Materials science for a sustainable world – SEK 3 billion to new research initiatives

“This is a powerful, hands-on initiative for a more sustainable world. To achieve the important climate and environmental goals, we need to reduce our footprints from the materials we use in our daily lives and in the industries. The initiative will build knowledge contributing to the achievement of the targets set under UN Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, Chair of Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

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Phot Annika Moberg, Sveriges unga akademi
Citizen science, where members of the public help researchers in various ways, is not a new phenomenon. Natural history evolved in the 18th century as the fruit of collaboration between universities, museums and laymen. Carl Linnaeus – was a forerunner, and historian of science Linda Andersson Burnett is now studying how his ideas influenced developments far beyond Sweden’s borders.
Tobias Ekholm devotes his time to problem-solving at the border between mathematics and physics where there may be answers that provide new insights into major mysteries of the universe.
Wallenberg Academy Fellow Stefano Romeo is seeking explanations and targets for new drugs by comparing the DNA of healthy people with that of fatty liver sufferers.
The solar cells of tomorrow may be both much more efficient and cheaper thanks to a material called perovskite. But more research is needed, and at Linköping University scientists are inspired by strides made in the development of semiconductors.