Newsmakers at KTH
Who has received what when it comes to funding? What findings, results and researchers have attracted attention outside KTH? Under the vignette Newsmakers, we provide a selection of the latest news and events at KTH.
Professor awarded for Earth observations
Yifang Ban , Professor of Geoinformatics, and her research team have been awarded the prestigious GEO SDG Award in the Academia category. Yifang Ban was awarded the prize for developing a technology based on satellite images that can quickly and simply map the growth of cities around the world, and how this growth affects the environment. The aim of the tool, which is available as a Google app, is to promote sustainable development and strengthen cities’ resilience. Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an international partnership of more than 100 national governments, including Sweden’s.
KTH researchers elected to IVA
Three researchers at KTH have been elected as new members of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. These are Lina Bertling Tjernberg , professor of electrical power grids who is elected to the department of Electrical Engineering, Nina Wormbs professor of history of technology, elected to the department of Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Dan Henningson , professor of fluid mechanics who is elected to IVA's department of Fundamentals and Frontiers of Technology. IVA gathers competence and experience from approximately 1,300 elected academy members and 250 companies and is the world's oldest engineering science academy.
Multi-millions to Materials Science
A total of 13 research projects at KTH have been granted funding in the first announcement of the Wallenberg Foundation’s focus on materials science for sustainability. The projects encompass everything from solar cells and sustainable composites, to carbon dioxide capture and regenerative materials. The initiative, called WISE, is the largest ever with focus on materials science in Sweden, covering a total of 90 research projects at seven different universities, and has been granted SEK 260 million of funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW).
Heat recovery in shops
Students Julia Almebäck and Rebecka Magnius have received the Ebbe Lyth Scholarship 2022 for a master’s thesis in the field of energy technology. In three case studies, they looked at how heat can be recovered in supermarkets. The panel of judges commented that their report demonstrates the potential of exporting heat from cooling systems in shops. The scholarship is awarded annually by the Swedish Refrigeration & Heat Pump Association.
Paving the way for a circular economy
Sofia Lingegård , a researcher in Water and Environmental Engineering, has received funding from Formas for a circular economy project. The research relates to circular procurement of plastic consumables in the healthcare sector, focusing on the steps that are missing for implementation. Formas is funding a total of eight research projects tackling various obstacles in society that are hindering progress in recycling techniques and the circular economy.
Awarded for world-leading X-ray technology
Mats Danielsson , Physics Professor, has been awarded the Hans Wigzell Research Foundation’s science prize. Danielsson received the prize of SEK 925,000 for his research into medical imaging technology, which can enable earlier diagnosis of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The Foundation is named after a former president of the Karolinska Institute, and supports scientific research and education in the medical field.
Music for all
Funki, a KTH start-up that creates opportunities for everyone to play in a band, on their own terms, is one of three winners of the Quality Innovation Award 2022. Funki – with its creators Josefine Hölling and Maria Svahn, students at Media Technology and Interaction Design – develops instruments designed for people with intellectual disabilities. The Quality Innovation Award is presented by the Swedish Institute for Quality (SIQ), a foundation with links to the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the member organisations of Intressentföreningen Kvalitetsutveckling.
Culture prize for book on waste
Marco Armiero , Director of the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, has received the Mediterranean Culture Award 2022 in the section for Human Sciences for his book Wasteocene – Stories from the global dump. The award was founded by the Carcial Foundation and presented in Cosenza, Italy.
Electricity from waste heat
Saiman Ding , a PhD student in Process Technology, has been awarded the Great Engineering Prize – Student by the Swedish Transport Administration, as part of the ElvfTech team. The project has used waste heat from industry to generate electricity. Their solution – which according to the jury is twice as effective as anything else on the market – can reduce energy loss from electricity production dramatically, thus also reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Text: Christer Gummeson