Matthew L Becker


Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science

The Becker Laboratory for Functional Biomaterials is a multidisciplinary organic materials group working at the interface of chemistry, organic materials and medicine.   We are developing families of degradable polymers with highly tunable physical and biological properties that are being applied to unmet needs in bone, soft tissue, neural and vascular tissue engineering.  We are also actively engages in additive manufacturing and the development of custom inks that are enabling unique solutions to challenging design paradigms in biomaterials and drug delivery.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science
  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

  • Office Location: B120 Levine Science Res Center, 308 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 681-3812
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2003
  • M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2000
  • B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, 1998

Research Interests

Polymer chemistry; bioconjugate chemistry; molecular imaging and additive manufacturing
Materials for bone, soft tissue, neural and vascular tissue engineering
Drug and protein delivery
Degradable materials for flexible electronics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Carl S. Marvel Award in Creative Polymer Chemistry. Polymer Division of the American Chemical Society. 2019
  • Fellow. American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering. 2018
  • Fellow. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017
  • Biomacromolecules/ Macromolecules Young Investigator Award. American Chemical Society Publications. 2015

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 110DL: Honors Chemistry: Core Concepts in Context
  • CHEM 393: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 394: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 493: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 494: Research Independent Study
  • CHEM 590: Special Topics in Chemistry

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Stubbs, CJ; Worch, JC; Prydderch, H; Becker, ML; Dove, AP, Unsaturated Poly(ester-urethanes) with Stereochemically Dependent Thermomechanical Properties, Macromolecules, vol 53 no. 1 (2020), pp. 174-181 [10.1021/acs.macromol.9b01700] [abs].
  • Wang, K; Zheng, L; Zhu, T; Liu, L; Becker, ML; Gong, X, High performance perovskites solar cells by hybrid perovskites co-crystallized with poly(ethylene oxide), Nano Energy, vol 67 (2020) [10.1016/j.nanoen.2019.104229] [abs].
  • Zhu, T; Yang, Y; Zheng, L; Liu, L; Becker, ML; Gong, X, Solution-Processed Flexible Broadband Photodetectors with Solution-Processed Transparent Polymeric Electrode, Advanced Functional Materials (2020) [10.1002/adfm.201909487] [abs].
  • Kleinfehn, AP; Lammel Lindemann, JA; Razvi, A; Philip, P; Richardson, K; Nettleton, K; Becker, ML; Dean, D, Modulating Bioglass Concentration in 3D Printed Poly(propylene fumarate) Scaffolds for Post-Printing Functionalization with Bioactive Functional Groups., Biomacromolecules, vol 20 no. 12 (2019), pp. 4345-4352 [10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00941] [abs].
  • Silantyeva, EA; Willits, RK; Becker, ML, Postfabrication Tethering of Molecular Gradients on Aligned Nanofibers of Functional Poly(ε-caprolactone)s., Biomacromolecules, vol 20 no. 12 (2019), pp. 4494-4501 [10.1021/acs.biomac.9b01264] [abs].