Research

Basic and need-driven materials science at the international forefront, empowering sustainable technologies with positive impact on society, and training future leaders in society, industry, and academia in Sweden.

Goals

WISE promotes a transition towards a sustainable society, while pushing the scientific frontier in materials science to new vistas that establish Sweden as a leading nation in the field. WISE aims to explore and research advanced, functional materials targeting the thematic areas.

Thematic areas

Conversion, storage, and distribution of clean energy

Circular materials replacing rare, energy-demanding, and hazardous materials

Mitigation, cleaning, and protection of the atmosphere, soil, and water

Discovery of materials for novel sustainable technologies and applications

Program areas

The WISE program will address the most challenging scientific questions in materials science, as schematically illustrated here. Advanced materials science must necessarily rely on design combined with simulation/theory, synthesis, nano-structuring, processing, characterization, and evaluation of properties. From a sustainability point of view, it is also highly relevant to assess the materials flows from reactants to waste, i.e., how process waste and energy needs can be minimized in the recycling of critical materials, how mining of materials can be achieved with minimal detrimental environmental impact, and how to identify greener routes from mineral to material. Many challenges of our society are coupled to the transformation, storage, and distribution of energy. Technologies with small environmental impact primarily operate by the conversion of sunlight and wind to electrical power. Electrification of transport demands advanced batteries and fuel cells based on non-fossil fuels, with the ability to efficiently store energy. Hydrogen and other energy carriers are likely to contribute more to society and industry in the future, which calls for materials for reliable conversion, transport, and storage of energy.