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.
The research at our division has its base in surface science and soft matter physics, and is presently focused on i) biointerface science and the development of surface-based bioanalytical tools for fundamental studies of cell-membrane mimics and nanoparticle analytics, with applications in medical diagnostics and drug-screening ii) structure and dynamics of disordered systems, in particular water, proteins, lipid membranes, amino acids, peptides, food materials but also glasses, porous materials, polymer systems, solid state ionics and clays. The research is to a significant extent carried out in close collaboration with pharmaceutical, biological and medical settings.
One central direction of research is our tradition to contribute to biointerface and biomaterial research by developing and applying surface-sensitive tools, such as quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D), ellipsometry, surface plasmon resonance (SPR), nanoplasmonics as well as bioimaging using total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF), waveguide microscopy 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.
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.