Smart materials that solve environmental problems to be developed in new programme

A new research initiative to find smart materials capable of removing environmentally harmful substances from air, water and soil is to be led by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The programme, to be known as Mistra Terraclean, will have an overall budget of SEK 60 million over four years.

‘We’re very pleased to be able to launch a research programme on smart materials,’ said Christopher Folkeson Welch, Programmes Director at Mistra. ‘This is an area that is both exciting and important, as there is a great need for new, effective methods of removing pollutants from our environment. Our hope is that the programme will bring clear environmental benefits.’

The consortium behind the programme consists of several universities and research institutes, including KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Uppsala University, the Swedish Toxicology Sciences Research Centre (Swetox), IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Innventia AB and Acreo Swedish ICT AB, along with the umbrella organisation for the Swedish nanotechnology sector, SwedNanoTech.