Daniel Aili

Daniel Aili

Associate professor / Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Materials

Daniel Aili has a MSc in Engineering Biology (2003) and a PhD in Molecular Physics (2008) from Linköping University. After postdocs in the lab of Prof. Molly Stevens at Imperial College London and at the School of Materials Science and Engineering at NTU, Singapore, he returned to LiU in 2011 to set up the Laboratory of Molecular Materials. Aili is a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and enrolled in the Future Research Leader program by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. He has received The AkzoNobel Nordic Prize for Surface and Colloid Chemistry (2012), Ingvar Carlsson Award (2012),  and The Arnbergska Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2013).

Research interest

My research interests involves 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, we explore self-assembly as a tool for creating bioresponsive and biointeractive materials and devices with different compositions, nanostructures, and functions. 

Expertise in

  • Soft Biomaterials
  • Molecular Self-Assembly
  • Surface and Colloid Chemistry
  • Biosensors


MSc in Engineering Biology

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

PhD in Molecular Physics

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

Selected publications

Selected peer-reviewed articles

R. Selegård, C. Aronsson, C. Brommesson, S. Dånmark, D. Aili, "Folding driven self-assembly of a stimuli-responsive peptide-hyaluronan hybrid hydrogel", Sci. Rep., 2017, 7, 7013. (PDF)

C. Aronsson, R. Selegård, D. Aili, "Zinc-triggered Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Fibrous Helix-Loop-Helix Peptide Superstructures for Controlled Encapsulation and Release", Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 6997−7003. (PDF)

S. Dånmark, C. Aronsson, D. Aili, "Tailoring Supramolecular Peptide-Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogels by Coiled Coil Self-Assembly and Self-Sorting", Biomacromolecules, 2016, 17, 2260-2267. (PDF)

S. K. Lim, C. Sandén, R. Selgård, B. Liedberg, D. Aili, "Tuning Liposome Membrane Permeability by Competitive Peptide Dimerization and Partitioning-Folding Interactions Regulated by Proteolytic Activity", Sci. Rep., 2016, 6, 21123, doi:10.1038/srep21123.

E. Martinsson, M. M. Shahjamali, N. Large, N. Zaraee, Y. Zhou, G. Schatz, C. Mirkin, D. Aili, "Influence of Surfactant Bilayers on the Refractive Index Sensitivity and Catalytic Properties of Anisotropic Gold Nanoparticles", Small, 2016, 12, 330-342.

PhD thesis

D. Aili, "Polypeptide-Based Nanoscale Materials", 2008, Linköping, ISBN: 978-91-7393-818-1

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