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Faculty and research in Polymer Technology

All member universities of the Nordic Five Tech alliance are prominent in the field of Chemical Engineering ranking high on global university ranking lists.

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 safely, 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, nanostructured 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 rheology. Student projects are typically either part of ongoing research projects or are conducted in close collaboration with industry.

Aalto University

The School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University is committed to developing 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.

Research stories from KTH

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 be 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.