Maria Strømme

Maria Strømme

Nanotechnology helps us transition to sustainable development at all levels

Maria shows how nanotechnology can help us reach sustainability within industry, healthcare and help us stay healthier and "younger" longer.
Maria was nominated in the category Speaker of the Year - Woman 2017.

When Maria Strømme became professor of nanotechnology at Uppsala University, she became the youngest professor within a technical subject in Sweden. Today she is a pioneer in nanotechnology and lectures on its impact on society, healthcare and humans. She has been an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, told about her research in the popular Swedish radio program "Sommar i P1" and on the TV show "Skavlan" twice.

Maria Strømme leads a research group consisting of 35 researchers. Her group develops nanomaterials for several medical and industrial applications. They gained attention after developing the environmentally friendly algae battery and the material Upsalite®, that had earlier been claimed impossible to make. She holds more than 40 patents and is the author of over 350 international journal publications. Maria has received a number of prizes and awards for her research and discoveries. In 2012, she was awarded the Gold Medal from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences "for her basic and applied research efforts in nanotechnology and for her extensive entrepreneurship in physics and medicine". In 2016, Maria Strømme was named Swedish Woman of the Year by SWEA International and the same year she also received the innovation award Hjärnäpplet.

Maria Strømme lectures on how nanotechnology can help diagnose diseases before symptoms appear, how cancer treatment can be more effective and how we can develop vaccines that make us immune to viruses that have not yet jumped from animals to humans. She shows us how we can teach our bodies to rejuvenate, how to create environmentally friendly and smart packaging, develop new 4D printing techniques and equip our clothes with completely new features. She illustrates how we can build cities without labor and create building materials from food waste. All in all - nanotechnology is a pending revolution!

- Maria presents research and discoveries in nanotechnology in a very concrete and easy-to-grasp way
- She shows how nanotechnology is the driving force behind the next great revolution after the industrial and digital
- As a lecturer, Maria Strømme is very pedagogical and inspiring!

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Maria Strømme

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