Focus Areas:


Light materials

The transport sector is in the midst of a phase of development where new technologies for environmentally friendly fuels and engine systems have a central position.

Norwegian industries supplying materials to e.g. the car manufacturing industry are in a strong position and have great opportunities for doing well in this future market. Creating products based on materials that may reduce the need for transport as well as the environmental strain caused by transport is therefore a prioritised area. Among other things, NTNU will contribute through research on light materials designed to reduce the consumption of fuel in the transport sector. Our goal is to be among the world’s top 5 environments within research on the production, casting, and forming of light metals.

Contact: Prof. Hans Jørgen Roven


Materials for energy technology

Sustainable social development must be based on renewable energy sources. In terms of non-renewable sources, waste must be handled and disposed of in the most responsible manner possible.

In relation to materials research, NTNU's goal is to be among the top 5 environments for production and characterisation of silicon for solar energy, and among the top 10 environments within research on new energy carriers such as hydrogen, and CO2 handling.

Contact: Prof. May-Britt Hägg


Materials for oil and gas

The offshore petroleum industry is the single most important industry in Norway. Future production methods for deep sea and arctic conditions and for marginal production fields will require durable materials and a thorough basis in the science of engineering and building materials.

NTNU’s goal is to be ranked among the top 10 scientific environments on a global scale for developing materials for the oil and gas industry. The emphasis of the research is on innovation in relation to safe and economic uses of materials in constructions and pipelines. The research will address equipment and components related to the entire value chain of oil and gas production, spanning the production of oil and gas from the reservoirs, transport and processing, and the export system for oil and gas.

Contact: Prof. Roy Johnsen


Materials for sensors and electronics

Materials suitable for sensors and electronic components are important in virtually all parts of society, as they are used e.g. in medical equipment, consumer electronics, industrial processes and cars.

Such components require materials that have specific functional properties. NTNU’s aim is to develop basic competence and selected niche products within this type of materials.

Contact: Prof. Bjørn-Ove Fimland