Kasper Moth-Poulsen
​Kasper Moth-Poulsen​
​Photo: Oscar Mattson / Chalmers

He want’s to capture and store energy in new material

​Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the Swedish Research Council's consolidation grant of 12 million for 2020 - 2026. The grant will be used to explore a new material that can both store solar energy and absorb energy from the environment and release it as heat.

​“It feels great, I'm both happy and proud, especially since this is a grant that you can only apply for every other year in very high competition” says Kasper Moth-Poulsen

The research that will be funded by the grant is similar to the solar energy system MOST (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems), which Kasper and his group have been working on for many years, and has attracted a great deal of attention around the world. But the new project is about developing the knowledge further and differs in several crucial ways. Now the researchers will work in systems with solid substances instead of in liquids as in MOST, and the material will be able to do several things at once.

“We want to investigate whether it is possible to create a new material that can both store the sun's energy and absorb the energy or heat from the surroundings. In short, you might say that the overall purpose is to try to handle heat and, also cooling in a completely new way” says Kasper Moth-Poulsen.

The material that the researchers are investigating must be sustainable and contribute to new emission-free solutions in energy storage.

In addition to Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Victor Torres Company at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience was also awarded a consolidation grant from the Swedish Research Council.

Prestigious funding for photonic research from The Swedish Research Council​​

More about Kasper-Moth Poulsen

Kasper Moth-Poulsen is Professor and Head of Division at Applied Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and works with research in the field of nano chemistry and new materials for energy capture and storage and synthetic chemistry. He has received several different grants and awards for his research, such as ERC starting grant, SSF future research leaders grant, Wallenberg Academy Fellow Grant and a scholarship from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's Foundation for Science, Technology, for his work with the solar energy system MOST.
 
Text: Jenny Holmstrand

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