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

Stubbs, C. J., et al. “Unsaturated Poly(ester-urethanes) with Stereochemically Dependent Thermomechanical Properties.” Macromolecules, vol. 53, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 174–81. Scopus, doi:10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01700. Full Text

Wang, K., et al. “High performance perovskites solar cells by hybrid perovskites co-crystallized with poly(ethylene oxide).” Nano Energy, vol. 67, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2019.104229. Full Text

Zhu, T., et al. “Solution-Processed Flexible Broadband Photodetectors with Solution-Processed Transparent Polymeric Electrode.” Advanced Functional Materials, Jan. 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1002/adfm.201909487. Full Text

Kleinfehn, Alex P., et al. “Modulating Bioglass Concentration in 3D Printed Poly(propylene fumarate) Scaffolds for Post-Printing Functionalization with Bioactive Functional Groups.Biomacromolecules, vol. 20, no. 12, Dec. 2019, pp. 4345–52. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00941. Full Text

Silantyeva, Elena A., et al. “Postfabrication Tethering of Molecular Gradients on Aligned Nanofibers of Functional Poly(ε-caprolactone)s.Biomacromolecules, vol. 20, no. 12, Dec. 2019, pp. 4494–501. Epmc, doi:10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01264. Full Text

Dreger, Nathan 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, p. 119399. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.119399. Full Text

Guerra, Antonio J., et al. “Optimization of photocrosslinkable resin components and 3D printing process parameters.Acta Biomaterialia, vol. 97, Oct. 2019, pp. 154–61. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.actbio.2019.07.045. Full Text

Strauss, Michael J., et al. “Cooperative Self-Assembly of Pyridine-2,6-Diimine-Linked Macrocycles into Mechanically Robust Nanotubes.Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. in English), vol. 58, no. 41, Oct. 2019, pp. 14708–14. Epmc, doi:10.1002/anie.201907668. Full Text

Motta, Cecilia M. M., et al. “Enhancing Schwann cell migration using concentration gradients of laminin-derived peptides.Biomaterials, vol. 218, Oct. 2019, p. 119335. 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


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, p. 323.

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.