My research in nanomaterials chemistry has focused on 3 research topics, the most prominent is the development of solar energy storage in molecular photoswitches, so-called MOST systems. This class of materials offers an emission free way to capture and store solar energy. In this research area, my group is the leading world wide, and the work has been featured internationally by BBC, CNN, Thompson reuters and many more. The demonstrations of a full circle device, record heat release temperature as well as hybrid device capturing up to 80% of incoming solar energy, has been featured in the leading journal Energy and Environmental Science (IF 30). In total, I have co-authored 33 papers on this topic in last 5 years. The work has lead to significant funding securing in 2020 ERC CoG grant (2020), EU FET PROACT (4,3 MEUR, 2020) and other Swedish grants (total ≈1,7 M EUR, 2020), as well as the formation of the startup company Solartes AB.
In a second research area, I have been developing nanomaterials for molecular electronics, catalysis and sensing. Notable achievements are the development of the plastic plasmonics concept where we combine nanoparticle based sensors with functional polymers. Examples of our work has been published in Nature Materials (2015). Another outcome is the use of flow chemistry to produce large amounts of nanoparticles with specific surface facets. The flow chemistry allows for a high degree of automation, reaction optimization and quality monitoring using artificial intelligence and machine learning concepts. This research has lead to the formation of the startup Nano Scientifica Scandinavica AB. This research line has been financed by (among others), and ERC Starting Grant and has lead to ≈20 co-authored papers in last 5 years.
Additionally, research in my group has been focusing on materials for photon upconversion, new battery materials, accelerated discovery through lab automation and gender equality.