Faculty Profile

Dr. Matthew Libera

Building: Burchard Building
Room: B-010
Phone: 201.216.5259
Fax: 201.216.8306
Email: [email protected]
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Program:  Materials Science / Nanotechnology
Laboratory:  Laboratory for Multiscale Imaging
  • 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
  • Electron microscopy
  • Electron-beam lithography
  • Electron energy-loss spectroscopy



  • 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

Member of the Stevens Board of Trustees, 2011 - 2013

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 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
  • The Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • The Microscopy Society of America (MSA)
Patents & Inventions

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

Selected Publications
  1. Q. Wang, X. Yu, and M. Libera. "Peptide-loaded self-assembled microgels reduce bacterial colonization in 3-D nanofiber cell scaffolds", Advanced Healthcare Materials, in press (2012).
  2. Y. Wang, G. Subbiahdoss, J. de Vries, M. Libera, H.C. van der Mei, and H.J. Busscher. "Effect of adsorbed fibronectin on the differential adhesion of osteoblast-like cells and Staphylococcus aureus with and without fibronectin-binding proteins", Biofouling, 2012. 28(9): p. 1011-1021.
  3. R.F. Egerton, S. Lazar, and M. Libera. "Delocalized radiation damage in polymers", Micron, 43 (1): (2012) 2-7.
  4. X. Dai, W. Yang, E. Firlar, S. Marras, and M. Libera. "Surface-patterned microgel-tethered molecular beacons", Soft Matter, 8 ( ): (2012) 3067-3076.
  5. Q. Wang, E. Uzunoglu, Y. Wu, and M. Libera. "Self-assembled poly(ethylene glycol) -co- acrylic acid microgels to inhibit bacterial colonization of synthetic surfaces", Applied Materials and Interfaces, 4 (5): (2012) 2498-2506.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. M. Libera and R. Egerton. (2010). "Advances in the Transmission Electron Microscopy of Polymers", Polymer Reviews, 50 (3), 321-339.
  9. S. Yakovlev, M. Misra, S. Shi, E. Firlar, and M. Libera. (2010). "Nanoscale water mapping in hydrated biological materials by low-loss electron energy-loss spectroscopy", Ultramicroscopy. 50 866-876.
  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.
  12. S. Yakovlev, M. Misra, S. Shi, and M. Libera. (2009). "Specimen thickness dependence of hydrogen evolution during cryo-transmission electron microscopy of hydrated soft materials", Journal of Microscopy. 236 (3), 174-179.
  13. M. Sengonul, A. Sousa, and M. Libera. (2009). "Selective adsorption of surface-modified ferritin on a phase-separated polymer blend", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 73 (1), 152-155.
  14. G. Kim, A. Sousa, D. Myers, and M. Libera. (2008). "Nanoscale composition of biphasic polymer nanocolloids in solution measured by spatially resolved EELS in the cryo-STEM", Microscopy and Microanalysis. 14 (5), 459-468.
  • E 344 Materials Processing
  • MT 544 Introduction to Electron Microscopy
  • MT 650 Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering