Associate Professor Richard T. Olsson
Olsson Group at Lab 371
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 Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology .
Dr Olsson is currently supervising 2 PhD students and 2 postdocs within the Olsson group at Lab 371. The research is directed towards nanocomposite materials preparation and the properties reliant on the interfaces/interphases between nanoparticles and polymers (inorganic and organic), with an emphasis towards structural and morphological dependent features for primarily magnetic and dielectric composite materials. A consistent focus towards the realization of nanocomposite materials into functional prototypes and particle preparation methods have been maintained over the years. The developed inorganic nanoparticle materials and the nanocomposites thereof have been explored in the field of high voltage direct current cable (HVDC) insulation applications, and highlighted as 'HOT Papers' in Journal of Materials Chemistry A selected 2015 & 2016 etc.
The inorganic chemical perspective has recently been further explored and expanded into the recycling and recovery of lithium ion batteries in collaboration with Dr Forsberg at the division of Resource Recovery at the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Natural polymers are explored, and cellulose nanofibers have been the main topic of investigation over the last 10 years as a member of the Wallenberg Wood Science Centre (WWSC) . An increased attention towards the use of biomass and waste in the resource recovery field of preparing functional nanocomposite materials is presently being explored.
Dr Olsson has 8 worldwide patents in the above related fields.
Dr Olsson serve (since 2015) as an Editorial Board Member for the open access multidisciplinary research journal Scientific Reports , with an established 5-year impact factor of 4.58 ( www.nature.com/srep/about ). The Editorial Board Member position is within the field of Atomic and Molecular Physics and is renewed on 2-year term basis. Apart from the editorial work Dr Olsson is actively promoting early-career independency and provide individual classes in scientific writing and publishing.
Dr Olsson is the Deputy head of the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology.
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
- Vinnova: EcinRaw – Electroactive carbon fibers for intelligent recycling of raw materials
- Bo Rydins Stiftelse: SaniSOLE - Sanitary solutions using large scale extrusion of protein with cellulose fibres
- CSC Projects: We are welcoming applications from China Scholarship Council (CSC) students, the KTH-CSC programme is based on the agreement between KTH and the China Scholarship Council (CSC), see further: www.kth.se/en/studies/phd/kth-csc-programme-1.12818
- 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.
- KF2505 Polymer Materials Processing; 7.5 credits – Lecturer, Course responsible and Examiner
- KF2110 Mechanical Properties of Materials; 7.5 credits – Lecturer
- KF1050 Polymeric Materials; 7.5 credits – Lecturer
- 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
Publications (50 most recent)
- WO2017093181; Silicone 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