Hello Jan, and welcome to 2D fab! Tell us about your background and what you will be working on at 2D fab?
Sure! When I finished my studies in chemistry at Umeå University, I moved to America where I worked with surface chemistry at University of California in Davis. After that I spent twenty years at Akzo Nobel/Nouryon, where I worked in many different roles, in different teams over the years. My most recent title was Senior Technical Development Manager, which corresponds to the role I have at 2D fab today. This means that I am a link between product development and customers. Since 2D fab has very technical products, it is important to work closely with customers and prospects, to help them integrate our graphene into their products.
We’re so glad to have you on board, how come you wanted to work at 2D fab?
The biggest reason I wanted to work at 2D fab is that I’m passionate about making something new grow and become successful. It feels great to work with a start up here in Sundsvall that can help develop the city and the region by, among other things, creating new jobs. I am really looking forward to this journey!
You have a broad knowledge of concrete; what can graphene do to help improve concrete?
I am currently the Project Manager for a SIO Gafen project where we, together with partners, review what property improvements we can achieve by integrating graphene into concrete. Among other things, graphene can be used to increase compression strength and flexural strength, as well as reduce water absorption. Graphene also has potential to reduce the level of cement in concrete, which is a big advantage as cement has a fairly large carbon footprint. My dream is to cost-effectively incorporate graphene into concrete, and to realize this dream I have founded Grafoam, a startup company that aims to develop products containing graphene for the concrete industry. I will work part-time in this startup.