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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Besford Q, Liu M, Beattie JK, Gray-Weale A. The Coalescence of Polystyrene in Correlated Binary Solvents. JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART B-POLYMER PHYSICS. Wiley - John Wiley & Sons. 2016, Vol. 54, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1002/polb.24003
  9. Liu M, Besford Q, Mulvaney T, Gray-Weale A. Order and correlation contributions to the entropy of hydrophobic solvation. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS. American Institute of Physics. 2015, Vol. 142, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1063/1.4908532
  10. Besford Q, Sullivan MA, Zheng L, Gilbert RG, Stapleton D, Gray-Weale A. The structure of cardiac glycogen in healthy mice. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. Elsevier Science. 2012, Vol. 51, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2012.06.037