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Professor Peter Kingshott

Professor, Surface Engineering
PhD in Science, University of New South Wales, Australia; BSc with Honours in Chemistry, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia


Peter joined Swinburne in late 2010. He heads The Polymer NanoInterface Engineering Group that has a strong emphasis on controlling the interfacial interactions of biological materials with advanced material surfaces. The focus will be development of new 1, 2 and 3D surface micro- and nanopatterning approaches aimed at improving our understanding of how biology and man-made materials interact with each other. Application areas include:

1) Surfaces of medical implants
2) Surfaces for infection control
3) Surfaces for tissue engineered devices
4) Surfaces for regenerative medicine
5) Surfaces for nanoparticles in drug delivery
6) Surfaces for biosensors
7) Surfaces for minimizing industrial biofouling

Peter is also Deputy Director of SEAM, The Australian Research Council, Industrial Transformation Training Centre on “Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials” that will run from 2019-2024 (

Peter left Australia in 1999 after completing his PhD and a postdoc at CSIRO Molecular Science, where he worked on developing new antifouling contact lens surfaces. Part of his research involved adapting the MALDI-TOF technique, together with other CSIRO scientists, to be able to directly detect and identify proteins adsorbed to surfaces. This new way of looking at biointerfaces drastically improved our understanding of the molecular interactions taking place at the biointerface assisting in the design of new biocompatible material surfaces.

After leaving Australia Peter took up postdoc positions at the National ESCA and Surface Analysis Centre for Biomedical Problems (NESAC/BIO) based at The University of Washington in Seattle, and the Centre for Competence in Biomaterials at the RWTH Aachen in Germany. His research focused on developing protein and cell resistant biomaterials surfaces and using extremely sensitive surface analytical techniques to understand the precise role played by surface chemistry in biointerface science. In 2000 Peter moved to Denmark to become a Senior Scientist at The Danish Polymer Centre, Riso National Laboratory, near Copenhagen.

He worked there for 5 years on projects relating to biointerface and polymer surfaces, with a large emphasis being placed on industry collaborations either within large consortia or in smaller protects. Peter moved to the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre (iNANO) at Aarhus University in 2006 as Associate Professor where his group, amongst other activities, set up the surface analysis facility (XPS and ToF-SIMS). It is at this stage Peter's research began to focus on nanoscience and nanotechnology where he started developing new surface patterning techniques based on colloidal crystal layers and using functionalised polymer nanofibers by electrospinning both for life science applications. Many of the projects involved industry partners either as joint PhD projects, integrated R&D projects or broader consortia involving many partners.

Summary of Research Outputs/Publications (April 2024):
1) Number of refereed publications (career) = 205
2) 10 patents
3) 10 book chapters
4) Total number of citations = 10,515
5) H-Factor = 55
6) i10-Index since 2019 = 93

Research interests

Nanofabrication; Bioreactors and Tissue Engineering; Colloids and Interface Science; Microbiology; Nanobiotechnology; Biointerface Engineering; Medical Devices and Diagnostics; Surface Engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Biomaterials - 400302
  • Materials Engineering - 401600
  • Physical Chemistry - 340600
  • Macromolecular And Materials Chemistry - 340300

Teaching areas

Nanofabrication;Analytical Chemistry;Colloids and Interface Science;Nanobiotechnology;Polymers at Interfaces;Surface Analysis;Biointerface Engineering

Professional memberships

  • 2013 (current): Editor, Applied Surface Science, Select Country/Region
  • 2011 (current): Reviewer, Australian Research Council, Australia
  • 2019 (current): ARC College of Experts, Australian Research Council, Australia


Also published as: Kingshott, Peter; Kingshott, P.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Investigation of antibacterial properties of Wintermute compounds attached to medical implant surfaces *; Wintermute Biomedical Australia Pty Ltd
  • 2024: Nanoengineered hybrid coatings that control inflammation to artificial bone *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2023: 3D Bio-Nanomaterial Displays with Designer Architectures, Reconfiguration States and Photonic Functions *; US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI)
  • 2023: Advanced Polymer Coatings for Enhanced Tissue Integration *; UA-DAAD (Universities Australia-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
  • 2023: Next Generation Safety-Integrated and Infection-Reactive Implants by Design of Advanced Surface Engineering Architectures *; UA-DAAD (Universities Australia-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)
  • 2022: Detection of tau proteins associated with neurodegenerative dementia using a novel nanobiosensor platform *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2022: Development of advanced materials optimised for environmental conditions *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2021: Multiplexed surface signals to inhibit mixed bacterial biofilm formation *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2021: Scalable Graphene Enabled Smart Composites *; ARC Linkage Projects Scheme
  • 2020: 3D Nanofabrication Facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2020: Investigating the mode of action of antimicrobial peptides *; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • 2020: Smart Coatings for the Next Generation of Lightning Strike Protection Devices *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2019: An Interdisciplinary Molecular, Cell Biology, and Surface Engineering Approach to Limit Regrowth and Obstruction of Heart Vessels after Surgery *; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Structural interactions between puroindolines and lipid membranes using small angle scattering techniques *; Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation
  • 2019: Use of iPS cell -derived endothelial cells to limit vascular regrowth after vessel stenting *; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2018: Advanced Surface Micro- and Nanostructures and Chemistries for Stem Cell Culture *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2016: Colloidal crystal based surface nanostructures for controlling stem cell fate *; CSIRO Post-Grad Scholarships
  • 2016: Investigation of Soil Composition including Laboratory -based clay trials for Yaloak Estate *; Rentiers Machinery Pty. Ltd.
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2014: Surface and Colloid Characterisation Facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2013: High-resolution molecular tagging velocimetry and thermometry facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: A diagnostics platform for advanced plasma-chemical analysis *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2012: Highly ordered colloidal crystals for the display of biactive signals *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

* Chief Investigator

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