Personal profile

Research

The research in my group is focused on polymers for energy and sustainability. We explore the connection between macromolecular structure and functionality, and the resulting morphology and properties of polymeric materials. Our activities thus span across macromolecular design, synthesis, polymer self-assembly, and material structure and property characterization of polymers. In particular, we are motivated by global challenges concerning energy and sustainability that drive the research for new multifunctional polymer materials. This requires new synthetic strategies and careful fundamental studies of synthetic pathways, structure and properties. Currently our research areas are:

  • Ionic polymers for durable proton- and anion-exchange membranes. These membranes are crucial components of energy conversion and storage systems such as fuel cells, water electrolyzers and flow batteries, and enable water purification technologies such as reverse osmosis and nanofiltration.
  • Solid single lithium ion conducting polymer electrolytes, which are central materials for lithium-polymer batteries and other solid-state electrochemical devices.
  • Bio-based monomers, polymers and plastics synthesized using building blocks from renewable resources. 

We employ different polymerization (anionic, radical, condensation, etc) and modification methods to prepare our polymers, and then use a variety of charaterization techniques  to study for example molecular structure and nano-scale morphology, as well as the thermal, mechanical and transport properties of the materials and membranes. 

I received my Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Lund University in 1996. Between 1996 and 1998, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Risø National Laboratory in Roskilde, Denmark (today part of the Danish Technical University). In 1998, I joined the Department of Chemistry at Lund University as a Research Fellow to establish a research group focused on polymers for energy technologies. I was appointed to Full Professor of Polymer Technology at Lund University in 2010 and Visiting Professor at the University of Tartu in 2017.

Teaching

Undergraduate courses in the Chemical Engineering and the Engineering Nanoscience study programs at Lund University.

  •  Materials and Polymer Technology - KASF05
  •  Functional Materials - KASF10
  •  Polymer Chemistry - KASN25
  •  Polymer Physics - KASN20
  •  Project in Chemistry - KASN01
  •  Degree projects in Polymer Technology - KASM15

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

UKÄ subject classification

  • Polymer Technologies
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

Free keywords

  • Polymer chemistry and materials for energy and sustainability
  • Molecular design, synthesis and structure-property relationships of polymers
  • Ionic polymers
  • Electrolytes
  • Membranes for fuel cells, electrolyzers and batteries
  • Electrochemical production and conversion of hydrogen
  • Bio-based building blocks and plastics

Collaborations the last five years

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