Jan Swenson

Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics

I earned my PhD in Physics at Chalmers in 1996 on the structure of ion conducting glasses. Thereafter I was a postdoctoral fellow at University College London, UK, where I was working on the structure and stability of clay gels. After returning to Chalmers most of my focus has been on soft materials, particularly with the aim to understand the role of water for biological materials, such as proteins which cannot function without its surrounding water. I have also tried to understand the anomalous properties of supercooled water by performing studies of water in confined geometries where crystallization to ice can be prevented at all temperatures. Since many of my structural and dynamical studies of soft materials are based on neutron scattering I am together with co-workers also working on developing new methods to analyze and model such data. The aim is to use computer simulations to produce models of the materials which exhibit structure and dynamics in consistency with the experimental neutron scattering data. These modelling methods will be used to explore a wide range of scientific problems, such how sugars may be used to mitigate protein aggregation related diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease) or how the structure of lipid based nanoparticles can be optimized for the delivery of RNA in therapeutic applications.

Published: Mon 13 Jan 2020.