Professor of nanotechnology, Uppsala University, Sweden
Maria Strømme holds a doctorate in solid-state physics and obtained the chair position in nanotechnology at Uppsala University in 2004, as the youngest technology chair professor in Sweden. She has built a research group consisting of 22 members working on developing nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based analysis methods for biotech and energy-storage applications. Strømme has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers, several book sections and popular science articles, and a number of invited conference presentations and papers. She is the inventor behind eight patents families, including some 27 patents/patent applications, of which some have been out-licensed to national and international industrial partners. She acts as external reviewer of research applications for national and international research-funding agencies Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Israel, the United States, Finland, Japan, and other countries and presently holds funding-agency board positions in Sweden and Norway. In 2005 she was the only person in Scandinavia identified as a “young international scientific leader” by the American Academy of Achievement Summit. Strømme is a member of the Royal Society of Science in Uppsala (Kungl. Vetenskapssocieteten) and also of the Swedish Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). She is currently one of the advisors (Forskningsberedningen) to the Swedish Minister of Research and Education. She is a frequently invited speaker on the topic of how nanotechnology may change our way of living, and she has appeared as a guest in several media programs.