Assoc. Prof. Richard T. Olsson

Polymer Nanocomposite Materials in Emerging Applications

Richard T. Olsson

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.


  • 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

Professional Engagements


  • 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.


C. Antonio et al., "Advances in the use of protein-based materials: towards sustainable naturally sourced absorbent materials," American Chemical Society Symposium Series (ACS), vol. 7, no. 5, 2019.
A. M. Pourrahimi et al., "Making an ultralow platinum content bimetallic catalyst on carbon fibres for electro-oxidation of ammonia in wastewater," Sustainable Energy and Fuels, vol. 3, no. 8, pp. 2111-2124, 2019.
C. Rovera et al., "Mechanical behavior of biopolymer composite coatings on plastic films by depth-sensing indentation – A nanoscale study," Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 512, pp. 638-646, 2018.
B. Alander et al., "A facile way of making inexpensive rigid and soft protein biofoams with rapid liquid absorption," Industrial crops and products (Print), vol. 119, pp. 41-48, 2018.
M. Ghaani et al., "Determination of 2,4-diaminotoluene by a bionanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode," Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical, vol. 277, pp. 477-483, 2018.
D. Liu et al., "Influence of Nanoparticle Surface Coating on Electrical Conductivity of LDPE/Al2O3 Nanocomposites for HVDC Cable Insulations," IEEE transactions on dielectrics and electrical insulation, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1396-1404, 2017.
L. K. H. Pallon et al., "Three-Dimensional Nanometer Features of Direct Current Electrical Trees in Low-Density Polyethylene," Nano letters (Print), vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 1402-1408, 2017.
Q. Wu et al., "Freeze-dried wheat gluten biofoams; scaling up with water welding," Industrial crops and products (Print), vol. 97, pp. 184-190, 2017.
Q. Wu et al., "Flexible strength-improved and crack-resistant biocomposites based on plasticised wheat gluten reinforced with a flax-fibre-weave," Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol. 94, pp. 61-69, 2017.
F. Nilsson et al., "Influence of water uptake on the electrical DC-conductivity of insulating LDPE/MgO nanocomposites," Composites Science And Technology, vol. 152, pp. 11-19, 2017.
P. Medhi et al., "Lidocaine-loaded fish scale-nanocellulose biopolymer composite microneedles," AAPS PharmSciTech, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 1488-1494, 2017.
Q. Wu et al., "Highly Absorbing Antimicrobial Biofoams Based on Wheat Gluten and Its Biohybrids," ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 2395-2404, 2016.
L. K. H. Pallon et al., "The impact of MgO nanoparticle interface in ultra-insulating polyethylene nanocomposites for high voltage DC cables," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 4, no. 22, pp. 8590-8601, 2016.
N. Alipour et al., "VOC-Induced Flexing of Single and Multilayer Polyethylene Films As Gas Sensors," ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 8, no. 15, pp. 9946-9953, 2016.
A. M. Pourrahimi et al., "Heat treatment of ZnO nanoparticles : new methods to achieve high-purity nanoparticles for high-voltage applications," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, no. 33, pp. 17190-17200, 2015.
D. Liu et al., "Cellulose nanofibril core-shell silica coatings and their conversion into thermally stable nanotube aerogels," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, no. 30, pp. 15745-15754, 2015.
L. K. H. Pallon et al., "Formation and the structure of freeze-dried MgO nanoparticle foams and their electrical behaviour in polyethylene," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, no. 14, pp. 7523-7534, 2015.
I. N. Strain et al., "Electrospinning of recycled PET to generate tough mesomorphic fibre membranes for smoke filtration," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 1632-1640, 2015.
O. Olatunji and R. T. Olsson, "Microneedles from fishscale-nanocellulose blends using low temperature mechanical press method," Pharmaceutics, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 363-378, 2015.
Q. Wu et al., "Highly porous flame-retardant and sustainable biofoams based on wheat gluten and in situ polymerized silica," Journal of Materials Chemistry A, vol. 2, no. 48, pp. 20996-21009, 2014.
R. L. Andersson et al., "Antibacterial Properties of Tough and Strong Electrospun PMMA/PEO Fiber Mats Filled with Lanasol-A Naturally Occurring Brominated Substance," International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 15912-15923, 2014.
N. Sanandaji et al., "Confined space crystallisation of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) in controlled pore glasses," European Polymer Journal, vol. 49, no. 8, pp. 2073-2081, 2013.
R. . L. Andersson et al., "Micromechanical Tensile Testing of Cellulose-Reinforced Electrospun Fibers Using a Template Transfer Method (TTM)," Journal of polymers and the environment, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 967-975, 2012.
M. Martinez-Sanz et al., "Development of bacterial cellulose nanowhiskers reinforced EVOH composites by electrospinning," Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 124, no. 2, pp. 1398-1408, 2012.
M. Fang et al., "Rapid mixing : A route to synthesize magnetite nanoparticles with high moment," Applied Physics Letters, vol. 99, no. 22, pp. 222501, 2011.
R. T. Olsson et al., "Core-Shell Structured Ferrite-Silsesquioxane-Epoxy Nanocomposites : Composite Homogeneity and Mechanical and Magnetic Properties," Polymer Engineering and Science, vol. 51, no. 5, pp. 862-874, 2011.
R. T. Olsson et al., "Making flexible magnetic aerogels and stiff magnetic nanopaper using cellulose nanofibrils as templates," Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 5, no. 8, pp. 584-588, 2010.
M. Swart et al., "Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Copolymer Fibers and Their Use in Silicone Laminate Composites," Polymer Engineering and Science, vol. 50, no. 11, pp. 2143-2152, 2010.
V. Ström, R. T. Olsson and K. V. Rao, "Real-time monitoring of the evolution of magnetism during precipitation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles for bioscience applications," Journal of Materials Chemistry, vol. 20, no. 20, pp. 4168-4175, 2010.

Publications prior to 2010


Book Chapters

Cellulose nanofillers for food packaging. In: Lagarón, J. M. Multifunctional and nanoreinforced polymers for food packaging . Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited. pp. 86-107 (2011).

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Last changed: Nov 12, 2019