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Materials Science for a Sustainable Future

Igor Abrikosov is a professor of theoretical physics and the director of the strategic research area Advanced Functional Materials at Linköping University. His research focuses on developing new materials in theory, and that requires a lot of computing power, something that supercomputers like Berzelius can provide.Photo: Magnus Johansson

Linköping University's Advanced Functional Materials (AFM) research area, led by Professor Igor Abrikosov, focuses on materials science with the aim of accelerating material development for commercial applications and future research. Materials play a pivotal role in human history and development, from the stone age to modern technology. AFM researchers aim to transition from a trial-and-error approach to a knowledge-based design, shortening material development from twenty years to just a few, and enabling the creation of materials on demand. Around 150 researchers across various fields are working on applied and fundamental research within AFM, using tools like AI and theoretical simulations to explore new materials and their applications. Materials science is seen as the key to a sustainable future, enabling progress across various industries and research areas.