Ljiljana obtained International Baccalaureate from United World College of the Adriatic (Italy), studied chemistry at the University of Zagreb and then went on to explore advanced biospectroscopy (PhD at the Universtiy of Strathclyde, Glasgow) and DNA structuring and artificial enzymes (postdoc at Technical University of Dortmund). Following these research stays, she set up her own group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, where she stayed till 2014, after which she joined Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology as a Lecturer in BioNano Engineering.

She works on light triggered chemical reactions and devices, bio-nano hybrid materials for tissue engineering, DNA vaccines and, in her spare time, on the issue of turning the molecules into chocolates (Molecular Chocolates) and failed experiments into artistic installations.

Publications, Links, and Resources

A.Kerbs, P. Mueller, M. Kaupp, I. Ahmed, A. S. Quick, D. Abt, M. Wegener, C. M. Niemeyer, C. Barner-Kowollik, Lj. Fruk, Photo‐Induced Click Chemistry for DNA Surface Structuring via Direct Laser Writing, Chemistry-A Eur. J. 2017, 21, 4990

L. Stolzer, A. Vigovskaya, C. Barner-Kowollik, Lj. Fruk, A Self Reporting Tetrazole Based Linker for the Biofunctionalization of Gold Nanorods, Chemistry-A Eur. J. 2015, 21,1430.

C. Garcia-Astrain, C. Chen, M. Buron, T. Palomares, A. Eceiza, Lj. Fruk, M. Angeles Corcuera, N. Gabilondo, Biocompatible Hydrogel Nanocomposite with Covalently Embedded Silver Nanoparticles, Biomacromolecules 2015, 16(4), 1301.

C-Y.Hung, W-T Tu, Y-Tzu Lin, Lj. Fruk, Y-C. Hung, Optically controlled multiple switching operations of DNA biopolymer devices, J. Appl. Phys. 2015, 118, 235503

L. Stolzer, A.S, Quick, D. Abt, A. Welle, D. Naumenko, M. Lazzarino, M. Wegener, C. Barner-Kowollik, L. Fruk, Photo Induced Surface Encoding of Gold Nanoparticles, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 3363.

Molecular Aesthetics, ed. Peter Weibel and Ljiljana Fruk, MIT Press 2013

Molecules that Changed the World app (iTunes,GooglePlay, Web)


Molecules that Changed the World, (ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany, Technical Museum Zagreb, Croatia, University of Cambridge, Uk, 2013-2017)

ExoEvolution: Future is Here, ZKM Germany 2015-2016