Uppsala Universitet

Relevant Expertise/Experience
• Coatings deposition and characterisation
• Surface Characterisation
• Tribology
• Participation in large national and international research awards

Role in the project
WP1 leader:
• Coating deposition and optimisation
• Assess coating (pre- and post-testing)
• Tribological assessment
• Dissemination and Exploitation

Uppsala University (UU) is the oldest university in Scandinavia, founded in 1477, and is currently ranked 66th in the world and 18th in Europe in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. It has about 23,000 full-time undergraduate students, 2,000 PhD students, 3,000 international research partnerships and produces approximately 5,000 academic publications per year. Approximately 70 per cent of the annual turnover of €490 million goes into research and postgraduate education.

The research division, Applied Materials Science at the Department of Engineering Sciences, specialises in research on novel biomaterials, as well as in tribology. It has an annual turnover of approximately SEK 20 million, with funding derived from a range of public and private grants. The research division is situated within the Ångström Laboratory, one of Europe’s most advanced laboratories for materials science and host to the largest cleanroom in the Nordic countries, with many possibilities for using cutting-edge techniques and equipment for materials research. Equipment includes SEM, TEM, XRD, FTIR, nanoindentors, materials testers for the evaluation of mechanical properties and various tribological equipment. The division also has access to various advanced equipment for particle analysis. The recent addition of a cell laboratory for in vitro biocompatibility assays is also highly valuable to the biomaterials research within the division. Close collaboration with the university hospital and the medical technology industry gives further strength to the high quality research.

Partner contribution
UU is leader of work package 1 and contributes coating deposition and optimisation, assessment of coating (pre- and post-testing), tribological assessment, and dissemination and exploitation.