Molecular Surface Physics and Nanoscience (MOLYT)

Super small particles i.e. particles with very small volume, with unique physical and chemical properties, have a high potential in biomedical imaging and future biosensing applications. We are designing biocompatible nanoparticles based on transition metal and rare earth metal oxides. These are very promising as positive contrast agent (Patents) in MRI and CT.

The division is active in the field of Nanomaterial and Molecular thin film physics and spectroscopy. Our main focus is on surface modification for sensing/biorecognition and nanoprobes for biomedical imaging. We investigate biospecific binding phenomena at solid surfaces and we perform designing and characterisation of new and improved nanoprobes for imaging.

Equipment used

We take advantage of X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Photoemission electron Microscopy (PEEM), Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) Spectroscopy, Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy (IRAS), Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Powerful equipment available at IFM, in house experience of life science technology and molecular physics as well as close collaboration with CMIV (Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization) facilitate progress in the field of novel nanomaterial design for bio medical imaging. Research based on the use of synchrotron radiation is of main importance for our research group and is conducted at MAX II Swedish national laboratory in Lund and at Elettra Trieste Italy MAX II is a third generation electron storage ring for synchrotron radiation. The techniques used are high resolution X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy) and computed tomography (CT) at the synchrotron facility at Elettra Trieste in Italy.

Head of Division