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Dr. Matthew R. Libera

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Dr. Matthew R. Libera
Professor & Associate Dean of Engineering & Science
Location:B-010 Burchard Building
E 344
MT 544
MT 650
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Program:  Materials Science / Nanotechnology
Research & Education
  • Polymeric biomaterials and hydrogels
  • Biomaterials-associated infection
  • (cryo-) Electron microscopy
  • Electron-beam lithography
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy 
  • Sc.D. (1987) MIT, Cambridge, MA,
         Materials Science,
         Advisors: John Vander Sande and Morris Cohen
  • S.M. (1983) MIT, Cambridge, MA,  Materials Science
  • B.S. (1981) Lafayette College, Metallurgical Engineering
Experience & Service
  • 1989- present, Professor Stevens Institute of Technology
  • 1992- present, Executive Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging
  • 1996-97, Visiting Scientist, Robert L. Mitchell Technical Center, Hoescht-Celanese Corporation, Summit, NJ
  • 1988-89; Visiting Scientist; IBM Research Division; Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
  • 1987-1988 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Institutional Service
  • Chair, Provost Search Committee 2016
  • Member of the Stevens Board of Trustees, 2011 - 2013
  • Member of the Board of Trustees Finance Committee 2011-2015
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
  • Morton Professorship for Excellence in Teaching 2010-2011
  • Master of Engineering, Honorus Causa, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2003
  • Jess N. Davis Award for Exemplary Research, 1998
  • Alexander Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1997
  • Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, December 1986
  • Microscopy Society of America, Presidential Scholar, 1986
Patents & Inventions

U.S. Patent 8,093,009 Surface Differentially Adhesive to Bacteria and Eukaryotic Cells

Professional Societies
  • The American Society for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • The Society for Biomaterials (SFB)
  • The Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • The Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
Selected Publications

  • Y. Wu, J. Liang, F. Horkay, and M. Libera. (2016). "Antimicrobial loading into and release from poly(ethylene glycol)/poly(acrylic acid) semi-interpenetrating hydrogels", Journal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics, 54 64-72.

  • J. Da Silva Domingues, Y. Wang, H.C. van der Mei, M. Libera, H.J. Busscher, et al.. (2015). "Macrophage phagocytic activity toward adhering staphylococci on cationic and patterned hydrogel coatings versus common biomaterials", Acta Biomaterialia, 18 1-8.

  • I. Zhuk, F. Jariwala, A. Attygalle, Y. Wu, M. Libera, S. Sukhishvili. (2014). "Self-defensive layer-by-layer films with bacteria-triggered antibiotic release", ACS Nano, 8 (8), 7733-7745.

  • Y. Wang, J. da Silva Domingues, G. Subbiahdoss, H.C. van der Mei, H.J. Busscher, M. Libera. (2014). "Conditions of Lateral Surface Confinement that Promote Tissue-Cell Integration and Inhibit Biofilm Growth", Biomaterials, 35 (21), 5446-5452.

  • Q. Wang, X. Yu, and M. Libera. (2013). "Peptide-loaded self-assembled microgels reduce bacterial colonization in 3-D nanofiber cell scaffolds", Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2 (5), 687-691.

  • X. Dai, W. Yang, E. Firlar, S. Marras, and M. Libera. "Surface-patterned microgel-tethered molecular beacons", Soft Matter, 8 ( ): (2012) 3067-3076.

  • Y. Wang, G. Subbiahdoss, J. Swartjes, H.C. van der Mei, H.J. Busscher, and M. Libera. "Length-Scale Mediated Differential Adhesion of Mammalian Cells and Microbes", Advanced Functional Materials, 21 (20): (2011) 3916-3923.

  • Y. Wu, X. Yu, J. Zitelli, K. TenHuisen, and M. Libera. (2010). "Differential response of staphylococci and osteoblasts to varying titanium surface roughness", Biomaterials, 32 (4): (2011) 951-960.

  • M. Libera and R. Egerton. (2010). "Advances in the Transmission Electron Microscopy of Polymers", Polymer Reviews, 50 (3), 321-339.

  • P. Krsko, J. Kaplan, and M. Libera. (2009). "Spatially controlled bacterial adhesion using surface-patterned poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels.", Acta Biomaterialia. 5 589-596.

  • P. Krsko, T. McCann, T.-T. Thach, T. Laabs, H. Geller, and M. Libera. (2009). "Length-Scale Mediated Adhesion and Directed Growth of Neural Cells by Surface-Patterned Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels", Biomaterials. 30 721-729.


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