Dr. Magnus Jonsson is a senior lecturer at Linköping University in Sweden. Since 2014, he leads a research group focusing on organic photonics and nanooptics, based at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics. He received his docent (habilitation) in organic electronics in 2016, was appointed Wallenberg Academy Fellow in 2019 and Swedish Research Council Consolidator grantee in 2020. His main research interests are to develop and study novel nanooptical concepts for application in sensors, displays, energy systems and smart materials. Currently, the group focuses particularly on exploring unique possibilities of organic materials for nanooptics, such as electroactive conducting polymers and cellulose. During 2011-2014, Dr. Jonsson was a postdoctoral Wenner-Gren Fellow in Prof. Cees Dekker’s lab at the Bionanoscience department of TU Delft, where he developed the concept of plasmonic nanopores for single-molecule biosensing together with his colleagues. Before that, he did his PhD studies at Lund University and Chalmers University of Technology in the group of Prof. Fredrik Höök (the group moved about half way into his PhD). Dr. Jonsson’s PhD studies focused on nanoplasmonic biosensing, including development of flow-through plasmonic nanopore sensors, sensors compatible with artificial cell membranes, plasmonic sensors with electrical read-out and plasmonic sensing of structural changes in addition to binding events. He has an undergraduate degree in physics from Lund University. More information can also be found here.

Teaching, supervision and leadership

Dr. Jonsson has an interest in leadership and pedagogic activities. He is currently guiding several PhD students and postdocs and is involved in undergraduate teaching at the university. In addition to running his research group, his leadership experience includes being the chair of the Young Academy of Sweden (2019-2020), which gathers around 35 prominent young researchers in Sweden.

Societal engagement, research policy and industry collaboration

Since the start of his academic career, Dr. Jonsson has been interested in public outreach. During his undergraduate studies at Lund University he was a teacher for children coming to the university to do simple experiments and to learn how fun and important science is (2000-2002). He was then part of the Physics and Laser show at Lund University for many years (2002-2008). More recently, he had the chance to be involved in and organise several outreach activities via the Young Academy of Sweden (2015-2020), including summer school for high school students and popular science presentation at the Swedish parliament. Likewise, the Young Academy of Sweden formed an important platform for Dr. Jonssons’ interest in research policy. As advocate for science in general and quality of science in particular, he has been involved in several debate articles and policy documents, as well as panel debates and meetings with politicians. Some of these activities have been jointly held with other organisations, such as funding agencies and other academies, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA), the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), and young academies in other countries. At the research side, Dr. Jonsson’s activities include applied projects that have resulted in patent applications and/or been performed in collaboration with industry.

Magnus Jonsson in Photonics lab at LiU.
Foto: Thor Balkhed

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