Lars Berglund awarded the Advanced Grant for tree nanotechnology

Professor Lars Berglund at the School of Chemistry Science and Engineering and centre manager for  Wallenberg Wood Science Center has been awarded the  Advanced Grantfunding to conduct research in nanotechnology for wood, such as translucent wood. The grant supports multi- and interdisciplinary projects and pioneering ideas in new and emerging areas that are of 2.5 million over the years 2017-2022.

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See a short film of the transparent wood

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Water filter from wood offers portable, eco-friendly purification in emergencies

A bacteria-trapping material developed from wood by researchers KTH Royal Institute of Technology is now being tested for use as a water purification filter. The aim is to use it in places where there is no infrastructure or clean water supply.


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How the malaria parasite makes mosquitoes bite the infected hosts

That the malaria mosquitoes prefer the blood people aldready infected with malaria is known, but now KTH professor Anna-Karin Borg-Karlson along with researchers from SLU and Stockholm University have been able explain why. In a study published in Science, the researchers show that a molecule that the malaria parasite secretes, HMBPP, makes the infected host secrete more carbon dioxide and other mosquito-attractive substances.

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They make silk from milk

By all appearances, cows have little in common with spiders. Yet despite the two species’ obvious differences, new research shows that ordinary milk can be used to spin artificial silk – a breakthrough that could open new doors for alternative plastics and regenerative medicine. Researchers from Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the German research center, DESY, recently reported they have spun strands of proteins derived from ordinary milk proteins, namely whey powder.


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