Department of Engineering Sciences

Our Research Areas

At the division of solid state physics we do both basic and application oriented research that is related to energy and environmental aspects as well as life science via our different research areas. Most commonly we investigate physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials and compounds whether it will be used as coatings for smart windows, gas sensors, photocatalytic coatings, spinntronics and biomagnetic applications or to create new magnetic materials for environmentally friendly energytechnology. We also do energy system studies to investigate the impact different energy sources have on the whole energy system in the built environment. 

Built Environment Energy Systems Group (BEESG)

In the Built Environment Energy Systems Group we study energy systems in buildings and energy systems in which buildings are components. How are district heating systems affected by energy efficiency improvements in buildings? What is the potential for on-site photovoltaics in the built environment? How can we construct smart grids with active buildings?

We approach this type of questions with methods for systems analysis and broad interdisciplinary collaborations. Our ongoing research includes optimisation studies of local and national power and district heating systems, variability assessment of solar power in the built environment, self-consumption of PV electricity in residential buildings, and development of simulation tools for solar energy systems

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Magnetic materials

Within the Magnetic materials research group we are studying a wide range of magnetic materials with properties that make them interesting for applications in biotechnology, energy technology and spintronics. We combine magnetic nanoparticles with molecular tools to develop simple yet sensitive diagnostic methods that provide rapid patient responses; we study new permanent magnet materials without content of rare earth metals which can be used in renewable energy sources and magnetocaloric materials that can be used to build energy-smart refrigerators and heat pumps; and we are examining microwave properties of magnetic films and micro / nanostructured magnetic surfaces with the intent to tailor material properties for spintronic applications. We also have a more basic research-oriented activity in which we study mesocrystals composed of magnetic nanoparticles, frustrated magnetic systems and strongly correlated electron systems.

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Materials for energy efficiency and environmental applications

The research group ”Materials for energy efficiency and environmental applications” is carrying out a  comprehensive thematic effort aimed at functional materials for the built environment, in particular green nanotechnologies for sustainable buildings. The focus is on next generation functional oxides in chromogenic (electrochromic and thermochromic) windows, sensors, photocatalysis, lighting and other applications. We also study novel multilayer and nanostructured oxides for solar energy control and light harvesting, which combine chromogenic, photocatalytic and sensor properties.

We study these subjects by an integrated approach encompassing thin film deposition, experimental studies of electromagnetic and surface (electro-) chemical properties of materials together with computational modelling.

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