Dr. Olsson earned his Ph.D. 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 his doctoral studies, he had developed an interest in polymeric materials when working with optical fiber coatings at École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier in France (-2000) and Bell Labs, USA (2000–2001). Olsson's doctoral studies on magnetic nanoparticle dispersions in thermoset polymers (2002-2007) were followed by works devising a system for nanofibre reinforced silicone materials for Mölnlycke Health Care AB (2007-2008). These nanocomposites were developed at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Postdoctoral studies were carried out in 2008-2010 at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IATA), Spain, focusing on renewable nanomaterials within bioplastics for food packaging. In 2010 he returned to the KTH to pursue in-depth nanocomposite polymer engineering processing at the Dept. of Fibre and Polymer Technology.
Dr. Olsson is currently supervising 4 Ph.D. students. The main research focuses on novel nanocomposites materials and the interfaces between inorganic nanoparticles and polymers (inorganic and organic). A strong focus is directed towards transforming nanocomposite materials into functional prototypes, and Olsson has 8 worldwide patents in the above-related field.
Dr. Olsson is the Deputy head of the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology.