The future of materials is happening today in Skåne. With the establishment of two groundbreaking research facilities offering world-class visualization 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 2023.
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).