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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.





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
Linn Berglund, Paula Squinca, Yağmur Baş, Elisa Zattarin, Daniel Aili, Jonathan Rakar, Johan Junker, Annika Starkenberg, Mattia Diamanti, Petter Sivlér, Mårten Skog, Kristiina Oksman (2023) Self-Assembly of Nanocellulose Hydrogels Mimicking Bacterial Cellulose for Wound Dressing Applications Biomacromolecules, Vol. 24, p. 2264-2277 Continue to DOI
Katriann Arja, Robert Selegård, Marketa Paloncyova, Mathieu Linares, Mikael Lindgren, Patrick Norman, Daniel Aili, Peter Nilsson (2023) Self-Assembly of Chiro-Optical Materials from Nonchiral Oligothiophene-Porphyrin Derivatives and Random Coil Synthetic Peptides ChemPlusChem, Vol. 88 Continue to DOI
Olof Eskilson, Elisa Zattarin, Linn Berglund, Kristiina Oksman, Kristina Hanna, Jonathan Rakar, Petter Sivlér, Mårten Skog, Ivana Rinklake, Rozalin Shamasha, Zeljana Sotra, Annika Starkenberg, Magnus Odén, Emanuel Wiman, Hazem Khalaf, Torbjörn Bengtsson, Johan Junker, Robert Selegård, Emma Björk, Daniel Aili (2023) Nanocellulose composite wound dressings for real-time pH wound monitoring Materials Today Bio, Vol. 19, Article 100574 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.