We propose a coordinated research program on the exploration of selected novel multifunctional carbides by innovative atomic and nanostructural design: 1) Fullerene-like (FL) coatings for resilient low-friction components, 2) Carbide nanocomposites and glasses for wear-resistant cutting tools, 3) Isotope-enriched 10B4C films for long-term-stable neutron detectors, and 4) our very recently discovered MXene nanosheet materials for novel applications such as sensors. These offer strategic value in highly-competitive applications where Sweden is or can become number one. Each topic is chosen by the criteria of high-impact applications and our exciting original findings that connect basic (VR) research with industry (VINNOVA). In addition, FUNCASE will be developing Atom Probe Tomography (APT) and image-corrected TEM as well as computational tools for C-based materials. The latter are strategic additions to our materials research core facility of expressed interest to industry. The scientists comprising the team behind this proposal have a track record in operating SSF consortia and programs; most recently MS2E (2006-11). A strategic materials science constellation is formed between Linköping (materials physics), Uppsala (materials chemistry), Chalmers (microscopy), and Drexel (ceramics). Leading experimental and theoretical research are integrated. This makes us uniquely positioned to make research breakthroughs for products made in Sweden together with partner companies.
Professor vid Chalmers, Physics, Materials Microstructure
Funding years 2013–2017
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