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Professor Nico Voelcker 

Position: Strand Leader and Lloyd Sansom Chair in Biomaterials Engineering & Nanomedicine Professor Nico Voelcker
Division/Portfolio: Research and Innovation Portfolio
School/Unit: Future Industries Institute
Campus: Mawson Lakes Campus
Office: Unknown
Telephone: +61 8 830 25508
Email: Nico_dot_Voelcker_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Nico.Voelcker

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Voelcker Laboratories at the Mawson Institute


Diplom and Dr. rer. nat. in Chemistry (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

BSc University of Saarland, Germany

Research interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Porous Materials
  • Surface Engineering
  • Biosensors
  • Biointerfaces
  • High-throughput Screening
  • Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy

Research publications

Journal Publications:


Sweetman,M., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Chemically patterned porous silicon photonic crystals towards internally referenced organic vapour sensors’, RSC Advances, accepted 02.03.2012.

Creasey,R.G., Voelcker,N.H., Schultz,C.J., ‘Investigation of self-assembling proline- and glycine-rich recombinant proteins and peptides inspired by proteins from a symbiotic fungus using atomic force microscopy and circular dichroism spectroscopy’, BBA - Proteins and Proteomics, accepted 11.02.2012.

Michelmore,A., Clements,L., Steele,D.A., Voelcker,N.H., Szili,E.J., ‘Gradient technology for high-throughput screening of interactions between cells and nanostructured materials’, Journal of Nanomaterials, accepted 09.02.2012.

Bandaru,N.M., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Glycoconjugate-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes in Biomedicine’, Journal of Materials Chemistry, accepted 03.02.2012.

Clements,L.R., Wang,P.Y., Tsai,W.B., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Electrochemistry-enabled fabrication of orthogonal nanotopography and surface chemistry gradients for high-throughput screening’, Lab on a Chip, accepted, 04.02.2012.

Sweetman,M., Ronci,M., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Porous Silicon Films Micropatterned with Bioelements as Supports for Mammalian Cells’, Advanced Functional Materials, accepted 16.12.2011, 10.1002/adfm.201102000.

Zhou,J., Ellis,A.V., Kobus,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Aptamer sensor for cocaine using minor groove binder based energy transfer (MBET)’, Analytica Chimica Acta, 719 (2012) 76-81.

Harding,F., Clements,L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Assessing embryonic stem cell response to surface chemistry using plasma polymer gradients’, Acta Biomaterialia, accepted 01.02.2012, 10.1016/j.actbio.2012.01.034.

Al-Bataineh,S.A., Szili,E.J., Gruner,P.J., Priest,C., Griesser,H.J., Voelcker,N.H., Short ,R.D., Steele,D.A., ‘Fabrication and Operation of a Microcavity Plasma Array Device for Microscale Surface Modification’, Plasma Processes and Polymers, accepted 15.12.2011, 10.1002/ppap.201100166.

Murthy,B.N., Zeile,S., Nambiar,M., Nussio,M.R., Gibson,C.T., Shapter,J.G., Jayaraman,N., Voelcker, N.H., ‘Self assembly of bivalent glycolipids on single walled carbon nanotubes and their specific molecular recognition properties’, RSC Advances, 2012, 2 (4), 1329 - 1333.

McInnes,S.J.P., Irani,Y., Williams,K.A., Voelcker,N.H., 'Controlled drug delivery from composites of nanostructured porous silicon and poly(L-lactide)', Nanomedicine, accepted 06.09.2011.

Fang,C., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Electrochemical Synthesis of Silver Oxide Nanowires, Microplatelets and Application as SERS Substrate Precursors’, Electrochimica Acta, 59, 346-353, 2012.

Wang,P.Y., Tsai,W.B., Voelcker,N.H., 'Screening of Rat Mesenchymal Stem Cell Behaviour on Polydimethylsiloxane Stiffness Gradients', Acta Biomaterialia, 8 (2012), 519-530.

Zhou,J., Ellis,A., Voelcker,N.H., 'Surface modification for PDMS-based microfluidic devices', Electrophoresis, 33 (2012), 89-104.

Fang,C., N.M. Bandaru, A.V. Ellis, N.H. Voelcker, ‘Fabrication of Nanoporous Gold by Anodization and Application as an Electrochemical Sensor for Bisphenol A’, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22 (2012), 22, 2952-2957.

Moore,E., Wang,P.Y., Vogt,A., Gibson,C.T., Haridas,V., Voelcker,N.H., 'Clicking dendritic peptides onto single walled carbon nanotubes', RSC Advances, 2012, 2 (4), 1289 - 1291.


Flavel,B., Sweetman,M., Shearer,C., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Micropatterned Arrays of Porous Silicon: Towards Sensory Biointerfaces’, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (2011), 2463–2471.

Haridas,V., Sharma,Y.K., Creasey,R., Sahu,S., Gibson,C., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Gelation and Topochemical Polymerization of Peptide Dendrimers’, New Journal of Chemistry, 35 (2011) 303-309.

Zoehrer,R., Fazzalari,N., Shapter,J.G., Perilli,E., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Human Bone Material Characterization: Integrated Imaging Surface Investigation of Male Fragility Fracture’, Osteoporosis International, accepted 26.05.2011, published online 22.06.2011.

Hoffman,L., Andersson,G., Sharma,A., Clarke,S., Voelcker,N.H., ‘New insights into the structure of PAMAM dendrimer/gold nanoparticle nanocomposites’, Langmuir, 27 (2011) 6759-6767.

Moore,E., Vogt,A. VoelckerN.H., ‘Rapid aqueous "click chemistry" using Cu(I)-loaded dendrimers as macromolecular catalysts’, Tetrahedron Letters, 52 (2011), 2327-2329.

Ronci,M., Sharma,S., Chataway,T., Burdon,K., Martin,S., Craig,J., Voelcker,N.H., 'MALDI-MS-Imaging of Whole Human Lens Capsule, Journal of Proteome Research', 10 (2011) 3522–3529.

Plummer,A., Kuznetsov,V., Joyner,T., Shapter,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Energetic Films of Nanostructured Porous Silicon’, Small, 7 (2011) 3392-3398.

Sweetman,M., Harding,F., Graney,S., N.H. Voelcker,N.H., ‘Effect of oligoethylene glycol moieties in porous silicon surface functionalisation on protein adsorption and cell attachment’, Applied Surface Science, 257 (2011), 6768-6775.

Al-Bataineh,S.A., Szili,E.J., Mishra,A., Park,S.J., Eden,J.G., Griesser,H.J., Voelcker,N.H., Short,R.D., Steele,D.A., ‘A simple method to manufacture microplasma devices that can be used for localised plasma polymerization’, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 8 (2011), 683–77.

Sweetman,M., Shearer,C., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Dual silane surface functionalization for selective attachment of human neuronal cells on porous silicon’, Langmuir, 27 (2011) 9497–9503.

Bhaskar,S., Gibson,C.T., Yoshida,M. , Nandivada,H., Deng,X., Voelcker,N.H., Lahann,J., ‘Engineering, characterization and directional self-assembly of anisotropically modified nanocolloids’, Small, 7 (2011), 812–819.

Szili,E.J., Jane,A., Low,S.P., Sweetman,M., Macardle,P., Kumar,S., Smart,R.St.C., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Interferometric porous silicon transducers using an enzymatically amplified optical signal’, Sensors and Actuators B, 160 (2011), 341-348.

Clements,L.R., Wang.,P.Y., Harding,F. Tsai,W.B., Thissen,H., Voelcker, N.H., ‘Mesenchymal stem cell attachment to peptide density gradients on porous silicon generated by electrografting’, Physica in Status Solidi, 208 (2011) 1440-1445.

Vasani,R., McInnes,S., Cole,M., Jani,A., Ellis,A., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Stimulus-Responsiveness and Drug Release from Porous Silicon Films ATRP-Grafted with Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)’, Langmuir, 27 (2011), 7843–7853.

Creasey,R., Sharma,S., Gibson,C., Craig,J., Ebner,A., Becker,T., P. Hinterdorfer,P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Atomic force microscopy-based antibody recognition imaging of proteins in the pathological deposits in Pseudoexfoliation syndrome’, Ultramicroscopy, 111 (2011), 1055-1061.

Vogt,A., Bisset,M., Gibson,C., Shapter,J., Voelcker,N.H., Ellis,A.V., ‘High-order graphene oxide nanoarchitectures’, Nanoscale, 2011, 3 (8), 3076 - 3079.

Dronov,R., Shapter,J.G., Hodges,A., Voelcker, N.H., ‘Nanoporous Alumina-based Interferometric Transducers Ennobled’, Nanoscale, 3 (2011), 3109 - 3114.

Fang,C., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Electrochemically Prepared Porous Silver and its Application in Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering’, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 659 (2011), 151-160.

Vasani,R., Cole,M., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H.,. ‘Stimulus-Responsive Polymers at Nano-interfaces’, in: Vol. 10 Nanomaterials for Life Sciences, Wiley VCH, 2011.

Willet,N., Lamprecht,C., Rankl,C., Rangl,M., Creasey,R., Ebner,A., Voelcker,N.H., Hinterdorfer,P., ‘Molecular Recognition Force Spectroscopy’, In: Molecular Manipulation with Atomic Force Microscopy, CRC Press, 2011.


Zhou,J., Voelcker,N.H., Ellis,A.V., ‘Simple surface modification of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) for DNA hybridization, Biomicrofluidics’, 4 (2010), 046504-1 – 046504-7.

Shearer,C., Ellis,A., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Chemically Grafted Carbon Nanotube Surface Coverage Gradients’. Langmuir, 26, (2010), 18468–18475.

Haerudin,H., Pramono,A.W., Kusuma,D.S., Jenie,A., Voelcker,N.H., Gibson,C., ‘Preparation and Characterisation of Chitosan/Montmorillonite (MMT) Nanocomposite Systems’, International Journal of Technology, 1 (2010), 65-73.

Anglin,E.J., Salisbury,C., Bailey,S., Hor,M., Macardle,P., Fenech,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Sorted cell microarrays as platforms for high-content informational bioassays’. Lab on a Chip, 10 (2010), 3413 – 3421.

Malec,C.D., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., Ellis,A.V., ‘Carbon nanotubes initiate the explosion of porous silicon’, Materials Letters, 64 (2010) 2517-2519.

Creasey,N., Sharma,S., Craig,J., Gibson,C., Ebner,A., Hinterdorfer,P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Detecting Protein Aggregates on Untreated Human Tissue Samples by AFM Recognition Imaging’, Biophysical Journal, 99 (2010), 1660 - 1667.

Jani,A.M.M., Losic,D., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Dress in Layers : Layering surface functionalities in nanoporous aluminium oxide membranes’, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 49 (2010), 7933-7937.

Velleman,L., Shearer,C., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., ‘Fabrication of self-supporting porous silicon membranes and tuning transport properties by surface functionalization’, Nanoscale, 2 (2010), 1756-1761.

Szili,E., Kumar,S., Smart,R., Denichilo,M., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Development of surface modification techniques for the covalent attachment of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) on PECVD silica-coated titanium’, Surface and Coatings Technology, 205 (2010), 1630-1635.

McLeod,K., Kumar,S., Dutta,N.K., Smart,R.C., Voelcker,N.H., Anderson,G.I., ‘X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of the growth kinetics of biomimetically grown hydroxyapatite thin-film coatings’, Applied Surface Science, 256 (2010), 7178-7185.

Lowe,R.D., Szili,E.J., Kirkbride,P., Thissen,H., Siuzdak,G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Combined Immunocapture and Laser Desorption/Ionization Mass Spectrometry on Porous Silicon’, Analytical Chemistry, 82 (2010) 4201–4208.

Cole,M., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., Horn,R., Griesser,H.J., ‘Colloid probe AFM study of thermal collapse and protein interactions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) coatings’, Soft Matter, 6 (2010), 2657-2667.

Nussio,M.R., Voelcker,N.H., Flavel,B.S., Gibson,C.T., Sykes,M.J., Miners,J.O., Shapter,J.G., ‘Nanoscale Structure of Lipid Domain Boundaries’, Soft Matter, 6 (2010), 2193-2199.

Kashanian,S., Harding,F., Irani,Y., Klebe,S., Marshall,K., Loni,A., Canham,L., Fan,S., Williams,K.A., Voelcker,N.H., Coffer,J.L., ‘Evaluation of Mesoporous Silicon / Polycaprolactone Composites as Ophthalmic Implants. Acta Biomaterialia’, 6 (2010) 3566–3572.

Anglin,E., Davey,R., Herrid,M., Hope,S., Kurkuri,M., Pasic,P., Hor,M., Fenech,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Cell microarrays for the screening of factors that allow the enrichment of bovine testicular cells’, Cytometry Part A, 77A (2010) 881–889.

Nussio,M.R., Voelcker,N.H., Miners,J.O., Lewis,B.C., Sykes,M.J., Shapter,J.G., ‘PAFM Study of the Interaction of Cytochrome P450 2C9 with Phospholipid Bilayers’, Chemistry and Physics of Lipids, 163 (2010) 182–189.

Constantopoulos,K.T., Shearer,C., Ellis,A., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., ‘Carbon Nanotubes Anchored to Silicon for Device Fabrication’, Advanced Materials, 22 (2010) 557-571.

Zhou,J., Ellis,A., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Poly(dimethylsiloxane) surface modification by plasma treatment for DNA hybridisation applications’, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 10 (2010) 1-5.

Zhou,J., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Recent developments in poly(dimethylsiloxane) surface modification for microfluidic devices’, Electrophoresis, 31 (2010), 2-16.

Vasilev,K., Mierczynska,A., Hook,A.L., Chan,J., Voelcker,N.H., Short,R.D., ‘Creating gradients of two proteins by differential passive adsorption onto a PEG-density gradient’, Biomaterials, 31 (2010), 392-397.

An,H., Nussio,M.R., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., ‘Material Properties of Lipid Rafts: Force Volume Imaging Study of the Effect of Cholesterol on Lipid Raft Rigidity’, Biophysical Journal, 99 (2010) 834 - 844.

Low,S., Williams,K., Canham,L., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Generation of reactive oxygen species from porous silicon microparticles in cell culture medium’, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 93A (2010), 1124–1131.


Lowe,R.D., Guild,G., Harpas,P., Kirkbride,P., Hoffmann,P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Hilton Kobus. Rapid Drug Detection in Roadside Oral Samples by Porous Silicon-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry’, Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 23 (2009) 3543-3548.

Hook,A.L., Creasey,R., Hayes,J.P., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Laser based patterning for transfected cell microarrays’, Biofabrication, 1 (2009) 045003-045012.

McInnes,S., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Silicon-polymer hybrid materials for drug delivery’, Future of Medicinal Chemistry, 1 (2009) 1051-1074.

Khung,Y.L., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Multidirectional Lateral Gradient Films with Position-Dependent Photonic Signatures Made from Porous Silicon’, Optical Materials, 32 (2009), 234-242.

Nussio,M., Oncins,G., Ridelis,I., Szili,E., Shapter,J., Sanz,F., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Nanomechanical Characterisation of Phospholipid Bilayer Islands on Flat and Porous Substrates: A Force Spectroscopy Study’, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, 113 (2009) 10339–10347.

Cole,M., Jasieniak,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., Griesser,H.J., ‘ToF-SIMS Study of the Temperature Dependence of Protein Adsorption onto Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) Graft Coatings’, Analytical Chemistry, 81 (2009) 6905–6912.

Hook,A.L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Surface plasmon resonance imaging of polymer microarrays to study protein-polymer interactions in high throughput’, Langmuir, 25 (2009), 9173–9181.

Mutalib,A., Losic,D., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Nanoporous anodic alumina membranes with layered surface chemistry. Chemical Communications, 21 (2009), 3062-3064.

Szili,E.J., Kumar,S., Smart,R.St.C., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Generation of a stable surface concentration of amino groups on silica coated onto titanium substrates by the plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition method’, Applied Surface Science, 255 (2009), 6846-6850.

Hook,A.L., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., ‘Patterned and switchable surfaces for biomolecular manipulation’, Acta Biomaterialia. 5 (2009) 2350–2370.

Kurkuri,M., Driever,C., Johnson,G., McFarland,G., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Multifunctional polymer coatings for cell microarray applications’, Biomacromolecules 10 (2009), 1163-1172.

Low,S.P., Voelcker,N.H., Canham,L.T., Williams,K.A., ‘The biocompatibility of porous silicon in tissues of the eye’, Biomaterials, 30 (2009), 2873-2880.

Kakaday,T., Voelcker,N.H., Hewitt,A., Li,J., Craig,J., ‘Advances in telemetric continuous intraocular pressure assessment’, British Journal of Ophthalmology 93 (2009), 992-996.

Losic,D., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Diatomaceous Lessons in Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials’, Advanced Materials, 21 (2009), 2947-2958.

Jane,A., Dronov,R., Hodges,A., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Porous Silicon Biosensors on the Advance’, Trends in Biotechnology, 27 (2009), 230-239.

Hook,A.L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Advanced substrate fabrication for cell microarrays’, Biomacromolecules , 10 (2009), 573-579.

McInnes,S.J.P., Thissen,H., Choudhury,N.R., Voelcker,N.H., ,New Biodegradable Materials Produced by Ring Opening Polymerization of Poly(L-lactide) on Porous Silicon Substrates’, J. Colloid and Interface Science, 332 (2009) 336-344.

Cole,M.A., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., Griesser,H.J., ‘Stimuli-responsive interfaces and systems for the control of protein-surface and cell-surface interactions’, ‘Biomaterials, 30 (2009), 1827-1850.


Nussio,M., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., ‘Lateral heterogeneities in supported bilayers from single and binary mixtures of phophatidylethanolamines demonstrating hydrogen bonding capacity’, Biointerphases, 3 (2008), 96-104.

Hook,A.L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Using the BioOdyssey Calligrapher Microarrayer to form a polymer array for studying cell-surface interactions’, BioRAD Technote, 2007, Bulletin 5577.

Peng,P., Voelcker,N.H., Kumar,S., Griesser,H., ‘Concurrent elution of calcium phosphate and macromolecules from alginate/chitosan hydrogel coatings’, Biointerphases, 3 (2008) 105-116.

Szili,E.J., Kumar,S., Smart,R.St.C., Lowe,R., Saiz,E., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition of silica onto titanium: Analysis of surface chemistry, morphology and hydroxylation’, Surface Science 602 (2008), 2402-2411.

Voelcker,N.H., Alfonso,I., Ghadiri,M.R., ‘Catalyzed Oxidative Corrosion of Porous Silicon Used as an Optical Transducer for Ligand-Receptor Interaction’, ChemBioChem 9 (2008), 1176-1786.

Hook,A., Thissen,H., Quinton,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Comparison of the binding mode of plasmid DNA to allylamine plasma polymer and poly(ethylene glycol) surfaces’, Surface Science 602 (2008), 1883-1891.

Kurkuri,M.,,Nussio,M.R., Deslandes,A., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Thermosensitive Copolymer Coatings with Enhanced Wettability Switching’, Langmuir, 24 (2008), 4238-4244.

Khung,Y.L., Barritt,G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Using continuous porous silicon gradients to study the influence of surface topography on the behaviour of neuroblastoma cells’, Experimental Cell Research 314 (2008), 789-800.

Voelcker,N.H., Guckian,K.M., Saghatelian,A., Ghadiri,M.R., ‘Sequence-Addressable DNA Logic’, Small 4 (2008), 427-431.


Cole,M., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., ‘Electro-induced protein deposition on low-fouling surfaces’, Smart Mater. Struct 16 (2007), 2222-2228.

Peng,P., Voelcker,N.H., Kumar,S., Griesser,H.J., ‘Nanoscale eluting coatings based on alginate/chitosan hydrogels’, Biointerphases 2 (2007), 95-104.

Thissen,H., Glattauer,V., Cartledge,C., Pasic,P., Johnson,G., Kurkuri,M.D., Zhang,Z., Werkmeister,J.A., Ramshaw,J.A.M., Hill,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Microarrays, stem cell-surface interactions and germ cell transplantation’, Regenerative Medicine 2 (2007) 575.

Losic,D., Mitchell,J.G., Lal,R., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Rapid fabrication of micro- and nanoscale patterns by replica moulding from diatom biosilica’, Advanced Functional Materials17 (2007), 2439-2446.

Cole,M., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., ‘A new approach to the immobilisation of poly(ethylene oxide) for the reduction of non-specific protein adsorption on conductive substrates’, Surface Science 601 (2007), 1716-1725.

Losic,D., Short,K., Mitchell,J.G., Lal,R., Voelcker,N.H., ‘AFM nanoindentations of diatom biosilica surfaces’, Langmuir 23 (2007), 5014-5021.

Kurkuri,M.D., Driever,C., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Using the BioOdyssey Calligrapher MiniArrayer to Form Immobilized Protein Microarrays on Surface-Modified Glass Substrates’, Bioradiations 122 (2007), 26-28.

Peña,C., Alfonso,I., Tooth,B., Voelcker,N.H., Gotor,V., ‘Synthesis and stereoselective DNA binding abilities of new optically active open chain polyamines’, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 72 (2007), 1924-1930.

Losic,D., Pillar,R.J., Dilger,T., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Atomic force microscopy (AFM) characterisation of the porous silica nanostructure of two centric diatoms’, Journal of Porous Materials, 14 (2007), 61-69.


Hook,A., Thissen,H., Hayes,J.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Spatially controlled electro-stimulated DNA adsorption and desorption for biochip applications’, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 21 (2006), 2137-2145.

Peng,P., Kumar,S., Voelcker,N.H., Szili,E., Smart,R.St.C., Griesser,H.J., ‘Thin Calcium Phosphate Coatings on Titanium by Electrochemical Deposition in Modified Simulated Body Fluid’, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, 76 (2006), 347-355.

McLeod,K., Anderson,G.I., Dutta,N., Smart,R.St.C., Voelcker,N.H., Sekel,R., Kumar,S., ‘Adsorption of aBisphosphonate onto Hydroxyapatite Using a Novel Co-precipitation Technique for Bone Growth Enhancement’, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A 79 (2006), 271-281.

Losic,D., Rosengarten,G., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Pore architecture of diatom frustules: potential nanostructured membranes for molecular and particle separations’, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 6 (2006) 1-8.

Losic,D., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Fabrication of gold nanostructures by templating from porous diatom frustules’, New Journal of Chemistry, 6 (2006), 908-914.

Low,S.P., Williams,K.A., Canham,L., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Evaluation of mammalian cell adhesion on surface-modified porous silicon’, Biomaterials, 27 (2006), 4538-4546.

McLeod,K., Kumar,S., Voelcker,N.H., Smart,R.St.C., ‘XPS and Bioactivity Study of the Bisphosphonate Pamidronate Adsorbed onto Plasma Sprayed Hydroxyapatite Coatings’, Applied Surface Science, 253 (2006), 2644-2651.

Murthy,B.N., Voelcker,N.H., Jayaraman,N. ‘Evaluation of Bivalent and Monovalent a-D-Mannopyranoside Glycolipids-Lectin Interactions by Surface Plasmon Resonance Methods’, Glycobiology, 16 (2006), 822-832.

Khung,Y.L., Graney,S., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Micropatterning of Porous Silicon Films by Direct Laser Writing’, Biotechnology Progress, 22 (2006) 1388-1393.

Ciolacu,F.C.L., Choudhury,N.R., .Dutta,N., Voelcker,N.H., ‘MALDI-MS and DIOS-MS Investigation of the Degradation and Discoloration of Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)’, Macromolecules, 39 (2006), 7872-7881.

Losic,D., Triani,G., Evans,P.J., Atanacio,A., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Controlled pore structure modification of diatoms by atomic layer deposition of TiO2’, Journal of Material Chemistry, 16 (2006), 4029-4034. COVER

Worsfold,O., Voelcker,N.H., Nishiya,T., ‘Biosensing Using Lipid Bilayers Suspended on Porous Silicon, Langmuir 22 (2006), 7078-7083.

Hook,A.L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Surface manipulation of biomolecules for cell microarray applications’, Trends in Biotechnology, 24 (2006) 471-477.


Hale,P.S., Ford,M.J., Maddox,L.M., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., Waclawik,E.R., ‘Growth Kinetics of ZnO Nanoparticles’, Journal of Chemical Education 82 (2005), 775-779.

Pountney,D.L., Voelcker,N.H., Gai,W.P., ‘Annular Alpha-Synuclein Oligomers Are Potentially Toxic Agents In Alpha-Synucleinopathy’, Neurotoxicity Research, 7 (2005), 59.

Peña,C., Alfonso,I., Voelcker,N.H., Gotor,V., ‘Solvent Dependent Selective Alkylation of a Bis(sulfonamide) for the Synthesis of a DNA-binding Chiral Polyamine’, Tetrahedron Letters, 46 (2005), 2783.

Losic,D., Cole,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Ultrathin polytyramine films by electropolymerisation on highly doped p-type silicon electrodes’, Surface Science, 584, (2005), 245-257.

King,G.C., Knox,S.M., Williams,B.B., Harris,J., Gupta,D.M. Di Giusto,D.A., Gabutero,E.R., Tyrelle,G.D., Lai,Y.C., Aung,M.T., McCutcheon,S.T., Voelcker,N.H., Le,H.T.T., ‘Multivalent Circular Aptamers: Versatile Nanostructures for Biomedical Applications’, NIST-Nanotech, 1, 2005, 258-262.

Losic,D., Shapter,J.G., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Fabrication of gold nanorod arrays by templating from porous alumina’, Nanotechnology 16 (2005), 2275-2281.

Lowe,R., Go,E., Tong,G., Voelcker,N.H., Siuzdak,G., ‘Monitoring EDTA and endogenous metabolite biomarkers from serum with mass spectrometry’, Spectroscopy 19 (2005), 137-146.

Losic,D., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Complex gold nanostructures derived by templating from diatom frustules’, Chemical Communications, 25 (2005), 4905-4907. COVER

Thoma,G., Streiff,M.B., Katopodis,A.G., Duthaler,R.O., Voelcker,N.H., Ehrhardt,C., Masson,C., ‘Non-Covalent Polyvalent Ligands by Self-Assembly of Small Glycodendrimers: A Novel Concept for the Inhibition of Polyvalent Carbohydrate–Protein Interactions In Vitro and In Vivo’, Chemistry – A European Journal, 12 (2005), 99-117.


Ford,M.J., Hale,P., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., Waclawik,E.R., ‘Fabrication and Measurement of a Twisted Nematic Liquid Crystal Display’, Journal of Chemical Education 81 (2004), 854-858.

Szili,E., Thissen,H., Hayes,J.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘A biochip platform for cell transfection assays’ Biosensors & Bioelectronics 19 (2004), 1395-1400.

Pountney,D.L., Lowe,R., Voelcker,N.H., Gai,W.P., ‘Annular Alpha-Synuclein Species from Purified Multiple System Atrophy Inclusions Following Detergent Treatment’ Journal of Neurochemistry, 90 (2004), 502-512.

Lin,V.S.Y., Janshoff,A., Steinem,C., Voelcker,N.H., Ghadiri,M.R., ‘DNA Hybridization-Enhanced Porous Silicon Corrosion: Mechanistic Investigations and Prospect for Optical Interferometric Biosensing’, Tetrahedron 60 (2004), 11259-11267.

Lowe,R., Pountney,D.L., Jensen,P.H., Gai,W.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Calcium(II) Selectively Induces α-Synuclein Annular Oligomers via Interaction with the C-Terminal Domain’, Protein Science 13 (2004), 3245-3252.


Saghetalian,A., Voelcker,N.H., McGuckian,K., Ghadiri,M.R., ‘DNA-based photonic logic gates: AND, NAND and INHIBIT’, Journal of the American Chemical Society 125 (2003) 346-347.


Streiff,M., Katopodis,A.G., Vöelcker,N.H., Duthaler,R.O., Thoma,G., ‘Novel glycodendrimers self-assemble to nanoparticles which function as polyvalent ligands in vitro and in vivo’, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 41 (2002), 3195-3198.


Vöelcker,N.H., Klee,D., Höcker, H., Langefeld,S., ‘Functionalization of silicone rubber for the covalent immobilization of fibronectin’, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 12 (2001), 111-119.


Langefeld,S., Vöelcker,N.H., von Fischern,T., Bienert,H., Klee,D., Höcker,H., Reim,M., Schrage,N.F., ‘Functionally adapted surfaces on a silicone keratoprosthesis’, International Journal of Artificial Organs, 22(4) (1999), 235-41.

von Fischern,T., Langefeld,S., Yuan,L., Vöelcker,N.H., Reim,M., Kirchhof,B., Schrage,N.F., ‘The Aachen keratoprosthesis: a new approach towards successful keratoprosthesis-surgery’, International Journal of Artificial Organs 22(1) (1999), 52-7.

Vöelcker,N.H., Klee,D., Hanna,M., Höcker,H., Bou,J.J., Martínez de Ilarduya,A., Muñoz-Guerra,S., ‘Synthesis of heterotelechelic poly(ethylene glycol)s and their characterization by MALDI-TOF-MS’, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 200 (1999), 1363-1373.


Von Fischern,T., Langefeld,S., Yuan,L., Vöelcker,N.H., Reim,M., Kirchhof,B., Schrage,N.F., ‘Development of a surface modified silicone keratoprosthesis with scleral fixation’, Acta Chir. Hung. 37(3-4) (1998), 219-225.

Langefeld,S., von Fischern,T., Numan,C.J., Kompa,S., Vöelcker,N.H., Klee,D., Reim,M., Kirchho,B., Schrage,N.F., 'A new artificial cornea made from silicone rubber', Medizin im Bild 3 (1998), 53-57.


Langefeld,S., Numan,C.J., von Fischerm,T., Becker,J., Bienert,H., Vöelcker,N.H., Reim,M., Schrage,N.F., 'A biocolonizable one-piece silicone keratoprothesis', Ophthalmic Research 29 (1997), 78.

Conference Proceedings:


Al-Bataineh,S.A., Szili,E.J., Desmet,G., Ruschitzka,P., Gruner,P.J., Priest,C., Voelcker,N.H., Steele,D.A., Short,R.D., Griesser,H.J., ‘Chemical and biomolecule patterning on 2D surfaces using atmospheric pressure microcavity plasma array devices’, Proc. of SPIE Vol. 8204, 2012, 82043H-1.


Kopermsub,P., Mayen,V., McInnes,S., Voelcker,N.H., 'Fabrication and characterization of porous silicon nanoparticles for siRNA delivery', IEEE NANO 2011 Conference, IEEE Publishing, accepted 01.05.2011.


Heitz,J., Voelcker,N.H., Chaloupka,A., Yakunin,S., Hook,A.L., Anglin,E., ‘Photonic Nanostructures for Potential Applications in Cell Biology’, Transparent Optical Networks (ICTON), IEEE Proceedings, 2010, 1 – 4. DOI: 10.1109/ICTON.2010.5548992.


Kakaday,T., Plunkett,M., McInnes,S., Jimmy Li,J.S., Voelcker,N.H., CraigJ.E., ‘Design of a Wireless Intraocular Pressure Monitoring System for a Glaucoma Drainage Implant’, IFMBE Proceedings, 23 (2009), 198-201.


Nussio,M.R., Voelcker,N.H., Sykes,M.J., Flavel,B.S., Miners,J.O., Shapter, J. G. ‘High resolution chemical mapping of biomimetic membranes by force volume imaging’, ICONN2008: IEEE Publishing, 2008, 121-124.

Kannan,A.G., McInnes,S.J.P., Choudhury,N.R., Dutta,N.K., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Designing superhydrophobic surfaces using fluorosilsesquioxane-urethane hybrid and porous silicon gradients’, Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 72670O-1-10.

Constantopoulos,K.T., Shearer,C.J., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., Ellis,A.V., ‘Preparation and characterization of multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/polymer nanostructured materials’, Proceedings SPIE, 7267 (2008), 72670G-1-11.

Zhou,J., McInnes,S., Jani,A.M.M., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H., ‘One-step surface modification of poly(dimethylsiloxane) by undecylenic acid’, Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 726719-1-10.

Jani,A.M.M., Zhou,J., Nussio,M.R., Losic,D., Shapter,J.G., Voelcker.N.H., ‘Pore spanning lipid bilayers on silanised nanoporous alumina membranes’, Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 7267 (2008), 72670T-1-10.

Bradbury,D., Anglin,E.J., Bailey,S., Macardle,P.J., Fenech,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Magnetic and fluorescence-encoded polystyrene microparticles for cell separation’, ‘Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 726711-1-11.

Shearer,C.J., Constantopoulos,K.T., Voelcker,N.H., Shapter,J.G., Ellis,A.V., ‘Preparation and characterisation of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotube arrays on porous silicon’, ‘Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 72670I-1-11.

Losic,D., Mitchell,J.G., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Diatom culture media contain extracellular silica nanoparticles which form opalescent films, ‘Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 726712-1-8.

Plummer,A., Cao,H., Dawson,R., Lowe,R., Shapter,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘The influence of pore size and oxidizing agent on the energetic properties of porous silicon’, Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008) 72670P-1-10.

Clements,L., Puskar,L., Tobin,M.J., Harding,F., Thissen,H.W., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Preparation of chemical gradients on porous silicon by a dip coating method’, Proceedings of SPIE, 7267 (2008), 72670Q-1-12.

Kakaday,T., Plunkett,M., McInnes,S., Li,J., Voelcker,N.H., Craig,J.E., ‘Development of a wireless intra-ocular pressure monitoring system for incorporation into a therapeutic glaucoma drainage implant’, ‘Proceedings of SPIE, 7270 (2008), 72700O-1-11.


Creasey,R., Hook,A., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Enhancement of Reverse Transfection Efficiency by Combining Stimulated DNA Surface Desorption and Electroporation’, Proceedings of SPIE 6799 (2007), 67991D1-10.

Khung,Y.L., Cole,M.A., McInnes,S.J.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Control over wettability via surface modification of porous gradients’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6799 (2007), 6799091-12.

Sweetman,M.J., Graney,S.D., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Interfacing Porous Silicon with Biomolecules’ Proceedings of SPIE 6799 (2007), 6799071-11.

Jane,A.O., Szili,E.J., Reed,J.H., Gordon,T.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Porous Silicon Biosensor for the Detection of Autoimmune Diseases’, Proceedings of SPIE 6799 (2007), 6799081-11.

Clements,L.R., Khung,Y.L., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Preparation of 2-directional gradient surfaces for the analysis of cell-surface interactions’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6799 (2007), 67990W1-8.


Thissen,H., Johnson,G., McFarland,G., Verbiest,H., Gengenbach,T., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Microarrays for the evaluation of cell-biomaterial surface interactions’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6413 (2006) 64130B1-9.

Kurkuri,M.D., Driever,C., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘A novel surface modification approach for protein and cell microarrays’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6413 (2006) 64130Z1-12.

Akkamsetty,Y., Hook,A.L., Thissen,H., Hayes,J.P., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Application of nano-structured biochips for efficient cell transfection microarrays’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6413 (2006) 64130R1-9.

Tajuddin,I., Voelcker,N.H., Mitchell,J.G., Silica nanostructure formation from R5 peptide’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6413 (2006), 64130T1-9.

Hook,A., Thissen,H., Hayes,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘A platform for the advanced spatial and temporal control of biomolecules’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6413 (2006) 64130C1-11.

Cole,M.A., Jasieniak,M., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., Griesser,H.J., ‘Switchable surface coatings for control over protein adsorption’, Proceedings of SPIE, 6416 (2006) 6416061-10.


McInnes,S., Graney,S., Khung,Y.L., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Porous silicon microparticles as an alternative support for solid phase DNA synthesis’, Procceedings of SPIE 6036 (2005), 445-454.

McInnes,S., Thissen,H., Choudhury,N.R., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Characterisation of porous silicon/poly(L-lactide) composites prepared using surface initiated ring opening polymerization’, Proceedings of SPIE 6036 (2005) 455-466.

Cole,M., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Switchable coatings for biomedical applications’, Proceedings of SPIE, 5651 (2005), 19-27.

McLeod,E., Kumar,S., Anderson,G.I., Dutta,N., Smart,R.St.C., Voelcker,N.H., Sekel,R., ‘Co-Deposition of a Bisphosphonate with Hydroxyapatite for Improved Implant Fixation’, IFMBE Proceedings, 12 (2005), 779-782.


Hook,A., Hayes,J., Thissen,H., Voelcker,N.H., ‘Development of an electro-responsive platform for the controlled transfection of mammalian cells’, Proceedings of SPIE, 5651 (2004), 418-426.


Szili,E., Thissen,H., Hayes,J.P., Shapter,J., Voelcker,N.H., ‘A microarray platform for the creation of a matrix of site-specific transformed cells’ Proceedings of SPIE 4937 (2002), 211-217.

Books / Book Chapters:


Willet,N., Lamprecht,C., Rankl,C., Rangl,M., Creasey,R., Ebner,A., Voelcker,N.H., Hinterdorfer,P., ‘Molecular Recognition Force Spectroscopy’, In: Molecular Manipulation with Atomic Force Microscopy, CRC Press, 2011.

Vasani,R., Cole,M., Ellis,A.V., Voelcker,N.H.,. ‘Stimulus-Responsive Polymers at Nano-interfaces’, in: Vol. 10 Nanomaterials for Life Sciences, Wiley VCH, 2011.

Hook,A.L., Voelcker,N.H., Thissen,H., ‘Plasma polymer and PEG based coatings for DNA, protein and cell microarrays, In: Cell Based Microarrays’, Humana Press Inc, Totowa, NJ, USA. Invited review. Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 706, 1st Edition., 2011.


Vöelcker,N.H., ‘Plasma-based generation of surface functionalities on crosslinked poly(dimethylsiloxane) for immobilization of cell adhesion proteins’, Shaker Publishing, Ph.-D. Thesis at the Technical University (RWTH) of Aachen, 1999.

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