Prof. Nylander has many years of experience in applied biological research, frequently using neutron and x-ray methods to reveal complex systems.
He specialized in Food Technology at LU as an undergraduate before completing his PhD there in chemical engineering and biophysical technology. He completed his PhD in the same topic at Lund University under the supervision of Prof. Kåre Larsson in 1987.
In 1990 he did a postdoc at Australian National University, Department of Applied Mathematics, Canberra, Australia with Prof. Barry Ninham. In 2000 he was appointed senior lecturer at the Div. of Physical Chemistry, LU and in 2007 he was promoted to full professor at the same division.
The main theme of Prof. Nylander scientific activity has been to relate interfacial behaviour of surface-active molecules of biological origin to their solution behaviour, many of them focus on food related scientific challenges. He has published 270 scientific articles and book chapters within this area. He has extensive international collaboration both with academia and industry. Tommy Nylander was a member of the first Scientific Advisory Committee for ESS (2008-2011).
He was a member of the Soft Matter subcommittee (College 9) of the ILL (2006-2009) and at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Scattering and FRM II (chairman of the Biology Review Committee from 2011-2020), as well as a member of the Facilities Access Panel for Large Scale Structures at ISIS, STFC- Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (2009-2014).