Dr. Matthew Libera

School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department: Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
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
  • 2013-2018 Associate Dean of Engineering and Science
  • 1992- present, Director, Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging
  • 1996-97, Visiting Scientist, Hoescht-Celanese Corporation, Summit, NJ
  • 1988-89; Visiting Scientist; IBM 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 Engr, Honorus Causa, Stevens Inst of Tech, 2003
  • Jess N. Davis Award for Exemplary Research, 1998
  • Alexander Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1997
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. F. Teng and M. Libera. (2018). "Microlens Enhancement of Surface-Tethered Molecular Beacons", Langmuir, 34 (49), 14969-14974.
  2. Y. Ma, F. Teng, and M. Libera. (2018). "Solid-Phase Nucleic Acid Sequence-Based Amplification and Length-Scale Effects during RNA Amplification", Analytical Chemistry, 90 (11), 6532-6539.
  3. J. Liang, F. Teng, T-M Chou, and M. Libera. (2017). " Measuring microgel swell ratio by cryo-SEM", Polymer, 116 1-4.
  4. J. Gu, A. Valdevit, T-M Chou, and M. Libera. (2017). "Substrate Effects on Cell-Envelope Deformation during Early-Stage S. aureus Biofilm Formation", Soft Matter, 13 2967-2976.
  5. Y. Ma, X. Dai, T. Hong, G. Munk, and M. Libera. (2017). "A NASBA on microgel-tethered molecular-beacon microarray for real-time microbial diagnostics", Analyst, 142 147-155.
  6. 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.
  7. Y. Ma and M. Libera. (2016). "Molecular Crowding Effects on Microgel-Tethered Oligonucleotide Probes", Langmuir, 32 (25), 6551-6558.
  8. Y. Lu, Y. Wu, J. Liang, M. Libera, and S. Suhkishvili. (2015). "Self-defensive antibacterial layer-by-layer hydrogel coatings with pH-triggered hydrophobicity", Biomaterials, 45 64-71.
  9. B. W. Person, Y. He, Y. Ren, A. Zerdoum, M. Libera, P.K. Sharma, A.J. van Winklehoff, D. Neut, P. Stoodley, H.C. van der Mei, and H. J. Busscher. (2015). "Viscoelasticity of biofilms and their recalcitrance to mechanical and chemical challenges", FEMS Microbiology Reviews, 39 (2), 234-245.
  10. 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.
  11. E. Firlar, M. Libera, H. Ilarson, and M. Misra. (2015). "Corneodesmosomal Water Content in Frozen-Hydrated Porcine Skin", Journal of Invetsigative Dermatology, 135 1689-1691.
  12. Q. Wang and M. Libera. (2014). "Microgel-modified surfaces enhance short-term osteoblast response", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 118 202-209.
  13. X. Dai and M. Libera. (2014). "Dip-pen microarraying of molecular beacon probes on microgel thin-film substrates", Analyst, 139 (21), 5568-5575.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. X. Dai, W. Yang, E. Firlar, S. Marras, and M. Libera. "Surface-patterned microgel-tethered molecular beacons", Soft Matter, 8 ( ): (2012) 3067-3076.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. M. Libera and R. Egerton. (2010). "Advances in the Transmission Electron Microscopy of Polymers", Polymer Reviews, 50 (3), 321-339.
  21. P. Krsko, J. Kaplan, and M. Libera. (2009). "Spatially controlled bacterial adhesion using surface-patterned poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels.", Acta Biomaterialia. 5 589-596.
  22. 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
  • E 321 Engineering Design V
  • MT 544 Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • MT 650 Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering