Dr. Matthew Libera

Building: Burchard Building
Room: B-010
Phone: 201.216.5259
Fax: 201.216.8306
Email: mlibera@stevens.edu
  • 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
  • Polymeric biomaterials and hydrogels
  • Biomaterials-associated infection
  • (cryo-) Electron microscopy
  • Electron-beam lithography
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy 
  • 1989- present, Professor Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Associate Dean of Graduate Academics
      Schaefer School of Engineering and Science (2013 - present)
  • 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
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
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)
Patents & Inventions

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

X. Dai, S.A.E. Marras, and M. Libera, Gel-Tethered Molecular Beacons, US 9,340,831 B2, 2016.

Selected Publications
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. X. Dai, W. Yang, E. Firlar, S. Marras, and M. Libera. "Surface-patterned microgel-tethered molecular beacons", Soft Matter, 8 ( ): (2012) 3067-3076.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. M. Libera and R. Egerton. (2010). "Advances in the Transmission Electron Microscopy of Polymers", Polymer Reviews, 50 (3), 321-339.
  10. P. Krsko, J. Kaplan, and M. Libera. (2009). "Spatially controlled bacterial adhesion using surface-patterned poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels.", Acta Biomaterialia. 5 589-596.
  11. 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.
  • E 344 Materials Processing
  • MT 544 Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • MT 650 Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering