Dr Benjamin Long - Research

Current research projects

  • Quantification of Pharmaceuticals in Australian River systems
  • Bioaccumulation and Magnification of Pharmaceuticals in terminal lake systems of Australia
  • Functionalised peptides for the detection of pyrophosphate in biological samples
  • Self-assembling peptides as building blocks for 3D printable hydrogels
  • The Bush Medicine Project (Teaching and Research Nexus)

Research publications


  1. Firipis, K., Boyd-Moss, M., Long, B., Dekiwadia, C., Hoskin, W., Pirogova, E., Nisbet, D.R., Kapsa, R.M.I., Quigley, A.F., Williams, R.J. Tuneable hybrid hydrogels via complementary self-assembly of a bioactive peptide with a robust polysaccharide (2021) 7 (7), pp. 3340-3350. DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.1c00675
  2. Soulsby, L.C., Doeven, E.H., Pham, T.T., Eyckens, D.J., Henderson, L.C., Long, B.M., Guijt, R.M., Francis, P.S. Colour tuning and enhancement of gel-based electrochemiluminescence devices utilising Ru(ii) and Ir(iii) complexes (2019) 55 (76), pp. 11474-11477. DOI: 10.1039/c9cc05031k
  3. Chadha, A., Florentine, S., Chauhan, B.S., Long, B., Jayasundera, M., Javaid, M.M., Turville, C. Environmental factors affecting the germination and seedling emergence of two populations of an emerging agricultural weed: Wild lettuce (Lactuca serriola) (2019) 70 (8), pp. 709-717. DOI: 10.1071/CP18594
  4. Boyd-Moss, M., Quigley, A., Firipis, K., Long, B., Nisbet, D., Williams, R. Development of self-assembling peptide inspired bioinks for neural tissue engineering applications (2019) 40, p. 961.
  5. Brendel, J.C., Sanchis, J., Catrouillet, S., Czuba, E., Chen, M.Z., Long, B.M., Nowell, C., Johnston, A., Jolliffe, K.A., Perrier, S. Secondary Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Nanotubes into Tubisomes and Their Activity on Cells (2018) 57 (51), pp. 16678-16682. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201808543
  6. Chadha, A., Florentine, S.K., Chauhan, B.S., Long, B., Jayasundera, M. Influence of soil moisture regimes on growth, photosynthetic capacity, leaf biochemistry and reproductive capabilities of the invasive agronomic weed; Lactuca serriola (2018) 14 (6), art. no. e0218191, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218191
  7. Aye, S.-S.S., Li, R., Boyd-Moss, M., Long, B., Pavuluri, S., Bruggeman, K., Wang, Y., Barrow, C.R., Nisbet, D.R., Williams, R.J. Scaffolds formed via the non-equilibrium supramolecular assembly of the synergistic ECM peptides RGD and PHSRN demonstrate improved cell attachment in 3D (2018) 10 (7), art. no. 690, DOI: 10.3390/polym10070690
  8. Li, R., Boyd-Moss, M., Long, B., Martel, A., Parnell, A., Dennison, A.J.C., Barrow, C.J., Nisbet, D.R., Williams, R.J. Facile Control over the Supramolecular Ordering of Self-assembled Peptide Scaffolds by Simultaneous Assembly with a Polysacharride (2017) 7 (1), art. no. 4797 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04643-3
  9. Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M., Barrow, C.J. Colorimetric semi-quantitative measurement of pyrophosphate by functionalised SPPS resin in biological media (2017) 243, pp. 761-764. DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.12.057
  10. Li, R., Pavuluri, S., Bruggeman, K., Long, B.M., Parnell, A.J., Martel, A., Parnell, S.R., Pfeffer, F.M., Dennison, A.J.C., Nicholas, K.R., Barrow, C.J., Nisbet, D.R., Williams, R.J. Coassembled nanostructured bioscaffold reduces the expression of proinflammatory cytokines to induce apoptosis in epithelial cancer cells (2016) 12 (5), pp. 1397-1407. DOI: 10.1016/j.nano.2016.01.009
  11. Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M. Norbornene-based anion receptors as D -alanine binders (2015) 27 (11-12), pp. 847-853. DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1089999
  12. Zwicker, V.E., Long, B.M., Jolliffe, K.A. Selective sensing of pyrophosphate in physiological media using zinc(ii)dipicolylamino-functionalised peptides (2015) 13 (28), pp. 7822-7829. DOI: 10.1039/c5ob00956a
  13. Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M. On the use of shortcuts in the method of continuous variation (Job's method) (2015) 27, pp. 136-140. DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2014.909044
  14. Li, R., Horgan, C.C., Long, B., Rodriguez, A.L., Mather, L., Barrow, C.J., Nisbet, D.R., Williams, R.J. Tuning the mechanical and morphological properties of self-assembled peptide hydrogels via control over the gelation mechanism through regulation of ionic strength and the rate of pH change (2015) 5 (1), pp. 301-307. DOI: 10.1039/c4ra13266a
  15. Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M. The influence of the framework: An anion-binding study using fused [n]polynorbornanes (2014) 9 (4), pp. 1091-1098. DOI: 10.1002/asia.201301677
  16. Lowe, A.J., Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M. Conformationally preorganised hosts for anions using norbornane and fused [n]polynorbornane frameworks (2013) 49 (33), pp. 3376-3388. DOI: 10.1039/c3cc40702k
  17. Lowe, A.J., Long, B.M., Pfeffer, F.M. Examples of regioselective anion recognition among a family of two-, three-, and four-"armed" bis-, tris-, and tetrakis(thioureido) [n]polynorbornane hosts (2012) 77 (19), pp. 8507-8517. DOI: 10.1021/jo301450b
  18. Altimari, J.M., Delaney, J.P., Servinis, L., Squire, J.S., Thornton, M.T., Khosa, S.K., Long, B.M., Johnstone, M.D., Fleming, C.L., Pfeffer, F.M., Hickey, S.M., Wride, M.P., Ashton, T.D., Fox, B.L., Byrne, N., Henderson, L.C. Rapid formation of diphenylmethyl ethers and thioethers using microwave irradiation and protic ionic liquids (2012) 53 (16), pp. 2035-2039. DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2012.02.011
  19. Kanwar, J.R., Long, B.M., Kanwar, R.K. The use of cyclodextrins nanoparticles for oral delivery (2011) 18 (14), pp. 2079-2085. DOI: 10.2174/092986711795656243


  • ACSME (2019)
  • RACI Centenary Congress (2017)
  • VIC RACI Annual Synthesis Symposium (2015)
  • NSW RACI One Day Organic Chemistry Symposium (2014)

Professional memberships and associations