Faculty Profiles

Matthew L Becker
Professor of Chemistry
B120 Levine Science Res Center, 308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 681-3812



Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis 2003

M.A., Washington University in St. Louis 2000

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University 1998

Research Areas:
Synthesis, Physical, Organic, Nanoscience and Materials

Dreger, N. Z., et al. “Zwitterionic amino acid-based Poly(ester urea)s suppress adhesion formation in a rat intra-abdominal cecal abrasion model.” Biomaterials, vol. 221, Nov. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119399. Full Text

Motta, Cecilia M. M., et al. “Enhancing Schwann cell migration using concentration gradients of laminin-derived peptides..” Biomaterials, vol. 218, Oct. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119335. Full Text

Le Fer, G., et al. “Poly(propylene fumarate) stars, using architecture to reduce the viscosity of 3D printable resins.” Polymer Chemistry, vol. 10, no. 34, Sept. 2019, pp. 4655–64. Scopus, doi:10.1039/c9py00738e. Full Text

Xia, Xuhui, et al. “Tuning Cooperative Assembly with Bottlebrush Block Co-polymers for Porous Metal Oxide Films Using Solvent Mixtures..” Langmuir : The Acs Journal of Surfaces and Colloids, vol. 35, no. 29, July 2019, pp. 9572–83. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.langmuir.9b01363. Full Text

Cai, Zhongyu, et al. “Poly(propylene fumarate)-based materials: Synthesis, functionalization, properties, device fabrication and biomedical applications..” Biomaterials, vol. 208, July 2019, pp. 45–71. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.03.038. Full Text

Luo, Yuanyuan, et al. “3D Printing of Poly(propylene fumarate) Oligomers: Evaluation of Resin Viscosity, Printing Characteristics and Mechanical Properties..” Biomacromolecules, vol. 20, no. 4, Apr. 2019, pp. 1699–708. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00076. Full Text

Dilla, R. A., et al. “Mechanically tunable, human mesenchymal stem cell viable poly(ethylene glycol)–oxime hydrogels with invariant precursor composition, concentration, and stoichiometry.” Materials Today Chemistry, vol. 11, Mar. 2019, pp. 244–52. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.mtchem.2018.11.003. Full Text

Philip, Diana L., et al. “RGD-Functionalized Nanofibers Increase Early GFAP Expression during Neural Differentiation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells..” Biomacromolecules, vol. 20, no. 3, Mar. 2019, pp. 1443–54. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00018. Full Text

Xia, X., et al. “Morphological control of hydrothermally synthesized cobalt oxide particles using poly(vinyl pyrrolidone).” Colloid and Polymer Science, vol. 297, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 59–67. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00396-018-4434-4. Full Text

Nettleton, K., et al. “Molecular Mass-Dependent Resorption and Bone Regeneration of 3D Printed PPF Scaffolds in a Critical-Sized Rat Cranial Defect Model.” Advanced Healthcare Materials, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1002/adhm.201900646. Full Text


Moore, N. M., and M. L. Becker. “Bioactive Self-Assembled Monolayer Gradients.” Soft Matter Gradient Surfaces: Methods and Applications, 2012, pp. 329–63. Scopus, doi:10.1002/9781118166086.ch13. Full Text

Becker, M. L., et al. “Identification of a highly-specific hydroxyapatite-binding peptide using phage display.” 8th World Biomaterials Congress 2008, vol. 4, 2008.

Gallant, N. D., et al. “Bioactive surface gradients for combinatorial studies of cell adhesion.” 8th World Biomaterials Congress 2008, vol. 2, 2008.

Bauer, B. J., et al. “Chromatographic separation of single wall carbon nanotubes.” Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, vol. 922, 2006, pp. 82–88.

Becker, M. L., et al. “Synthetic methodologies for the surface derivatization of shell crosslinked nanoparticles.” American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, vol. 43, no. 1, 2002.

Becker, M. L., et al. “Biocompatible surface functionalized shell crosslinked nanoparticles for use in biological applications.” American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, vol. 43, no. 2, 2002, pp. 682–83.

Becker, M. L., and K. L. Wooley. “Radical-based preparation of block copolymers containing fluorine tags: tools for detailed analysis of nanostructured materials.” American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, vol. 41, no. 2, 2000, pp. 1328–29.