Saiani, Prof. Alberto

Prof. Alberto Saiani PhD, FRSC is Professor of Molecular Materials at the University of Manchester, School of Materials & Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, UK. He graduated in 1994 with a PhD in polymer physics from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France. Following his PhD he held a number of post-doctoral positions in Belgium, Japan and the UK. In 2000 he was appointed lecturer at the University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France before joining in 2002 the University of Manchester. His research work spans a wide area of experimental polymer and biopolymer science and focuses on understanding the chemical architecture – thermodynamic – structure – physical property correlations in complex polymeric systems using state of the art techniques, which includes neutron and X-ray small angle scattering on large scale facilities. His work encompasses a variety of synthetic and biological polymeric materials including polyurethanes and polyureas elastomers; and protein and peptide hydrogels ( In 2013 he was awarded a 5-year Research Fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, UK) to pursue his work on self-assembled peptide biomaterials and in the same year he co-founded Manchester BIOGEL (, which develops and commercializes advanced gel-based combination products for the life science and biomedical sector. In 2016 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.