Dr Jenny Malmstrom


Jenny Malmström joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering in 2016. She received her MSc degree in Bioengineering at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004) and a Ph.D. in Nanoscience at the University of Aarhus, Denmark (2010). From Denmark she moved to Auckland, where she joined the School of Chemical Sciences (UoA) as a post doctoral research fellow. Her research focusses on creating functional biointerfaces to understand and control biological systems.

Research | Current

My research is, both literally and figuratively, all about interfaces.  Literally these are the interfaces where biological molecules meet novel materials.  Figuratively these are the interfaces between biology, chemistry and materials science.  My expertise lies in characterising and understanding the material-biomolecule interactions and the influence of surface properties that underpin cell adhesion onto substrates.  This detailed understanding can be applied to emerging and exciting areas such as the creation of smart materials to help understand or control cellular behaviour. Recent work has been focussed on switchable conducting polymer surfaces and protein ordering within block copolymer films.  

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Baek, P., Kerr-Phillips, T., Damavandi, M., Chaudhary, O. J., Malmstrom, J., Chan, E. W. C., ... Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Highly processable, rubbery poly(n-butyl acrylate) grafted poly(phenylene vinylene)s. European Polymer Journal, 84, 355-365. 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.09.041
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, David Barker
  • Nieuwoudt, M. K., Martin, J. W., Oosterbeek, R. N., Novikova, N. I., Wang, X., Malmström J, ... Simpson, M. C. (2016). Gold-sputtered Blu-ray discs: simple and inexpensive SERS substrates for sensitive detection of melamine. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 408 (16), 4403-4411. 10.1007/s00216-016-9545-5
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31193
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cather Simpson, David Williams, Michel Nieuwoudt, Nina Novikova
  • Aydemir, N., Malmström J, & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Conducting polymer based electrochemical biosensors. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18 (12), 8264-8277. 10.1039/C5CP06830D
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31179
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Strover, L. T., Malmström J, & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Graft Copolymers with Conducting Polymer Backbones: A Versatile Route to Functional Materials. Chemical record (New York, N.Y.), 16 (1), 393-418.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic
  • Baek, P., Aydemir, N., Chaudhary, O. J., Wai Chi Chan, E., Malmstrom, J., Giffney, T., ... Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Polymer electronic composites that heal by solvent vapour. RSC Adv, 6 (100), 98466-98474. 10.1039/C6RA24296K
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, David Barker, Tim Giffney
  • Xu, G., Malmström J, Edmonds, N., Broderick, N., Travas-Sejdic, J., & Jin, J. (2016). Investigation of the Reduction of Graphene Oxide by Lithium Triethylborohydride. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016, 1-10. 10.1155/2016/4021059
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Jianyong Jin
  • Strover, L. T., Malmström J, Stubbing, L. A., Brimble, M. A., & Travas-Sejdic, J. (2016). Electrochemically-controlled grafting of hydrophilic brushes from conducting polymer substrates. Electrochimica Acta, 188, 57-70. 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.11.106
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Louise Stubbing, Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, Margaret Brimble
  • Malmström J, Wason, A., Roache, F., Yewdall, N. A., Radjainia, M., Wei, S., ... Travas-Sejdic, J. (2015). Protein nanorings organized by poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) self-assembled thin films. Nanoscale, 7 (47), 19940-19948.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jadranka Travas-Sejdic, David Williams, Juliet Gerrard, Shanghai Wei

Contact details

Primary location

2-6 PARK AVENUE - Bldg 529
Level 1, Room 134A
New Zealand