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Researchers and alumni from Chalmers elected into IVA

​The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) is strengthening and broadening its pool of expertise with the addition of 41 new Fellows. Professor Lars Marcus and Professor Kasper Moth-Poulsen are two researchers from Chalmers newly elected.
​Also Chalmers alumni Lars Stenqvist, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Group. and Mikael Dahlgren, Head of Corporate Research, ABB Sweden are among the elected.

Lars Marcus, Architect and Professor in Urban Design

Professor Lars MarcusLars Marcus is an architect and professor in Urban Design and leads the research group Spatial Morphology Group (SMoG). His research con​cerns how spatial form, as defined by architecture and urban design, supports, structures and sets limits to people’s everyday life. In extension, spatial form conditions vital social, economic and ecological urban processes. Hence, spatial morphology constitutes a form of technology creating spatial structure for other urban systems. He is also founder and partner of the consultancy firm Spacescape, performing spatial analysis, design support and policy development in architectural and urban projects for architects, municipalities and real estate.

Lars Marcus is a frequent  debater with a great interest in raising issues in community development linked to architecture and urban planning.


Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor in nano-chemistry

Kasper Moth-Poulsen

Kasper Moth-Poulsen and his research group have designed a molecule that can store solar energy in a special liquid for up to 18 years. When the solar heat is to be used, the liquid is pumped through a catalyst, which produces a reaction such that the heat rises by no less than 63°C. The energy system is completely emission-free, and researchers have named it MOST (molecular solar thermal energy storage).

The molecule can also be used in a window film to catch the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night.

In the autumn of 2020, an EU project led by Chalmers started on MOST. The researches will develop prototypes of the new technology for larger scale applications, such as heating systems in residential houses. The project has been granted 4.3 million Euros from the EU.


Kasper Moth-Poulsen has received several grants and awards, including an ERC starting grant, SSF future research leaders grant, Wallenberg Academy Fellow Grant, Arnbergska prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science 2019. Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2014. He has also received the prestigious stipend from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's foundation for science, technology and the environment for his work on molecular solar thermal systems.


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Text: Johanna Ödman
Photo: Kasper Moth-Poulsen: Oscar Mattson/ Chalmers

Page manager Published: Wed 22 Dec 2021.