Matthew Libera


School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Building: Burchard

Room: 010

Phone: (201) 216-5259

Fax: (201) 216-8306




Polymeric biomaterials;
Hydrogels and microgels;
Biomaterials-associated infection;
(cryo-) Electron microscopy;
Electron-beam lithography.


1989- present, Professor Stevens Institute of Technology;
2021 Fall, Visiting Professor, University of Rhode Island;
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
  • Athletics Department Recruiting - Faculty Liaison Member
  • Faculty Search Committee Chair
  • Schaefer School Committee on Promotion and Tenure Member
Professional Service
  • Chair of the 5th Stevens Conference on Bacteria-Material Interactions Chair
Honors and 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.

Patents and Inventions

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

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

Selected Publications
Journal Article
  1. Liang, J.; Xiao, X.; Chou, T.; Libera, M. (2021). Analytical Cryo-Scanning Electron Microscopy of Hydrated Polymers and Microgels. Accounts of Chemical Research (10 ed., vol. 54, pp. 2386-2396).
  2. Teng, F.; Wu, X.; Libera, M. (2020). Chemical Orthogonality in Surface-Patterned Poly(ethylene glycol) Microgels. Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids (35 ed., vol. 36, pp. 10622-10627).
  3. Xiao, X.; Zhao, W.; Liang, J.; Sauer, K.; Libera, M. (2020). Self-Defensive Antimicrobial Biomaterial Surfaces. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces (vol. 192, pp. 110989).
  4. Wu, X.; Teng, F.; Libera, M. (2019). Functional Changes during Electron-Beam Lithography of Biotinylated Poly(ethylene glycol) Thin Films. ACS Macro Letters (10 ed., vol. 8, pp. 1252-1256).
  5. Yablon, D.; Libera, M. (2019). Microscopy 101: Scanning probes or scanning electrons: a practical guide to select a method for nanoscale characterization. Microscopy Today (6 ed., vol. 27, pp. 32-38).
  6. Liang, J.; Xiao, X.; Chou, T. M.; Libera, M. (2019). Counterion Exchange in Peptide-Complexed Core-Shell Microgels. Langmuir (29 ed., vol. 35, pp. 9521-9528).
  7. Liang, J.; Wang, H.; Libera, M. (2019). Biomaterial surfaces self-defensive against bacteria by contact transfer of antimicrobials. Biomaterials (vol. 204, pp. 25-35).
  8. Teng, F.; Libera, M. (2018). Microlens Enhancement of Surface-Tethered Molecular Beacons. Langmuir (49 ed., vol. 34, pp. 14969-14974).