Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo PhD, MRC

Dr Francisco Fernandez-Trillo

School of Chemistry
John Evans Fellow in Nanotechnology
Co-Lead of Chemistry for Healthcare Technologies Theme

Contact details

School of Chemistry
Haworth Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Francisco Fernandez-Trillo (Paco) is a Birmingham Fellow working on the development of novel polymeric materials that can find applications at the Chemistry Biology-Interface, with a special focus in the development of novel antimicrobials.

With a background in Organic and Polymer Chemistry, Paco’s expertise spans across several disciplines including Natural Product Synthesis, Materials Science, the synthesis of Smart Scaffolds, and the preparation of complicated polymeric nanomaterials such as Dendrimers or Polymeric Vesicles. His research has found application in areas such as Drug Discovery and Synthesis, Biocatalysis, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Sensing, and Synthetic Biology. You can find more information about his research here.


  • Ph.D, Organic Chemistry, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC), 1999 - 2004
  • MChem, Organic Chemistry, , USC, 1998-1999
  • BSci, Chemistry, USC, 1993 - 1998
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011


Francisco Fernandez-Trillo (Paco) is a Birmingham Fellow working at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. In his group, synthetic chemistry is applied to design novel polymeric nanomaterials to address current challenges in Healthcare. At present, there is a stronge emphasis in identifying innovative solutions to the increasing concern of antimicrobial resistance, as well as designing high-throughput screening strategies to identify novel biofunctional polymers.

Paco's research has been published in leading multidisciplinary journals, and it is the co-authors of 5 review articles and 1 book chapter (Google Scholar Profile). Paco has given over 30 talks and invited seminars both nationally and internationally. He has been a panel member for EPSRC and is a peer reviewer for international journals (RSC, ACS and Elsevier). Paco's research has been supported by a range of sources including the John Evans Fellowship for his establisment as an independent research at UoB, and funds from the Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC and EPSRC. FFT sits in the operational committee for the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Physical Sciences for Health and co-leads the Healthcare Technologies Research Theme at the School of Chemistry. 




  • Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology




  • Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials as imaging probes to detect microbial pathogens
  • Nanomaterials to interfere with ‘non-conventional’ antimicrobial targets
  • Functional nanomaterials for the delivery of conventional antibiotics in a targeted way

 You can find more information about Paco's research here.


  • Cooper, G. J. T., Bowman, R. W, Magennis, E. P., Fernández-Trillo, F., Alexander, C., Padgett, M. J., and Cronin, L. (2012) Directed Assembly of Inorganic Polyoxometalate-based Micrometer-Scale Tubular Architectures by Using Optical Control. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 51, 12754–12758.
  • Yaşayan, G., Redhead, M., Magnusson, J. P., Spain, S. G., Allen, S., Davies, M. C., Alexander, C., and Fernández-Trillo, F. (2012) Well-defined polymeric vesicles with high stability and modulation of cell uptake by a simple coating protocol. Polym. Chem. 3, 2596–2604.
  • Xue, X., Pasparakis, G., Halliday, N., Winzer, K., Howdle, S. M., Cramphorn, C. J., Cameron, N. R., Gardner, P. M., Davis, B. G., Fernández-Trillo, F., and Alexander, C. (2011) Synthetic Polymers for Simultaneous Bacterial Sequestration and Quorum Sense Interference. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 50, 9852–9856.
  • Fernández-Trillo, F., van Hest, J. C. M., Thies, J. C., Michon, T., Weberskirch, R., and Cameron, N. R. (2009) Reversible Immobilization onto PEG-based Emulsion-templated Porous Polymers by Co-assembly of Stimuli Responsive Polymers. Adv. Mater. 21, 55–59.