18 May: Theme day Materials

Future technological advancements will all require the development of new advanced materials, for example to develop faster and more power-efficient IT platforms and advanced medical products replacing damaged body parts. The future will also put high demands on using material resources smarter and more sustainable. Uppsala University hosts one of Sweden’s strongest and most broad research environments in materials science and is also an important user of national infrastructures such as MAX IV and ESS. The material-focused research at Uppsala University spans from exploring fundamental quantum effects for potential future technologies to developing different types of materials directly meeting today’s societal needs, such as 3D-printed body implants.

This day will take you on a journey from the material-based history of Ångström to the cutting-edge research that takes place today to maintain Swedish excellence in the field. During the day, you will meet both world-leading international and local researchers in basic science as well as applied research, together with external collaborators. Together with the audience we will raise and discuss some of the big questions within materials science research. What are the unsolved fundamental questions? How can new materials benefit society and the world? How do we efficiently address the challenges? And what do Swedish research and researchers need to succeed?

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For more information about the programme please contact Annica Black-Schaffer and Cecilia Persson

The Wonderful World of Materials – from Ångström to MAX

Location: Ångström Laboratory, house 10, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala
Registration opens at 08.30 outside Eva von Bahr.

The main aim of the day is to showcase Materials Science - the cutting-edge research performed at Ångström as well as internationally.

All Day Exhibition – Posters highlighting research and infrastructure at Ångström
Open submission: Please provide information about your poster contribution at registration.

Round tour in the Clean Room of Ångström
During coffee breaks and at lunch time.
The shared cleanroom was a central part of the initial vision of a materials research centre when the Ångström Laboratory was proposed and established. During the past 25 years the idea about an open research infrastructure has expanded to the national level, where the lab is now a node in Myfab. This is a distributed infrastructure, where Uppsala has a strong profile in various aspects of materials science, thin film technology, energy generation and life science applications.

Round tour in the Tandem Accelerator Lab of Ångström
During coffee breaks and at lunch time.
The Tandem Laboratory is a national research infrastructure located at the Ångström laboratory operating electrostatic ion accelerators for world-leading ion beam-based materials research. The laboratory provides hundreds of users annually access to non-destructive characterization of composition and structure of materials on the nanoscale, precise ion-beam-based tailoring of material properties and ultra-sensitive mass-spectrometry for medicine, biology, archeology and geology.

Podium Program

The whole podium program takes place in Eva von Bahr.

9:00-9:10 Welcome note. (L)
Who: Johan Tysk (Annica Black-Schaffer, Cecilia Persson)

9:10-9:30 A brief history of materials at Ångström. (L)
Who: Prof. Emeritus Jan-Otto Carlsson, Department of Chemistry

9:30-10:15 New Materials for a New Age. (L)
Who: Prof Nicola Spaldin, ETH

Abstract and short bio - Nicola Spaldin, ETH

10:15-10:45 Coffee & Mingle (plus exhibition and posters)
Floor 1, room 101136.

10:45-11:45 Materials Science at Ångström: Basic science research and its challenges, importance, and opportunities. (L)
Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Andreas Lindblad, X-ray Photon Science


  • 10:45-10:50: Moderator presents session and speakers
  • 10:50-11:00: WISE – Prof. Olle Eriksson, Materials Theory
  • 11:00-11:10: Dynamics in materials – Prof. Daniel Primetzhofer, Director Tandem Laboratory, Applied Nuclear Physics
  • 11:10-11:20: Spintronics – Assoc. Prof. Venkata Kamalakar Mutta, X-ray Photon Science
  • 11:20-11:30 Quantum materials – Prof. Annica Black-Schaffer, Materials Theory
  • 11:30-11:50 Moderated discussion and Q&A Additional panel members, Prof. Nicola Spaldin

11:50-13:00 Lunch & Mingle (plus exhibition and posters)
Lunch salad can be picked up outside Eva von Bahr at floor 0, mingle at floor 1.

13:00-13:45 Magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion. (L)
Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch, TU Darmstadt, Material Science, Germany.
Professor Gutfleisch will give his lecture via zoom. You can take part in the lecture at Eva von Bahr.

Abstract and short bio, Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch

13:45-15:00 Materials Science at Ångström: Integration of our research into national strategies and industry, as exemplified by Additive Manufacturing. (L)
Moderator: Jenny Nordquist, Head of Innovation Partnership Office


  • 13:45-13:50: Moderator presents session and speakers
  • 13:50-14:00: Strategic investments and industrial use of research infrastructures in materials science - Dr. Anna Carlmark Malkoch, Swedish Research Council
  • 14:00-14:10: AM4Life Competence Centre and AM@Å – Prof. Cecilia Persson, Director AM4Life (VINNOVA Competence Centre in Additive Manufacturing for the Life Sciences) and Chair of the Board, AM Initiative at Ångström
  • 14:10-14:20: Large Scale Facilities and their use in AM Research – Prof. Martin Sahlberg, Director SwedNess (SSF Swedish Neutron Education for Science and Society), Chair of the board Centre of Neutron Scattering, Board member Centre for Photon Science 
  • 14:20-14:30: AM Material Evolution at Sandvik – Peter Harlin, Research Leader at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing
  • 14:30-14:40: AM at Cytiva – Klas Marteleur, Principal Mechanical Engineer at Cytiva
  • 14:40-15:00: Moderated discussion and Q&A

15:00-15:30 Coffee & Mingle (plus exhibition and posters)
Floor 1, room 101136.

15:30-16:30 The journey from research to society
– Uppsala material science researchers and alumni share their stories. (L)

Moderator: Malin Graffner Nordberg, Head of Uppsala University Innovation


  • 15:30-15:35: Moderator presents session and speakers
  • 15:35-15:45: The Innovation Ecosystem in Uppsala - Per Bengtsson, Uppsala Innovation Centre
  • 15:45-16:00: 5-min journeys - Dr Mamoun Taher, CEO Graphmatec AB, Prof. Håkan Engqvist, founder Psilox AB and Dr Erik Johansson, Principal Scientist ABB
  • 16:00-16:20: Panel discussion, Marie Wall, Ministry of Enterprise, Jan Sandred, Vinnova, Karin Edström, ALMI Invest
  • 16:20-16:30: Q&A from audience

16:45-17:15 The Magic of Materials Show. (L)
Aim: A fun experimental wrap up. Broad target group.
Who: Beppe Singer, TV show host and producer and Assoc. Prof. Jonas Mindemark, Dept. of Chemistry-Ångström

17:15-17:45 How to enter the wonderful world of materials – 3 quick questions to the master program responsibles. (L)
Moderator: Åsa Kassman Rudolphi, Head of Dept. Materials Science and Engineering, former Dean of Education, Faculty of Science and Technology

Who: Quantum Technology – Prof. Håkan Rensmo (Physics and Astronomy); Materials Science – Assoc. Prof. Biplab Sanyal (Physics and Astronomy); Materials Engineering – Assoc. Prof. Mikael Karlsson; Additive manufacturing – Prof. Urban Wiklund

Professor Nicola Spaldin, ETH

New Materials for a New Age
Every advance in human civilization, from the Stone Age to today’s Silicon Age, has been driven by a development in materials. I will discuss how various so-called Quantum Materials, with their highly non-classical behaviors, are both a playground for exploring exciting fundamental physics, and a potential enabler of transformative beyond-silicon technologies.

Short bio
Nicola Spaldin is the Professor of Materials Theory at ETH Zürich. She is best known for her work developing the class of materials known as multiferroics, which combine simultaneous ferromagnetism and ferroelectricity. She is a passionate science educator, coordinator of her department's curriculum revision project "The Materials Scientist 2030, Who is She?", and holder of the ETH Golden Owl award for excellence in teaching. When not trying to make a room-temperature superconductor she can be found playing her clarinet, or skiing or climbing in the Alps.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Gutfleisch, Technische Universität Darmstadt

Magnetic materials for efficient energy conversion
High performance permanent magnets are key components of energy-related technologies, such as direct drive wind turbines and e-mobility. They are also important in robotics and automatization, sensors, actuators, and information technology. The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is the key for new and disruptive solid state-based refrigeration. Magnetic hysteresis – and its inherent energy product - characterises the performance of all magnetic materials. Despite considerable progress in the modelling, characterisation and synthesis of magnetic materials, hysteresis is a long-studied phenomenon that is still far from being completely understood. Discrepancies between intrinsic and extrinsic magnetic properties remain an open challenge and magnets do not operate yet at their physical limits. Basic material requirements, figure of merits, demand and supply, criticality of strategic elements are explained for both permanent magnets and magnetocalorics referring to the benchmark materials NdFeB and LaFeSi. The search for perfect defects is driving the material design strategy.

Short bio
Oliver Gutfleisch is a Professor for Functional Materials at TU Darmstadt, a scientific consultant at Fraunhofer IWKS Hanau and is running the external Max-Planck Research Group De Magnete at MPI for Iron Research Düsseldorf. His scientific interests span from permanent magnets for power applications to solid state energy efficient caloric cooling, ferromagnetic shape memory alloys, magnetic nanoparticles for biomedicine, with emphasis on tailoring structural and chemical properties on the nanoscale. He has published more than 460 papers, was awarded an EU ERC Advanced Grant (Cool Innov), is an IEEE Fellow and is the speaker of the DFG Cooperate Research Center 270 Hysteresis Design of Magnetic Materials for Efficient Energy Conversion.

Last modified: 2022-05-18