Our society is facing great challenges within a number of different fields. Meeting these societal challenges with knowledge in creative environments that integrate education, research, and collaboration – knowledge environments – is something that permeates Linnaeus University’s vision and work.
Three of the university’s knowledge environments have been appointed Linnaeus Knowledge Environment. These focus on the fields of education, materials, and democracy respectively. They all work interdisciplinary and link together subjects, departments, and faculties in order to get a broad take on the societal challenges within each field.
Societal challenge: advanced materials
The need for new materials is central to many of the challenges society is facing. Materials with improved properties, longer durability, better performance, and new functionality; materials that solve problems, save energy, are safer and more friendly to the environment. New materials are considered crucial in order to solve problems relating to, among other things:
- Energy and resource management – materials for creating, saving, or storing energy or information
- Sustainability – design, manufacturing, construction and recycling of materials
- Security – materials for detection and protection
- Health care – materials for diagnosis and therapy
- Food products – materials for food analysis
Developing new materials with improved properties and longer durability is a great challenge that requires a broad spectrum of theoretical and practical knowledge and collaboration across different subjects. Linnaeus University has thorough experience of design, development, and application of new materials within a number of different fields. This knowledge and experience has been gathered in the knowledge environment Advanced materials.
The vision for Advanced materials is to be able to offer, through a deepened understanding of material-related phenomena and development of new materials, a stable foundation for innovations that will contribute to a sustainable society. The theoretical knowledge that is produced at the university is transferred to the trade and industry and the public sector and is converted into practical-productive knowledge and practical wisdom. By spreading the results from our research to the academic world and to society in general, we help increase increase awareness of these societal challenges and awareness of how important it is with materials science and technology in order to meet them.
The knowledge environment offers high-quality programmes and courses to students at Linnaeus University. The knowledge about advanced materials and their applications will also be transferred to primary and lower-secondary school and upper-secondary school in order to prepare and guide the decision-makers of the future when they build an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable society.
Learn more about our research, our courses and programmes, and our collaborations below.
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- Millions to environmental research on how beach wrack can be removed and transformed into a future resource News
The knowledge environment Advanced materials gathers a unique spectrum of advanced expertise within studies, development, manufacturing, and application of materials from a number of important fields, and extensive commitment together with the public sector as well as with the private sector.
Fields of research that are part of the knowledge environment are:
- biomaterials chemistry
- building technology
- chemical engineering
- didactics of natural sciences
- forestry and wood technology
- industrial robot technology
- mechanical engineering
Our researchers work with design and development of materials that can contribute with new or improved functionality and with sustainable strategies for the manufacturing and utilisation of renewable resources. These “functional materials” and their added value contribute to more energy-efficient and functional constructions, better security, improved health care, increased food safety, more sustainable energy management, and increased sustainability.
Bioorganic and Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory The Bioorganic and Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (BBCL) is based in Kalmar at the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. As the name suggests, we are a…
Bioresource Technology Bioresource Technology is the umbrella term for the university's research in the fields of bioenergy, biotechnology, combustion engineering, chemical engineering and process…
Centre for Cost-effective Industrial Asset Management Centre for Cost-effective Industrial Asset Management is a research group that does research within the field of cost-efficient maintenance…
Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry Group We use computer simulations to better understand how biologically-relevant and other interesting molecules behave. By using computer modelling and…
Condensed Matter Physics Research in condensed matter at Linnaeus University is done in the Condensed Matter Physics (CMP) research group. We deal primarily with theoretical studies of nanomagnetism,…
Forestry, Wood and Building Technologies Within the research area Forestry, Wood and Building Technologies, the objective of Linnaeus University Centre for Data Intensive Sciences and Applications…
Group of Forest Products (GoFP) The goal of the Group of Forest Products is to provide new knowledge and solutions that will lead to a more sustainable utilisation of raw materials from forests. We do…
Host Response to Biomaterials Laboratory (HoRB) In the Host Response to Biomaterials Laboratory research group, we study the reactions that occur in contact between blood and biomaterials. The goal is…
Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry Linnaeus University Centre for Biomaterials Chemistry is a principal research environment at Linnaeus University that deals with the development…
Mechanical Engineering The research in the field of mechanical engineering is broad and has its main focus in six areas: structural dynamics, material science, industrial economics, terotechnology,…
The Molecular motor and bionano-group We employ mathematical modelling and experimental studies of isolated proteins from skeletal muscle and heart.
Wood Building Technology The main direction of our research group is wood building technology and applied mechanics. The research is to a large extent applied and is practised in close collaboration…
A list of all research projects carried out within the frame of the knowledge environment Advanced materials would be extensive. Listed below are a few examples of projects that highlight different perspectives of advanced materials. Other projects can be found by clicking on the desired research group in the list under the heading Research environments above.
Project: Biomaterial-induced thromboinflammation – pathophysiological mechanisms in human whole blood upon contact with artificial materials We aim to characterize the biological reactions that take…
Project: Utilisation of renewable biomass and waste materials for production of environmental-friendly, bio-based composites The aim of this project is the development and testing of…
All members of staff and most doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows within Advanced materials are extensively involved in teaching at all levels – as teachers, supervisors, and within staff development. Students on first-cycle and second-cycle level regularly participate in our research environment by taking single-subject courses or writing degree projects (15–60 credits). Students get further opportunities by having access to our extensive selection of regional, national, and international collaboration partners in the trade and industry as well as in the academic world.
Programmes and courses
First-cycle level (bachelor, bachelor of science in engineering)
Nine programmes are given within the field of advanced materials; all of them in Swedish.
Second-cycle level (master)
- Sustainable structural engineering (120 credits; main field of study: building technology)
- Sustainable energy processes and systems (120 credits; bioenergy technology)
- Simulation driven product development (120 credits; mechanical engineering)
- Innovation through business, engineering end design (120 credits; transdisciplinary design and sustainability)
- Physics (120 credits; physics)
- Chemistry (60 credits; chemistry)
- Chemistry (120 credits; chemistry)
We give a teacher education programme in Swedish for arts/science in upper secondary education (main field of study: biology/chemistry, physics/mathematics).
We also offer a large number of courses in English in the knowledge environment’s main fields of study. Carry out a search for courses in these subjects.
Advanced materials has many active collaboration partners in the trade and industry, in the academic world, and at government authorities. The importance of our research and education to these partners is reflected in our ongoing commitment in various projects funded by, among others, the EU, the Knowledge Foundation, and Vinnova. To summarise, we have an extensive network of significant academic collaboration partners at dozens of universities all over the world and also with many national and international companies.