My research is on surface treatment technology and materials research (printing, coating, gluing) applied to forest industry products (paperboard, paper, etc.). I belong to the research groups of Pro2BE (www.kau.se/en/pro2be) and Paper Surface Centre (www.kau.se/en/psc). Since the start of 2020 , I’m acting program director of the industrial research college VIPP (www.kau.se/en/VIPP) as it is nearing its end.
I’m active in courses of the MSc Chemical Engineering curriculum (https://www.kau.se/en/education/programmes-and-courses/programmes/TACKT) , both BSc and MSc level. I teach Thesis project courses, courses on materials science and process technology. I also teach on aspects on sustainable development.
In the national forest industry research platform Treesearch (www.treesearch.se/en ), I’m coordinating a course on Packaging materials. For a number of years, I’ve also contributed to the Supervision training course here at the university.
Magnus Lestelius holds an MSc in Physics (1991) and a PhD in Applied Physics (1996) from Linköping University. Following that, Prof. Lestelius was employed as a Research Scientist, in the field of packaging and printing, at Stora Enso Research from 1997 to 2001. Since 2001, Prof. Lestelius has been employed by Karlstad University, Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences, and was appointed to Professor of Graphic Technology in 2011. Research is directed to the parts of graphic technology that is constituted by molecular interactions, i.e. the process of ink transfer and setting and the performance of graphical and functional printing. Using tools such as spectroscopy, wettability and probe microscopy along with more process and performance oriented tools (like rheology, print quality, and conductivity) in combination with modelling, the observed performance is related to structure. Prof. Lestelius teaches (formerly Director of Studies for MSC in Engineering, 2009-2015) and networks, encompassing vocational training (KTC and BGU) and industrial associations (Sweflex, TPP) and research (COST, IARIGAI, FPIRC, EFPRO and NRS).