Hero-m (Competence Centre on Hierarchic Engineering of Industrial Materials) The research program focuses on key issues associated with the science and technology of
advanced structural and functional materials, from modeling to fabrication. The mission is
to develop tools and competence for fast, intelligent and cost efficient product development
for Swedish industry. Continuous scientific breakthroughs are exploited to enable
design of materials from atomistic scales to finished products. The improvements of products
and processes contribute to a sustainable society.
The fields addressed range from challenges in Hard materials, High strength steels, Advanced
stainless steels, Sintered steels, Quasicrystalline alloys, Bulk Metallic Glasses, to
Bulk nanostructured materials demonstrating a wide range of superior mechanical properties,
as well as enhanced magnetic, electronic, and optical properties.
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)

Design of New Interfaces, Surfaces and Coatings
FunMat (Competence Centre on Functional Nanoscale Materials) Research programme
Knowledge-based design of functional materials on the nanoscale level:
- Materials science studies of synthesis-structure-property relationships.
- Calculations of materials phase stability and physical/chemical properties.
Develop new process for the synthesis of functional nanoscale coatings. This includes hybrid PVD/CVD processes and generating an improved understanding for plasma physics and precursor chemistry.
In situ nucleation and growth experiments.
Outstanding questions related to multifunctional ceramic thin film materials are:
- Nature of phases and interfaces in nanocomposite materials.
- Possibility of discovering new phases or compounds with unique properties.
- Electrical conductivity phenomena in nanocomposites and nanolaminates.
- High-temperature and corrosive atmosphere properties.
- Piezoelectric and piezoresistive properties.
- Tribochemistry in mechanical wear contacts and the formation of tribolayers.
- Self-organization processes in thin films during primary phase transformation (deposition process) or secondary phase transformation (precipitation or spinodal decomposition – technologically known as ageing).
- Nature of chemical and bio sensing in a previously non-explored class of nanostructured ceramic materials based on binary, ternary, and multinary nitrides, carbides and oxides.
Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)

Design of New Interfaces, Surfaces and Coatings

Composite Technology