under the supervision of Dr Martin Grossel and Prof Peter Smith. In collaboration with the Optoelectronics Research Centre, his Ph.D. studies focused on interfacing an integrated Bragg grating refractometer with supramolecular chemistry and microfluidics to develop highly-sensitive, chemically-specific sensors.

Richard is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, where he exploits self-assembly within microfluidically-templated droplets to prepare novel material architectures; with interests ranging from supramolecular microcapsules and gels, to bio-inspired photonic microparticles and structurally-coloured films.


An integrated optical Bragg grating refractometer for volatile organic compound detection
DJ Wales, RM Parker, P Quainoo, PA Cooper, JC Gates, MC Grossel, PGR Smith
– Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical
Microfluidic Droplet-Facilitated Hierarchical Assembly for Dual Cargo Loading and Synergistic Delivery
Z Yu, Y Zheng, RM Parker, Y Lan, Y Wu, RJ Coulston, J Zhang, OA Scherman, C Abell
– ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Tracking a photo-switchable surface-localised supramolecular interaction via refractive index
RM Parker, DJ Wales, JC Gates, PGR Smith, MC Grossel
– Journal of Materials Chemistry C
Direct UV-written planar Bragg grating sensors
C Holmes, JC Gates, LG Carpenter, HL Rogers, RM Parker, PA Cooper, S Chaotan, FR Mahamd Adikan, CBE Gawith, PGR Smith
– Measurement Science and Technology
Supracolloidal Architectures Self-Assembled in Microdroplets.
X Xu, F Tian, X Liu, RM Parker, Y Lan, Y Wu, Z Yu, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Chemistry - A European Journal
Formation of Cucurbit[8]uril-Based Supramolecular Hydrogel Beads Using Droplet-Based Microfluidics.
X Xu, EA Appel, X Liu, RM Parker, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Biomacromolecules
Supramolecular hydrogel microcapsules via cucurbit[8]uril host-guest interactions with triggered and UV-controlled molecular permeability
Z Yu, J Zhang, RJ Coulston, RM Parker, F Biedermann, X Liu, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Chemical Science
Differentially Addressable Cavities within Metal-Organic Cage-Cross-Linked Polymeric Hydrogels.
JA Foster, RM Parker, AM Belenguer, N Kishi, S Sutton, C Abell, JR Nitschke
– Journal of the American Chemical Society
UV written integrated Bragg grating sensors
JC Gates, C Holmes, R Parker, D Wales, L Carpenter, P Cooper, P Smith
– Optoelectronic Devices and Integration, OEDI 2015
Electrostatically Directed Self-Assembly of Ultrathin Supramolecular Polymer Microcapsules.
RM Parker, J Zhang, Y Zheng, RJ Coulston, CA Smith, AR Salmon, Z Yu, OA Scherman, C Abell
– Adv Funct Mater
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