​Anette Larsson and Lars Nyborg take over the management of Chalmers Production Area of Advance.
​Photo: Nina Silow

New management for Production Area of Advance

​Lars Nyborg and Anette Larsson take over the management of Chalmers Production Area of Advance after Rikard Söderberg and Johan Stahre.
​There are two new leaders of the Production Area of Advance, both very well-known at Chalmers. Lars Nyborg was previously Head of the Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology and Anette Larsson is in charge of the SuMo BIOMATERIALS research center.

Lars Nyborg has been appointed Director, succeeding Rikard Söderberg. He also continues as responsible for the profile area of manufacturing processes. Lars Nyborg is professor in surface technology and a very active researcher in powder and surface technology. He is also prominent in the highly topical research field additive manufacturing. Until recently, Lars Nyborg has been in charge of the former Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology and is now also Vice Head of Department and Responsible for Utilization at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science. Here he describes how he sees the future in the production area.

– "Society faces major challenges in areas such as digitization and life sciences, and not least the environment and the climate. We researchers need to gather all our skills and work together with industry and other actors in society to find the best solutions in these areas, "says Lars Nyborg.

Anette Larsson is Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She has previously been employed at AstraZeneca R & D in Mölndal as a researcher, before returning to Chalmers. Today she is doing research about controlled release of drugs and customized pharmaceutical products. In addition, Anette Larsson is responsible for the SuMo BIOMATERIALS research center. From this autumn, she is appointed Co-Director, succeeding Johan Stahre.

Anette Larsson has not participated in the Production Area of Advance earlier and looks forward to learning more about the research conducted. She clearly sees what she can contribute with.

– "I have been working in the industry for many years and have also been in charge of a research center that has six major industrial companies as partners. I have gathered experiences that are valuable for an area of advance that has so many links to industrial challenges as Production has.

In the immediate future, the focus for the new management is to support active fields and review how the strengths can support internationalization, education and, not least, cooperation. Lars Nyborg gives a few examples of the latter.

– "One of our areas is continuous production that can be linked to life sciences, and by being reinforced by Anette we can be even better in, for example, drug production. Another link that we will continue to develop is that between Production and Materials, where we believe there are great opportunities for both areas.

Lars Nyborg and Anette Larsson also have the ambition to find new meeting forms and are about to launch a new concept this autumn.

–  ”We want to invite everyone to a recurring Afternoon tea! Our three profile areas will be asked to present an urgent topic for each area. In addition, we would like to ask anyone who is curious about additive manufacturing, or 3D printing in metal, to sign up for our initiative seminar on Frontiers of Additive Manufacturing which is planned for October 11-12.”

Text: Nina Silow

Published: Mon 21 Aug 2017. Modified: Tue 22 Aug 2017