Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Bjorn Lindman

Visiting Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

Prof Bjorn Lindman

Academic degrees Chemical Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology 1966; Licentiate, Physical Chemistry, Lund University, 1970; Ph D, Physical Chemistry, 1971; ‘Docent’ in Physical Chemistry, Lund University, 1971

Positions Teaching assistant, Royal Institute of Technology, 1965-67; Teaching assistant, Lund University 1966-1971; Lecturer (associate professor), Physical Chemistry, 1970-76; Associate professor, Biochemical molecular spectroscopy, Swedish Natural Sciences Research Council, 1976-78: Full professor (Chair), Physical Chemistry, 1978-present. (Parental leave 50 % 1981-2.)
Chairman, Center of Amphiphilic Polymers, 1994-96; Chairman of the Board of Surface & Colloid Center, Lund University; Programme Director Strategic Foundation National Programme on Colloid & Interface Technology 1997-2006. Chair Professor at Division of Physical Chemistry 1, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lund University, P. O. Box 124, S-221 00 Lund, Sweden 1978-2012. Prof. em. From 2012.

Visiting professorships: Australian National University (1985, 1990), Yokohama National University (1985, 1987, 1992, 1996), Tokyo Science University (1989), University of Coimbra (1998-2012), Kyoto University (1999), UNICAMP, Brazil (2000, 2014), Nanjing University of Science and Technology (1996, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2013), Univ. P et M Curie, Paris (2001), Nanyang Technical Univ., Singapore (2006, 2010-2014), Univ. Catolica, Santiago, Chile (2007).

External professional activities Director of studies, undergraduate studies, Chemical Section, Lund University 1970-1974; Director of studies, Ph D studies, Chemical Center, Lund University1974-1980; Member of the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund from 1982; Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences from 1984; Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences from 1994; Comité de Direction, Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Bordeaux (1982-1986); Industrial Committee, Institute for Surface Chemistry, Stockholm (from 1983); Comité de Direction, LESOC, Nancy (1984-89); Comité de Direction, Lab. Systèmes Polyphasés, Montpellier (1984-88); Council International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists; Evaluator of Higher Science Education in Finland, Ministry of Education, Helsinki; Director Frame Program Surface and Colloid Chemistry of the Swedish Research Council of Engineering Sciences (1992-8); Coordinator European Network on Water-soluble Polymers (1994-8); Member of scientific boards of the following companies: Berol AB, Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry (chairman more than 10 years); Karlshamns AB, Kenobel AB; Board Camurus Lipid Research Foundation (1997-2003); President European Colloid & Interface Society (1997-9); Research Council, Swedish Pulp and Paper Institute (2000-6); President International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (2006-2009), Research Collegium Foundation of Strategic Research (2003-2006). Consultant for European, US and Japanese companies. Fellow of the Royal Physiographic Society from 1981. Foreign member of the Portuguese Science Academy from 2009. President Overbeek Foundation 2005-2008. Recipient of the IACIS lifetime achievement award 2015 for his lifetime achievement in science.
Research Interests
Björn Lindman is chair professor in physical chemistry at Lund University, Sweden since 1978 and is visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research interests are in the field of colloid science, including surfactant and polymer self-assembly, polymer-surfactant systems, polymer adsorption, amphiphilic polymers and biopolymers like DNA and cellulose. He consults and gives training courses for industry on formulations and is also a co-founder of spin-offs in this area. He is a fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Portuguese Academy of Science.
Björn Lindman has published over 600 papers in journals and books; these have been cited more than 20000 times, with an h-index of 80.
He has received the Overbeek Gold Medal of the European Colloid and Interface Society and the Life-time Achievement Award of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, and prestigious awards from US, China, Japan, India, UK, Finland and Sweden. He is a cofounder of the European Colloid and Interface Society and has been the president of this organization as well as the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists. He is one of the authors of the textbook Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solutions (2 editions and translated into Chinese and Russian) as well as of Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers (Wiley 2014).

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