Department of Fibre and polymer technology
The department of Fibre and Polymer Technology (FPT) is the largest academic institution on native and synthetic polymers in Sweden. The combination of the traditionally separate fields of natural and synthetic polymers is unique and allows FPT to address several important issues such as future demands on a sustainable material use in society.
The research ranges from monomer and polymer syntheses and characterization to modelling/simulation, processing, long-term properties and material performance, degradation and functionalities. Wood based materials dominate the field of native polymers although materials derived from crops are becoming increasingly important.
FPT has identified four specific areas of strategic importance; materials from renewable resources, nano-structured materials, materials for medical applications, and materials for the field of energy. These areas are closely connected to what has been defined as the “Global Challenges” which ensures relevance for society.
The department staff is very active in both undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Chemical Science and Engineering. The strong research activities are linked to the educational program with most of the faculty involved in both teaching and research activities.
The department is organized in six divisions and one excellence centre with a common instrument facility. The divisions are strongly linked with numerous shared projects demonstrating that the department is a suitable platform for both successful research and education.