Solar panels are not the only way to capture clean energy from the sun. Glass roofs that draw on technology developed at KTH have emerged as an aesthetically pleasing way to self-generate household heat.
A group of proteins identified by researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology could play a role in helping multiple sclerosis patients get more accurate diagnostics about the severity and progress of their disease.
Need some instant musical notation to remember that little tune you just came up with? A new mobile app – created by a Computer Science engineer from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a professor from KMH Royal College of Music – makes it possible to score any melody instantly and share it.
Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have discovered an antibacterial polymer that can be used in everyday products such as sportswear, diapers and bandages, without causing resistant bacteria.
KTH researchers are developing advanced computer simulations that may help decrease the number of experiments on animals and at the same time improve environmental protection.
“Simulation can already reduce the need to produce industrial prototypes,” says Johan Hoffman, professor of numerical analysis at KTH. “And computer simulation may soon be used as decision support for certain medical procedures.”
A bigger budget, new sponsorship and a wide-ranging collaboration agreement are all helping the successful Science for Life Laboratory (SciLifeLab) research centre shift into top gear for 2012 and beyond. Since its foundation by KTH, Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm University and Uppsala University in 2010, the centre has become a unique resource for Swedish and international researchers.
Advances in IT and communication services are changing the way the world looks at the built environment. “Video is a building material,” says Charlie Gullström, visiting associate professor in architecture, media, interaction and communication at the KTH Department of Architecture. “As an architect, I’m interested in extending the room using virtual doors and windows.”
It’s not easy to determine the elastic properties of steel by experimenting on single crystals. But now a KTH research team has developed new theoretical methods to bind resilience properties to the steel’s electron structure and magnetic characteristics.
New funding will strengthen research at the MistraPharma Centre at KTH into more efficient wastewater treatment processes. Among the Centre’s focus areas is risk assessment studies, aiming to see whether trace amounts of common pharmaceuticals may be causing environmental bacteria to become antibiotic resistant.
Studies of specialised proteins by KTH researcher Helena Wållberg may have important implications for the future of cancer diagnostics. Her work is intended to allow doctors to one day distinguish tumours from healthy tissues and develop targeted treatments.
Peter Händel wants you to make your mobile phone a part of the car’s dashboard. The KTH Professor of Signal Processing has helped create a new mobile application for safer and more efficient driving. “In the public debate, drivers are often warned about using a mobile phone while driving, but I say the opposite: your mobile phone should be seen as an extension of the car’s dashboard.”
Using advanced DNA sequencing technology, researchers at KTH in an international research collaboration have created a three dimensional map of the distribution of thousands of bacterial plankton species in the Baltic Sea. Since bacteria play key roles in various nutrient cycles in the marine environment, this is important work in order to understand how the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem functions.
Packaging in the future will be based on a hybrid between silicon technology and printing electronics. With inbuilt intelligence it will be possible to do much more than just encapsulate a product and protect it during transport.