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. Jewell CM, Caruso F. Bioconjugate Materials in Vaccines and Immunotherapies. BIOCONJUGATE CHEMISTRY. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 29, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1021/acs.bioconjchem.8b00134
  2. Pan S, Guo R, BjÖrnmalm M, Richardson J, Li L, Peng C, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Xu W, Jiang J, Caruso F. Coatings super-repellent to ultralow surface tension liquids.. Nat Mater. Nature Publishing Group. 2018. DOI: 10.1038/s41563-018-0178-2
  3. Such GK, Johnston APR, Caruso F. Correction: Engineered hydrogen-bonded polymer multilayers: from assembly to biomedical applications.. Chem Soc Rev. 2018. DOI: 10.1039/c8cs90110d
  4. Cherepanov P, Rahim M, 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
  5. Ma Y, Bjoernmalm M, Wise A, Cortez-Jugo C, Revalor E, Ju Y, Feeney OM, Richardson R, Hanssen E, Shepherd R, Porter CJH, Caruso F. Gel-Mediated Electrospray Assembly of Silica Supraparticles for Sustained Drug Delivery. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 37. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b10415
  6. Wojnilowicz M, Besford Q, Wu Y-L, Loh XJ, Braunger J, Glab A, Cortez-Jugo C, Caruso F, Cavalieri F. Glycogen-nucleic acid constructs for gene silencing in multicellular tumor spheroids. BIOMATERIALS. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 176. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.05.024
  7. Bonnard T, Jayapadman A, Putri JA, Cui J, Ju Y, Carmichael C, Angelovich TA, Cody SH, French S, Pascaud K, Pearce HA, Jagdale S, Caruso F, Hagemeyer CE. Low-Fouling and Biodegradable Protein-Based Particles for Thrombus Imaging. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02588
  8. 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
  9. Weiss A, Kempe K, Foerster S, Caruso F. Microfluidic Examination of the "Hard" Biomolecular Corona Formed on Engineered Particles in Different Biological Milieu. BIOMACROMOLECULES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 19, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.8b00196
  10. Faria M, Bjornmalm A, Thurecht KJ, Kent S, Parton RG, Kavallaris M, Johnston APR, Gooding JJ, Corrie SR, Boyd BJ, Thordarson P, Whittaker AK, Stevens MM, Prestidge CA, Porter CJH, Parak WJ, Davis TP, Crampin E, Caruso F. Minimum information reporting in bio-nano experimental literature. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 13, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0246-4
  11. Rahim M, Bjornmalm A, Bertleff-Zieschang N, Ju Y, Mettu S, Leeming M, Caruso F. Multiligand Metal-Phenolic Assembly from Green Tea Infusions. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 10, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b09237
  12. Cui J, Bjornmalm A, Ju Y, Caruso F. Nanoengineering of Poly(ethylene glycol) Particles for Stealth and Targeting. LANGMUIR. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 34, Issue 37. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02117
  13. Furtado D, Bjornmalm A, Ayton S, Bush A, Kempe K, Caruso F. Overcoming the Blood-Brain Barrier: The Role of Nanomaterials in Treating Neurological Diseases. Advanced Materials. Wiley-VCH. 2018. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201801362
  14. 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
  15. Rahim MA, Kristufek SL, Pan S, Richardson JJ, Caruso F. Phenolic Building Blocks for the Assembly of Functional Materials.. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2018. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201807804

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