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Professor Sally McArthur

Adjunct Professor
PhD, UNSW, Australia; Masters of Engineering Science - Biomedical Engineering , Monash University, Australia; B.Eng (Hons) Materials Engineering , Monash University, Australia


Professor Sally McArthur is the Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials at Deakin Univeristy. During her tenure at Swinburne, she was the Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute at Swinburne and CSIRO Research+ Science Leader in Biomedical Manufacturing. Sally led a number of initiatives at Swinburne including MedTechVic (VHESIF). 

Professor McArthur’s personal research couples materials, surface engineering, physical science, analytical chemistry and biochemistry. Using these tools, she creates novel interfaces capable of eliciting specific physical and biological responses. Her CSIRO Research+ Science Leader role focused on the development of 3D tissue model systems as new in vitro test platforms for the biomaterials, pharmaceutical and medical/bio technologies sectors.

 As an engineering researcher Sally has obtained approximately $22 million in funding from research councils, industry and government in the UK and Australia, including $1.9 million from Victoria's Start-up Agency, LaunchVic to support the development of the Medical Device Partnering Program in Victoria.  

Research interests

Nanomaterials; Surface Analysis; Biointerface Engineering; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; materials engineering

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Bioengineering 3D in vitro model systems: These projects will develop reproducible, scalable and monitored 3D cell culture.  1)    Materials and Devices – integrate existing tissue engineering and disease-on-chip knowledge. 2)    Sensors and Reporting systems – in situ and ex situ sensors and reporting tools. 3)    Verification and Validation using animal and 2D models and tools including ToF-SIMS.

ToF-SIMS imaging of tissue engineered materials : This project will focus on the development of new mass spectometry tools for characterising tissue engineered skin in a variety of different disease, inflamation and infection states. Combiningchemical spectroscopy with confocal fluorescence and standard biological assays, the project will explore how these approaches can give new insight into the processes that occur during tissue formation 

Understanding the structure of plasma polymers: Plasma polymers are 5-100nm thin films deposited from the gas phase onto surfaces. Used in a wide range of industries from biomedical devices through to semiconductors and optical coatings, these films can be formed with a wide range fo properties. This project will focus on understanding the chemical and mechanical changes in the films that occur during deposition 


Available to supervise honours students.

Teaching areas

biomedical engineering


  • 2021, National, Fellow , Australian Academy for Technology and Engineering (ATSE)
  • 2016, National, Most Valuable Woman in Leadership Award, BioMelbourne Network
  • 2016, International, Fellow, AVS, USA
  • 2014, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Research Engagement Award, Swinburne
  • 2006, International, Silver Medal,, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3), UK


Also published as: McArthur, Sally; McArthur, S.; McArthur, Sally L.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2022: LivingAT Health Innovation Challenge *; Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • 2022: Processing and Modification of Short Polymer Fibres *; Cytomatrix Pty Ltd
  • 2021: A suture-less cannula for rapid, off-bypass implantation of left ventricular assist devices *; Ideas Grants
  • 2021: ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2021: MedTech Vic *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2021: Non-Invasive Tissue Growth Assessment *; Optiscan Imaging Limited
  • 2021: Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2) *; VIC Department of Education and Training
  • 2020: MDPP StimCAR-T Project *; The Flinders University of South Australia
  • 2019: Development of 3D cell culture systems for evaluating real-time stimulations and sensing techniques *; USDept of Defense
  • 2017: Introducing inflammation and infection pathways into 3D model skin tissue systems *; CSIRO Post Doctoral Fellowships
  • 2016: CSIRO OCE Fellowship *; CSIRO OCE Fellowship
  • 2014: Bioinspired interfaces for improved carbon fibre composite performance *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2014: Collaborative facility for high resolution fabrication, imaging, and characterisation of nanostructured materials *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2014: Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Biodevices and Diagnostics *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2014: Nanotechnology Water Sensor Production: Technology Voucher project with Aquadiagnostic Pty Ltd *; Department of State Development Business and Innovation - Voucher Program
  • 2014: Surface and Colloid Characterisation Facility *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities Scheme - For funding commencing in 2014
  • 2013: Bioinspired interfaces for improved carbon fibre composite performance (VCAMM PhD scholarship) *; VCAMM Scholarship
  • 2013: Development of Proof of Concept for a Precision Opthalmic Surgical Guide *; L&L Sullivan
  • 2013: Optimization and Characterization of Surface Chemistry Deposition in a Microfluidic Prototype Cartridge *; MiniFAB
  • 2013: Undergraduate research opportunities in small technologies UROP *; Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
  • 2012: A diagnostics platform for advanced plasma-chemical analysis *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2011: MCN Biointerface Hub at SUT *; MCN Technology Hub
  • 2011: Nanoscale characterisation of the dynamics of artificial lipid membranes - model systems for drug binding studies *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2009: Design and Fabrication of Nano-Structured Surfaces for the Control of Bacterial Interactions (Advanced Manufacturing CRC Project) *; Advanced Manufacturing CRC

* Chief Investigator