My research interests involve design and development of molecules, soft materials and hybrid nanoscale components and devices for a wide range of applications in biomedicine and molecular biology; including diagnostics, biosensors, drug delivery and regenerative medicine. I have a large interest in molecular self-assembly. In addition to study fundamental self-assembly processes, I explore self-assembly as a tool for creating bioresponsive and biointeractive materials and devices with different compositions, nanostructures, and functions.






CV in short


  • 2015 to present Associate Professor, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2011-2015 Assistant Professor, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2010-2011 Postdoc, School of Materials Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2009-2010 Postdoc, Prof. Molly Stevens' lab, Imperial College London, UK


  • 2008 PhD in Molecular Physics, Linköping University, Sweden
  • 2003 MSc in Engineering Biology, Linköping University, Sweden


  • Wallenberg Academy Fellow
  • Enrolled in the Future Research Leader program by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
  • Received the AkzoNobel Nordic Prize for Surface and Colloid Chemystry (2012)
  • Received the Ingvar Carlsson Award (2012)
  • Received the Arnbergska Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2013)


  • Soft biomaterials
  • Molecular self-assembly
  • Surface and colloid chemistry
  • Biosensors

More about my research

Hydrogels can provide better cell therapy treatment

This video, made by  Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research in their series about future research leaders, tells the story about Daniel Aili and his research group that, among others, create hydrogels.