SCA: Simon Utsel Awarded 2013 Alf de Ruvo Scholarship

  SCA: Simon Utsel Awarded 2013 Alf de Ruvo Scholarship

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STOCKHOLM -- January 22, 2013

SCA (Svenska Cellulosa AB)(STO:SCAA)(STO:SCAB)

The 2013 Alf de Ruvo scholarship, worth SEK 500,000, has been awarded to Dr.
Simon Utsel for his pioneering work on surface modification of cellulose-based

By modifying the surface properties of, or by adding new properties to,
cellulose-based materials, these can be utilized more effectively in various

The research has provided a foundation for the future development of
cellulose-based materials and fiber-reinforced composite materials and shows,
for example, several methods to improve interfacial adhesion between cellulose
fibers and matrix materials in composites.

In February, Simon Utsel will commence a six-month postdoctoral fellowship at
Stanford University, California, in the US, where he will be a member of
Professor Yu Cui’s group and perform research on new opportunities for the use
of cellulose-based materials in electronic components, such as batteries,
capacitors, touch screens and solar cells. The aim is to tailor the structure
of the materials at a nanometer level to optimize the macroscopic properties
of components.

Dr. Utsel hopes to be able to contribute his knowledge predominantly in the
field of cellulose, but also his polymer, surface and colloid expertise.

Simon Utsel was born in Jönköping, Sweden, in 1984 and holds a Ph.D in Pulp
and Paper Chemistry and Technology from the Department of Fibre and Polymer
Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden. His Ph.D
was supervised by Professor Lars Wågberg.

The scholarship will be awarded today at a ceremony in Stockholm in
conjunction with the Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry’s Ekman Days.

SCA is a leading global hygiene andforest company that develops and produces
personal care products, tissue and forest products. Sales are conducted in
some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global
brands TENA and Tork. Salesin 2011 amounted to SEK106 billion (EUR11.7
billion). SCA has approximately 37,000 employees. More information at


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