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. Cherepanov PV, Rahim MA, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Abu Sayeed M, O'Mullane AP, Moulton SE, Caruso F. Electrochemical Behavior and Redox-Dependent Disassembly of Gallic Acid/Fe-III Metal-Phenolic Networks. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b19322
  2. Ricco R, Liang W, Li S, Gassensmith JJ, Caruso F, Doonan C, Falcaro P. Metal-Organic Frameworks for Cell and Virus Biology: A Perspective. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b08056
  3. Dai Q, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Braunger J, Bjornmalm A, Cortez-Jugo C, Caruso F. Particle Targeting in Complex Biological Media. ADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2018, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/adhm.201700575
  4. Bertucci A, Guo J, Oppmann N, Glab A, Ricci F, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Probing transcription factor binding activity and downstream gene silencing in living cells with a DNA nanoswitch. NANOSCALE. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1039/c7nr07814e
  5. Bjornmalm A, Caruso F. Robust Chemistry: The Importance of Data and Methods Sharing. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 57, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201710493
  6. Ke PC, Lin S, Parak WJ, Davis TP, Caruso F. A Decade of the Protein Corona. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b08008
  7. Fu C, Yi D, Deng C, Wang X, Zhang W, Tang Y, Caruso F, Wang Y. A Partially Graphitic Mesoporous Carbon Membrane with Three Dimensionally Networked Nanotunnels for Ultrasensitive Electrochemical Detection. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 29, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b01423
  8. Liang K, Richardson J, Doonan CJ, Mulet X, Ju Y, Cui J, Caruso F, Falcaro P. An Enzyme-Coated Metal-Organic Framework Shell for Synthetically Adaptive Cell Survival. ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 56, Issue 29. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704120
  9. Bertleff-Zieschang N, Rahim M, Ju Y, Braunger J, Suma T, Dai Y, Pan S, Cavalieri F, Caruso F. Biofunctional metal-phenolic films from dietary flavonoids. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 53, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1039/c6cc08607a
  10. Bjornmalm A, Thurecht KJ, Michael M, Scott A, Caruso F. Bridging Bio-Nano Science and Cancer Nanomedicine. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04855
  11. Dai Q, Guo J, Yan Y, Ang C, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Caruso F. Cell-Conditioned Protein Coronas on Engineered Particles Influence Immune Responses. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 18, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.6b01545
  12. Bjornmalm A, Faria M, Caruso F. Converging on the future of bio–nano science. 8th International Nanomedicine Conference. 2017.
  13. Kempe K, Xiang SD, Wilson P, Rahim M, Ju Y, Whittaker MR, Haddleton DM, Plebanski M, Caruso F, Davis TP. Engineered Hydrogen-Bonded Glycopolymer Capsules and Their Interactions with Antigen Presenting Cells. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b15459
  14. Tardy B, Tan S, Dam HH, Suma T, Guo J, Qiao G, Caruso F. Formation of Polyrotaxane Particles via Template Assembly. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 18, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00450
  15. Gause K, Wheatley A, Cui J, Yan Y, Kent S, Caruso F. Immunological Principles Guiding the Rational Design of Particles for Vaccine Delivery. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 11, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b07343

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