John Dunlop
John W. C. Dunlop Univ. Prof. (Room No: 2.OG.24)
  • Jakob-Haringerstrasse 2a
  • A-5020 Salzburg, Austria
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Research Interests

I am interested in understanding the basic physics that controls how biological and synthetic materials change shape through the influence of processes such as growth or swelling. Our work uses both experimental and theoretical methods and has relevance in basic biology (morphogenesis), healthcare (tissue engineering) and robotics (the design of actuators).

Academic Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours, majoring in Chemistry, University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia)
  • Bachelor of Engineering with 1st Class Honours, majoring in Materials Engineering, University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia)


  • Doctorate in Materials Science. Thesis: Internal variable modelling of creep and recrystallisation in zirconium alloys. Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, Laboratoire Thermodynamique et de Physico-chimie des Matériaux. (Grenoble, France)


  • Habilitation in Biological Physics. Thesis: The physics of shape change in biology, Potsdam University (Potsdam, Germany).

Academic Career


  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Interfaces, (Potsdam, Germany).


  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Interfaces, (Potsdam, Germany).


  • Research Group Leader, Department of Biomaterials, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, (Potsdam, Germany).

since October 2017

  • Professor of Biological Physics, Department of the Chemistry and Physics of Materials, University of Salzburg, (Salzburg, Austria). 
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