Professor Frank Caruso

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 320B
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research Interests

  • Materials science
  • Nano and biomolecular engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer science

Personal webpage


Frank Caruso is a professor and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Prof Caruso is also Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence on Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He is also Leader of the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science (NIMS) Group. He received his PhD degree in 1994 from The University of Melbourne, and then moved to the CSIRO Division of Chemicals and Polymers in Melbourne. He was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow and then group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Berlin, Germany) from 1997 until 2002.

His research interests focus on developing advanced nano- and biomaterials for biotechnology and medicine. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and is on the ISI most highly cited list, ranking in the top 20 worldwide in materials science in 2011. He is an Editor of Chemistry of Materials and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Biomaterials Science, and Nano Today

He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2009. Prof. Caruso is also the recipient of the inaugural 2012 ACS Nano Lectureship Award (Asia/Pacific) from the American Chemical Society for global impact in nanoscience and nanotechnology. In 2012, he was awarded the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences, and after being a 2012 finalist, was awarded the prestigious 2013 CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science – this category recognises an Australian individual who has demonstrated an outstanding role and impact on science. He was also part of the team that won the 2013 UNSW Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.

Recent publications

  1. Cui J, Faria M, BjÖrnmalm M, Ju Y, Suma T, Gunawan S, Richardson J, Heidari H, Bals S, Crampin E, Caruso F. A Framework to Account for Sedimentation and Diffusion in Particle-Cell Interactions.. Langmuir. American Chemical Society. 2016.
  2. Choi GH, Rhee DK, Park AR, Oh MJ, Hong S, Richardson J, Guo J, Caruso F, Yoo PJ. Ag Nanoparticle/Polydopamine-Coated Inverse Opals as Highly Efficient Catalytic Membranes. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 5.
  3. Chen X, Cui J, Sun H, MÜllner M, Yan Y, Noi K, Noi KF, Ping Y, Caruso F. Analysing intracellular deformation of polymer capsules using structured illumination microscopy. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 23.
  4. Cecil JD, O'Brien-Simpson NM, Lenzo JC, Holden JA, Chen Y-Y, Singleton W, Gause KT, Yan Y, Caruso F, Reynolds EC. Differential Responses of Pattern Recognition Receptors to Outer Membrane Vesicles of Three Periodontal Pathogens. PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 4.
  5. Ju Y, Cui J, Sun H, MÜllner M, Dai Y, Guo J, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Suma T, Richardson J, Richardson JJ, Caruso F. Engineered Metal-Phenolic Capsules Show Tunable Targeted Delivery to Cancer Cells. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 17, Issue 6.
  6. De Koker S, Cui J, Vanparijs N, Albertazzi L, Grooten J, Caruso F, De Geest BG. Engineering Polymer Hydrogel Nanoparticles for Lymph Node-Targeted Delivery. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Vol. 55, Issue 4.
  7. Cui J, Hibbs B, Gunawan ST, Braunger J, Chen X, Richardson JJ, Hanssen E, Caruso F. Immobilized Particle Imaging for Quantification of Nano- and Microparticles. LANGMUIR. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 32, Issue 14.
  8. Yong JKJ, Stevens G, Caruso F, Kentish SE. In situ layer-by-layer assembled carbonic anhydrase-coated hollow fiber membrane contactor for rapid CO2 absorption. JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 514.
  9. Liang K, Richardson J, Cui J, Caruso F, Doonan CJ, Falcaro P. Metal-Organic Framework Coatings as Cytoprotective Exoskeletons for Living Cells. Advanced Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2016.
  10. Cui J, Richardson J, Richardson JJ, BjÖrnmalm M, Faria M, Caruso F. Nanoengineered Templated Polymer Particles: Navigating the Biological Realm. ACCOUNTS OF CHEMICAL RESEARCH. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 49, Issue 6.
  11. Tan S, Cui J, Fu Q, Nam E, Ladewig K, Ren J, Wong EHH, Caruso F, Blencowe A, Qiao G. Photocontrolled Cargo Release from Dual Cross-Linked Polymer Particles. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 9.
  12. Richardson J, Choy MY, Guo J, Liang K, Alt K, Ping Y, Cui J, Law LS, Hagemeyer CE, Caruso F. Polymer Capsules for Plaque-Targeted In Vivo Delivery. Advanced Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2016.
  13. Chen X, Yan Y, Muellner M, Ping Y, Cui J, Kempe K, Cortez-Jugo C, Caruso F. Shape-Dependent Activation of Cytokine Secretion by Polymer Capsules in Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 17, Issue 3.
  14. Yi D, Xu C, Tang R, Zhang X, Caruso F, Wang Y. Synthesis of Discrete Alkyl-Silica Hybrid Nanowires and Their Assembly into Nanostructured Superhydrophobic Membranes. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. Wiley-VCH. 2016.
  15. Richardson JJ, Tardy BL, Ejima H, Guo J, Cui J, Liang K, Choi GH, Yoo PJ, De Geest BG, Caruso F. Thermally Induced Charge Reversal of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Single-Component Polymer Films. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 8, Issue 11.

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