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Advanced materials & manufacturing

The future of materials is happening today in Skåne. With the establishment of two groundbreaking research facilities offering world-class visualisation instruments and techniques, as well as Lund University’s renowned research in nanotechnology, the area is fast becoming one of the most advanced materials science hotspots in the world.

Since its inauguration in 2016, MAX IV in Lund has been offering an even more detailed way of looking at materials through the strongest X-ray light currently available. But that’s not all. Still in the construction phase (also in Lund), the European Spallation Source will be the world’s most powerful neutron source when it opens its doors to researchers in 2026-27.

Both facilities are designed to enhance multidisciplinary research, which, when combined with the Skåne region’s extensive know-how in supporting industries (such as the life science sector, chemical, as well as food and packaging), make a unique location for developing new innovations and approaches in materials science.  Of course, that’s nothing new for the area. In 1944, the Tetra Pak tetrahedron packaging was invented here and the company built around (and named after it), which is currently the largest food packaging company in the world by sales, is still headquartered in Skåne.

The region is also home to more than 100 small and medium-sized enterprises in materials science with the majority focusing on innovations in sustainable materials, like potential replacements for plastics and chemical-free methods for breaking down organic waste with bacteria ( “Nya material hett ämne för Skåne”, Future by Lund 2019).

Advantages of Skåne

Advantages when choosing Skåne for your next materials science project or establishment:

  • World-class talent and tools The Skåne region’s world-leading talent pool, facilities, and instruments make for one of the most competitive materials science research locations in the world. At the center of the region’s material science cluster is Lund University , the highest ranking university in Sweden and consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.
  • Access to supporting industries The region offers research facilities and an extensive eco-system of innovative companies, not only in nanotechnology but also in biotech, medtech, chemical, food, and packaging, among others, giving a unique cross industry perspective beneficial when looking to form new and innovative products and services based on materials science.
  • Demand for sustainable innovations and the circular economy Sweden is one of the most sustainable countries in the world and is known for its waste-to-energy plants, where garbage is burnt to power homes and buses. Less than 1 percent of the country’s household waste finds its way to landfills and both the government and local authorities push an agenda with extraordinary demand and openness for new ideas for sustainability. This encourages companies and organizations to be innovative and come up with cutting-edge products and solutions, each one finding another way to be even a little bit more sustainable and being part of enforcing a circular economy.

MAX IV – Making the invisible visible

MAX IV is the brightest (synchrotron) light source in the world. It helps researchers solve some of the grand challenges of our times – from cancer research to novel energy materials.

The materials science landscape in Skåne

Page updated 19 Apr 2023, at 10:08