Department of Engineering Sciences

Research Projects

The nanotechnology and functional materials group focuses on a broad range of research topics where the underlying principle is to innovate by engineering at the nano level. Here you will find projects related to sustainable energy storage, drug delivery, diagnostics, as well as functionalized nanocellulose for a range of biotechnological applications. 


Nanocellulose materials for biomedical applications

Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer on earth. We research the possibility of using nanocellulose as a material for biomedical applications.

Responsible person: Albert Mihranyan

Nanosafety and biocompatibility

We develop nanostructured materials for life science and biotechnological applications.

Key components of such development processes are:

  • Nanosafety
  • Understanding how nanoproperties influence the biocompatibility of the novel nanomaterials

Responsible person: Natalia Ferraz

Sustainable electrical energy storage

One of our greater projects is driven by the incentive to develop novel and sustainable types of rechargeable batteries and supercapacitators that are entirely based on renewable, organic materials. These materials are required to have high capacitance and flexibility properties, as well as an up-scalable production process that not only fits the competitive market but also has a low carbon foot print and lastly, offer complete recyclability. 

Responsible person: Martin Sjödin

The mesoporous magnesium carbonate Upsalite®

Upsalite® is a novel mesoporous magnesium carbonate that was first synthesized in our group in 2012. It has been shown to have the highest surface area of all known alkali earth metal carbonates and a narrow pore size distribution centered around ~6 nm. We are currently engaged in a number of projects were the properties of Upsalite® are evaluated for a number of industrial applications.

Responsible people: Maria StrömmeKen Welch and Ocean Cheung