The program, launched by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, supports young, particularly promising researchers with leadership potential. The grants provide selected scientists with the financial base required to establish their own internationally competitive research group, as well as a unique training course in academic leadership. The program was first launched in 2001, during which 21 individual research grants were allocated, and subsequent awards were given in 2004, 2008 and 2011.
What was the main content of your application?
Development of renewable energy technologies is a focus point in the goal of reaching a sustainable world society. Solar energy technologies in the form of photo-voltaics have seen an impressive development during the last decades. As a larger fraction of the energy production stems from solar energy, storage of energy and load levelling is becoming increasingly important due to challenges with both intermittency in solar energy flux and variations in energy demand. The goal of this project is to develop molecular systems are capable of converting solar photons into stored chemical energy that can be released on demand in the form of heat.
How will you spend the grant?
We will be working on developing the molecular systems by synthesizing new compounds with improved properties in terms of energy storage density and solar spectrum match. Another part of the project is dedicated to fabrication of test devices that makes it possible to demonstrate the practical function of the molecular systems.
What are your driving forces?
I try to combine fundamental scientific curiosity driven research with long term goals in terms of developing solutions for a future sustainable society.
You have been at Chalmers for three years now. How are you enjoying working here?
I enjoy working at Chalmers and in particular I benefit from support and exciting collaborations from a large number of highly skilled colleagues.
Text: Per Thorén
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell