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Professor Matthew Gibson

Matthew Gibson (FRSC, FHEA) is a Professor, and Chair of Sustainable Biomaterials in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester. His team is based in both the Department of Chemistry and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. The team have broad research interests in deploying biomaterials to address important problems in biotechnology, healthcare, and sustainability. 

Matt obtained his Degree (2003) and PhD (2007) from the University of Durham UK, before pursuing postdoctoral research at EPFL, Switzerland. In 2009 Matt started his own group at the Univeristy of Warwick UK as a Science City Research Fellow. He was promoted to assistant (2012), associate (2015) and full (2016) Professor, joint between Chemistry and the Medical School. In 2023 his team was recruited to the University of Manchester. 

Matt has published >180 papers, delivered >100 invited lectures and several awards for his teams research. Matt has held back to back ERC Starter and Consolidator awards. Matt is co-founder and chief technology officer of Cryologyx Limited: a spin-out company commercialising cryopreservation technology. He has also filed many patents, which have been sucessfuly licensed. Matt is a former Royal Society Industyr Research Fellow (with GE Healthcare) and led the MRC iCASE (industry) PhD training in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research at Warwick. 


  • RSC Horizon Prize. Chemical Biology: Rita and John Cornforth Award. 2022
  • McBain Medal for Colloid and Interface Science (Soc. Chem. Industry and RSC). 2021
  • ERC Consolidator Grant – 2020-2025
  • Royal Society Industry Fellow (With GE Healthcare/Cytivia) – 2019 – 2023
  • Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Young Investigator Prize – 2018
  • Elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry – 2016
  • PAT (Polymers for Advanced Technologies) Young Talent Award 2015.
  • RSC/Dextra Carbohydrate Group Medal 2015. (Young/mid career prize) 2015
  • ERC starting grant. 2015-2020
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015
  • RSC Emerging Technologies Life Science Prize 2014
  • RSC MacroGroup Young Researcher’s Medal 2012
  • Birmingham Science City Independent Fellowship 2009

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, PhD in polymer/organic chemistry, University of Durham

Award Date: 1 Jul 2007

Master in Science, MChem (hons) 1st Class In Chemistry, University of Durham

Award Date: 1 Jul 2003

Post-doc, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)


Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Advanced materials
  • Sustainable Futures


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