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 addressing unmet medical needs at the interface of chemistry, materials and medicine. To date, his group has published more than 130 papers, has 35 patents issued or pending and has delivered more than 200 invited lectures in 20 countries around the world.

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 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.