Stefan Salentinig is a physical chemist with a PhD in bio-colloids and scattering methods from the University of Graz, Austria in collaboration with an international partner in the food industry (2010). His research interests lie in the rational design and development of bioinspired materials for functional foods, drug delivery and diagnostics. He has strong expertise in the design and application of advanced experimental methods including X-ray and neutron scattering, electron microscopy and spectroscopy on lab and large-scale research infrastructure to study material composition, nanostructure and function.
After experience in the medical products industry as R&D project manager in surface coatings, he relocated to Australia in 2011 to take on a research scientist position in material science focusing on separation technology for energy applications at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He then joined Monash University in 2013 as a research fellow in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, designing nanoscale drug delivery systems and researching the digestion of food emulsions.
In 2015, he joined Empa, to head the Biomolecules at Surfaces group, pursuing research on the design of functional biointerfaces for health applications based on molecular engineering. His group has well- established collaborations with leading research institutions and industry partners, including ETHZ and PSI (Switzerland), the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), TU Graz (Austria), the University of Pernambuco (Brazil), the University of Umea (Sweden), NTU (Singapore).