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The social benefits of the ITM school - Impact

Most of what we do at ITM aims to benefit society. We contribute knowledge, smart products and services, tools and much more that affect people's everyday lives. This effect we have on society we call "impact".

Impact on different areas

ITM work within the fields of energy, materials, sustainable production, logistics, industrial production, mechanical engineering but also industrial economics and learning. Investmentsor projects that have had an extra large effect on society, or that have great potential, become our so called Impact Stories. Below you’ll find a few different examples.


Rutger Gyllenram and Peter Samuelsson initiated FerroSilva some years ago.

"We can produce steel with one-tenth of the electricity"

FerroSilva, which started as a project at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has developed a new process for producing fossil-free sponge iron. The plan is to start the first factory...

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Portrait of woman, smiling.
Annika Borgenstam is recognized because, as a teacher, researcher and leader, she pays attention to how inequality is recreated and works to promote equality.

Borgenstam on prestigeous list

Annika Borgenstam, Professor at Materials Science and Engineering, is among the 40 most powerful women in mining and steel, according to "Sveriges hårdaste lista".

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Malin receives a diploma and flowers from Peter, older man.
Malin Selleby is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts in thermodynamic modelling in materials design. Here, she receives the medal by Peter Samuelsson. Photo: Mats Gartz

Malin Selleby the first woman to get the Sefström Medal

Malin Selleby receives the Sefström Medal for her work in Computational Thermodynamics. The Sefström Medal is awarded by The Swedish association of mining and metallurgical engineers* every 5 years si...

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Foto: Kyoto Group - Heatcube

A “power bank” for renewables

Imagine a factory with a giant "power bank" charged with renewable energy when the availability is good and electricity prices low. To be discharged as heat when sun and wind are scarce and prices hig...

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Sign "Valencia" from the city, a sunny day.
Photo: Reiseuhu on Unsplash

KTH students improve Spanish university campus

Over 100 KTH students have worked on creating sustainable energy system proposals for Valencia’s technical university. Each year the students of Energy Management, an international masters programme, ...

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Illustration of Björn Palm surrounded by houses and greenery.

Being relevant is key to dissemination

The energy field can make large contributions to a sustainable future – which is the reason why Björn Palm from Department of Energy Technology goes to work every morning. Being relevant to the indust...

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Engineering Design

Nanoparticles in emissions on researcher’s radar

Nanoparticles are everywhere, but we don't know how many or how toxic they are to humans and nature. The nPETS project involves researchers from all over Europe who visit road tunnels and airports to ...

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The garment as a prototype next to a picture of a girl playing basket ball in the suit.
In 2009, the Exopulse suit was just a prototype. Today, the garment improves motion range and reduces pain for hundreds of people with brain disorders as MS or dysfunctions from stroke.

Pain reducing tech suit on export

Garments designed to reduce pain and spasms for patients with brain damage – yes, this is done at KTH. More than ten years ago, researchers Johan Gawell and Jonas Wistrand at the Department of Machine...

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Study when, and how, it suits you - that's crucial in modern pedagogy for complementary education. Photo:, Unsplash

PECA starts educating Swedish industry

Swedish industry lack updated knowledge in many technologies. Now, KTH's industrial network ICES is about to change that when launching its pilot project, PECA. Here, professional educators are able t...

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Production Engineering

Map of Sweden with circles around the four node locations.
ShiftLabs' four nodes are in Gothenburg, Skövde, Mälardalen and the Stockholm region.

A new ShiftLabs node is starting in Södertälje

Small and medium-sized businesses will receive help with digitalisation from KTH Leancentrum and Södertälje Science Park. As part of the innovation hub ShiftLabs, their mission is to provide companies...

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Learning in Engineering Sciences

Stefan and Malin sitting in a light environment behind their computers discussing something.
Stefan Stenbom and Malin Jansson (Digital Learning) are engaged in the project.

8 million to “Mattecoach på nätet”

With 8 new million from Erling-Persson's foundation, Mattecoach på nätet (Mathcoach online) will expand geographically, and the number of math coaches will increase.

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Black board with simple mathematic formulas.
Photo: Chuk Yong from Pixabay

Schools supported by KTH research

Three Stockholm municipalities have been given the chance to both contribute to and take part in research that KTH's teacher students do in their degree projects. The "KULF" project at the Department ...

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Image of the web page with two people at the front.

"Maths coach online" evens out the odds

"Maths coach online" (Mattecoach på nätet) offers young people aged 12-19 help with mathematics through online coaching by using text messages and a shared digital whiteboard. The coaches are teacher ...

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Please contact us if you are working at KTH's ITM School and want to show an Impact Story on this page.

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Last changed: Dec 22, 2022