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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.


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Osmet started around the same time as Tova Jarnerud graduated from Bergs. Tova had not planned to do a doctorate, but was attracted by the Osmet project. Photo: Alexandra von Kern.

Paper waste makes greener steel

If the ideal sustainability project saves both the environment and money, and at the same time develops a research area, Osmet might be just that. Two...

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High energy X-rays reveal the resistance of steel to embrittlement

The high energy X-rays at the Swedish Material Science beamline make it possible to see what’s happening within steels, in real-time, also in environm...

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Photo: Alexandre Debiève on Unsplash

Recovered electronics reduce carbon footprint

Waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is estimated to grow to about 12 million tons by 2020 in EU, which makes it the fastest growing ...

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​ More Impact Stories within materials


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 t...

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Tool helps developing countries with energy planning – to limit costs

KTH has developed a tool for energy and integrated water-energy-land use planning: The Open Source energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS). The tool calcul...

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Photo: Joakim Aglo un Unsplah

Electricity to the nearly 1 billion people still lacking it

KTH has developed probably the most used electrification tool in the world – a decision support when providing rural and urban areas with electricity....

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​ More Impact Stories within energy technology

Machine Design

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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 proj...

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Highest citation and best paper for unusual trio

Three ITM Professors from two different departments form the team behind JMS Best Paper Award for 2020 – celebrating the highest citations during five...

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Electric car in urban environment
Photo: Andrew Roberts on Unsplash

Thesis hot topic in politicians’ social media

"It is cheaper to own an electric car than a petrol-driven car." If you think you’ve seen this headline recently, you’re right: the research of Jens H...

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Production Engineering

Highest citation and best paper for unusual trio

Three ITM Professors from two different departments form the team behind JMS Best Paper Award for 2020 – celebrating the highest citations during five...

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A new era for equipment diagnoses

With built-in smart sensors and data analysis, machine tools and industrial robots will perform self-diagnoses, which is a big step forward towards a ...

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"From our vision, robots will not replace humans, they will assist us", says Vincent Wang and Lihui Wang at the KTH Department of Production Engineering.

Big robots getting ready to work alongside humans

The next generation of robots is about to enter the workplace alongside humans. The KTH-led SYMBIO-TIC project presents a smart industrial robot, unle...

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Sustainable Production Development

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Photo: Jonas Thorén

Two Södertälje projects on IVA’s 100 list

When IVA presents its annual 100-list, two research projects from KTH Södertälje are included. This year, the theme is crisis preparedness and Magnus ...

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From innovation to production

Produktionsänglar is an initiative where KTH Södertälje and Södertälje Science Park collaborate to support start-ups.

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Sortiment av produkter från Saltå kvarn
Saltå Kvarn has grown since its start in 1964 and so has the assortment. (Photo: Saltå Kvarn)

Saltå Kvarn propelled by Lean

Saltå Kvarn has grown rapidly in recent years – albeit without a strategic plan. When it was not possible to work any harder, Saltå Kvarn enlisted the...

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Learning in Engineering Sciences

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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 degr...

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"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 s...

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Scientific journals in a pile.

BibCap reveals the research community

By building an advanced bibliometric analysis capacity where you can compare universities and colleges, research institutes, companies and other organ...

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​ More Impact Stories within learning

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Last changed: May 19, 2021