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Project grants from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation

Project grants from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation are powerful funding for excellent basic research in the fields of medicine, natural sciences and technology. Since 2016, KTH has been awarded grants for eight research projects that are considered to offer potential for future scientific breakthroughs.

Portrait photo of Lucie Delemotte

New method of modulating ion channels may provide cure for epilepsy

Photo: Jann Lipka

When the electrical activity in neurons (nerve cells) does not work, disorders such as epilepsy, sleep disorders or autism can occur. This research project will develop a new method, based on machine learning, to design modulators of neuronal voltage-gated ion channels, with the aim of treating such diseases.

Project title: From atom to organism: Bridging the scales in the design of ion channel drugs

Principal investigator:  Lucie Delemotte, Associate Professor in Biophysics

Grant amount: SEK 27 million over five years (2023–2027)

Read more about Lucie Delemotte's research (in Swedish)

Portrait of Anna Delin in lab

New knowledge on laser pulses can open up for more energy-efficient computers

Photo: Jann Lipka

With a sufficiently strong laser or light pulse, it is possible to temporarily completely change the properties of a material. If we can understand this transformation on a microscopic, quantum mechanical level, it opens up new types of information technology that will also be very energy efficient.

Project title: Light-matter interaction in the ultrafast regime

Principal investigator: Anna Delin, professor of materials and nanophysics

Grant amount: SEK 25 million over five years (2023–2027)

Read more about Anna Delin's research (in Swedish)

Close-up picture of a micro chip

Enhanced immunotherapy with microchips

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

In recent years cancer care has added a new weapon to its arsenal: immunotherapy. Research is now making major strides with the help of microchip-based methods developed in Sweden. The aim is to treat more forms of cancer, and cure more patients.

Project title: Translating mechanisms of cytotoxicity in natural killer cells and gamma-delta T cells into next generation cell-based cancer immunotherapy

Principal investigator: Björn Önfelt, Professor of Applied Physics

Grant amount: SEK 31.2 million over five years (2019–2023)

Read more about Björn Önfelt's research

Portrait photo of Oscar Tjernberg

Solving the riddle of superconductivity

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

Oscar Tjernberg has taken on one of the major unresolved questions in the field of condensed matter physics: how do high temperature superconductors work? The researchers are using high-energy light pulses to push different materials beyond the limit so they become superconducting or topological. The process is also recorded using a technique in which Tjernberg’s research team are world leaders.

Project title: Novel Transient States in Quantum Matter

Principal investigator: Oscar Tjernberg, Professor of Strongly Correlated Systems

Grant amount: SEK 30 million over five years (2019–2023)

Read more about Oscar Tjernberg's research

Val Zwiller in lab

Quantum sensors securing the internet

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

Technology and methods to measure individual photons – light particles – are being developed in Val Zwiller’s laboratory. The researchers have devised a quantum sensor capable of securing the internet of the future against eavesdropping, as well as measuring interactions between molecules.

Project title: Quantum sensors

Grant amount: SEK 34.8 million over five years (2018–2022)

Principal investigator:  Val Zwiller, Professor of Applied Physics

Read more About Val Zwiller's research

Hans Hertz in lab

Tenfold increase in resolution with new X-ray technology

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

For all of its benefit to society, the technology we use for medical imaging is nevertheless flawed. Relevant little details go undetected due to limitations in resolution. But a recent investment in research at KTH aims to improve the picture – by at least 10 times. One hope is that the new method will make it easier to locate and diagnose tumors at an early stage.

Project title: Molecular X-Ray Micro Imaging

Principal investigator: Hans Hertz, Professor of Biomedical Physics 

Grant amount: SEK 33 million over five years (2017–2021)

Read more about Hans Hertz's research

Portrait photo of Johan Håstad

Research showing what is difficult

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

Can a problem be solved well enough within a reasonable time – or is it impossible because it demands excessive computational resources? These are questions being examined in a research project at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, where basic mathematical research may yield results with major implications.

Project title: Approximability and proof complexity

Principal investigator: Johan Håstad, Professor of Computer Science

Grant amount: SEK 32.2 million over five years (2017–2021)

Read more about Johan Håstad's research

Fredrik Laurell by computer screen

Using fiber optics to study cells inside the body

Photo: Magnus Bergström / Wallenberg Foundations

Tiny optical fibers may help to make future cancer diagnosis and treatment more effective. This is the hope of researchers in a project on multifunctional fibers. Among other things, the team is examining how fiber optics can be used for medical purposes inside the body.

Project title: Multifunctional fiber optics

Principal investigator: Fredrik Laurell, Professor of Laser Physics

Grant amount: SEK 31.8 million over five years (2017–2021)

Read more about Fredrik Laurell's research

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Last changed: Jun 08, 2023