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Short pulse facility at MAX IV Laboratory. Photo.

Materials and opportunities

The range of materials researched at LTH is unique. Researchers improve materials, such as wood, concrete, ceramics and plastic, as well as develop completely new ones; making them biocompatible, energy-efficient, electroactive or adapted for extreme environments. Researchers examine the innermost components of pharmaceuticals and organic materials. All the above mentioned research gets a helping hand from our new neighbours ESS and Max IV.

There is already an extensive range of outstanding and unique research infrastructure at LTH and the University as a whole. Several of these facilities are open to visitors and other researchers, who can prepare or complement their investigations. ESS and Max IV need suppliers of leading-edge technology. Some of LTH’s experts are involved in the design of this technology. Others assist the manufacturing industry on the practical aspects of making components for accelerators.

In addition, the University tailors graduate schools, PhD courses and Master’s programmes to train a young generation in the art of studying the smallest building blocks of matter – regardless of whether they are revealed with the help of neutrons or synchrotron light.

A site for research, development and innovation – Science Village Scandinavia – is being built between ESS and Max IV. This site will become a workplace for a number of LTH’s researchers.