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Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

College positions:
Visiting Fellow
Subject:
Chemistry
Department/institution:
University of Auckland

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic

Professor Travas-Sejdic’s research ranges from fundamental aspects of polymeric electronic materials and nanomaterials to the development of organic electronic devices for biosensing and bioelectronics.

Jadranka Travas-Sejdic is a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences, The University of Auckland. She is a co-Director of the Centre for Innovative Materials for Health and was Director of the Polymer Biointerface Centre (previously known as Polymer Electronics Research Centre) at The University of Auckland, for 20 years. She is a Principal Investigator of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology – a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence.

Professor Travas-Sejdic’s research ranges from fundamental aspects of polymeric electronic materials and nanomaterials to the development of organic electronic devices for biosensing and bioelectronics. This research is at the intersection of materials science, polymer electronics, engineering and biology, and is highly multidisciplinary and collaborative. Her research on novel conducting polymers, laser-scribed graphene and nanoparticles has led to cost-effective, portable sensors for genes, neurotransmitters, hormones and glucose. Travas-Sejdic’s ‘molecular engineering’ approach to biomimetic conducting polymers is the foundation for a new generation of skin and implantable bioelectronics, tissue engineering substrates, molecular- and cell-capture/release filters, and flexible energy storage devices. Her work on organic nanostructures has advanced their understanding and applications. Her team also developed a novel way of fabricating 3D conducting polymer microarrays that are becoming an important tool in electrical communication with cells.

Professor Travas-Sejdic has authored over 310 publications, including 11 books and encyclopaedia chapters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, New Zealand (2017), a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (2009), she received Early Career Research Excellence Award (2005), Easterfield Medal (2006), Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Chemical Sciences (2017), Shorland Medal (2018), Hector Medal (2019) and The University of Auckland research Excellence Award (2022). She has been a Councillor of the Pacific Polymer Federation since 2009.

At Clare Hall, Jadranka is accompanied by her husband Yasmin and their son Adrian.

Select publications

  • Bicheng Zhu, Eddie Wai Chi Chan, Sheung Yin Li, Xin Sun and Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Soft, flexible and self-healable supramolecular conducting polymer-based hydrogel electrodes for flexible supercapacitors, Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2022, DOI: 10.1039/D2TC03239B
  • Muhamed Shareef Kolathodi, Alireza Akbarnejad, Cherie Tollemach¬¬ and Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Highly Stretchable and Flexible Supercapacitors Based on Electrospun PEDOT:SSEBS Electrodes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2022, 10, 21124 – 21134
  • Alireza Akbarinejad, Colin Lee Hisey, Miguel Martinez-Calderón, Jeffery Low, Devon T. Bryant, Bicheng Zhu, Eddie Wai Chi Chan, Jesna Ashraf, Diane Brewster, Cherie Blenkiron, Larry Chamley, David Barker, David E. Williams, Clive W. Evans, Lisa I. Pilkington, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, A novel electrochemically switchable conductive polymer interface for controlled capture and release of chemical and biological entities, Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2022, 2102475; doi.org/10.1002/admi.202102475
  • Yu Luo, Bicheng Zhu, Shuyuan Zhang, Peikai Zhang, Xiang Li, Li Wang, Bingheng Lu, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Stretchable and Flexible Non-enzymatic Glucose Sensor Based on Poly(ether sulfone)-Derived Laser-Induced Graphene for Wearable Skin Diagnostics, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2022, DOI: 10.1002/admt.202101571
  • Zahraa AL-Ghaus, Alireza Akbarinejad, Bicheng Zhu, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Polyluminol-Polyoxometalates Hybrid Hydrogels as Flexible and Soft Supercapacitor Electrodes, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9, 20783 – 20793
    Bicheng Zhu, Luo Yu, Sara Beikzadeh, Shuyuan Zhang, Peikai Zhang, Li Wang, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Disposable and portable gold nanoparticles modified laser-scribed graphene sensing strips for electrochemical, non-enzymatic detection of glucose, Electrochimica Acta, 378, 2021, 138132
  • Eva Tomaskovic-Crook, Peikai Zhang, Annika Ahtiainen, Heidi Kaisvuo, Chong-Yong Lee, Stephen Beirne, Zaid Aqrawe, Darren Svirskis, Jari Hyttinen, Gordon G Wallace, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic (co-corresponding author), Jeremy M Crook, Human Neural Tissues from Neural Stem Cells Using Conductive Biogel and Printed Polymer Microelectrode Arrays for 3D Electrical Stimulation, Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2019, 8, 1900425
  • Paul Baek, Lenny Voorhaar, David Barker, and Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Molecular Approach to Conjugated Polymers with Biomimetic Properties, Acc. Chem. Res., 51, 2018, 1581–1589
  • Baek, Paul; Aydemir, Nihan; An, Yiran; Chan, Eddie; Sokolova, Anna; Nelson, Andrew; Mata, Jitendra; McGillivray, Duncan; Barker, David; Travas-Sejdic, Jadranka, Molecularly Engineered Intrinsically Healable and Stretchable Conducting Polymers, Chemistry of Materials, 29, 2017, 8850–8858

Select Awards

  • Maurice Wilkins Centre Prize for Chemical Sciences (2017)
  • Shorland Medal (2018)
  • Hector Medal (2019)
  • The University of Auckland research Excellence Award (2022)

Further links

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DEdqJ-EAAAAJ&hl=en
https://travas-sejdic.auckland.ac.nz/jadranka-travas-sejdic/
https://profiles.auckland.ac.nz/j-travas-sejdic
https://www.macdiarmid.ac.nz/our-people/science-executive/show/professor-jadranka-travas-sejdic/