School of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Benjamin Long - Research

Current research projects

  • Functionalised peptides for the detection of pyrophosphate in biological samples
  • Self-assembling peptides as building blocks for 3D printable hydrogels
  • Effect of soil moisture level and time of planting on the quantification of bioactive compounds of agricultural weeds of Asteraceae family

Research publications


  1. B Long, F Pfeffer, C Barrow; Colorimetric Semi-Quantitative Measurement of Pyrophosphate by Functionalised SPPS Resin in Biological Media; Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2017, 243, pp 761–764, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2016.12.057.
  2. R Li, S Pavuluri, K Bruggeman, BM Long, SR Parnell, A Martell, A J Parnell, FM Pfeffer, AJC Dennison, KR Nicholas, CJ. Barrow, DR Nisbet, RJ Williams; Coassembled Nanostructured Bioscaffold Reduces the Expression of Proinflammatory Cytokines to induce Apoptosis in Epithelial Cancer Cells. Nanomedicine, 2016, 12 (5), pp 1397–1407, DOI: 10.1016/j.nano.2016.01.009
  3. BM Long, FM Pfeffer; Norbornene Based Anion Receptors as D-Alanine binders. Supramolecular Chemistry; 2015, 27 (11–12). pp 847–853, DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2015.1089999
  4. VE Zwicker, BM Long, KA Jolliffe; Selective Sensing of Pyrophosphate in Physiological Media Using Zinc(II)Dipicolylamino-Functionalised Peptides. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2015, 13, pp 7822–7829, DOI: 10.1039/C5OB00956A
  5. R Li, CC Horgan, BM Long, AL Rodriguez, L Mather, CJ Barrow, DR Nisbet, RJ Williams; 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. RSC Advances, 2015, 5 (1), pp 301–307, DOI: 10.1039/C4RA13266A
  6. BM Long, FM Pfeffer; On the Use of ‘Shortcuts’ in the Method of Continuous Variation (Job’s Method). Supramolecular Chemistry, 2014, 27 (1–2), pp 136–140, DOI: 10.1080/10610278.2014.909044
  7. BM Long, FM Pfeffer; The Influence of the Framework: An Anion Binding Study Using Fused [n]Polynorbornanes. Chemistry–An Asian Journal, 2014, 9 (4), pp 1091–1098, DOI: 10.1002/asia.201301677
  8. AJ Lowe, BM Long, FM Pfeffer; Conformationally Preorganised Hosts for Anions Using Norbornane and Fused [n]Polynorbornane Frameworks. Chemical Communications, 2013, 49 (33), pp 3376–3388, DOI: 10.1039/C3CC40702K
  9. AJ Lowe, BM Long, FM Pfeffer; Examples of Regioselective Anion Recognition Among a Family of Two-, Three- And Four-“Armed” Bis-, Tris-, and Tetrakis(Thioureido) [n]Polynorbornane Hosts. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2012, 77 (19), pp 8507–8517, DOI: 10.1021/jo301450b
  10. JM Altimari, JP Delaney, L Servinis, JS Squire, MT Thornton, SK Khosa, BM Long, MD Johnstone, CL Fleming, FM Pfeffer, SM Hickey, MP Wride, TD Ashton, BL Fox, N Byrne, LC Henderson; Rapid Formation of Diphenylmethyl Ethers and Thioethers Using Microwave Irradiation and Protic Ionic Liquids. Tetrahedron Letters, 2012, 53 (18), pp 2035–2039, DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2012.02.011
  11. JR Kanwar, BM Long, RK Kanwar; The Use of Cyclodextrins Nanoparticles for Oral Delivery. Current Medicinal Chemistry, 2011, 18 (14), pp 2079–2085, DOI: 10.2174/092986711795656243


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

Professional memberships and associations