A thriving partnership relies on extensive research and faculty exchange across a broad spectrum of areas of the arts, engineering, and sciences.
KTH Assistant Prof Dilip Khatiwada, Energy and Climate Studies spent a research period in 2017 at the UI Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment together with UI Distinguished Professor Madhu Khanna. The collaboration focused on a dynamic fuel and food economic model for policy analysis. The model considers the optimization of social welfare and environmental aspects of policies related to bioenergy feedstock/crops, biofuel, and food production in different policy scenarios such as blend mandates, fuel subsidies, prices/tariffs, and carbon tax.
On October 15, 2015, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova officially launched the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS), an $18.5M Engineering Research Center based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center, which is a collaboration with Howard University, Stanford University, and the University of Arkansas, includes KTH as one of two international partners. Called P.O.E.T.S., the Power Optimization for Electro-Thermal Systems center will attack the thermal and electrical challenges surrounding mobile electronics and vehicle design as a single system. The relationship with KTH-Illinois builds on INSPIRE-funded exchange of faculty, research staff, and students. The key collaborators at KTH are Hans-Peter Nee and Stefan Östlund, EES. A workshop will be held at KTH during the summer of 2016.
RISEN - sustainable, smart and resilient railway infrastructure
RISEN (Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network) is a collaborative project aiming to enhance knowledge creation and transfer using both international and intersectoral secondment mechanisms among European Advanced Rail Research Universities/SMEs and Non-EU, world-class rail universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and University of Wollongong (Australia). This project adds research skill mobility and innovation dimension to existing bilateral collaborations between universities through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions. RISEN is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded project that spans over 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020.
RISEN aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists needed to meet the challenge of providing sustainable, smart and resilient railway infrastructure systems critical for maintaining European competitiveness. The emphasis will be placed on the resilience and adaptation of railway and urban transport infrastructures using integrated smart systems. Prof Raid Karoumi ( Profile at KTH ), head of the Division of Structural Engineering and Bridges collaborates on this project.
Prof Ralph Nuzzo affiliated to KTH CHE School in 2014
Ralph Nuzzo is the G.L.Clark Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois, and a renowned researcher in the field of materials chemistry ( Profile at KTH ). Following his visit to KTH as part of the INSPIRE visit from UIUC in 2011 and building on personal contact dating back some years previously, Prof Nuzzo became aware of the potential for synergy at many different levels with the School of Chemical Science and Engineering at KTH. Prof Nuzzo’s 2014 affiliation at KTH facilitates both short and long term visits, supervision of local students and participation in both graduate and undergraduate teaching. In the short term the research collaboration is relatively focussed with Surface and Corrosion Science, but with a continued footprint in Stockholm, it is envisaged that research contacts will be made across a broad spectrum of CHE activities - notably biopolymer-nanocomposites, water splitting and fuel cells.