Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Giuseppe Tronci

Lecturer in Healthcare Materials

0113 343 8083

Chlothworkers Building South | Room 113

Laurea Magistrale (Polytechnic University of Turin -IT), PhD (University of Potsdam -DE)

Lecturer in Healthcare Materials (2016-), Senior Research Fellow at Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (2013-2016, University of Leeds), Research Fellow at WELMEC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering (2011-2013, University of Leeds), PhD fellow at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Biomaterials Centre and University of Potsdam (2006-2010, DE)


Personal website


Dr Tronci is a Lecturer in Healthcare Materials within the Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH), with an affiliation with Leeds School of Dentistry. His research profile lies at the interface of biomaterials science, macromolecular science, and textile technology. He is particularly interested in the biomimetic design of functional material systems for relevant clinical applications, e.g. in the context of musculoskeletal and chronic wound care. He joined CCTMIH in 2013 as a Senior Research Fellow following his post-doctoral training within the WELMEC centre of excellence in medical engineering (University of Leeds, UK). Prior to joining the University of Leeds, he completed his undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering (Polytechnic University of Turin, IT) and a PhD in biomaterials (University of Potsdam, DE).

Research Interests

  • Design of biomimetic systems for chronic wound, oral and musculoskeletal care
  • Structure-property relationships and material multifunctionality
  • Creation of bespoke material geometrics based on defined macromolecular systems
  • High-value manufacture of medical devices
  • Translational research


  • TEXT 5133M: Textiles in Medical Devices and Healthcare Products (module leader)
  • TEXT 5116M: Research Dissertation (tutor)
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CDT TERM) lab placement (tutor)


  • School ethics leader


Journal articles

  • Bazbouz MB, Liang H, Tronci G (2018) “A UV-cured nanofibrous membrane of vinylbenzylated gelatin-poly(ɛ-caprolactone) dimethacrylate co-network by scalable free surface electrospinning”, Materials Science and Engineering C. 91: 541-555. (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2018.05.076, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/131392/

  • Liang H, Russell SJ, Wood DJ, Tronci G (2018) “A hydroxamic acid-methacrylated collagen conjugate for the modulation of inflammation-related MMP upregulation”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 6.22: 3703-3715.
    DOI: 10.1039/c7tb03035e, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/130063/

  • Bulman SEL, Tronci G, Goswami P, Carr C, Russell SJ (2017) “Antibacterial properties of nonwoven wound dressings coated with Manuka honey or methylglyoxal”, Materials. 10.8
    DOI: 10.3390/ma10080954, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/120035/

  • Holmes R, Kirk S, Tronci G, Yang X, Wood D (2017) “Influence of telopeptides on the structural and physical properties of polymeric and monomeric acid-soluble type I collagen”, Materials Science and Engineering C. 77: 823-827.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.267, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/114293/

  • Tronci G, Buiga P, Alhilou A, Do T, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2017) “Hydrolytic and lysozymic degradability of chitosan systems with heparin-mimicking pendant groups”, Materials Letters. 188: 359-363.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2016.11.109, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/108553/

  • Holmes R, Yang XB, Dunne A, Florea L, Wood D, Tronci G (2017) “Thiol-ene photo-click collagen-PEG hydrogels: Impact of water-soluble photoinitiators on cell viability, gelation kinetics and rheological properties”, Polymers. 9.6
    DOI: 10.3390/polym9060226, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/117571/

  • Head DA, Tronci G, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2016) “In Silico Modeling of the Rheological Properties of Covalently Cross-Linked Collagen Triple Helices”, ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering. 2.8: 1224-1233.
    DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.6b00115, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/101506/

  • Gharaei R, Tronci G, Davies RPW, Gough C, Alazragi R, Goswami P, Russell SJ (2016) “A structurally self-assembled peptide nano-architecture by one-step electrospinning”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 4.32: 5475-5485.
    DOI: 10.1039/c6tb01164k, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/102894/

  • Gharaei R, Tronci G, Davies RP, Goswami P, Russell SJ (2016) “An investigation into the nano-/micro-architecture of electrospun poly (ϵ-caprolactone) and self-assembling peptide fibers”, MRS Advances. 1.11: 711-716.
    DOI: 10.1557/adv.2016.35, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/93540/

  • Tronci G, Yin J, Holmes RA, Liang H, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2016) “Protease-sensitive atelocollagen hydrogels promote healing in a diabetic wound model”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 4.45: 7249-7258.
    DOI: 10.1039/C6TB02268E, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/106187/

  • Tronci G, Grant CA, Thomson NH, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2016) “Influence of 4-vinylbenzylation on the rheological and swelling properties of photo-activated collagen hydrogels”, MRS Advances. 1.8: 533-538.
    DOI: 10.1557/adv.2015.11, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/92566/

  • Tronci G, Kanuparti RS, Arafat MT, Yin J, Wood DJ, Russell SJ (2015) “Wet-spinnability and crosslinked fibre properties of two collagen polypeptides with varied molecular weight”, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules. 81: 112-120.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2015.07.053, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88536/

  • Arafat MT, Tronci G, Yin J, Wood DJ, Russell SJ (2015) “Biomimetic wet-stable fibres via wet spinning and diacid-based crosslinking of collagen triple helices”, Polymer (United Kingdom). 77: 102-112.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2015.09.037, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/90093/

  • Bulman SEL, Goswami P, Tronci G, Russell SJ, Carr C (2015) “Investigation into the potential use of poly(vinyl alcohol)/methylglyoxal fibres as antibacterial wound dressing components”, Journal of Biomaterials Applications. 29.8: 1193-1200.
    DOI: 10.1177/0885328214556159, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83833/

  • Neffe AT, Pierce BF, Tronci G, Ma N, Pittermann E, Gebauer T, Frank O, Schossig M, Xu X, Willie BM, Forner M, Ellinghaus A, Lienau J, Duda GN, Lendlein A (2015) “One step creation of multifunctional 3D architectured hydrogels inducing bone regeneration”, Advanced Materials. 27.10: 1738-1744.
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.201404787, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85025/

  • Neffe AT, Pierce BF, Tronci G, Ma N, Pittermann E, Gebauer T, Frank O, Schossig M, Xu X, Willie BM, Forner M, Ellinghaus A, Lienau J, Duda GN, Lendlein A (2015) “Hydrogels: one step creation of multifunctional 3D architectured hydrogels inducing bone regeneration.”, Advanced Materials. 27.10: 1800-1800.
    DOI: 10.1002/adma.201570071, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85031/

  • Tronci G, Grant CA, Thomson NH, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2015) “Multi-scale Mechanical Characterization of Highly Swollen Photo-activated Collagen Hydrogels”, Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 12.102
    DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1079, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85027/

  • Qiao X, Russell SJ, Yang X, Tronci G, Wood DJ (2015) “Compositional and in Vitro Evaluation of Nonwoven Type I Collagen/Poly-dl-lactic Acid Scaffolds for Bone Regeneration.”, Journal of functional biomaterials. 6.3: 667-686.
    DOI: 10.3390/jfb6030667, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88866/

  • Tronci G, Ajiro H, Russell SJ, Wood DJ, Akashi M (2014) “Tuneable drug-loading capability of chitosan hydrogels with varied network architectures”, Acta Biomaterialia. 10.2: 821-830.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2013.10.014, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80783/

  • Tronci G, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2013) “Photo-active collagen systems with controlled triple helix architecture”, Journal of Materials Chemistry. B. 30.1: 3705-3715.
    DOI: 10.1039/c3tb20720j, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80784/

  • Tronci G, Doyle A, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2013) “Triple-helical collagen hydrogels via covalent aromatic functionalization with 1,3 phenylenediacetic acid”, Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 40.1: 5478-5488.
    DOI: 10.1039/C3TB20218F, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80785/

  • Pierce BF, Tronci G, Rössle M, Neffe AT, Jung F, Lendlein A (2012) “Photocrosslinked co-networks from glycidylmethacrylated gelatin and poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylates.”, Macromol Biosci. 12.4: 484-493.
    DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201100232

  • Neffe AT, Tronci G, Alteheld A, Lendlein A (2010) “Controlled Change of Mechanical Properties during Hydrolytic Degradation of Polyester Urethane Networks”, MACROMOL CHEM PHYS. 211.2: 182-194.
    DOI: 10.1002/macp.200900441

  • Tronci G, Neffe AT, Pierce BF, Lendlein A (2010) “An entropy-elastic gelatin-based hydrogel system”, J MATER CHEM. 20.40: 8875-8884.
    DOI: 10.1039/c0jm00883d


  • Tronci G (2018) “The application of collagen in advanced wound dressings”, In: Rajendran S (eds.) Advanced Textiles for Wound Care (Second Edition). Second. Woodhead Publishing. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/130773/

  • Durham ER, Tronci G, Yang X, Wood DJ, Russell SJ (2015) “Nonwoven scaffolds for bone regeneration”, In: Biomedical Textiles for Orthopaedic and Surgical Applications: Fundamentals, Applications and Tissue Engineering. 45-65
    DOI: 10.1016/B978-1-78242-017-0.00003-9, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/106971/

Conference papers

  • Holmes RA, Yang X, Tronci G, Wood D (2016) Click-crosslinkable Collagen Hydrogels For Cytocompatible 3D Culture In Regenerative Medicine. Proceedings: TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A 22: S126-S126.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111921/

  • Tronci G, Doyle A, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2013) Structure-property-function relationships in triple helical collagen hydrogels. 2012 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit- Biomimetic, Bio-inspired and Self-Assembled Materials for Engineered Surfaces and Applications Proceedings: MRS Online Proceedings Library Cambridge University Press. 1498: 145-150.
    DOI: 10.1557/opl.2012.1653, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85104/

  • Tronci G, Durham E, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2011) Bioinspired porous materials for mineralized tissue formation. 4th International Conference on the Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues (2011)


  • Tronci G, Russell SJ, Wood DJ (2014) Improvements in and relating to collagen based materials.

Thesis / Dissertations

  • Tronci G Synthesis, characterization, and biological evaluation of gelatin-based scaffolds.

Research Projects & Grants

  • “Proof of feasibility of GMP manufacture and pilot clinical evaluation of ‘HyFaCol’ hydrogels in digital ulcers of patients with Scleroderma”, EPSRC IAA (2017-2018, PI)
  • “White Rose Mucosal Drug Delivery Network”, White Rose Collaboration award (2017-2018, Co-I)
  • “Preclinical evaluation of new collagen membrane for guided bone regeneration in maxillofacial reconstruction”, MRC CiC (2016-2017, Co-I)
  • “Tendon-bone tissue connector for rotator cuff tear repairs”, EPSRC MeDe Fresh Ideas Fund (2016, PI), joint with Newcastle University and UCL
  • Wellcome Trust-ISSF academic fellowship at University of Michigan (USA, 2015)
  • “Stratified design and manufacture of nonwoven collagen scaffolds”, MeDe Innovation Centre, University of Leeds (2014-2018, Co-I)
  • “Investigation of the short and long range organisation in photo-activated collagen hydrogels” (MA-2796), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (2015, PI)
  • “Water Stable Collagen Wound Dressing Materials”, IKC PoC, University of Leeds (2014, Co-I)
  • “Design of responsive chitosan-based hydrogels incorporating bioactive molecules as potential stem cell niches”, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Butterfield award (2012, Co-I)

Research Centres & Groups

  • Textile Technology Research Group
  • Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare
  • Dept. Oral Biology, School of Dentistry, St. James’s University Hospital
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (CDT TERM)
  • EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation)

PhD Thesis

G. Tronci, “Synthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of gelatin-based scaffolds”, University of Potsdam (Germany, 2010), arXiv:1101.1651

Professional Practice

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017-present
  • Member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), 2017-present
  • Referee in peer-reviewed journals such as “Chemical Communications”, “Journal of Materials Chemistry”, “Soft Matter”, “Chemical Society Reviews” and “RSC Advances”
  • PGCert in Professional Innovation Management, University of Leeds (2014)


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