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Nov 2015 Docent in Corrosion Science towards Health Aspects, KTH

2013- Postdoc at the Unit of Occupational and Environmental Dermatology, IMM Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, and at the Division for Surface and Corrosion Science, KTH

2012 Ph.D. in Corrosion Science, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

2011/12 Guest research at the Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), Erlangen, Germany

2009/12 Guest research at the Technical University Vienna, Austria

2010 Licentiate in Corrosion Science, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden

2009 Diplom-Ingenieur (master of science) in materials science, Friedrich-Alexander-University (FAU), Erlangen, Germany



Research description

Chromium in leather and allergy

The main aim in my research is to generate data that can serve as basis for risk assessment of chromium leather and preventive measures.

Chromium is the third most common metal that causes contact allergy in Europe. Since the late nineteen-nineties, contact allergy to chromium has increased among women in several countries. There seems to be a clear correlation between chromium allergy and chromium in leather.

First of all, the reasons for release of chromium from leather need to be identified and quantified. The effect on the release of chromium of different tanning processes and post-treatments will be investigated, as well as relevant parameters for exposure by skin contact. Normally, gloves and shoes are used repeatedly during long periods of time. They are exposed to sunlight, wear, and different solutions and chemicals, including sweat and rain water. How these factors influence the amount and form of released chromium (tri- and hexavalent chromium) will be investigated under defined laboratory conditions. Results from the laboratory will be verified by clinical tests in individuals who are allergic to chromium. An important question is which concentrations of tri- and hexavalent chromium that can elicit eczema, and to what extent leather that releases chromium also elicits eczema.

Results from my research will increase knowledge on the use of chromium in leather. The research will contribute to measures to reduce the allergy risk.



Academic honors, awards and prizes

Nordic Award for Surface and Colloid Chemistry 2014

ECS Morris Cohen Award 2014


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