Group Leader


Dr. Aránzazu del Campo

Main Research Interests

Aránzazu del Campo's group works on the development of active surfaces and materials with tunable properties. Their three main research areas are: (i) bioactive caged surfaces with selective response to different irradiation wavelengths that allow dynamic and multi-parametric studies in biology, (ii) responsive hydrogels with photo-tunable stickiness, and (iii) bio-inspired dry and wet reversible adhesives mimicking gecko and tree frog locomotion mechanisms.

Arancha del Campo is particularly interested in:

  •  Photoresponsive molecules, surfaces and materials
  • Biointerfaces, Bioadhesion, Cell-material interactions
  • Nanostructuring approaches with polymer materials

Short CV

Aránzazu del Campo studied chemistry at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid, Spain) and got her MSc degree in 1995. In 2000 she obtained her PhD degree from the Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (Madrid) for experimental research on ferroelectric liquid crystalline polymers. Parallel to this she studied materials science and engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. After completion of her PhD, she moved to the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research as a Marie Curie Fellow and joined Prof. H. W. Spiess’ department to work on surface patterning and colloidal assembly. In September 2003 she was appointed Senior Research Fellow by the University of Greenwich (London, UK) to work at the Universitá degli Studi di Urbino (Italy) within the framework of an European Research Project. In December 2004 she moved to the Max Planck Institute for Metal Research (Stuttgart) as group leader in Prof. E. Arzt’s department.. Her research activities focused on the development of novel strategies to control adhesion at surfaces. In 2007 she became Bereichsleiterin of the department “Functional Surfaces” at the Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien GmbH (Saarbrücken). She joined the MPI-P in February 2009 as head of a new Research Group “Active Surfaces and Materials”.


  • 2009 W2 Minerva Fellow “Active Surfaces and Materials at Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz (DE)
  • 2008 Department Head “Functional Surfaces”, INM-Leibniz Institut für Neue Materialien, Saarbrücken (DE)
  • 2005-07 Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart (DE)

Academic/ Professional Preparation

  • 2004 Post-Doc Biointerfaces, Universitá degli Studi di Urbino (Italy)
  • 2000-03 Post-Doc Surface Science Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz (DE)
  • 1996-00 PhD Polymer Chemistry, Instituto de CyT de Polímeros, Madrid (ES)
  • 1990-95 MSc Chemistry, Universidad Complutense, Madrid (ES)

Awards / grants

  • 2010 BMBF Preisträger Innovationswettbewerb Medizintechnik 2010
  • 2007 Federation of European Material Societies Award for Excellence in Materials Sci&Eng
  • 2001-2003: Marie Curie Fellowship
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