Jubilee Seminar: The importance of materials in society

We depend on materials in everything we do. Materials keep getting smarter and smarter. At a full-day seminar we will explore three important areas of materials science, discuss current research and present an outlook for the future.

IVA Konferenscenter, Grev Turegatan 16, Stockholm
Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 10:00 - 18:00 CET

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The Thomson Reuters’ Global Research Report from 2011 states the following: “Fundamental discoveries in physics dominated the first half of the 20th century, whereas discoveries in molecular biology, such as the structure of DNA, dominated the second half. The 21st century may well bring forth a new era, one of revolutionary discoveries in materials research that result in far-reaching changes for society and how we live.”

The full-day seminar will describe and illustrate ongoing research in three important areas of materials science.


10:00 Welcome - Martin Malmsten, Professor University of Copenhagen and Chairman of IVAs Division for Chemical Engineering

10:05 The role of materials in society – an introduction - Tuula TeeriProfessor and President IVA

10:20: Materials for energy applications

  • Materials for conversion and storage of energy Brad ChmelkaProfessor UC Santa Barbara
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells for energy applications, Anders HagfeldtProfessor, EPFL
  • Novel perspectives in battery chemistry, Kristina EdströmProfessor Uppsala University
  • Panel discussion

Chair: Lennart BergströmProfessor Stockholm University

12:20 Lunch

13:20 Formulations and controlled release of drugs and related compunds

  • Novel delivery concepts Robert LangerProfessor, MIT
  • Formulation of cosmetics and personal care products Werner Kunz, Professor, Universität Regensburg
  • Self-assembly systems and drugs carriers, Fredrik Tiberg, Professor, President & CEO Camurus
  • Panel discussion

Chair: Martin Malmsten

Coffee 15.20 – 15.50

15:50: Polymers – opportunities and challenges

  • Novel aspects of macromolecular and supramolecular materials, Virgil PercecProfessor University of Pennsylvania
  • Green polymers for the future Ulrica Edlund, Professor Royal Institute of Technology
  • Challenges and opportunities for polymers from an industrial perspective, Thomas HjertbergProfessor, Senior Group Expert, Borealis
  • Panel discussion

Chair: Ann-Christine AlbertssonProfessor Royal Institute of Technology

18:00 Dinner 

Dinner talk by Professor Karin MarkidesProfessor, Chair The Swedish Scientific Council for Sustainable Development  on the theme The importance of chemistry in everyday life

Contact information

Jan Westberg
Project Manager
Phone +46 8-791 30 49

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