AIBN seminar


New methods for predicting diffusion in porous materials and new technologies for preventing biological growth at solid liquid interfaces
Date: 20 June 2013
Time: 12:00pm
Venue: Goddard Building 08, Lecture Room 139, University of Queensland (St Lucia campus)
About the Presenter – Professor Magnus Nyden, Director, Ian Wark Research Institute

Magnus Nydén was born in Sweden and studied chemistry at the University in Umeå where he undertook his Bachelor degree, before moving to Lund University for a Masters degree in physical chemistry. In Lund he worked with the NMR diffusion technique in particular which he applied in studies of micro heterogeneous materials. In 1998 he defended his thesis titled NMR Diffusion studies of microheterogeneous systems – surfactant solutions and gels.

In 1999 he moved to Chalmers as assistant professor at the department of chemical and biological engineering where he advanced to professor in applied surface chemistry in 2005. In 2010 be became the director of SuMo Biomaterials, a research program with some 100 industry and academy scientist working together to advance knowledge in soft biomaterial design. In 2012 he move to Australia where he now is director of The WarkTM Research Institute at the University of South Australia.

Magnus’ main research interests lies in material science and physical chemistry related to surface and colloid science. He is for instance developing new ways of constructing smart house- and marine protective coatings. He has several patents related to biofouling – the unwanted growth at surfaces. He has started, or taken part in starting, several companies based on previous research in this field and together with Wark and Chalmers colleagues he is developing a new coating based on non-biocidal approaches.

He has also an interested in diffusion and flow in porous materials, particularly diffusion studies with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance techniques. In collaboration with theoreticians at Chalmers in Sweden and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris he has recently published a new mathematical model for predicting transport and structure in porous materials. He is planning to apply the new methodology in oil and gas recovery applications as well as biological relevant materials such as cancer tissue.

Magnus is a strong believer in strong fundamental science in combination with real world problems. He believes that it is through this combination that science will accelerate both fundamental knowledge and innovation. He also believes in having theoretical and experimental competences working closely together. It is in the facilitating role between theoreticians and experimentalists where he enjoys his time the most. At the moment he is, together with Wark colleagues, developing a strategy to take minerals processing to the next level. The strategy involves developing a mathematical statistical methodology, similar to the approach in systems biology, that would enable smarter and less energy demanding minerals processing techniques.

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