Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability

​The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is investing SEK 3 billion in a new research program, the Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE). Here you will find information about the initiative and contact persons at Chalmers University of Technology.

The aim of the program is to create the conditions for a sustainable society by researching next generation of ecofriendly materials and manufacturing processes.
This will also facilitate better technology for energy systems of the future, and to combat pollution and toxic emissions.

The universities participating in WISE are:

  • Uppsala University
  • Lund University
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Stockholm University
  • Linköping University, which is also hosting the program.

Under the program, 25 international research leaders will be recruited, and a postgraduate school will be established, offering 130 PhD positions, 30 of them industrial PhD students, along with 180 postdoctoral positions, of which 30 will be industrial postdoctoral positions.

WISE at Chalmers:

Maria Abrahamsson, Director for the Area of Advance, Materials Science. Professor at Chemistry and chemical engineering, and main contact for WISE at Chalmers university of Technology.
Paul Erhart, Professor, Physics.
Leif Asp, Co-Director for the Area of Advance, Materials Science. Professor at Industrial and Materials Science.
Thilo Bauch​, Associate Professor, Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Quantum Component Physics

Board member of WISE:

Anders Palmqvist, Vice-Rector for Research and Chalmers' Areas of Advance, Professor at Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Support functions:

Annemarie Wöhri, Coordinator, Chalmers areas of Advance Energy, Materials Science, Health and Technology.
Maria Odéus Forsberg​, Planning analysis and economist. 
Ann-Christine Nordin, Communicator for the areas of Advance Energy and Materials Science.​


WISE on the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation's website
Major research initiative on materials science