Magnus Berggren

Magnus Berggren

Magnus Berggren

Professor in Organic Electronics at Linköping University

Magnus Berggren received his MSc in Physics in 1991 and graduated as PhD (Thesis: Organic Light Emitting Diodes) in Applied Physics in 1996, both degrees from Linköping University. He then joined Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ in the USA, for a one-year post doc period focusing on the development of organic lasers and novel optical resonator structures. In 1997, he teamed up with Opticom ASA, from Norway, and former colleagues of Linköping University to establish Thin Film Electronics AB. From 1997 to 1999 he served Thin Film as its founding managing director and initiated the development of printed electronic memories based on ferroelectric polymers. After this, he returned to Linköping University and to a part time manager position at Acreo Swedish ICT. In 1999, he initiated the research and development of paper electronics, in part supported by several paper- and packaging companies. Since 2002, he is the professor in Organic Electronics at Linköping University and the director of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, today including close to 60 researchers. Magnus Berggren is one of the pioneers of the Organic Bioelectronics and Electronic Plants research areas and currently he is the acting director of the Strategic Research Area (SFO) of Advanced Functional Materials (AFM) at LiU. In 2012 Magnus Berggren was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in 2014 he received the Marcus Wallenberg Price and in 2016 he was awarded the IVA Gold Medal.

Large-scale energy storage in paper, artificial nervous systems and electronic plants

Abstract: Organic electronic materials and devices can process and conduct electronic as well as bio-chemical and ionic signals. This allows us to derive a unique interface technology to bridge the signaling and energy gap between biology and technology. With sensor and actuator networks, made from organic electronic materials, we can record and regulate physiology and functions in biology, such as in plants and humans. With an additional (body) area network technology, biology can then connect to the Internet for a vast array of services, exemplified by remote and distributed health care.

Further, with enzymatic electrodes and energy storage systems, in part made within or composited with forest-based products and tissues, we envisage large-scale energy conversion and storage technology based on cellulose, lignin and electronic polymers.

In this talk, my emphasis is devoted to manufacturing protocols of nano-structured organic materials, targeting printing, paper-manufacturing and in-vivo production of electronics on or within biological systems. The resulting technology opens up for a future towards artificial neuronal systems, power papers and electronic plants.