Materials Science at Chalmers connects to nine competence centres, listed below. These are long-term (usually 10 years) programs with funding from public agencies, the university, and a consortium of industries. These centres act both as a driving force for the development of science and as a neutral arena for industrial actors (often competitors) to meet around, and work on, generic challenges in their respective field.
In addition, we have launched Chalmers Sports & Technology, a rapidly growing meeting place for researchers and industry collaborating in sports-related research, and SOFT Microscopy Centre, a joint effort with Research Institutes of Sweden - RISE.
is a newly formed centre, aiming to establish an internationally competitive Swedish hub for excellent research and industrial utilization of 2D materials. 2D-TECH targets at creating new technology with novel and competitive products across the value chain and thus increasing the competitiveness of Swedish industry.
The Competence Centre Recycling is a joint multidisciplinary centre that brings together researchers and companies from all over the country. The vision is to be able to solve all kind of industrial recycling problems in the broad sense of the word. The centre is driven by initiatives from both the researchers and from the collaboration partners in the industry. The centre director is financed by Stena Metall and the coordinator is financed by a VINNOVA project. Two examples of the ongoing research are Recycling of lithium ion batteries and Recycling of titanium dioxide from paint.
Centre for Additive Manufacture - Metal (CAM2) is a Vinnova funded competence centre focusing on research for the development of materials and processes for additive manufacturing (3D printing) of advanced metallic components. The centre is a consortium of 22 companies and five research actors.
The new VINNOVA competence centre
will focus on research and education to enable the transition from fossil to bio-based thermoplastics produced in a sustainable and circular manner.
The Graphene Centre gathers all research at Chalmers on atomically thin 2D materials (including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, van der Waals heterostructures and related materials). It provides a forum for 2D material researchers to exchange ideas, to identify synergy effects, to build new and strengthen already existing collaborations within Chalmers, and finally to coordinate joint applications for new grants. The explored scientific questions cover fundamental research including physics, chemistry, and material science and application-oriented research aiming at the design of novel technologies. To reach the latter stage, industry partners play an important role in the Graphene Centre at Chalmers, which offers a platform for industry and research to discuss current challenges in technology, to identify the need for specific research directions, and to start joint projects. The Graphene Centre also addresses students at different levels with the aim to fascinate them for 2D material research and to bring them together with our researchers.
The High Temperature Corrosion Centre is a national competence centre financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers and 18 member companies. High-temperature corrosion occurs in many processes, for example in boilers that generate electricity through combustion of biomass and waste, gasification of biomass and in engines, and in other industrial processes. It limits the useful life of installations and the utilization of the fuel and often obstructs the development of more sustainable processes and systems. The aim of HTC is to create an understanding of why corrosion occurs, and to help develop new, more corrosion resistant materials. The research creates a framework in which findings are generalized and can be applied across a range of different industries. HTC is a platform for collaboration between universities, companies and research institutes to conduct long-term research. The research performed within HTC aims simultaneously for scientific excellence and for being useful to industry and society. Application areas: boilers that generate electricity through the combustion of biomass and waste, gasification of biomass, materials for electrical resistance heating, small biomass-fired boilers for heating homes, thermal solar electricity, additive manufacturing and fuel cells (SOFC/SOEC). HTC was started in 1996 and the current HTC contract runs from 2018 to 2021. Over the years, HTC has produced about 50 PhDs who have continued to work in trade and industry, colleges and universities.
The Competence Centre for Catalysis is a Swedish national competence centre funded in equal parts by the Swedish Energy Agency, Chalmers and the member companies. The objective is to develop an excellent research environment, performing high quality research in the field of catalysis for emission control and catalysis for sustainable energy systems. To achieve this, models of complex systems are normally investigated and the catalytically active materials studied are metal oxides and metals supported on metal oxides. Several theoretical methods and experimental techniques have been developed and applied. KCK has become well recognized in the international arena with a large number of publications (>200 since 2000) and invited talks. KCK was rated among the best academic catalysis laboratories in the world in an independent international evaluation. The main research areas are: Catalytic reduction of NOx under lean conditions; Catalytic oxidation at low temperatures; Catalytic techniques for sustainable energy systems.
SWEDISH ELECTROMOBILITY CENTRE
Swedish Electromobility Centre is a national centre of excellence for electric and hybrid vehicles and charging infrastructure, and serves as a base for integration between academia and industry. The research concerns the drivetrain with its components and control system as well as the infrastructure itself, communication between vehicles and the vehicle’s ability to utilize the infrastructure. It covers system studies and methods, electrical machines and drives, energy storage, vehicle analysis and fuel cell technology. Swedish Electromobility Centre also manages PhD courses and a doctoral student network and hosts a daily global analysis of activities concerning energy efficient road vehicles.
The Wallenberg Wood Science Center is a ten year collaborative effort between Chalmers and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. It was established in January 2009 with a budget of 120 MSEK for the first 3 years of operation. The vision is to develop new and advanced materials based on wood as raw material. The research combines the best resources at Chalmers and KTH and is structured into five programmes: Wood components – extraction, characterization and properties, Biobased polymers and modelling, Fibres and fibre nanotechnology, Composites for energy and electronics, and Biocomposites and wood materials.