Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Matt Kipper, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, Colorado State University, September 20, 2019

Matt Kipper

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering

Matt Kipper joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CSU in the fall of 2006. Prof. Kipper earned B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. He also performed postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health. 

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Research Interests

Professor Kipper’s research is focused on developing new nano-structured and micro-structured materials for biomedical applications. In biological systems, including cells, tissues, and organs, functional moieties are organized into structures at various length scales, including the nano-scale and micro-scale. This organization is often essential for biological function.

His research lab develops materials that take advantage of this organization and assembly to prepare materials that interact with proteins, cells, and tissues in favorable ways. These materials can be used for tissue engineering, and to control tissue healing around implanted medical devices. Materials with tunable antimicrobial activity, antioxidant activity, and functional optical properties are also developed by the Kipper research lab.

We collaborate with researchers from other departments at CSU, and from institutions around the world. Students and postdocs in the Kipper group study chemical engineering, bioengineering, and materials science. These students have a variety of academic backgrounds lending their unique skillsets to a highly interdisciplinary group.


  • Ph.D. 2004, Iowa State University – Chemical Engineering
  • B.S. 2000, Iowa State University – Chemical Engineering

Other appointments

  • Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • William H. Corcoran Award, American Society of Engineering Education, for the most outstanding paper published in Chemical Engineering Education in 2022, Awarded June, 27, 2023
  • Gary Leach Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Executive Committee, 2022
  • Art Corey Outstanding International Contributions Award, Colorado State University, Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering, 2019
  • Best Office Hours, Colorado State University, Engineering College Council, 2017
  • Qingdao International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, City of Qingdao, China, 2016
  • Professional Progress in Engineering Award, Iowa State University, College of Engineering, 2016
  • Faculty Achievement Award, College of Engineering, Colorado State University, 2015
  • Visiting Foreign Expert, Qingdao University, Qingdao China, 2015
  • George T. Abell Outstanding Early-Career Faculty Award, 2011
  • 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Colorado State University
  • Best Teacher Award Nominee, Colorado State University Alumni Association 2009, 2011
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2009
  • Outstanding Instructor Award, Colorado State University, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2009