Biomaterials research merges biology with materials engineering, imaging and sensing, and nanotechnology. The development of advanced techniques in this field provides new tools for biomedical engineers to work with unprecedented precision.

We focus on the emerging field of bio-nanotechnology to create new materials and imaging sensor technologies, which enable the development of new cures for diseases and the regeneration of diseased or damaged tissues. Various materials, both established and experimental, can be created to mimic cells’ microenvironments both morphologically and biochemically in order to increase biocompatibility, reduce inflammation and, ultimately, promote repair following injury or disease. We also conduct research on imaging sensors for medical and security applications, hybrid bio-electronic devices and nanomachines.

Our research has attracted ARC, NHMRC and other public grants, as well as industry funding to translate biomedical-related discoveries into practice. We have state-of-the-art research infrastructure, including nanomaterials fabrication and characterisation facilities co-located with cell culture laboratories, to support our bio-nanotechnology research.

With a team of smart, energetic researchers and postgraduate students, we are doing innovative work that is at the forefront of biomaterials science. 

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Dr Steve Lee »

Senior Lecturer

Dr David Nisbet »

Senior Lecturer

Professor Qinghua Qin »


Antonio Tricoli

Dr Antonio Tricoli »

FERL Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer


Ms Kiara Bruggeman »

PhD Student

Xuefei He

Ms Sherry HE »

PhD Student

Tahseen Kamal

Ms Tahseen Kamal »

PhD Student

Mr Yongxiao Li »

PhD Student

Francesca Maclean

Ms Francesca Maclean »

PhD Candidate

Anitha Panneerselvan

Ms Anitha Panneerselvan »

PhD student

Alexandra Rodriguez

Ms Alexandra Rodriguez »

PhD student

Yi Wang

Ms Yi Wang »

PhD Student

Technical staff

Mr Zijian Cen

Mr Kenny Cen »

Research Assistant


Journal Papers

  1. Chen XB, Nisbet DR,Li RW, Smith PN, Abbott TB, Easton MA, Zhang D-H, Birbilis N, Controlling initial biodegradation of magnesium by a biocompatible strontium phosphate conversion coating, Acta biomaterialia, 10:1463-1474, 2014


Journal Papers

  1. Ameringer T, Ercole F, Tsang KM, Coad BR, Hou X, Rodda A, Nisbet DR, Thissen H, Evans RA, Meagher L, Surface grafting of electrospun fibers using ATRP and RAFT for the control of biointerfacial interactions, Biointerphases 8:16, 2013
  2. Rodda AE, Meagher L, Nisbet DR, Forsythe JS, Specific control of cell–material interactions: Targeting cell receptors using ligand-functionalized polymer substrates, Progress in Polymer Science 2013
  3. Rodriguez AL, Parish CL, Nisbet DR, Williams RJ, Tuning the amino acid sequence of minimalist peptides to present biological signals via charge neutralised self assembly, Soft Matter 9:3915-3919, 2013
  4. Sawawi M, Wang TY, Nisbet DR, Simon GP, Scission of electrospun polymer fibres by ultrasonication, Polymer 54:4237-4252, 2013


Journal Papers

  1. Chen XB, Kirkland N, Krebs H, Thiriat M, Virtanen S, Nisbet D, Birbilis N, In vitro corrosion survey of Mg-x Ca and Mg-3Zn-y Ca alloys with and without calcium phosphate conversion coatings, Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology 47:365-373, 2012
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Kiara Bruggeman, Engineering PhD student has again taken out first place, in the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science 2015 Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition....
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ANU Engineering student Kiara Bruggeman has won the people's choice prize at the Famelab Australia science communications awards by presenting her research in rhyme. Ms...
Steve Lee
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Congratulations to Dr Steve Lee from the ANU Research School of Engineering for being awarded the 2014 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology. Dr Lee and Dr...

Targeted at the rheological characterization of dispersions and other complex fluids and soft solids, the Kinexus pro rheometer has unprecedented dual-action capabilities for both shear and...

The monochromator technology used in the Infinite M200 PRO will allow discrete selection of any wavelength from 230nm to 1000nm for absorbance measurements.

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