Stefan Salentinig is a physical chemist with a PhD in food colloids and polymers from the University of Graz, Austria in collaboration with an international partner in the food industry (2010).
After experience as R&D project manager in surface coatings for medical products, he relocated to Australia in 2011 to take on a research scientist position in materials science at the CSIRO in New South Wales. He then moved to Melbourne to join the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University as a research fellow developing biomaterials for food and drug delivery.
In 2015, he joined Empa, to head the Biomolecules at Surfaces group, pursuing research on the design of smart material surfaces for health applications. His major interest lies in unraveling the material composition-structure-function relationship in biological systems, with the help of synchrotron- and lab based scattering techniques, advanced electron microscopy, computational- and bio-chemistry.