Associate Professor, Deputy Director of NanoLund, Co-coordinator Materials Science
The vision of my research group is to conduct scientific reaserch of high quality in the field of materials science to develop new types of nanoparticle-based materials with designed properties in a safe and sustainable manner. To realize nanoparticles with controllable size, morphology, crystal structure and chemical composition on a large scale, at low costs, and in a safe and environmentally friendly way we use a method known as spark ablation. Spark ablation is an aerosol-based generation method with superior capabilities concerning mixing different materials into single nanoparticles and is excellently described in the book:
Spark Ablation: Building Blocks for Nanotechnology.
We mainly focus on the design of magnetic and catalytic nanoparticle-based materials to understand how nanoparticle properties can be tuned to improve the magnetic and catalytic performance of such materials. Naturally we therefore also devote a large part of our research efforts to advanced material characterization. Our key characterization tools include electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, HRTEM, XEDS, STEM, EELS) and x-ray-based methods (XPS, XRD). The magnetic and catalytic properties are evaluated by several different methods including SQUID, GC-MC and NMR techniques to mention a few.
Our central research topics include:
- Development of multifunctional nanoparticle-based materials
- Self-assembly of nanoparticles into 1D, 2D, and 3D structures
- Creation of new types nanoparticle catalysts (in collaboration with the group of D Strand)
- In situ characterization of nanoparticles by ETEM (in collaboration with the group of KA Dick) and HPXPS (in collaboration with the group of S Blomberg)
- Understanding and tuning nanoparticle magnetism
- Handling of nanoparticles in a safe and sustainable manner
Teaching, Supervision & Other Assignments:
- Director of the PhD student research school
- Advanced Microscopy Research Environment, ADMIRE
- Course Responsible for the course "Thermodynamics with Applications" FAFA45
- Member of the Physics Board
- Co-coordinator of Materials Science within NanoLund
- PhD student supervisor for Sara Franzén & Calle Preger
- Assistant PhD student supervisor for Markus Snellman, Claudiu Bulbucan & Magdalena Tásic
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