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Mathias Kolle

Contact Info

room 3-162

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 2006


  • 2010



Research Interests

  • Optics and photonics
  • Biological materials
  • Biomimetics
  • Bioimaging
  • Instrumentation development

Honors + Awards

  • 2021, Human Frontier Science Program Grant
  • 2018, Stepping Strong Innovator Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 2014, Best poster award, Frontiers of Bioengineering Symposium, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2011 – 13, Feodor Lynen research fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt – Foundation
  • 2013, Poster award at the Gordon Research Conference on Soft Condensed Matter Physics
  • 2011, Salje medal for the best PhD in the Sciences, Clare Hall College, Cambridge, UK
  • 2011, Dissertation award of the German Physical Society, Section Condensed Matter (2011)
  • 2011, Thesis published in “Springer Theses:  Recognizing outstanding PhD research”


  • SPIE - the International Society for Optics and Photonics
  • MRS - the Materials Research Society
  • APS - the American Physical Society
  • DPG - The German Physical Society

Professional Service

  • 2014 - present, Frontiers Bioengineering Review Editor

MIT Service

  • 2013 - Present, Department Graduate Admissions Committee


  • Measurement and Instrumentation (2.671)


  • Li, L., Kolle, S., Weaver, J.C., Ortiz, C., Aizenberg J. & Kolle, M. "A highly conspicuous mineralized 2015 composite photonic architecture in the translucent shell of the blue-rayed limpet" Nature Communications 6, 6322, 2015.
  • England, G., Kolle, M., Kim, P., Khan, M., Munoz, P., Mazur, E., Aizenberg, J. "Bioinspired 2014 micrograting arrays mimicking the reverse color diffraction elements evolved by the butterfly Pierella luna" Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 111 (44), 15630–15634, 2014.
  • Vasquez, Y., Kolle, M., Mishchenko, L., Hatton, B.D., Aizenberg, J. "Three-Phase Co-Assembly: In- 2014 situ Incorporation of Nanoparticles into Tunable, Highly-Ordered, Porous Silica FIlms" ACS Photonics,1 (1), 53-60, 2014.
  • Phillips, K.R., Vogel, N., Hu, Y., Kolle, M., Perry, C.C., Aizenberg, J. "Tunable Anisotropy in Inverse 2014 Opals and Emerging Optical Properties" Chem. Mater., 26 (4), 1622-1628, 2014.
  • Kolle, M., Lethbridge, A., Kreysing, M., Baumberg, J.J., Aizenberg, J., Vukusic, P. "Bio-Inspired 2013 Band-Gap Tunable Elastic Optical Multilayer Fibers" Adv. Mater., 25 (15), 2239-2245, 2013.
  • Kats, A.M., Byrnes, J.S., Blanchard, R., Kolle, M., Genevet, P., Aizenberg, J., Capasso, F. 2013 "Enhancement of absorption and color contrast in ultra-thin highly absorbing optical coatings" Appl. Phys. Lett., 103, 101104, 2013.
  • Hatton, B.D., Wheeldon, I., Hancock, M.J., Kolle, M., Aizenberg, J., Ingber, D.E. "An artificial 2013 vasculature for adaptive thermal control of windows" Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 117, 429-436, 2013.
  • Kim, P., Hu, Y., Alvarenga, J., Kolle, M., Suo, Z., Aizenberg, J. "Rational Design of Mechano- 2013 Responsive Optical Materials by Fine Tuning the Evolution of Strain-Dependent Wrinkling Patterns" Adv. Optical Mater., 1 (5), 381-388, 2013.
  • Kolle M., Salgard-Cunha, P. M., Scherer, M. R. J., Huang, F., Vukusic, P., Mahajan, S., Baumberg, J. 2010 J. & Steiner, U., “Mimicking the colourful wing scale structure of the Papilio butterfly”, Nature Nanotechnology 5, 511-515, 2010.
  • Whitney, H. M., Kolle, M., Andrew, P., Chittka, L., Steiner, U. & Glover, B. J., “Floral iridescence, 2009 produced by diffractive optics, acts as a cue for animal pollinators”, Science 323, 130-133, 2009.