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Materials Science and Engineering

At Materials Science and Engineering research is conducted on metallic and ceramic materials. The research covers the whole chain Processes – Structures – Properties. The department has three units and three competence centres working closely with the industry and providing research-related infrastructure.

Research units

Competence centres and research infrastructures


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High energy X-rays reveal the resistance of steel to embrittlement

The high energy X-rays at the Swedish Material Science beamline make it possible to see what’s happening within steels, in real-time, also in environments that mimic how the steel is used. This enable...

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Recovered electronics reduce carbon footprint

Waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is estimated to grow to about 12 million tons by 2020 in EU, which makes it the fastest growing waste stream. By mixing recovered WEEE in metal pr...

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Sustainable refrigerators thanks to magnetic materials

Magnetic heat-pumps offer a low-energy demand and environmentally friendly alternative for the classical refrigeration industry. The process is called Magnetocaloric refrigeration and the Department o...

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HYBRIT will de-carbonize the steel industry

When the UN Climate Summit gathered the world's leaders in New York last fall, two Swedes were the talk of the town: Greta and "HYBRIT" - an initiative by SSAB, Vattenfall and LKAB that will make stee...

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Last changed: Mar 18, 2022