Faculty and research

All member universities of the Nordic Five Tech alliance are prominent in the field of Chemical Engineering. In the 2018 NTU Chemical Engineering ranking and the 2018 ARWU Chemical Engineering ranking, four out of the five universities are ranked top 100 in the world. In the equivalent QS Subject Ranking, all universities make the top 50 in Europe.

Faculty and research at each university


The research at the School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health at KTH  

spans over a wide range of topics, for example, the development of solar and fuel cells as well as other environmentally friendly energy sources, how to store nuclear waste in a safe way, the design of novel polymers for use in the medical industry, the use of natural materials in new products and how friction can be explained on a molecular level.

The Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology conducts research at the frontiers of macromolecular material science of biopolymers and synthetic polymers. The research ranges from monomer and polymer syntheses and characterization to modelling/simulation, processing, long-term properties and material performance, composites, functionalities and devices and studies of pulp and paper. Research areas that have been identified as strategically important are materials from renewable resources, nano-structured materials, materials for medical applications and materials for the field of energy. These are closely related to the Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring relevance for our society today and in the future.

Technical University of Denmark

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark covers the core chemical engineering disciplines: separation processes, reaction engineering, dynamics and process control, process design, product design, unit operations, transport phenomena and engineering thermodynamics. In addition, the department teaches and performs research within areas of particular practical importance, for example: polymer materials, coatings science and technology, and heterogeneous catalysis and bio-catalysis. Polymer research and teaching takes place at several departments across the university and exploits state-of-the-art research facilities, such as the Centre for Electron Nanoscopy CEN-DTU .

Polymer-related research and teaching activities cover broadly the field of materials science. This includes activities in the synthesis of polymers, characterization, analysis, formulation and processing of elastomers, coatings, composite science as well as modelling and flow simulation. More specifically, research is currently focused on bio-based polymers, controlled polymerization techniques, applied research in silicone elastomers as well as complex fluids and extensional rheometry. Student projects are typically either part of ongoing research projects or are conducted in close collaboration with industry.

Chalmers University of Technology

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture with a sustainable future as its global vision. Chalmers is well-known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has 13 departments conducting research into everything from the smallest building blocks of matter, to systems biology and food products, to climate issues, traffic safety and distant galaxies. They work closely with industry and the public sector in all research.

Graphene Flagship, an FET Flagship initiative by the European Commission, is coordinated by Chalmers. The Nanofabrication Laboratory offers a broad platform of process tools for the development and testing of new ideas in micro and nanotechnology.

The basis of the research at Polymer Technology at Chalmers is the relations between the structure and the physical properties of macromolecules and also related to the properties of the end-use product. This is done in close collaboration with industrial partners.

Aalto University

The School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University is committed to develop technologies for bio-economy and circular economy. Focus areas in teaching and research are unit operations and processes in chemical engineering, including various fields of process technology. This includes industrial chemistry, polymer science and polymer reaction engineering, industrial biotechnology, biomaterials science, metals and minerals recovery processes.

There is a wide range of research topics involving polymer technology at the School of Chemical Engineering. The research includes novel polymerization reactions and catalysis, optimization of polymerization reactors and process design. From a bio-economy perspective, research is done to utilize biomass in an ecologically and economically sustainable way. This research focuses on natural polymers, polymers based on renewable resources and biodegradable polymers.

The school’s research teams also develop completely new materials, for example for 3D fabrication in biomedical applications or novel sustainable and super-strong biopolymers. At the interface of polymer science and biological sciences are bio-hybrid systems, which seek to integrate synthetic materials and biomolecules into the same well-defined and functional nanostructures.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) spans social sciences, the arts, medical and life sciences, teacher education, architecture and fine art. There are two departments at NTNU involved in the programme: the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science. The Department of Chemical Engineering spans a broad spectrum of knowledge, from molecular processes and nanotechnology to the design and operation of large processing plants. The Department of Biotechnology and Food Science spans the use of cells for the production of knowledge, goods, and services. An environmental threat relating to the programme that is of particular interest to NTNU is the problem of plastics in the oceans. Among its research facilities is NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) Lab , Industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation (iCSI) , and Subsea Production and Processing (SUBPRO) .

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Facilities at KTH


2MILab  (Molecules and Materials at Interfaces Laboratory) has the aim of obtaining an understanding at a molecular scale and performing chemical engineering at interfaces in order to being able to control materials properties. 2MILab will stimulate interdisciplinary research projects and involve a large number of cutting-edge research techniques.

Greenhouse Labs

Greenhouse Labs  is a space hosted at KTH where small companies that work for a sustainable future can conduct research. Around ten companies are now housed in Greenhouse Labs, and their research spans a wide range of chemical areas, from molecular solar cells to drug development.

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Master's programme in Polymer Technology