Interview: Christer Johansson, Acreo

Christer Johansson, Adjunct Professor and Senior Expert at Acreo Swedish ICT.

How did you come to work with Acreo?

I have always been interested in the physical properties of materials and various types of sensor systems where you use the different properties of materials for measurement and analysis. I was particularly interested in magnetic nanoparticles and how they can be used in all sorts of applications – especially in biomedicine. One good example of this is how you can detect various disease markers and kill cancer cells by injecting magnetic nanoparticles close to the cells. You apply an alternating magnetic field that causes the particles to absorb energy and emit heat that kills the cancer cells.

What will be your focus during 2016?

There are many applications that use magnetic nanoparticles, but there are still no standards for measuring and analyzing such nanoparticles. I am currently leading the EU project NanoMag, with 17 partners from research institutes, industry and universities around Europe, which aims to do just that. I will also be focusing on Acreo getting involved in more EU, national and industry-financed projects.

What do you hope for in the future?

I hope that my adjunct professorship at Chalmers will lead to further collaborations between Acreo and Chalmers, and with other universities. After all, I believe the key to success in a project is knowing your future partners right from the start. If you do that, half the battle is won and everything is twice as much fun. It is also important to build up a large network in both academia and industry. I also hope that we in the NanoMag project can do a great job of disseminating the standardization results to industry, research institutes and universities that do research and work with magnetic nanoparticles.

This interview was published in our annual report 2015.