Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Giuseppe Tronci

Lecturer in Healthcare Materials

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Laurea Magistrale (Turin Polytechnic -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)


Dr Tronci is a Lecturer in Healthcare Materials within the Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH). 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 (Turin Polytechnic, IT), and a PhD in biomaterials (University of Potsdam, DE), where he investigated the structure-property-function relationships of defined biopolymer-based materials.

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
  • TEXT 5116M: Research Dissertation


Journal articles

  • 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. (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2017.03.267, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/114293/

  • Holmes R, Yang X, 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. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/117571/

  • 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/

  • 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 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, 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/

  • 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/

  • 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, 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


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

  • “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

PhD Thesis

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

Professional Practice

  • 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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