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Dr. Ir. Edwin Jager

Edwin Jager


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, where he became associate professor in March 2012. He holds a visiting senior scientist position at the University of Wollongong, Australia, where he collaborates with Prof Gursel Alici, of the Intelligent Nano-Tera Systems Research laboratory 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 of the  COST action MP1206 "Electrospinning.

His present research interests include electroactive polymers, conducting polymers, bioelectronics, electroactive biomaterials, and polymer (micro-)actuators for cell biology, medicine and robotics.

Current activities

Electroactive polymers or conjugated polymer (micro-)actuators

Mechanostimulation of cells

Soft microrobotics

New materials for electroactive polymer actuators

Bioelectronic medicine

Electroactive surfaces and scaffolds


Course coordinator Introduction to Biosensors TFYA62; Microsystems and Nanobiology TFTB33

Lectures for the courses Biomedical Materials TFTB40, Biosensor Technology TFTB34, and Materials for medicine TFYA63

Supervisor group project CDIO course Biomedical Engineering TBMT41.

Supervisor group project CDIO course Engineering Project TFYY51.

Lectures at the TSIAM 2013 Training School on Ionic Artificial Muscles, in Cartegena, Spain.

Co-organizer of the Biosensors 2012 summer school in Cancun, Mexico.


The full list (including downloadable parallel publishing versions) can be found at LiU Electronic Publishing

Selected publications

K. Xiong, G. Emilsson, A. Maziz, L. Shao, E.W.H. Jager, A.B. Dahlin, "Plasmonic Metasurfaces with Conjugated Polymers for Flexible Electronic Paper in Color", Advanced Materials, 2016, in press. doi:10.1002/adma.201603358.

A. Gelmi, A. Cieslar-Pobuda, E.d. Muinck, M. Los, M. Rafat, E.W.H. Jager, "Direct mechanical stimulation of stem cells: a beating electro-mechanically active scaffold for cardiac tissue engineering", Advanced Healthcare Materials, 2016, 5, p.1471.

A. Khaldi, A. Maziz, G. Alici, G.M. Spinks, E.W.H. Jager, "Bottom-up microfabrication process for individually controlled conjugated polymer actuators", Sensors and Actuators B, 2016, 230, p.818.

M. Golabi, A.P.F. Turner, E.W.H. Jager, "Tunable Conjugated Polymers for Bacterial Differentiation", Sensors and actuators B, 2016, 222, p.839.

D. Melling, S.A. Wilson, E.W.H. Jager, "Controlling the electro-mechanical performance of polypyrrole through 3- and 3, 4-methyl substituted copolymers", RSC Advances, 2015, 5, p.84153.

A. Fahlgren, C. Bratengeier, A. Gelmi, C.M. Semeins, J. Klein-Nulend, E.W.H. Jager, et al., "Biocompatibility of Polypyrrole with Human Primary Osteoblasts and the Effect of Dopants", PLoS One, 2015, 10, e0134023.

A. Gelmi, M. Ljunggren, M. Rafat, E.W.H. Jager,  "Influence of Conductive Polymer Doping on the Viability of Cardiac Progenitor Cells", Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2014, 2, p.3860.

J.G. Martinez , T.F. Otero, E.W.H. Jager, "Effect of the electrolyte concentration and substrate on conducting polymer actuators", Langmuir, 2014, 30, p.3894.

J. Torop, A. Aabloo, E.W.H. Jager, "Novel actuators based on polypyrrole/carbide-derived carbon hybrid materials", Carbon, 2014, 80, p.387.

D. Melling, S. Wilson, E.W.H. Jager, "The effect of film thickness on polypyrrole actuation assessed using novel non-contact strain measurements", Smart Materials & Structures, 2013, 22, no.104021.

E.W.H. Jager,  N. Masurkar, N.F. Nworah, B. Gaihre, G. Alici, G.M. Spinks, "Patterning and electrical interfacing of individually controllable conducting polymer microactuators", Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2013, 183, p.283.

K. Svennersten, M. Berggren, A. Richter-Dahlfors, E. W. H. Jager, "Mechanical stimulation of epithelial cells using polypyrrole microactuators", Lab on a Chip, 2011, 11, p.3287.

A. Herland, K. M. Persson, V. Lundin,M. Fahlman, M. Berggren, E. W. H. Jager, A. I. Teixeira, "Electrochemical control of growth factor presentation to steer neural stem cell differentiation", Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2011, 50, p.12529. 

V. Lundin, A. Herland, M. Berggren, E. W. H. Jager, A. I. Teixeira, "Control of neural stem cell survival by electroactive polymer substrates", PLoS One, 2011, 6, e18624.

S. A. Wilson et al., "New materials for micro-scale sensors and actuators An engineering review", Materials Science & Engineering R-Reports, 2007, 56, p.1.

E. W. H. Jager, E. Smela, O. Inganäs, "Microfabricating Conjugated Polymer Actuators", Science, 2000, 290, p.1540.

E W. H. Jager, O. Inganäs, I. Lundström, "Microrobots for Micrometer-Size Objects in Aqueous Media: Potential Tools for Single Cell Manipulation", Science, 2000, 288, p.2335

Contact info

Office: N317

Email: edwin.jager@liu.se

Phone: +46 (0) 13 - 28 1246

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Last updated: 10/17/16