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Materials for a Sustainable World

KTH Materials Dialogue 2022

KTH Materials Dialogue is an annual workshop for materials related research at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. This year’s workshop, organised by the KTH Materials platform, will include scientific presentations under the topic Materials for a Sustainable World.

Time: Tue 2022-06-14 09.00 - 17.00

Location: KTH Campus, Lecture Hall D1, Lindstedtsvägen 9

Language: English

Lecturer: Several

Materials constitute the fundamental building blocks for our advanced society. Centuries of successful development in materials research have allowed development of complex and high-performing products, constructions, and technologies within healthcare, ICT, infrastructure, farming, etc.

However, the facilitating components, built up from advanced materials, require energy and resources largely derived from non-recyclable/sustainable sources. The associated pollution and over-consumption of natural and mined resources has driven our society into a state of imbalance versus nature.

New, fundamental knowledge within materials science is essential to derive novel materials that can place civilization onto a pathway towards a sustainable society.

Sustainable materials research is a field is of particular strength at KTH, with several groups and constellations working actively towards the understanding, creation, and control of complex materials with a precision down to the single atom level. Novel materials, processes, and devices will be critical for realizing a sustainable society.

Current status of the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE) will be presented.

Research topics (green and blue) and thematic areas (grey) in WISE.


9:00 Jonas Weissenrieder and Ulrica Edlund
Welcome and current status of WISE at KTH

Scientific talks

9:15 Denis Jelagin/ABE
Materials for sustainable infrastructure

9:45 Inger Odnevall/CBH
The surface chemistry of metallic materials governs their potency for adverse health and environmental effects
Abstract (docx 22 kB)

10:15 Coffee/tea break

10:45 Muhammet Toprak/SCI
Sustainable Thermal Energy Harvesting Materials
​​​​​​​Abstract (docx 13 kB) ​​​​​​​

11:15 Raquel Lizarraga Jurado/ITM
Cobalt substitution in the hard metal industry: the need of a sustainable choice
Abstract (docx 14 kB)

11:45 Carl-Mikael Zetterling/EECS
Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Sustainable Power Electronics
​​​​​​​Abstract (docx 13 kB) ​​​​​​​

12:15 Lunch

Technology Platforms - Infrastructure

13:15 Hermann Durr
Science Opportunities with the Ångström Laser
​​​​​​​Abstract (docx 13 kB) ​​​​​​​

13:35 Istvan Furo
NMR Spectroscopic Approaches to Materials. A Case Study in Batteries and Supercapacitors
Abstract (docx 16 kB)

13:55 Vlad Korenivski
Atomic Scale Processing Lab @ ANL
Abstract (docx 13 kB)

14:15 Peter Hedström/Annika Borgenstam
Sustainable Metals

14:35 Breakout sessions combined with coffee

15:05 Summary of breakout sessions 

Industry session

15:15 ABB

15:25 Sandvik

15:35 Breakout sessions

16:20 Conclusion of workshop

Registration KTH Materials Dialogue 2022

Registration for participation is open, however participation in lunch is closed.

Register here