Professor Magnus Willander 

International Advisory Board Member                                                                   

University of Technology, Nowshera







Chair professor at Linköping University in Physical Electronics and Nanotechnology



Academic Qualifications:

Between 1973-12-30 and 1977-09-06 he obtained 4 academic degrees, M.Sc. in Fundamental Physics and Mathematics (Lund University), Engineering Physics (Uppsala University), Economics (Stockholm University) and in Pedagogical Science (Malmö University). In 1984 he received Dr Sci. degree in Physics in Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He became a docent in physics in 1988. He has been appointed as chair professor since 1994. All degrees in Sweden.


Some Awards, Duties, Grants etc.:

 Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2011, Fellow of Institute of Physics (IOP) in 2012, and Fellow of The NANOSMAT Society in 2015. Appointed to Elite Professor in King Saud University, in 2011.  Foreign expert, Chinese Academy of Science. Professor in Beijing National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (part time), Chinese Academy of Science, from 2013.  Journal of Chemical Sensors (Cognizure) announces since 2012 an annual prize as “Professor Magnus Willander Award in the area of chemical sensors”, see Cognizure Corporation, Science Jet Journal (the other awards are in the name of Rudolph A. Marcus, Mario Capecchi, Joseph Wang, Pulickel M. Ajayan and William E Acree, Jr).  Journal of Nanoscience Letters (Simplex) dedicated Vol. 1, issue 2 to Professor Magnus Willander. In 2015 Prof. Willander got the same award in the scientific journal “Science Advances Today”, and they also dedicated a special issue in his name. He has received several best paper award in different scientific journals. He is a member of editorial boards of about 10 different scientific journals and of the Honorary Editorial Board of Solid State Electronics (Elsevier) 1997-2012. Guest editor several times in different scientific journals. The prize for the best environmental research/development in 2005 in Sweden for an entrepreneur company which Willander founded (jury: research funding agencies in Sweden). The prize for the best Scandinavian nano-company (jury: investors) in 2011, the company also founded by Willander. Organizer of many big international conferences (MRS, IEDM etc.). More than 70 invited review articles. More than 120 Invited/Keynote Talks in international scientific conferences. Evaluator for many professorships abroad and in Sweden. Professor Willander has supervised 45 students to their Dr. Degree in physics and 3 for their “small” Dr. Degree (Licentiat degree). Prof. Willander has coordinated 4 different EU projects and participated in more than 10 EU projects.


A Short Research Resume (since 1986):

Between 1986 and 1989 Willander built up a research group in Linköping University which did pioneering works on silicon/silicon-germanium devices, polymer devices, and silicon carbide. He included also a lot of theoretical and simulation works during 1990-1995 on optical and transport properties in his research.

From 1996 Professor Willander built up another new research group in Gothenburg more involved in Nanoscience including solid, soft and liquid based materials, including both experimental works like single molecule detection, water transistor and its application, intra- cellular measurements with nanowires etc. and theoretical works like weak localization, Bose-Einstein condensation in nanostructures, plasmonics, mathematics for life science, etc. Willander had also a strong influence in building up the MC2 laboratory in Chalmers in Gothenburg. Around 2002 Willander started up the experimental work on ZnO nanostructures. He also founded a research company on nanostructures.

From 2006 Professor Willander started for the third time up from beginning a research group in Linköping University, with focus on  research in metal oxide nanostructures, and other solid nanostructures and used them for application in bio-sensing, lighting, energy harvesting etc. Willander also restarted the nano-company in Norrköping/Linköping.

In 2014 Prof. Willander for the 4th time built up a new research group from beginning in Beijing Institute of Nano energy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Science, working on chemistry and Nanoenergy and Nanosensors.


Publications (July 2017):


Citations (all)

Since 2011


Number of publications

Since 2011

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Willander has also published 9 international scientific books.

Five most cited journal publications according to Web of Science (Feb. 2017):

  1. lll-nitrides: Growth, characterization, and properties, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol.87, Issue 3, pp 965-1006, 2000. Citations: 854.
  2. Field-effect mobility of poly(3-hexylthiophene), Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 53, Issue 3, pp 195-197, 1988. Citations: 325.
  3. Zinc oxide nanorod based photonic devices: recent progress in growth, light emitting diodes and lasers, Nanotechnology, Vol. 20, Issue 33, 2009. Citations: 320.
  4. Identification of oxygen and zinc vacancy optical signals in ZnO, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 89, Issue 26, 2006. Citations: 217.
  5. New materials for micro-scale sensors and actuators: An engineering review, Materials Science and Engineering R-Reports, Vol.56, Issue 1-6, pp1-129, 2007. Citations: 229.