Assoc. Prof. Richard T. Olsson
Polymer Nanocomposite Materials in Emerging Applications
Dr. Olsson earned his PhD in 2007 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) on the topic of microwave absorbing nanocomposites developed for the Swedish Research Defence Agency. Previous to the doctoral studies he had developed an interest in polymeric materials when working with optical fibre coatings at École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier in France (-2000) and at Bell Labs, USA (2000–2001). Olsson's doctoral studies on magnetic nanoparticles dispersions in thermoset polymers (2002-2007), were followed by works devising a system for fabrication of nanofibre reinforced silicone materials for Mölnlycke Health Care AB (2007-2008). These nanocomposites were developed at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Postdoctoral studies were carried out 2008-2010 at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IATA), Spain, with focus on renewable nanomaterials within bioplastics for food packaging. In 2010 he returned to the KTH to pursue in depth development of nanocomposite polymer engineering processing at the Dept. of Fibre and Polymer Technology.
Dr. Olsson is currently supervising 5 PhD students in the division of Prof. Mikael S. Hedenqvist. The main research focus is directed towards novel nanocomposites materials and the interfaces between inorganic nanoparticles and polymers (inorganic and organic). A strong focus is directed towards the realization of nanocomposite materials into functional prototypes and Olsson has 8 worldwide patents in the above related field.
Interests and Projects
Main focus: Polymer nanocomposite fabrication (thermoplastics, thermoset and biobased) with rapid turnover polymer formulation investigations, surface adaption of nanoparticles to polymer interfaces, in-situ formation of nanoparticles, extrusion and electrospinning for anisotropic/isotropic composite fabrication.
Additonal expertise: Inorganic metal oxide crystal synthesis, aqueous nanoparticles preparation, cellulose crystal extractions, (±) nanoparticle coating stabilization by covalent/adsorption assemblies, and miniature reaction technologies are topics of interest.
Direction: Dielectrics, magnetics, ultrathin fiber systems (electrospinning), thincoatings and porositiy preparation strategies, for use in applied reseach materials investigations.
- SweGRID: Towards an ultra-high voltage DC cable insulation – adsorption of charge carriers in polyethylene, ABB sponsor
- WWSC: Inorganic-organic nanocellulose hybrids
- Swedish Research Council: Reinforced and ductile aerogels for thermal insulation made from inorganic/organic hybrid cellulose crystals
- Swedish Energy Agency: PERLI – Processes for Efficient Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries
- KF2505 Polymer Materials Processing; 7.5 credits – Lecturer, Course responsible and Examiner
- KFxxxx FPIRC Course no 35: Non Woven - From fundamentals to processing – Lecturer
- KF3260 Characterization Methods for Fibre and Polymer Science; 7.5 credits – Lecturer
- KF2500 Polymer Engineering; 9.0 credits – Lecturer, Course responsible and Examiner
- KF1070 Perspectives on Materials Design; 10.5 credits – Lecturer, Course responsible and Examiner
- KA101X Degree Project in Chemical Science and Engineering; 15.0 credits – Project responsible and Examiner
- KF102X Degree Project in Polymeric Materials, First Cycle; 15.0 credits – Project responsible and Examiner
- KF206X Degree Project in Polymeric Materials, Second Cycle; 30.0 credits – Project responsible and Examiner
- European Research Council (ERC) – Grant evaluator
- Nature Publishing Group – Editorial board Member for Scientific Reports
- Lars-Erik Thunholms stiftelse: – "Young Investigators stipend", 2013.
- Knut och Alice Wallenbergs: "Mikro/Nanovetenskap stipend ", 2008.
- Carl Klason Prize, POLYCHAR-14, Annual World Forum on Advanced Materials, 2006.
Publications prior to 2010
- WO2017093181; Silicone breast implant with reinforcing fibers
- WO2017149086A1; Polymer composition and devices with advantageous electrical properties
- WO2017149087A; Polymer composition and electrical devices
- WO2013119179; Cellulose Nanofibril Decorated with Magnetic Nanoparticles
- WO2011008151; Real Time Monitored Synthesis Of Ultra Low Coercivity Magnetic Nanoparticles With Narrow Size Distribution
- WO2008121069; Magnetic nanoparticle cellulose material
- US6652975; Adherent silicones
- US6396983; Formation of gratings in optical fibers coated with UV-curable polymer
Cellulose nanofillers for food packaging. In: Lagarón, J. M. Multifunctional and nanoreinforced polymers for food packaging . Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited. pp. 86-107 (2011).
- ResearcherID: B-8715-2012
- ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5454-3316