Dr. Becker

Dr. Matthew Becker

Dr. Matthew Becker

Matthew L. Becker, Ph.D.
W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Professor of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering

Goodyear Polymer Center #517

Akron, OH 44325-3909

330-972-2834 Office
330-972-5290 Fax


Matthew L. Becker is the W. Gerald Austen Endowed Chair of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. He holds appointments in the Departments of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering. His multidisciplinary research team is focused on developing bioactive polymers for regenerative medicine and drug delivery. The Becker Group is working with collaborators world wide to address unmet medical needs at the interface of chemistry, materials and medicine.

He is the founder of three start-up companies, 3D BioResins, 3D BioActives & Fortem under the umbrella of the holding company 21st Century Medical Technologies. Professor Becker was one of two persons worldwide under 40 awarded the Macromolecules-Biomacromolecules Young Investigator Award in 2015. He was a National Finalist in Chemistry for the Blavatnik Award in 2017 and was awarded the 2019 Carl S. Marvel Award in Creative Polymer Chemistry. He is a Kavli Fellow and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering and the PMSE Division of the American Chemical Society.

He earned a B.S. in chemistry (ACS Accredited) at Northwest Missouri State University (1998) and a PhD in organic chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis (2003) as an NIH Chemistry Biology Interface Training Fellow. In 2003, Dr. Becker moved to the Polymers Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. He joined the permanent staff in 2005 as a project leader for bioimaging and tissue engineering before moving to The University of Akron in 2009.