Edwin Jager is Associated Professor (universitetslektor and docent) in Applied Physics. He received his M.Sc.Eng. degree (ir) in Applied Physics at University of Twente, The Netherlands in 1996, specializing in transduction science. In 2001, he received his PhD in Applied Physics at Linköping University, Sweden. During his PhD-studies, he developed biomedical applications of polypyrrole microactuators, such as a “cell clinic” and a microrobot.
This work was continued in the spin-off company Micromuscle AB, now acquired by Creganna Medical, of which he was a co-founder and where he worked as CTO from 2000 to 2007. Micromuscle commercialized and developed medical applications of the polypyrrole actuator technology in collaboration with large medical device companies.
Thereafter, he returned to academia as assistant professor in the Organic Electronics group at the Department of Science and Technology at the Norrköping campus. In the summer of 2011 he made a transition to the Biosensors and Bioelectronics Centre to assist building up this newly established Centre, where he became associate professor in March 2012. He holds a visiting professor position at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he collaborates with Prof Gursel Alici, of the Intelligent Nano-Tera Systems Research Group and Prof Geoff Spinks, at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute.
In 2013, he received the Junior Faculty Prize for sustainable research environment. He won a prestegious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science fellowship for a research stay in Japan in 2015. He is elected vice-president of the European Society of ElectroActive Polymers, EuroEAP, and was an active member of the society's predecessor the European ESNAM network (European Scientific Network on Artificial Muscles). He is National Representative for Sweden in the COST action MP1206 "Electrospinning".
Dr Jager is head of the unit Bionics and Transduction Science. His research interests include electroactive polymer, conducting polymer (micro-) actuators, bionics, bioelectronic medicine, electroactive surfaces and scaffolds, textile actuators, and polymer (micro-)actuators for cellular mechano-biology (mechanotransduction), medical devices and soft (micro-)robotics.