New research group to Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

​Maths Karlsson, formerly at the Department of Physics, has together with his research group, currently consisting of two postdocs, four PhD students and a master thesis student, changed department to Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The move was recently carried out and they are now part of the division of Energy and Materials.

​- I really look forward to continuing the development of our research at the new institution and I am hoping for new beneficial partnerships, says Maths.

Maths Karlsson's research is fundamental, mainly with an experimental character, and focuses on studies of structure and dynamics in various types of "functional" inorganic materials – and most recently with a particular focus on hydride-ion conducting materials and luminescent oxides, relevant for the development of the next generation intermediate temperature fuel cells and white LEDs.

- My research is in many ways complementary to other research conducted at the department of Energy and Material, e.g. with regard to materials/applications (oxides, fuel cells), techniques (neutron scattering, synchrotron diffusion and optical spectroscopy) and sometimes it is of more basic character, but of course I hope to find contact areas with research groups within the institution as a whole, says Maths.

The techniques/scientific methods that Maths and his research team are using are partly available at Chalmers, but mostly at large-scale international facilities across Europe and the US, says Maths. The instruments at these facilities are unique and enable the measurements that are needed to find out, for example, how a material is constructed or in what way the atoms are built in a material. However, in some years, several of the experiments will be available at The European Spallation Source (ESS) – a next generation neutron scattering facility (currently under construction in Lund). ESS will enable studies that are currently not within reach; a specific example of that will be studies of hydrogen diffusion on boundaries and in thin films.

- Most of our experimental studies are conducted in a very international environment, and we have a good collaboration with researchers at a number of facilities, which the Chemistry department can benefit from. In recent years, we have carried out approximately 10-15 experiments/year, which probably positions us as Chalmers most “volatile” research group ..., says Maths.

Further, Maths says that he and his research group are looking forward to reinforcing the research they are doing today in the new environment.


Text: Mariam Nordström


Published: Wed 24 May 2017.