Dr Quinn Besford

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 115
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Glycogen nanoparticles for biomedical applications
  • Hydrophobic and Hofmeister effects
  • Lifshitz theory and dispersion forces
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Physical, theoretical, colloidal, and organic chemistry
  • Polymer theory
  • Soft condensed matter
  • Statistical mechanics of liquids


My background is in physical and theoretical chemistry, where my research focuses on the structure and dispersion forces within soft condensed matter, mechanisms of hydrophobic and Hofmeister effects, the development of new drug delivery vehicles from natural polysaccharides, and using synchrotron radiation to analyse complex macromolecules.

Recent publications

  1. Weiss A, Krueger K, Besford Q, Schlenk M, Kempe K, Foerster S, Caruso F. In Situ Characterization of Protein Corona Formation on Silica Microparticles Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy Combined with Microfluidics. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b14307
  2. Zhang W, Christofferson AJ, Besford Q, Richardson J, Guo J, Ju Y, Kempe K, Yarovsky I, Caruso F. Metal-dependent inhibition of amyloid fibril formation: synergistic effects of cobalt-tannic acid networks. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c8nr09221d
  3. Lin G, Rahim M, Leeming M, Cortez-Jugo C, Besford Q, Ju Y, Zhong Q, Johnston S, Zhou J, Caruso F. Selective Metal-Phenolic Assembly from Complex Multicomponent Mixtures. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 19. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b04195
  4. Pacchin Tomanin P, Cherepanov P, Besford Q, Christofferson AJ, Amodio A, McConville CF, Yarovsky I, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Cobalt Phosphate Nanostructures for Non-Enzymatic Glucose Sensing at Physiological pH. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 49. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b12966
  5. Wojnilowicz M, Besford Q, Wu Y-L, Loh XJ, Braunger J, Glab A, Cortez-Jugo C, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Glycogen-nucleic acid constructs for gene silencing in multicellular tumor spheroids. BIOMATERIALS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 176. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.05.024
  6. Besford Q, Ju Y, Wang T, Yun G, Cherepanov P, Hagemeyer CE, Cavalieri F, Caruso F. Self-Assembled Metal-Phenolic Networks on Emulsions as Low-Fouling and pH-Responsive Particles. SMALL. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2018, Vol. 14, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1002/smll.201802342
  7. Yun G, Besford Q, Johnston S, Richardson J, Pan S, Biviano M, Caruso F. Self-Assembly of Nano- to Macroscopic Metal–Phenolic Materials. Chemistry of Materials. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 16. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02616
  8. Besford Q, Liu M, Christoffersonk AJ. Stabilizing Dipolar Interactions Drive Specific Molecular Structure at the Water Liquid-Vapor Interface. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 122, Issue 34. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b06464
  9. Guo J, Richardson J, Besford Q, Christofferson AJ, Dai Y, Ong CJ, Tardy B, Liang K, Choi GH, Cui J, Yoo PJ, Yarovsky I, Caruso F. Influence of Ionic Strength on the Deposition of Metal-Phenolic Networks. LANGMUIR. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 33, Issue 40. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.7b02692
  10. Besford Q, Wojnilowicz M, Suma T, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Caruso F, Cayalieri F. Lactosylated Glycogen Nanoparticles for Targeting Prostate Cancer Cells. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 20. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b02676
  11. Besford Q, Christofferson AJ, Liu M, Yarovsky I. Long-range dipolar order and dispersion forces in polar liquids. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. American Institute of Physics. 2017, Vol. 147, Issue 19. DOI: 10.1063/1.5005581
  12. Rahim M, Bjoernmalm M, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Besford Q, Mettu S, Suma T, Faria M, Caruso F. Rust-Mediated Continuous Assembly of Metal-Phenolic Networks. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 29, Issue 22. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201606717
  13. Besford Q, Zeng X-Y, Ye J-M, Gray-Weale A. Liver glycogen in type 2 diabetic mice is randomly branched as enlarged aggregates with blunted glucose release. GLYCOCONJUGATE JOURNAL. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2016, Vol. 33, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s10719-015-9631-5
  14. Besford Q, Liu M, Gray-Weale A. Pair correlations that link the hydrophobic and Hofmeister effects. PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 18, Issue 22. DOI: 10.1039/c5cp05132k
  15. Chen X, Cui J, Ping Y, Suma T, Cavalieri F, Besford Q, Chen G, Braunger J, Caruso F. Probing cell internalisation mechanics with polymer capsules. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 39. DOI: 10.1039/c6nr06657g

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