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New postdoc in green insulating materials

05/10/2023

Avik De is a research and development engineer at MoRe research. He is working on the development of green insulation materials for buildings. As a part of his project, he is currently working at Luleå University of Technology as a guest researcher. His project is a WISE (Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability) industrial project funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He is also a WISE industrial postdoc. Avik is working on the project with Farid Akhtarfrom Luleå University of Technology and Sara Wallstén from MoRe as his supervisors.

He has many years of research experience in the field of organic-inorganic hybrid materials & porous materials for different applications. He also has experience of crystallography, electrochemistry & other analytical techniques. He completed his PhD in chemical sciences from Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata, India. Before joining MoRe research, he worked as postdoctoral researcher with André Ohlin at Umeå university, Sweden. His hobbies include travelling, photography, and cooking.

The research project:

The project proposes new biobased and circular inorganic-organic hybrid materials to process thermal insulation of different shapes suitable for new and old buildings.


The project aims to improve energy efficiency while replacing fossil-based and hazardous materials in the building sector. In Sweden, the building sector is responsible for most of the energy consumption and majority of the green house gas emission. The conventional materials that we mostly use for the building insulation purpose are based on fossil-based compounds. We need to replace them with greener alternatives.


Also, during the sixties and seventies, under Miljonprogrammet, more than one million buildings were made during 10 years of span. These buildings were made very fast & have poor insulation. Our aim is also to retrofit these old buildings with efficient & recyclable insulation materials, which we will be developing under this project at a low cost.


This project is a WISE (Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability) industrial project funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. This project is carried out together with Luleå University of Technology.

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