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New step taken towards paper battery and tomorrow’s packaging

8 September 2017

Uppsala University’s holding company is launching a multi-year collaboration with BillerudKorsnäs to develop paper-based electrode materials.

The three-year collaboration between BillerudKorsnäs and Uppsala University Holding Company aims to further develop advances from research at Uppsala University to create energy storage in fibre structures by finishing cellulose fibres with electrically conductive polymers. BillerudKorsnäs is contributing expertise in industrial production and packaging development.

Professors Maria Strömme and Albert Mihranyan from the Division for Nanotechnology and Functional Materials and professor Leif Nyholm from the Division of Inorganic Chemistry at the Ångström Laboratory are behind the interdisciplinary research. Technology for energy storage in fibre structures should be able to enable the storage of electrical energy in a sheet of paper or cardboard – simply put, a paper battery.

“Tomorrow’s packaging solutions will offer consumers more functions than today. Electrical energy stored in the actual paper material opens up brand new possibilities for creating these new functions – and we want to explore the conditions for this in the collaboration with Uppsala University,” says Magnus Wikström, Chief Technology Officer at BillerudKorsnäs.

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