Adrian Muntean, Professor of Mathematics at Karlstad University, has been awarded funding by the Swedish Research Council to study the transport of matter through thin heterogeneous layers, that is, thin barriers preventing the free movement of particles. The aim is to understand the behaviour of layers at a microscopic level to control traits such as storage capacity and permeability.
"I am delighted that the Swedish Research Council has granted my application,” says Adrian Muntean. “This means that I can now further develop and refine the mathematical multiscale techniques I have been working on the last ten years."
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