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Professor Colin McCoy leads three themes within Biomaterials and Drug Delivery in the School of Pharmacy;polymeric medical devices, photoactive biomaterials and sensor development. Following completion of his PhD in Chemistry, which included a publication in Nature, he undertook two years of postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, at the Collège de France. He was awarded a prestigious Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1999, which he held for 8 years in the School of Pharmacy, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2006, Reader in 2009 and Professor in 2012.

His expertise is in the design of triggered drug delivery systems, the development of infection-resistant biomaterials and the design of sensor technologies for drugs and biologically-relevant species. His research has attracted in excess of £5M of funding, and he is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and 6 patents. His work has received media attention from sources such as the BBC World Service, New Scientist, The Sunday Times, Chemistry in Britain and Chemistry and Engineering News.

Professor McCoy has given lectures at numerous international and national conferences. He compiled a policy document for the Royal Society by invitation and sat on an advisory panel to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Science Minister for the development of UK Government policy on spending on science. He is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and former member of the International Steering Committee for the Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and Advance HE, formerly the Higher Education Academy. 

Research Statement

 

The major focus of Professor McCoy's research involves development of biomaterials which are resistant to infection. In particular, his research exploits triggered drug delivery using light, heat, chemical or electrical stimuli to either modulate the properties of materials or directly release appropriate bioactive molecules. A further area of research is in the development of new materials for detecting and monitoring species such as drugs, explosives and biological anions. To achieve this, he uses diverse approaches including surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and delayed lanthanide luminescence. This work is carried out with collaborators in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.

 

His research is both fundamental and applied, with funders including EPSRC (6 major grants awarded since appointment), the Royal Society and global medical device companies.

 

He is author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and patents in journals including Nature, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Pharmaceutical Research, Bioconjugate Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

 

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Projects 2008 2018

Selected Research Output 1993 2019

51 Citations (Scopus)
Hydrogels
Methacrylates
Hydrogel
Copolymers
Chlorhexidine
29 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
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Intraocular lenses
Endophthalmitis
Photosensitizing Agents
Photosensitizers
Intraocular Lenses
56 Citations (Scopus)

Anti-infective photodynamic biomaterials for the prevention of intraocular lens-associated infectious endophthalmitis

Parsons, C., McCoy, C. P., Gorman, S. P., Jones, D. S., Bell, S., Brady, C. & McGlinchey, S., Feb 2009, In : Biomaterials. 30, 4, p. 597-602 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intraocular lenses
Endophthalmitis
Photosensitizing Agents
Intraocular Lenses
Porphyrins
78 Citations (Scopus)

Selective Imaging of Damaged Bone Structure (Microcracks) Using a Targeting Supramolecular Eu(III) Complex As a Lanthanide Luminescent Contrast Agent

McMahon, B., Mauer, P., McCoy, C. P., Lee, T. C. & Gunnlaugsson, T., 09 Dec 2009, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 131, 48, p. 17542-17543 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Luminescent Agents
Lanthanoid Series Elements
Microcracks
Rare earth elements
Contrast Media
37 Citations (Scopus)

Novel Porphyrin-Incorporated Hydrogels for Photoactive Intraocular Lens Biomaterials

Brady, C., Bell, S., Parsons, C., Gorman, S., Jones, D. & Mccoy, C. P., 25 Jan 2007, In : Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 111, 3, p. 527-534 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intraocular lenses
Hydrogels
Porphyrins
Biocompatible Materials
Biomaterials

Datasets

Dataset for Nanoscale Hybrid Coating Enables Multifunctional Tissue Scaffold for Potential Multimodal Therapeutic Applications

Guo, Z. (Creator), Jiang, N. (Creator), Moore, J. (Creator), McCoy, C. (Creator), Ziminska, M. (Creator), Rafferty, C. (Creator), Sarri, G. (Creator), Hamilton, A. (Creator), Li, Y. (Creator), Zhang, L. (Creator), Zhu, S. (Creator), Sun, D. (Creator), Queen's University Belfast, 2019

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Prizes

Elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Colin McCoy (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Election to learned society

Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Colin McCoy (Recipient), 2007

Prize: Election to learned society

Postgraduate Supervisory Excellence Award

Colin McCoy (Recipient), 12 May 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

University Research Fellowship

Colin McCoy (Recipient), 1999

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Visiting Professor

Colin McCoy (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Appointment

Activities 1999 2020

7th International Conference on Molecular Sensors and Molecular Logic Gates 2020

Colin McCoy (Participant)
Jul 2020 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Pharmaceutical research: more than tablets

Colin McCoy (Advisor)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Lubricious Catheter Coating Technology Towards the Prevention of Catheter Encrustation

Nicola Irwin (Invited speaker), Colin McCoy (Advisor), Michael Bryant (Advisor), Johann Trotter (Contributor)
07 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

Investigation of the Mechanism of Urinary Crystallisation

Nicola Irwin (Advisor), Chara Olympiou (Presenter), Colin McCoy (Advisor), Jeffrey Rimer (Advisor), Doyoung Kim (Advisor), Bryan Alamani (Advisor)
18 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

UK-Meets-China Workshop on Improving Medication and Healthcare for Ageing Populations

Colin McCoy (Participant)
10 May 201712 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course