ICM Research Institute was founded in 2021 by Mikael Syväjärvi. International collaboration and decentralized research is the modern way for research and innovation. We have partnerships and use their experimental infrastructures. The focus areas are energy and environmental advanced materials, nanotechnology materials, innovation capacity and sustainability. We address in particular research that has entrepreneurial focus to create impact from industrial research by integrating business development with the research.

Dr Mikael Syväjärvi, Alminica AB, Sweden, is a researcher, innovator and entrepreneur active to develop innovation ecosystems and create global partnerships in advanced materials and emerging technologies. He is active in skill development and training by transfer of knowledge to the young generation.

Dr Mikael Syväjärvi has worked in SiC since 1994 when he made his master thesis in electrochemical etching of silicon and silicon carbide. He has more than 200 publications in SiC. He started with SiC crystal growth in 1995 and explored the physical vapor transport (PVT) growth, liquid phase epitaxy (LPE), and sublimation epitaxy. He was laboratory implementation responsible for LPE development for the worlds first SiC microgravity growth in 1997 on the sounding rocket MASER7. Since 2005 he is also active in graphene on SiC growth and co-founder of Graphensic AB (2011). He is inventor of Fast Sublimation Growth Process (FSGP) and was responsible for the technology transfer of FSGP to El Seed Corporation, Ltd (Jp). The process was further developed to have basal plane defect free SiC in KISAB company. He founded Alminica AB in 2016 that is a company active in innovation services for research to business, impact from reseach and training young generation researchers. In 2021 he founded ICM Research Institute as department for research.

He has experience from broader contexts for research to market, such as avenues in European research and innovation strategy for smart specialisation for regional economic growth using the entrepreneurial discovery process, and strategic national innovation programmes. He is active in global partnerships for promoting impact from research, educating next generation research leaders, and establishing supply chains and value chains using sustainable manufacturing. He is supporting several start-ups in deeptech (mentor, adviser, board, etc). He is a visiting Professor of Advanced Industrial Materials Innovation at University of Lincoln (UK).