Babatunde OKESOLA

Babatunde OKESOLAPostdoctoral Research Fellow

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Area of Study

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project: Designing peptide amphiphile based tough and adhesive hydrogels for applications in tissue regeneration and as scaffold for biomineralization

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Supramolecular Chemistry

Babatunde O. Okesola graduated with a first class BSc in Chemistry and as faculty best graduating student from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (2010). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of York under the supervision of Prof. David K. Smith. His research focusses on developing 1,3:2,4-Dibenzylidene-D-sorbitol based hydrogels for applications ranging from environmental remediation, fabrication of conductive hydrogel-nanoparticles hybrid systems,  to drug delivery.

He is currently a post-doctoral research fellow in Dr. Alvaro Mata’s laboratory at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include synthesis of peptide amphiphiles, designing of supramolecular nanostructured materials, and bioengineering.  He was recognised as a ‘Human of York’ (2013), awarded the prestigious University of York Kathleen Mary Stott (KMS) Prize for research (2014) and featured as one of the RSC’s 175 Faces of Chemistry (2015). He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC).


“Hybrid polymer and low molecular weight gels – dynamic two-component soft materials with both responsive and robust nanoscale networks” D. J. Cornwell, B. O. Okesola and D. K. Smith, Soft Matter, 9 (2013) 8730-8736.

“Versatile supramolecular pH-tolerant hydrogels which demonstrate pH-dependent selective adsorption of dyes from aqueous solution” B. O. Okesola and D. K. Smith, Chemical Communications, 49 (2013) 11164-11166.

“Multidomain hybrid hydrogels: spatially resolved photopatterned synthetic nanomaterials combining polymer and low‐molecular‐weight gelators” D. J. Cornwell, B. O. Okesola and D. K. Smith,  Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 126 (2014) 12669-12673.

“Self-assembled sorbitol-derived supramolecular hydrogels for the controlled encapsulation and release of active pharmaceutical ingredients” E. J. Howe, B. O. Okesola and D. K. Smith,  Chemical Communocations, 51 (2015) 7451-7454.

“Dibenzylidene-d-sorbitol (DBS) and its derivatives –  Efficient, versatile and industrially-relevant low-molecular-weight gelators with over 100 years of history and a bright future” B. O. Okesola, V. Vieira, D. J. Cornwell, N. Whitelaw and D. K. Smith, Soft Matter, 11 (2015) 4768-4787.

 “Selective extraction and in-situ reduction of precious metal salts from model waste to generate hybrid gels with embedded electrocatalytic nanoparticles” B. O. Okesola, S. K. Suravaram, A. Parkin, D. K. Smith, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55 (2016), 183-187.

“Supramolecular envirogels – emerging applications of low-molecular-weight gelators in environmental remediation” B. O. Okesola and D. K. Smith, Manuscript submitted, (2016).


BSc in Chemistry
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

University of York, UK

contact details

+44 (0)207 882 6686
School of Engineering & Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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