Imperial College London

Dr Mattias Björnmalm

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow



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Mattias Björnmalm BSc MSc PhD AMRSC is a Research Fellow in the Department of Materials and the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He leads the EU-funded project and can be found on Twitter @bearore.

He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and his research is focused on materials science, biomedical engineering, and bio–nano science.

In 2017, he was awarded a highly competitive Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission; during this process he was selected as 1 of 30 “highly promising researchers” out of the 8,916 funding proposals submitted.

Mattias completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Frank Caruso, and his current mentor is Prof. Molly M. Stevens.

Mattias is an editor for the science & policy journal Angle, an invited member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network, a Member of EuroScience, and Vice-Chair of Policy for the Brussels-based Marie Curie Alumni Association. 

Mattias is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC), an Honorary Research Fellow of the Bionics Institute, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a Member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology.

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Selected publications

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  • Pan, S.; Guo, R.; Björnmalm, M.; Richardson, J. J.; Li, L.; Peng, C.; Bertleff-Zieschang, N.; Xu, W.; Jiang, J.; Caruso, F. Coatings super-repellent to ultralow surface tension liquids. Nat. Mater. 2018, 17, 1040–1047.
  • Faria, M.; Björnmalm, M.; Thurecht, K. J.; Kent, S. J.; Parton, R. G.; Kavallaris, M.; Johnston, A. P. R.; Gooding, J. J.; Corrie, S. R.; Boyd, B. J.; Thordarson, P.; Whittaker, A. K.; Stevens, M. M.; Prestidge, C. A.; Porter, C. J. H.; Parak, W. J.; Davis, T. P.; Crampin, E. J.; Caruso, F. Minimum information reporting in bio–nano experimental literature. Nat. Nanotech. 2018, 13, 777–785.
  • Richardson, J. J.; Björnmalm, M.; Caruso, F. Technology-Driven Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Nanofilms. Science 2015, 348, aaa2491
  • Björnmalm, M.; Thurecht, K. J.; Michael, M.; Scott, A. M.; Caruso, F. Bridging Bio–Nano Science and Cancer Nanomedicine. ACS Nano 2017, 11, 9594–9613
  • Björnmalm, M.; Faria, M.; Caruso, F. Increasing the Impact of Materials in and beyond Bio-Nano Science. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 13449–13456
  • Björnmalm, M.; Cui, J.; Bertleff-Zieschang, N.; Song, D.; Faria, M.; Rahim, M. A.; Caruso, F. Nanoengineering Particles through Template Assembly. Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 289–306

research interests

Extensive experience in materials science, biomedical engineering, and bio–nano science. Specific examples include:

  • Particle engineering, microparticles, nanoparticles, capsules, supraparticles
  • Bio–nano interactions, cell–particle interactions
  • Protein engineering, affinity proteins, bacterial display
  • Microfluidics, flow-based devices, device engineering
  • Biomaterial engineering, nanomaterial engineering
  • Drug delivery systems, cancer, immunomodulation, vaccination
  • Cytosolic delivery, endosomal escape
  • Nanocomposite thin films, layer-by-layer assembly

postal Address

Attn: Mattias Bjornmalm
Department of Materials
Imperial College London





Björnmalm M, 2019, Taking a break is hard work, too., Science, Vol:364

Stevens M, Kauscher U, Holme M, et al., Physical stimuli-responsive vesicles in drug delivery: Beyond liposomes and polymersomes, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, ISSN:0169-409X

Pan S, Guo R, Bjornmalm A, et al., 2018, Coatings superrepellent to ultralow surface tension liquids, Nature Materials, Vol:17, ISSN:1476-1122, Pages:1040-1047

Ma Y, Björnmalm M, Wise AK, et al., 2018, Gel-mediated electrospray assembly of silica supraparticles for sustained drug delivery, Acs Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol:10, ISSN:1944-8244, Pages:31019-31031

Cui J, Bjornmalm AMH, Ju Y, et al., 2018, Nanoengineering of poly(ethylene glycol) particles for stealth and targeting, Langmuir, Vol:34, ISSN:0743-7463, Pages:10817-10827

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