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Daniel Aili

Professor, Head of Unit

My research is focused on the design and development of new nanoscale components for fabrication of functional materials by self-assembly.

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.





Annelie Abrahamsson, Fatemeh Rasti Boroojeni, Sajjad Naeimipour, Nina Reustle, Robert Selegård, Daniel Aili, Charlotta Dabrosin (2024) Increased matrix stiffness enhances pro-tumorigenic traits in a physiologically relevant breast tissue- monocyte 3D model Acta Biomaterialia, Vol. 178, p. 160-169 Continue to DOI
Alexandra Iversen, Johanna Utterström, Robert Selegård, Daniel Aili (2024) Enzymatically Triggered Peptide-Lipid Conjugation of Designed Membrane Active Peptides for Controlled Liposomal Release ACS Omega, Vol. 9, p. 19613-19619 Continue to DOI
Olof Eskilsson, Sneha Kollenchery Ramanathan, Anna Du Rietz, Valentina Guerrero Florez, Robert Selegård, Kajsa Uvdal, Emma Björk, Daniel Aili (2024) Self-Assembly of Metal Nanoparticles in Bacterial Cellulose for the Fabrication of Soft Substrate-Supported Catalysts ACS Applied Nano Materials Continue to DOI
Fatemeh Rasti Boroojeni, Sajjad Naeimipour, Philip Lifwergren, Annelie Abrahamsson, Charlotta Dabrosin, Robert Selegård, Daniel Aili (2024) Proteolytic remodeling of 3D bioprinted tumor microenvironments Biofabrication, Vol. 16, Article 025002 Continue to DOI


Sajjad Naeimipour, Fatemeh Rasti Boroojeni, Philip Lifwergren, Robert Selegård, Daniel Aili (2023) Multimodal and dynamic cross-linking of modular thiolated alginate-based bioinks Materials Today Advances, Vol. 19, Article 100415 Continue to DOI


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The wound dressing that can reveal infection

A nanocellulose wound dressing that can reveal early signs of infection without interfering with the healing process has been developed by researchers at Linköping University. Their study is one further step on the road to a new type of wound care.

Grafren and ArgusEye

Two LiU spin off companies "best startups 2022"

The magazine Ny Teknik has listed 33 of this year's best and most promising startups in Sweden, in the yearly "33-listan". Two startups on the list are spin-offs from LiU. The companies are ArgusEye and Grafren.

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Daniel Aili receives large European grant

Daniel Aili has received one of this year’s ERC Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). His research aims to develop a method for measuring a kind of cancer-related enzyme.

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.