The long-term vision of our division is to contribute to translational life-science research and educational activities engaging several departments at Chalmers, Gothenburg University as well as regional companies, institutes and technology transfer initiatives.
At the heart of our activities is our tradition to contribute to biointerface and biomaterial research by developing and applying surface-sensitive tools, such as quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D), ellipsometry, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), nanoplasmonics as well as bioimaging using total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) and time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF SIMS).
By combining these concepts with advanced microfluidics and novel surface chemistries it is our ambition to address important needs and scientific questions identified together with biologists, chemists and medical doctors as well as life-science companies. A common denominator in this work is the use of cell-membrane mimics and knowledge about lipid self-assembly, which is used to gain new insights about intermolecular interaction kinetics of importance in medical diagnostics, drug screening, drug delivery as well as vaccination and tissue engineering.
In this way, we hope to contribute novel methodological and theoretical approaches based on a unique position at the border between applied physics, nanoscience, electrical/chemical engineering, (bio)chemistry, biology and medicine.