Swedish breakthrough in paper electronics

Magnus Berggren, professor of organic electronics at Linköping University, was lauded for his groundbreaking research efforts when he accepted this year’s Marcus Wallenberg Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm.

King Carl XVI Gustaf presents prize to LiU professor Magnus Berggren. King Carl XVI Gustaf presents prize to LiU professor Magnus Berggren. (Photo: Henrik Hansson)

The Marcus Wallenberg award is an international prize awarded each year to a person who has contributed to a scientific breakthrough of great significance to developments in the forestry industry.

This year it is Professor Berggren’s research into paper electronics that received recognition.

When electronic circuits, batteries and antennae can be printed on paper and cardboard, we can connect up a number of everyday objects around us and communicate with them – something which opens a huge new global market for the forestry industry.

  • Milk cartons that tell you when the contents pass their best-before date
  • Frozen food that knows if it have thawed on the way to the store
  • Muesli packages that warn people with a nut allergy if the contents include nuts.

Milk cartons on the web
These are just a few examples of applications of print on electronic paper that the awards committee envisages. Other examples include small printed antennas that connect milk cartons to the internet and simple, inexpensive printed sensors for home-based self-diagnosis of various illnesses.

Professor Berggren received the prize, worth SEK 2 million, for his contribution to fundamental research and a number of applications for electronics on paper.

Presented by the King
The prize was presented by King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. A scientific symposium was also held in Professor Berggren’s honour.

Read more about Professor Berggren's research on LiU's web pages