Research that benefits society

Our researchers work at the atomic and molecular level to develop pioneering applications in fields such as electricity generation, energy storage, information technology and medicine. This combination of technical skills, scientific discoveries and partnerships with the private and public sectors pave the way for technological innovations that help improve people’s lives. 

Further down the page is a selection of examples that show how our research is contributing to sustainable development, improving quality of life or enriching our culture.

Some current innoavtion projects

Get some insights into the innovation projects being developed within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering! We present here a selection of projects where new solutions to benefit society are taking shape out of research and education.

Micro-sensor for localising sources of pain – Improved diagnosis of chronic pain

Professor Ken Welch is leading a project where academics and industry partners are jointly developing a microsensor to localise and identify sources of chronic pain. The benefits that the project will bring include the development of a medical device available to clinicians to help them locate the source of and diagnose chronic musculoskeletal pain, which is difficult or impossible to do today.

Organic batteries – Built-in sustainability

Sustainable energy storage is in high demand. Our researchers have therefore developed a fully organic proton battery that can be recharged in seconds. The battery can be charged and discharged more than 500 times without any significant loss of capacity. Because many of the batteries manufactured today have a significant environmental impact, in particular due to the mining of the metals used in them, the starting point for their research has been to develop a battery made out of elements that are commonly found in the natural environment and can be used to create organic battery materials. Their proton battery is a major step towards producing sustainable organic batteries in the future.

Glass-ceramics for dental applications – Inventing the future of dental implants

Professor Håkan Engqvist and Associate Professor Wei Xia have developed a new glass-ceramic material for dental implants that combines high mechanical strength with attractive aesthetic properties. This allows dentists to make thinner and more durable constructions, where they currently have to compromise between strength and aesthetics.

More examples of innovation and societal benefits

Last modified: 2022-02-24