The Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MSE(Organisation chart) is responsible for teaching and research within a wide range of subjects extending over the whole field. The emphasis is on structural materialsalthough functional materials are also considered to some extent. Many different types of materials are treated, for example: aluminium alloys, stainless steels, tool steels, cemented car bides, high-temperature materials, zirconium alloys, composites, high-Tc superconductors, magnetostrictive materials and shape-memory a lloys. The teaching includes both introductory courses in materials science as well as more advanced courses in phase transformations, mechanical properties, ceramics, corrosion science, alloy design and materials selection. The department is also a member of Scientific Group Thermodata Europe (SGTE).
New research on the properties of copper
The properties of copper has become a controversial issue in connection with the final deposit of spent nuclear fuel. A team of scientist from KTH has resented a study increasing the understanding of the properties of copper.
– The study is of importance for the final deposit of spent nuclear fuel and fills a gap in the basic knowledge of how hydrogen and oxygen react with metallic copper, according to Pavel Korzhavyi and Börje Johansson, researchers at the department of Materials Science and Enginering, KTH.
A basic understanding of the properties of the material and its reactions with its surroundings is essential for the analysis of a long term safe final deposit of nuclear waste..
The team consists of Pavel A. Korzhavyi, Inna L. Soroka and Börje Johansson from KTH, Eyvaz I. Isaev from Linköpings universitet (deceased), and Christina Lilja from SKB – Swedish Nuclear Fuel
and Waste Management Co