CoSiMa - concept for industrial development for the sustainable soft materials of the future
Many industry sectors face the challenge of rapidly converting to an efficient development of sustainable materials and products, but with unchanged requirements on product functionality and price. Within a wide range of industrial applications, such as hygiene products, packaging, color, pharmaceuticals, wound care products and food, molecular transport is important for product functionality. The structure of the material acts as a matrix in which molecules are transported, e.g. for the release of drugs or when liquids are absorbed in hygiene products. In the packaging industry, transport often needs to be prevented, e.g. transport of oxygen into food packaging, which shortens shelf life. Materials for these applications are often water-containing, soft and heterogeneous, while material structures on different length scales interact to give them their properties. This makes both computer simulations and experimental studies challenging. In this project, players from industry, trade associations and academy will develop a new concept for material development based on understanding of the relationship between material structure and molecular transport, imaging of material structures, in silico design of structures, as well as measurements and computations of molecular transport. By creating tools and a concept that the industrial partners (and in a longer term, other actors) can employ to understand the function of existing materials, they will also be able to streamline the process of designing the future´s novel materials with optimized properties. The network, the multidisciplinary approach and the competence from the VINN Excellence Centre SuMo Biomaterials give us excellent possibilities to meet this challenge.
- Tetra Pak (Private, Sweden)
- Essity Hygiene and Health AB (Private, Sweden)
- Stora Enso AB (Private, Sweden)
- Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik (Private, Sweden)
- AstraZeneca R&D (Private, Sweden)
- Akzo Nobel - Pulp and Performance Chemicals (Private, Sweden)
- RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Research Institute, Sweden)
- IKEM (Non Profit, Sweden)
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Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Tobias Gebäck is Associate Professor in applied Mathematics, affiliated to the SuMo Biomaterials research center. He is conducting research on mathematical modeling and numerical methods, with...
Adjunct Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics
Associate Professor; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Surface Chemistry
Lars Nordstierna’s research group has a focus on characterization methodology and materials development in the field of surface and colloid chemistry. The characterization is often based on the...
Professor/Head of Division, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics
Professor, Mathematical Sciences
My research areas are spatial statistics and spatio-temporal modelling. A lot of my earlier research has been on Gibbs point processes, especially on pseudo-likelihood estimation and construction of...