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Gathering of forces around new materials

Leading materials research at Linköping University and Acreo Swedish ICT will be in the spotlight when around 100 senior materials researchers, plus PhD students, from over 20 divisions in three departments gather for a conference on 20-21 August, 2014.

Materials science, researchersNew materials can contribute to solutions for a number of contemporary social problems in the fields of energy, environment, health and sustainability. Research at Linköping University spans a wide spectrum, from hard materials with properties tailor-made for the needs of industry to soft materials that are able to function as spare parts for humans or for completely new opportunities in extracting and storing energy. Between the two there is also theory building at the undergraduate research level, very important for the future.

Materials research at LiU, run in a variety of different configurations across departmental and divisional borders as well as at Acreo Swedish ICT, is brought together in the International Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials, AFM. The organiser is Professor Magnus Berggren; the assistant organiser is Professor Igor Abrikosov.

Within AFM there are around 240 active researchers including PhD students, and almost 200 of them will gather in August for a two-day conference in Kolmården. 60 items will be presented, ideas will flow and inspiration will be drawn from invited speakers from both the world of research and from industry.

Magnus Berggren“Three of the world leading researchers in the field of materials science, from France, Australia and Finland will come here. Five AFM researchers will describe their research and we will also get to listen to representatives from industry,” explains Professor Berggren, who is looking forward to the conference.

“I hope we will get to see many new ideas being born which will lead to even more exciting interdisciplinary cooperation.”

Groups and projects within AFM have also at different times been given excellent evaluations by the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research and Vinnova. External grants today total around SEK 190 million per year. 

The conference will be held at the Vildmarkshotellet hotel in Kolmården on 20-21 August, 2014. In charge of the programme are Professor Kajsa Uvdal, acting professor Stefan Klintström and Professor Igor Abrikosov.

Photo Magnus Berggren: Sverker Johansson, Photo materials research: David Einar Nygren

 

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Monica Westman Svenselius Mon Jul 28 08:00:00 CEST 2014



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