The intention behind the new competence centres is that universities, companies, research institutes and public bodies such as municipalities collaborate in research and development. New knowledge and technology is in this way to be disseminated and brought to practical use by commercial actors and other parts of society. Vinnova finances the competence centres with awards of up to SEK 36 million spread over five years. The participating companies and universities each contribute an equal amount.
One of the centres to receive funding is FunMatII, a centre of research into materials science in which 13 actors will work. This new centre has arisen out of FunMat, which has existed for ten years. The research here aims to develop new surface coatings and new methods to discover completely new materials. The centre is also to participate in the training of tomorrow’s engineers in materials science.
“It means a great deal to us that we can continue working in this successful field for a further five years. The new funding makes it possible for us to develop ideas that have come up during the first ten years,” says Magnus Odén, professor in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and director of the competence centre.
Two further research environments at Linköping University have received funding from Vinnova. The first is the Linköping Center for Sensor Informatics and Control (LINK-SIC), which has been granted funding for research into automatic control and sensor informatics, with a focus on industrial applications.
The other is the Centre for III-Nitride Technology, or C3NiT, which is pronounced ”Zenit”. It is focused on the exploration of III-Nitride electronics in the area of communication, sensing and power system. III-Nitrides have advantageous properties at high frequencies that open up the possibility for future data-transfer systems that are much faster than today´s electronics.
“One thing that is quite unique in this centre is that it includes partners that cover the entire value chain from basic research to end users of the innovations,” says Vanya Darakchieva, senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and project leader of the competence centre. “This includes synthesising the materials, making new devices and circuits, integrating them in larger systems and finally using the systems in the society.”
Linköping University is also participating in the Digital Cellulose Center research environment, which carries out research into digital cellulose, developing cellulose-based products that can communicate digitally and that are sustainable from an environmental point of view. The Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Campus Norrköping is one of four actors in the centre, for which Acreo Swedish ICT is principal applicant.