PROF Frank Caruso

PROF Frank Caruso


  • Materials science
  • Nano and biomolecular engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer science



  • Frank Caruso FRS FAA is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Convergent Bio-Nano Science and Technology. He is also appointed as a professor and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia. During his appointment at The University of Melbourne, he held ARC Federation (2002–2012) and ARC Australian Laureate (2012–2017) Fellowships. He received his PhD degree in 1994 from The University of Melbourne and thereafter conducted postdoctoral research at 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, Germany from 1997 until 2002.

    Prof Caruso is Leader of the Nanostructured Interfaces and Materials Science (NIMS) Group. His research interests focus on developing advanced nano- and biomaterials for biotechnology and medicine. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed papers and is on Clarivate Analytics 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list (cross-field category). He also appeared on Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers list (materials science category) and Thomson Reuters’ 2014 list of World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind. He ranked in the top 20 worldwide in materials science in 2011. He is Executive Editor of Chemistry of Materials and is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of ACS Applied Bio Materials , ACS Central Science , ACS Nano , Biomacromolecules , Advanced Science , Advanced Functional Materials , Advanced Healthcare Materials , Angewandte Chemie , Biomaterials Science , and Nano Today .

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2018), Asia Pacific Academy of Materials (2017), Australian Academy of Science (2009), and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (2006). Prof. Caruso is also the recipient   


Member of

  • American Chemical Society. Professional Membership American Chemical Society 2005 -


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2011: F. Caruso, MERIT Visiting Scholars Fund, Melbourne School of Engineering, $3K

    2010: E. Hartland, F. Caruso and G. Qiao, 'Rapid environmental detection of Legionella', Interdisciplinary Seed Funding, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), University of Melbourne

    2010: N. O'Brien-Simpson, E. Reynolds and F. Caruso, 'Nanoparticle mucosal vaccines', Interdisciplinary Seed Funding, Melbourne Materials Institute (MMI), University of Melbourne 

    2008: F. Caruso, 'Developing novel surfaces against biological fouling', Strategic Research Initiatives Fund (SRIF) Development Grant, University of Melbourne, $32K



Education and training

  • PhD (Physical Chemistry), University of Melbourne 1994
  • BSc(Hons) Physical Chemistry, University of Melbourne 1989

Awards and honors

  • Australian Museum Eureka Prize - Leadership in Science, 2013
  • 2012 Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences, Royal Society of Victoria, 2012
  • Top 100 Material Scientists in the world over the past decade for citation impact, Thomas Reuters, 2011
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2009
  • Woodward Medal in Science and Technology, The University of Melbourne, 2008
  • Federation Fellowship, Australian Research Council (ARC), 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, 2006
  • Australian Polymer Science & Technology Achievement Award, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), 2006
  • Le Fevre Memorial Prize, Australian Academy of Science, 2005
  • Federation Fellowship (Inaugural round), Australian Research Council (ARC), 2002
  • Royal Australian Chemical Institute Exchange Medal, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2001
  • Rennie Memorial Medal, Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), 2000
  • BioFuture Award, BioFuture (BMBF), Germany, 1999
  • German Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology Award, German Federal Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Technology, 1999
  • Research Award, Germany, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, 1998
  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, 1997
  • PhD Scholarship Melbourne Australia, CSIRO, 1990
  • Awarded for the highest score in Chemistry III, Professor Kernot Research Scholarship (UoM), 1988
  • Both awarded for the highest score in Chemistry II, Dixson and James Cuming Memorial Scholarships (UoM), 1987


Available for supervision

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