As Professor of Surface Physics and Chemistry in Linköping, from 1982 – 2008 (officially Professor Emeritus, 1 August 2008) WRS focused upon studies of the electronic and chemical structure of conjugated polymers, their surfaces, and the doping of conjugated polymers to produce electrically conducting organic polymers. Research was centered upon polymer materials and other organic molecules, for electronics applications, and their interfaces for use, for example, in polymer-based light emitting diodes.

  • He has organized ten major, international conferences and workshops on conjugated and conducting polymers, including one Nobel Symposium on Conjugated Polymers.
  • He is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Molecular Materials, which was active at the Max Laboratory for Synchrotron Radiation Studies in Lund, Sweden.
  • He has been the project leader of ten EU-sponsored research projects and the coordinator of another.
  • He is the past President of the Condensed Matter Division of the Swedish Physical Society (June 1997 to 2007).
  • He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
  • From 2004 through 2010, he was a Vice Rector of Linköping University.
  • In 2003, he shared the René Descartes Prize of the European Union.
  • In 2005, an international evaluation committee appointed by the Swedish National Science Council (Vetenskapsrådet), determined that WRS was the world leader in his research on conjugated polymers. The full report is available from Vetenskapsrådet.
  • In 2007, he was among the top ten cited researchers in the field of polymer electronics (Thomson Scientific).
  • WRS has published over 420 scientific articles. Citation Index, via SCI, H index = 42, total citations 24,073 (as of May 2020).

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