About us

Assist. Prof. Tiina Nypelö​, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (K):

“Wood is a source of fibers, nanoparticles, semicrystalline and amorphous polymers. My research​ is on engineering these components into hierarchical materials with a function. The core is to build from liquid-rich state, gels, emulsions, dispersions, solutions, colloids toward solid organizations. I combine forest products technology, materials science and renewable resources for advancing sustainable materials engineering. The research efforts involve cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignins with emphasis on surface, interface, and intermolecular interactions. My current work in aWCplatform is to develop continuous crystalline cellulose film composites with controlled organization. I foresee them as haze controlling substrates for electronics and laminate composite components.”​

Assist. Prof. Brina Blinzler, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of​Industrial and Materials Science (IMS), Division of Material and Computational Mechanics: 

“My research in lightweight composites materials focuses on the link between polymer matrix composite processing techniques (heat and pressure cycles during curing) and the resulting material properties. Within this lightweight composites field, I am investigating renewable materials (bio-composites) and multifunctional composite materials. My current work in the aWCplatform aims to develop a better understanding of how different length scale additives and reinforcement contribute collectively to the resulting effective composite material properties.”​

Assoc. Prof. Roland Kádá​r, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Industrial and Materials Science (IMS), Division of Engineering Materials: 

​“My research concerns the rheology and dynamics of complex fluids. Conceptually, the idea is to investigate the relationship between rheological material parameters and the linear and nonlinear flow dynamics of complex materials to understand the interplay between their molecular structure, processing and performance. This requires both fundamental aspects, such as the development of advanced rheometric methods/techniques and aspects of flow stability, and practical aspects, such as multifunctional properties in nanocomposites and the design of processing elements. Currently, the focus materials range from polymer solutions and melts, nanostructured fluids, incl. biocomposites, suspensions and adhesives. Within the aWCplatform I focus on the nonlinear flow dynamics of nanocrystalline cellulose suspensions and on flow-field filler interaction in polymer biocomposites.”

Assoc. Prof. Fang Liu, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Industrial and Materials Science (IMS), Division of Materials and Manufacture:

“My research concerns revealing the microstructure of material and gaining insights into the correlation between microstructure and properties in a dynamic environment. My current work in the aWCplatform aims to develop a dynamic “micro-laboratory” that enables in-situ testing of wood cellulose fibre-, microfibril-, and nanocrystalline-reinforced composites under well-controlled environment: humidity and temperature. The research will bring a better understanding of the material and enable high fidelity modeling.”

Assoc. Prof. Martin Fagerström, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of ​Industrial and Materials Science (IMS), Division of Material and Computational Mechanics: 

“My research concerns the modelling of the mechanical response of materials and structures, with emphasis on lightweight applications. As such, developing computationally efficient materials models and computational methods for predicting the deformation and progressive failure of composite materials is a central part. My research targets both structural composites (currently for automotive crash and sports applications) and short-fibre bio-composites, and involves mechanical analysis on several geometrical scales. For me, the current platform brings very valuable competence into my work in terms of material characterisation, materials processing and chemistry, all which improve the chances of new and innovative research results.”

​Assist. Prof. Mohsen Mirkhalaf​​, University of Gothenburg, Department of Physics, Group of Mechanics of Materials:

“My research activities mainly focus on micro-mechanical and multi-scale modelling of micro-structurally heterogenous materials, with an emphasis on polymers and composites. Despite great potentials of different micro-mechanical and multi-scale modelling approaches, it is not always straightforward to develop and use these methods. As a remedy to these challenges, my research group also uses Machine Learning techniques with a focus on Artificial Neural Networks to increase the efficiency and applicability of multi-scale models. In the aWCplatform, I am collaborating with other members of the group to conduct multi-disciplinary projects including manufacturing, testing and modelling of natural fiber composites.” ​


Published: Mon 26 Oct 2020.