Sarah StanilandDr Sarah S. Staniland

Reader in Bionanoscience

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Sarah Staniland obtained her MChem degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2001. This was followed by a PhD in magnetic materials (dept. Chemistry, Edinburgh) which she completed in 2005. After this she won an independent EPSRC life science interface fellowship (2005-2008) at the University of Edinburgh where she initiated the research she is currently active in. This helped her transition from the chemical material sciences to interdisciplinary work at the interface with biology. She then moved to the University of Leeds to take up a Lectureship in Bionanoscience in the School of Physics and Astronomy where she was promoted to Associate Professor (2008-2013). She moved to Sheffield as a Senior Lecturer in Bionanoscience in 2013, and was promoted to Reader in 2017.


RSC Harrison-Meldola Prize (2016)

Research Keywords

Biomimetic, Biomineralisation, Magnetic nanoparticles, nanomagnetism, Protein mediated inorganic synthesis, magnetite, Magnetic bacteria, magnetosomes, liposomes, polymersomes, membrane proteins, surface arrays.

Teaching Keywords

Maths, Bioinorganic chemistry.

Selected Publications:

Research InterestsMagnetic Particles Sarah Staniland

Our group seeks to synthesis novel precise bio/mineral nanomaterial architectures for nanotechnological and biomedical applications. Inspired by nature, we are using functional proteins such as biomineralisation proteins and lipid membrane to create hybrid functional nanomaterial and arrays. The main interest is the formation of membrane surrounded magnetite nanoparticles. These are biomineralised in nature within magnetic bacteria and are termed magnetosomes. Currently we are working on a number of projects such as:

  • using genetic engineering and transition metal solution chemistry to alter and enhance the magnetosome particles in vivo;
  • using the magnetic bacterial Mms proteins to control the synthesis of enhanced and functional magnetite nanoparticles in vitro;
  • performing these biomimetic formations on surfaces in organised and functional arrays;
  • using these and lipid membranes to surround the particles and attach them to surfaces;
  • Use physical and biological probes to analysis how these biomineralisation protein actually control this process so precisely.
The research is intrinsically multi-disciplinary, spanning: magnetic characterisation, chemical synthesis, nanotechnological engineering, proteomics, genetics, environmental, and micro-biology.

Teaching Section

Inorganic Chemistry

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Mathematics for Chemists 1 (Year 1)
    This course covers the basic principles of mathematics
  • Biocoordination Chemistry (Year 3)
    This segment provides an introduction to the role of inorganic materials (particularly transition metal ions) in biological systems.
  • Biomimetic nanoparticle synthesis (Year 4)
    This segment discusses the synthesis of nanoparticles using natural templates.

Tutorial & Workshop Support

  • First Year General Tutorials.
  • Second Year Inorganic Chemistry Tutorials.
  • Third Year Literature Review.

Laboratory Teaching

  • Third Year Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Fourth Year Research Project

Journal articles


  • Rawlings A, Somner L, Jarrald R & Staniland S (2018) Protein and Peptide-Mediated Synthesis of Magnetic Nanoparticles and Arrays for Biomedicine and Future Data Storage In Matsunaga T, Tanaka T & Kisailus D (Ed.), Biological Magnetic Materials and Applications (pp. 95-133). Springer Singapore RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rawlings A, Staniland S, Bramble J, Tolosa J, Wilson O, Garcia-martinez J & Binns C (2014) Novel methods for the synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles In Binns C (Ed.), Nanomagnetism: Fundamentals and Applications Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download
  • Staniland S (2009) Biomineralisation of magnetite nanoparticles by microbes In Liang L, Rinaldi R & Schober H (Ed.), Neutron Applications in Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences (pp. 595-619). Springer RIS download Bibtex download
  • Staniland S (2009) Magnetosomes: Bacterial biosynthesis of magnetic nanoparticles and potential biomedical applications In Kumar C (Ed.), Magnetic nanomaterials (pp. 399-399). Wiley-VCH RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Jarrald R, Rawlings A, Tanaka M, Okochi M, Leggett G & Staniland S (2018) Production of magnetic nanoparticle arrays on surfaces from solution using top-down patterning and bottom-up biotemplating for future nanodevices. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 256 RIS download Bibtex download
  • AL-Janabi H, Conner J, Taher Z, Staniland S & Muthana M (2018) Breast cancer immunotherapy using magnetised oncolytic viruses. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CANCER, Vol. 92 (pp S4-S4) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Galloway JM, Bird SM, Bramble JP, Critchley K & Staniland SS (2013) Biotemplating Magnetic Nanoparticles on Patterned Surfaces for Potential Use in Data Storage. MRS Proceedings, Vol. 1569 RIS download Bibtex download