Maria Abrahamsson and Leif Asp were appointed new directors for the
Area of Advance - Materials Science, in February 2019, succeeding the former Director
Aleksandar Matic at the mandate period turnover.
assumed the position as Director for the Area of Advance -
Materials Science in February 2019. Growing up in the small town of Flerohopp in rural
Sweden, Maria developed an early interest for environmental issues and
after initial studies in geology, she eventually found her passion in
chemistry. She pursued her doctorate studies at Uppsala University,
engaging in the development of artificial photosynthesis, and later
continued in the field as a post doc at Johns Hopkins University in
In 2019, Maria celebratrates 10 years at Chalmers where she
has a position as an Associate professor at the department for Chemistry
and Chemical Engineering since 2015. Her research focuses on conversion
of solar energy for fuel production as well as production of
electricity. Maria was previously the Vice director of the Area of
Advance - Materials Science at Chalmers.
–Today’s society faces some big challenges. Globally, as well as
locally. The most obvious ones are of course climate changes,
environmental issues and a growing elderly population, but to tackle
these challenges it is important that everyone have access to
environmentally sound products and materials. We want people to
naturally turn to Chalmers when looking for the best education and
scientists in the area of material science, says Maria.
succeeded Maria Abrahamsson as Vice director for the Area of
Advance - Materials Science. Leif has a background as a civil engineer
from Luleå Technical University where he also earned his doctorate
degree in polymeric construction materials. He has valuable experience
from working in several industries and is the founder of SICOMP (now
RISE SICOMP) and was appointed their chief scientist in 2011. Leif also
has extensive collaboration with scientists and industry through his
engagement in LIGHTer
Academy, a platform for development of lightweight solutions for the industry.
Since 2015 Leif is a professor at the Department of Industrial and
Material Science where his research focuses on modelling and
construction of lightweight composite materials.
–Through the Area of Advance, Chalmers has a unique tool to
coordinate and execute interdisciplinary research across our whole
University and can tackle bigger questions than any individual research
group or even department can manage. We therefore have a huge potential
to develop new materials, methods and technologies to provide solutions
to many societal needs, Leif says.
During the coming years the duo aim to increase international
collaborations and deepen the exchange with existing ones, but also to
find new ways of engaging students in materials science, and discussions
of a summer research school is ongoing.
–We also want to meet all researchers in the Area of Advance - Materials
Science to get an updated view and to learn about all the exciting
research performed throughout the Area of Advance!