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Magnus Berggren wins Wallenberg prize

Magnus Berggren

Magnus Berggren, professor of organic electronics at Linköping University, is the winner of the 2014 Marcus Wallenberg Prize, for his ground-breaking work on electronic paper.

Milk cartons that tell you when the contents pass their best-before date, frozen food that knows if it have thawed on the way to the store, muesli packages that warn people with a nut allergy if the contents include nuts. These are just a few examples of applications of print on electronic paper that the awards committee envisages. Other examples include small printed antennas that connect milk cartons to the internet and simple, inexpensive printed sensors for home-based self-diagnosis of various illnesses.

Prof Berggren won the award for his fundamental scientific breakthrough, which has led to applications that can be industrially manufactured and that, according to the jury, open the door to a completely new market for forest products.

Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics and Acreo Swedish ICT recently moved into shared premises at Kåkenhus Building, Campus Norrköping. Prof Berggren’s latest distinction was announced at an event celebrating this new arrangement.

“I’m honoured and extremely proud of this award, but I haven’t made this journey alone. So I would like the thank everyone who has fought for printed electronics,” said a pleased, and somewhat shocked award-winner.

Printed electronics has never been an easy sell, which Olle Inganäs, professor at Linköping University, could confirm.

“But the very first research funding we got was from the forest industry. Which makes receiving this prize even more rewarding,” Prof Berggren explained.

The Marcus Wallenberg Prize is awarded annually to someone who has contributed to a scientific breakthrough of great importance to the forest industry. The prize is presented at a ceremony in Stockholm in September, in the presence of the Swedish king and queen. It includes a cash component of SEK 2,000,000.

Photo: Sverker Johansson

 

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