Prof. Ingemar Lundstrom

Prof. Ingemar Lundstrom

Linköping University, Sweden

Prof. Lundström was born on 9th May 1941 in Skellefteå ("Gold Town", Västerbotten County), Sweden. He graduated in Electrical engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. In 1970, he received his Ph.D. in Solid state electronics at the Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. He is a Professor in applied physics at Linköping University since 1978.  The current research interests of Prof. Lundström include the use of ubiquitous sensor systems for safety and security, and for medical diagnostic purposes. He has established a research environment related to physics in biology, chemistry, and medicine in the Linköping University. Prof. Lundström and coworkers have for example contributed to new bio- and chemical sensor principles and technologies notably to surface plasmon resonance for specific interaction analysis used in the Biocore instrumentation and to gas sensitive devices with catalytic metal gates. They have also contributed to the understanding of the interaction between biomolecules and materials and to the development and applications of conducting polymers. Furthermore, he is involved in the development of simple and reliable test methods for endogenous health markers to be used at home. In 1995, he is one of the co-founders of the Swedish Sensor Centre (S-SENCE), and the multidisciplinary graduate school ‘Forum Scientium’. He has been and is involved in several (start-up) companies. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) since 1987 and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 1982. He was elected to the Nobel Committee for Physics in 2006 and is its chairman from 2010.

Present research interests

  • Affinity biosensors based on binding and reporting functionalities in the same sensing molecule, imaging optical methods (ellipsometry and surface plasmon resonance) for (protein) sensing arrays.
  • Chemical sensors based on field effect devices in silicon and silicon carbide.
  • Electrode and sensor arrays for process control and medical diagnostics (“electronic tongues and –noses”).
  • Scanning light pulse techniques for the evaluation of sensor surfaces and the creation of chemical images.
  • The use of computer light (“RGB-physics”) for bio- and chemical sensing.
  • Computer screens and web cameras as a platform for colorimetric bioassays in primary health care and in private homes.
  • Pigment particle-containing cells (chromatophores) as a general platform for biosensing based on G-protein coupled receptors and color changes: detection of drugs, hormones, toxins.

Several of my current research projects are described on the web page of Dr. Daniel Filippini:

  • New concepts is scanning light pulse techniques for chemical image generation.
  • RGB-physics: Colorimetry and fluorescence detection with CSPT platforms.
  • Computer screens and web cameras for biomedical analyses (CSPT for bioassays).
  • Whole cell biosensing based on G-protein coupled receptor systems.