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Associate Professor Richard T. Olsson

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.

MgO Nanocomposite HVDC

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 ( ). 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.

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.


  • 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)

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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).

Additional information

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Belongs to: Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology
Last changed: Feb 27, 2022
Professor Mikael S. Hedenqvist
Professor Ulf W. Gedde
Professor Sigbritt Karlsson
Associate Professor Richard T. Olsson
Assistant Professor Anna Hanner (Svagan)
Docent Fritjof Nilsson
Adjunct Professor Henrik Hillborg (Hitachi ABB Power Grids)
Adjunct Professor Mikael Unge (NKT)
Affiliated Professor Petra Mischnick