School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences


Dr John Tsibouklis

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD, CChem, FRSC
  • Role Title: Reader in Polymer Science
  • Address: St Michael's Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT
  • Telephone: 023 9284
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  • Department: School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Biomaterials with inherent resistance to bacterial colonisation, Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion, Surface Science Research, Colonic drug delivery, Ocular drug delivery, Boron neutron-capture therapy.

For more information about my research please visit my lab page

Teaching Responsibilities

Academic Roles:

Board of Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences Member, School Research Committee


Level 2:  Chemistry for Pharmacy, Applied Spectroscopy and Analytical Techniques


  • Controlled and targeted drug delivery: design and development of specific retentive delivery systems aimed at mucosal surfaces; nanomaterials for the transport of chemotherapeutant; stimuli-responsive polymer conjugates for the release of therapeutic agents.
  • Low-surface-energy materials: synthesis, surface characterisation of polymeric materials with ultra-low-surface-energy characteristics.
  • Bioadhesion/mucoadhesion: bioadhesive materials for therapeutic use in the eye, mouth, stomach and colon.
  • Biomolecular recognition: receptor molecules with potential applications as either binding agents or controlled release systems; support matrices for in vitro toxicology.
  • Bioadhesion control: development of materials that inhibit bacterial binding to biological surfaces and biomaterials; use of responsive ('smart') polymers displaying hydrophilic-hydrophobic transitions.
  • Therapeutic agents for targeting cancer tumours: boronated cages for cancer therapy; delivery vehicles for the transport of chemotherapeutants across the blood-brain barrier.
  • Surface science research: the use of contact angle goniometry, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and other techniques as means of quantifying surface heterogeneity. 

Research profile

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