Co-proposer : Helga C. Lichtenegger
Erik Reimhult studied applied physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and received his Ph.D. in 2004 with Prof. Bengt Kasemo. After postdocs at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore (Prof. Wolfgang Knoll) and ETH Zürich in Switzerland (Prof. Marcus Textor), he took up a full professorship in Nanobiotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria in 2010.
He now heads the Institute for Biologically Inspired Materials which synthesizes and investigates colloidal systems from nanostructured polymer brush interfaces to bacterial biofilms. The PSCM partnership mainly aims to use both neutron and X-ray methods to shed light on the internal structure and interactions of polymer-grafted core-shell nanoparticles responding to environmental stimuli. This includes their synthesis, polymer shell structure, and response to magnetic fields, temperature, ions, and liquid interfaces.