The Hero-m centre at KTH is one of 15 VINN Excellence Center that VINNOVA and participating partners have started during 2007.
Within the Hero-m centre the performance of industrial relevant materials will be determined through engineering design on different length scales. The most important scientific challenge is to determine the relation between structure and properties from fundamental principals instead of empirical methods that are mostly used today. The most important challenge from an engineering perspective is two-fold; one is to improve the fundamental methods and adjust those to industrial needs the other one is to use these methods in order to develop materials in an industrial environment. Large Swedish companies in the material area, i.e. steel and tools for metal cutting manufacturers, as well as specialized software companies and small entrepreneurial firms are engaged in the centre.