With a vision to address global sustainability challenges, the Mistra TerraClean program will use naturally occurring and commercially important raw materials indigenous to Sweden, such
as (nano)cellulose and mesoporous inorganic materials invented and developed in Sweden, to develop smart materials for removal of chemical wastes and pollutants from ambient water
and air in the environment and industrial effluents. The program will integrate strong research and innovation environments in the Stockholm-Uppsala region to a national hub capable to
provide expertise required to set necessary momentum and advance smart materials science beyond the current state-of-the-art. Urgent and timely problems in Sweden are addressed but
at the same time the program will drive solutions to filtering problems on a global scale.
The set of developed filters will be extensively tested within the Mistra TerraClean program under both laboratory and field conditions using smart online sensors and offline analytical techniques. Their performance in removing chemical constituents from air and water will be evaluated and their expected longevity in industrial applications will be estimated. However, materials alone do not make a product. The Mistra TerraClean program will furthermore aim to integrate the smart materials in a platform for cleantech air and water solutions based on smart, safe and sustainable technologies, which in turn will be a crucial step towards increased resource-efficiency and a circular economy.
By a close setting between academia, research institutes and industry, Sweden will increase its competitive advantage through access to and IP ownership of advanced technology. In a unique and interdisciplinary collaboration between Swedish world-class scientific groups and industrial partners, we will systematically develop functionalities of smart materials and create an arena for smart materials solutions, thus translating the expertise into economic value – jobs, exports and competitiveness. The Mistra TerraClean program will contribute not only to the technological field but also to the development of integrated, circular system solutions, the support of new business models for co-utilization and re-use, as well as to innovative design.