News: Nanovetenskap och nanoteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:42:19 +0100 EU funding for Victor Torres Company<p><b>​Victor Torres Company, Associate Professor at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2, has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. He is one of only 14 Swedish researchers and the only one at Chalmers who receives the award. &quot;It feels great of course! I will have the chance to devote more time and efforts to an exciting line of research,&quot; says Victor Torres Company.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/victgor_torres_IMG_0316_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="233" height="350" alt="" style="margin:5px" />ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the finest personal research grants available from the European Research Council (ERC). Competition is razor sharp. Of the 2 538 applicants from all over Europe, only 329 were successful in this round. They were granted a total of 630 million euro.<br /><br />Victor Torres Company receives a total of 2.2 million euro to lead the five-year project &quot;Dark Soliton Engineering in Microresonator Frequency Combs&quot;.<br />&quot;It is about understanding and developing a special type of laser called &quot;frequency comb” in a highly integrated nanophotonic platform. The scientific aim is reaching a performance suitable for the fiber-optic communication systems of the future&quot;, he explains.<br /><br />It's not the first time Victor has applied for the grant:<br />&quot;I had tried the ERC before and, although I was very close, I didn’t manage to get the funding. So, I'm very happy that my perseverance has given the expected results!&quot;, he says.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the ERC Consolidator Grant</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the 2017 application round</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Foundation invests in new 2D super materials<p><b>​To ensure Chalmers as key player for graphene based two dimensional (2D) composite materials research, Chalmers Foundation invests SEK 15 million into a new research group. 2D materials are only one-atom-thick and have the potential to become super materials to be used for health sensors, water filters, new cool electronics or better batteries.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The discovery of graphene allowed researchers to produce and process a wide range of two dimensional (2D) materials. The next step is to combine these one-atom-thick, large and flexible nanosheets with polymers, metals or molecules in order to become new innovative nano-composites – super materials. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>In order to empower Chalmers</strong> as a key player for the research on graphene-based 2D composites, the <a href="/en/foundation/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Chalmers University of Technology Foundation</a> will invest SEK 15 million in the next three years to finance laboratory equipment and to part-finance a research group under the supervision of Professor Vincenzo Palermo.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /> <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Vincenzo-Palermo.aspx" target="_blank">Vincenzo Palermo</a> has for the last four years been the leader of activities on nano-composites of the <a href="" target="_blank">Graphene Flagship</a>. Since 2017 he is also the vice-director of the Graphene Flagship and professor at the <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Industrial and Materials Science​</a>. In his research, Vincenzo Palermo uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials with applications in mechanics, electronics and energy. In particular, he works with the production of carbon-based composite materials as graphene. </span></div> <div><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Material%20och%20tillverkning/Graphene_270x200.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Graphene is a crystalline material consisting of one layer of carbon atoms, arranged in a hexagonal pattern. The material is <em>100 times thinner </em>than a human hair but <em>20 times stronger </em>than steel. At the same time, graphene is light and flexible, and also conducts both electricity and heat very well. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>As graphene has these properties</strong>, there are many potential uses. Improved batteries and touch screens for mobiles and tablets are some examples but if graphene is combined with layers of other materials, the possibilities are even bigger.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– Yes, the potential is enormous and now our imagination is put to a test. Graphene could be used for sensors for measuring of e.g. cholesterol, glucose or haemoglobin levels in the body, new antibiotics or cure for cancer, or perhaps for curtains that capture sunlight and heat up the house. Another thing is that graphene-based materials shall allow water to pass through it while blocking other liquids or gases. It could therefore be utilized as a filter of, for instance, drinking water. Also, because the material is so strong and weighs so little it can be used to produce new composites in aircrafts or other vehicles, in order to save weight and reduce energy consumption.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Thanks to the funding</strong> granted by Chalmers Foundation, Vincenzo Palermo will be able to expand his research team. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– I am very happy for the opportunities this gives me. The funding will lead to the development of innovative composites of 2D materials with polymers and metals, the creation of new industrial collaboration with key partners and, last but not least, to the training of a new group of young researchers from Chalmers.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS</strong></div> <div>Vincenzo Palermo obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2003 at the University of Bologna, after working at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at the Steacie Institute, National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada). Now Vincenzo Palermo holds a position as research professor at Chalmers <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Industrial and Materials Science​</a> in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is acting as vice-director of the <a href="">Graphene Flag​ship​</a>. </div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">&gt; 130 scientific articles (&gt;4000 citations, h-index=35).</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In 2012 he won the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In 2013 he won the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI). </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">He has published two books on the life and science of Albert Einstein (Hoepli, 2015) and of Isaac Newton (Hoepli, 2016). </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In November 2017 he won a Research Project Grant for Engineering Sciences, assigned within the Research Grants Open call 2017 from Vetenskapsrådet.</span><br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The donation from the <a href="/en/foundation/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers University of Technology Foundation</a> comprises SEK 15 million divided over three years by SEK 5 million per year during the period of 2018-2020. The money is intended to part-finance a research group to Professor Vincenzo Palermo and to finance laboratory equipment. The research group is supposed to consist of two research assistants and two post-docs.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Nina Silow</div> <div>Photo: Graphene Flagship</div> ​</div></div> ​Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 scientists in sustainable energy gathers at Chalmers<p><b>​On 6-8 December, the Sustainable Energy Symposium is held at Chalmers, in collaboration with the Molecular Frontiers. The seminar brings together world-leading researchers from several science disciplines to present the latest advances within the field.</b></p>​ <br />The conference gathers distinguished researchers, industry representatives, decision makers and an engaged public for presentations and discussions on future energy solutions. Development of sustainable technologies for solar energy, batteries and energy storage is needed to make the necessary switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. During the conference, the latest advances in the field will be highlighted, and the content will be made available to the public. Through live broadcast at <a href="" target="_blank">Molecular Frontiers YouTube Channel</a>  you will be able to follow the conference even if you are not in place. <br /><br /><br /><strong>150 high school students participate</strong><br />Sustainable Energy Symposium is a unique event in several ways – about half of the conference participants are high school students. This is possible thanks to the Molecular Frontiers Foundation which offers a scholarship for students from all over the country to come. The Molecular Frontiers emphasize in particular the importance of being curious and asking good questions. Approximately 150 students from all over the country are given the opportunity to listen to and ask questions to world-leading researchers.<br /><br /><br />Among the speakers are noted:<br /><br /><strong>Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner in Physics 1997 and Obama's Energy Ministers 2009-2013.</strong><br />Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his work on laser cooling of atoms. Since then, his research has increasingly been about solving the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy supply. In 2009, Barack Obama appointed him the United States Secretary of Energy, and became the first scientist in an American government. After his time as Energy Secretary, he returned to research but remains a prominent debater focusing on renewable energy and nuclear power. He emphasizes the importance of reducing fossil fuel use to address global warming and climate change. He has put forward a number of innovative and sometimes controversial proposals for action.<br /><br /><strong>Paul Alivisatos, University of California at Berkeley</strong><br />Paul Alivisatos is a pioneer in nanotechnology, focusing on inorganic nanocrystals. By controlling the size and surface of the nanocrystals, his research team can tailor their properties and produce materials for a variety of applications, including solar cells and materials to reduce carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons. He has developed quantum dots, small semiconductors that are isolated from the environment and are extremely effective in absorbing and transmitting light. These are already used in the most energy efficient and high quality television screens in market today.<br /><br /><strong>Daniel Nocera, Harvard University</strong><br />Two inventions of Daniel Nocera may be of great importance in the future. The artificial leaf, mentioned in Time magazine’s list of Inventions of the Year 2011, mimics the photosynthesis, and splits water into hydrogen and oxygen by using sunlight. A further development of the concept is the bionic leaf, which takes carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with hydrogen from the artificial leaf to produce biomass and liquid fuel. In this way, a cycle is achieved that is much more efficient than photosynthesis in nature, which can contribute to a green and cheap production of fuel and food.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Program</strong><br /><a href="/en/conference/sustainableenergy/Documents/Program_Sustainable_Energy.pdf" target="_blank">Here you will find the entire program for the conference &gt;</a><br /><br /><br />Plenary lectures 7-8 December:<br />• <strong>Steven Chu</strong> – <em>Climate Change and innovative paths to a sustainable future</em><br />Nobel laureate in Physics 1997, former United States Secretary of Energy. Stanford University, United States<br />• <strong>Dame Julia King</strong> – <em>Electric vehicles in a sustainable energy system</em><br />The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE <br />• <strong>Sir Richard Friend</strong> – <em>How can molecules function as semiconductors?</em><br />University of Cambridge, United Kingdom<br />• <strong>Daniel G. Nocera</strong> – <em>Fuels and Food from Sunlight, Air and Water</em><br />Harvard University, United States<br />• <strong>Paul Alivisatos</strong> – <em>Quantum Dot Light Emitters: from displays to enabling a new generation of energy conversion systems</em><br />University of California, Berkeley, United States<br />• <strong>Josef Michl</strong> – <em>Singlet Fission for Solar Cells</em><br />University of Colorado Boulder, United States and Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic <br />• <strong>Katherine Richardson</strong> – <em>How do we transition an entire country’s energy system to renewables?</em><br />University of Copenhagen, Denmark<br />• <strong>Harry Atwater</strong> – <em>Fuelling Human Progress with Sunlight</em><br />California Institute of Technology, United States<br />• <strong>Susanne Siebentritt</strong> – <em>Thin film solar cells – achievements and challenges</em><br />University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg<br />•<strong> Jean-Marie Tarascon</strong> – <em>Materials science for electrochemical storage: Achievements and new directions</em><br />Collège de France, FranceMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 of a Swedish quantum computer set to start<p><b>​A SEK 1 billion research initiative is setting Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today. The initiative, which is headed up by Professor Per Delsing at Chalmers University of Technology, has been made possible by an anniversary donation of SEK 600 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/kaw_qubit_171101_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div> </div> <div><em>The Swedish quantum computer is built of superconducting qubits, electrical circuits on a microchip that can host quantum states of single photons. Linking many qubits is relatively easy, but having control of quantum states and errors is difficult. Photo: Johan Bodell/Chalmers</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The progress of research in quantum technology in recent years has brought the world to the brink of a new technology revolution – the second quantum revolution. Researchers have learnt to control individual quantum systems such as individual atoms, electrons and particles of light, which is opening the door to completely new possibilities. Extremely rapid computers, intercept-proof communications and hyper-sensitive measurement methods are in sight.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>A major Swedish initiative – the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology – is now being launched under the leadership of Chalmers University of Technology to contribute to, and implement the second quantum revolution. Some 40 researchers are to be recruited under the decade-long research programme which begins in January 2018. In addition to the donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation further funds are coming from industry, Chalmers University of Technology and other universities, resulting in a total budget of close to SEK 1 billion.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/kaw_pdelsing_171113_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="188" height="282" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The programme’s focus project centres on the engineering of a quantum computer based on superconducting circuits. The smallest building block of the quantum computer – the qubit – is based on principles which are entirely different from those of today’s computers, thus enabling the quantum computer to process vast quantities of data using relatively few qubits.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Our goal is to have a functioning quantum computer with at least a hundred qubits. Such a computer has far greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today and can be used, for example, to solve optimisation problems, advanced machine learning, and heavy calculations of the properties of molecules,” says <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Delsing-seeks-the-truth-about-the-smallest-elements-of-our-existence.aspx" target="_blank">Per Delsing (to the right), Professor of Quantum Device Physics at Chalmers University of Technology and the initiative’s programme director</a>.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>There is a great deal of interest in quantum technology throughout the world. Major investments are being made in the USA, Canada, Japan and China and the EU is launching a Quantum Technology Flagship in 2019. Companies such as Google and IBM are also investing in quantum computers and, like Chalmers, have chosen to base them on superconducting circuits. Policy-makers and business managers are starting to realise that quantum technology has the potential to change our society significantly, through improved artificial intelligence, secure encryption and more efficient design of medicines and materials.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“If Sweden is to continue to be a leading nation we need to be at the forefront in these fields. By focusing on the long-term expansion of expertise and by attracting the best young researchers we can put Sweden on the quantum technology map in the long term. There are no shortcuts. By investing in basic research we can ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place so that over time other players and companies can take over and develop applications and new technologies,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>In addition to the focus project the research programme includes a national excellence initiative with the aim of carrying out research and building up expertise in the four sub-areas of quantum technology: quantum computers, quantum simulators, quantum communication and quantum sensors. Chalmers University of Technology is coordinating the first two sub-areas. The expansion of expertise in quantum communication is headed up by <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Gunnar Björk at KTH Royal Institute of Technology</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Professor Stefan Kröll at Lund University</a> is coordinating the quantum sensor field.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Chalmers researchers have been working on superconducting qubits for almost 20 years and have made many contributions to enhance knowledge in the field, including publications in Nature and Science. They were among the first in the world to create a superconducting qubit, and have explored a completely new area of physics through wide-ranging experiments on individual qubits. </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/kaw_kvantgruppen_171101_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div> </div> <div><em>Göran Wendin, Per Delsing, Göran Johansson and Jonas Bylander are the four researchers at Chalmers University of Technology who, thanks to the donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, will now bring forward Sweden's first quantum computer. This is happening in the context of the newly established Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology. In addition there are two more principal investigators; Gunnar Björk at KTH Royal Institute of Technology will coordinate research in quantum communication, and Stefan Kröll at Lund University will focus on quantum sensing. Photo: Johan Bodell/Chalmers</em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“I am pleased that our quantum physics researchers, along with colleagues in the rest of Sweden, will have this opportunity to focus on a specific and important goal in a way that all of Sweden can benefit from the knowledge acquired. I would also like to extend my warmest thanks to the Wallenberg Foundation for its deep commitment and long-term support,” says Stefan Bengtsson, President and CEO of Chalmers. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>In parallel with this, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is investing SEK 1 billion in artificial intelligence, channelled through the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), which was launched in 2015. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Details of the investment can be found in the press release from Linköping University &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /></div> <div><a href="">LiU to lead billion-SEK investment in autonomous systems</a><br /> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more about the link between the two anniversary donations in KAW’s press release &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href="">SEK 1.6 billion on artificial intelligence and quantum technology</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">FACTS</h5> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">WALLENBERG CENTRE FOR QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY</h5> <div> </div> <div>- Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology is a ten-year SEK 1 billion initiative aimed at bringing Swedish research and industry to the front of the second quantum revolution.</div> <div> </div> <div>- The research programme aims to develop and secure Swedish competence in all areas of quantum technology: quantum computing, quantum simulation, quantum communications and quantum sensing.</div> <div> </div> <div>- The research programme includes a focus project aimed at developing a quantum computer and an excellence programme covering the four areas of quantum technology.</div> <div> </div> <div>- Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology is led by, and is largely located at Chalmers University of Technology. The areas of quantum communication and quantum sensors are coordinated by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Lund University.</div> <div> </div> <div>- The initiative includes a graduate research school, a postdoctoral program, a guest researcher programme and funds for recruiting young researchers. It will ensure Swedish long-term expertise in quantum technology, even after the end of the programme.</div> <div> </div> <div>- Collaboration with several industry partners ensures that the areas of application become relevant to Swedish industry.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more in the programme fact sheet &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/news/Documents/programme_description_WCQT_171114_eng.pdf">Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</a> (pdf, 600 kB) </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">FACTS</h5> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"> </h5> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">THE SECOND QUANTUM REVOLUTION</h5> <div> </div> <div>In the 20th century, the first quantum revolution took place. It gave us inventions like the laser and transistor – inventions that underlie the entire information technology that forms today's society.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>After many years of basic research on strange quantum phenomena such as superposition, entanglement and squeezed states, scientists have learned to control individual quantum systems as individual atoms, electrons and photons. The world record currently stands at 20 qubits, but rapid progress is being made each month. Applications such as extremely fast quantum devices, intercept-proof communications and hyper-sensitive measuring methods are in sight.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Therefore, heavy investments in quantum technology are being made throughout the world. The EU launches a ten-year venture of one billion euros in 2019. Even larger programmes exist in North America, Asia and Australia. IT companies like Google, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are also making significant investments. Safe and fast communication is a strong driving force for quantum technology. Already today there are commercial systems that can transmit quantum encryption keys through an unbroken optical fibre over 100 kilometres, although at a relatively low speed.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>An imminent milestone that scientists are struggling to achieve is to demonstrate quantum supremacy, which means solving a problem beyond reach even for the most powerful future classic computer. This requires at least 50 qubits. This will be done by means of a quantum simulator, a simpler form of quantum computer. Useful applications of quantum simulation are expected within five years. Realizing a functioning programmable quantum computer will take significantly longer.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Mankind’s knowledge about the world and our technical advances are limited by what we can measure, and how accurately. Researchers are also learning to use individual particles, such as photons and electrons, as sensors in measurements of force, gravity, electrical fields, etc. With quantum technology, the measuring power is pushed far beyond what was previously possible.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>See and hear the researchers tell their story in a video on Youtube &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /></div> <div><a href="">The Quantum Revolution</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more about central quantum phenomena in the fact sheet &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/news/Documents/quantum_technology_popdescr_171114_eng.pdf">Quantum technology</a> (pdf, 200 kB)  </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Contacts:</strong></div> <div> </div> <div>Per Delsing, Professor of Quantum Device Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 3317,</div> <div> </div> <div>Göran Johansson, Professor of Applied Quantum Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 3237,</div> <div> </div>Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:30:00 +0100 MC2-researchers share 22 millions in grants from VR<p><b>​35 researchers at Chalmers were successful in getting grants from The Swedish Research Council (VR) in its general call for applications within natural and engineering sciences. Seven of these are working at MC2 and received a total amount of 22 360 000 SEK. Congratulations to you all!</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/vr_grants_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Here are the great MC2 researchers who got funding from the council:<br /><br /><strong>Johan Gustavsson, Photonics Laboratory</strong><br />Multifunktionell nano-membransreflektor för modstabilisering, lateral utkoppling, och optisk isolering, i vertikal-kavitets-mikrolasrar<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Göran Johansson, Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory</strong><br />Kvantinformation med mikrovågor och ytakustiska vågor<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Anders Larsson, Photonics Laboratory</strong><br />Ultrasnabba kavitetsförstärkta mikrolasrar<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Jochen Schröder, Photonics Laboratory</strong><br />Multimod ickelinjär fotonik på ett chip<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Jan Stake, Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory</strong><br />Effektkombinering av THz-oscillatorer<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Andrei Vorobiev, Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory</strong><br />Flexibla terahertzdetektorer i grafen<br />3 160 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br /><strong>Herbert Zirath, Microwave Electronics Laboratory</strong><br />Nyckelkomponenter för trådlös kommunikation av grafen<br />3 200 000 (2018-2021)<br /><br />The total amount appropriated for all grants within Natural and Engineering Sciences is 1 088 740 000 SEK for the entire grant period 2017-2021. This is a decrease of 30 400 000 SEK. <br /><br />The total amount appropriated for Chalmers is 119 512 000 SEK which is the fifth largest amount after Uppsala University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. Chalmers increases its share by 10 644 000 SEK.<br /><br />VR got 1 682 applications this year, of them 325 are being funded.<br /><br />Text: Michael Nystås<br />Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell<br /><br /><a href="">More information</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0100 enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials<p><b>​A flexible detector for terahertz frequencies has been developed by Chalmers researchers using graphene transistors on plastic substrates. It is the first of its kind, and can extend the use of terahertz technology to applications that will require flexible electronics, such as wireless sensor networks and wearable technology. The results are published in the scientific journal Applied Physics Letters.</b></p>Terahertz radiation has a wide range of uses and can occur in everything from radio astronomy to medicine. The term refers to the electromagnetic waves whose frequencies range from 100 gigahertz to 10 terahertz. Demand for higher bandwidth in wireless communications and depiction for security applications has led to intensified research on systems and components intended for terahertz frequencies.<br /><br />One challenge has long been to enable low weight and cheap applications. However, advances in polymer technology have promoted the development of flexible electronics and enabled the production of high frequency units on flexible substrates.<br /><br />Now, Chalmers researchers Xinxin Yang, Andrei Vorobiev, Andrey Generalov, Michael A. Andersson and Jan Stake have developed the first mechanically flexible and graphene-based terahertz detector in its kind. Thus, paving the way for flexible terahertz electronics.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/thz_detektor_171017_adj.jpg" width="629" height="435" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span class="FeaturedImageText"><em>​</em><span><em>With the help of the two-dimensional material graphene, the first flexible terahertz detector has been developed by researchers at Chalmers. Illustration: Boid – Product Design Studio, Gothenburg.</em><br /></span></span><br />The detector has unique features. At room temperature, it detects signals in the frequency range 330 to 500 gigahertz. It is translucent and flexible, and opens to a variety of applications. The technique can be used for imaging in the terahertz area (THz camera), but also for identifying different substances (sensor). It may also be of potential benefit in health care, where terahertz waves can be used to detect cancer. Other areas where the detector could be used are imaging sensors for vehicles or for wireless communications.<br /><br />The unique electronic features of graphene, combined with its flexible nature, make it a promising material to integrate into plastic and fabric, something that will be important building blocks in a future interconnected world. Graphene electronics enables new applications for, among other things, everyday objects, which are commonly referred to as the Internet of Things.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/detektor_forskarbilder_171030.JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>The research group behind the flexible terahertz detector, from the left </em><span><em>Jan Stake, Xinxin Yang, Andrei Vorobiev, Andrey Generalov and Michael A. Andersson. Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</em><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><br />The detector shows the concrete possibilities of graphene, a material that conduct electric current extremely well. It is a feature that makes graphene an attractive building block in fast electronics. The Chalmers researchers' work is therefore an important step forward for graphene in the terahertz area, and a breakthrough for high performance and cheap flexible terahertz technology.<br /><br />The detector drew attention at the EU Tallinn Digital Summit recently, where several important technological innovations made possible by graphene and related materials were on display. At the summit, EU Heads of State and Government gathered to discuss digital innovation and Europe's digital future. The flagship focus was to show what role graphene can play.<br /><br />The research is also part of Xinxin Yang's licentiate seminar, which will be presented at Chalmers on 22 November 2017.<br /><br />The research on the terahertz detector has been funded by the EU Graphene Flagship, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW).<br /><br />Text: Michael Nystås<br />Illustration: Boid – Product Design Studio, Gothenburg<br />Photographs of Jan Stake, Xinxin Yang, Andrei Vorobiev, Andrey Generalov and Michael A. Andersson: Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /><br /><strong>Read the article &quot;A flexible graphene terahertz detector&quot; in the journal Applied Physics Letters</strong> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><a href=""></a><br />Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:30:00 +0100 nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology<p><b>​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the  individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.</b></p><div>In the future almost all new technology will be based on nanotechnology in some form. But nanoparticles are temperamental personalities. Even when they look the same from a distance, they are obstinately individual when you zoom in to each individual one.</div> <div>Chalmers researchers Svetlana Alekseeva and Christoph Langhammer together with Danish researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have discovered why different polycrystalline nanoparticles behave so distinctly when they come into contact with hydrogen. This knowledge is essential in order to develop better hydrogen detectors, which are expected to play an important role in the safety of hydrogen cars.</div> <div><br />“Our experim<span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Divisions/Chemical%20Physics/Staff/Sveta.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="125" height="161" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>ents clearly showed how the reaction with hydrogen depends on the specifics of the way in which the nanoparticles are constructed. It was surprising to see how strong the correlation was between properties and response – and how well it could be predicted theoretically,” says Alekseeva, a postdoc at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div> <div><br />A nanoparticle of a certain material is comprised of a number of smaller grains or crystals. The number of grains and how they are arranged are therefore crucial in determining how the particle reacts in a certain situation or with a certain substance.</div> <div>Alekseeva and her collaborators have produced maps  – effectively virtual portraits – of individual palladium nanoparticles. The images show the grains as a number of fields which are combined into a map. Some particles consist of a large number of grains, others have fewer grains, and the fields border on one another in different ways.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>This new method of characterising nanoparticles is based on a combination of electron microscopy and optical microscopy. The same individuals are examined using both methods and it is possible to monitor their response when they encounter other substances. This therefore makes it possible to map the basic material properties of nanoparticles at an individual level, and see how these correlate with the response of the particles when they interact with their environment.<br />As a result an almost infinite range of possibilities are opened up for further research and for the development of products and nanomaterials which are both technically optimised and safer from an environmental and health perspective.</div> <div>The nanoparticles that have been investigated also operate as sensors in themselves. When they are illuminated, they reveal how they react with other substances, such as various gases or fluids. Langhammer’s research team is currently working on several projects in this area, including some relating to hydrogen detection.</div> <div><br />But knowledge about nanoparticles is needed in a range of different fields in society. These include, for example, in new electronic devices, batteries, fuel cells, catalytic converters, textiles and in chemical engineering and biotechnology. There is still a lot we do not know about how these small particles operate or will come to affect us and the environment in the long term.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Divisions/Chemical%20Physics/Staff/clangham2.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="125" height="162" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span>“Nanotechnology is developing fast in the world, but so far the research into nanosafety is not happening at the same pace. We therefore need to get a much better grasp of the risks and what distinguishes a hazardous nanoparticle from a non-hazardous one,” says Langhammer, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers.</div> <div>“Our work indicates that not everything is what it seems – it’s the details that are crucial. To understand if and why nanoparticles are hazardous to humans, animals or nature, we also need to look at them individually. Our new method now allows us to do this.”</div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""><br /></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span> <a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><a href=""><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a></span>Read the scientific article<a href=""> &quot;Grain Boundary Mediated Hydriding Phase Transformations in Individual Polycrystalline Metal Nanoparticles&quot;</a> in Nature Communications. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the press release and download high-resolution images. </a><br /><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">More information:</h5> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Svetlana-Syrenova.aspx">Svetlana Alekseeva</a>, Postdoc, Department of Physics, Chalmers: +46 31772 30 07, <a href=""> </a></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers: +46 31772 33 31, <a href=""></a><br /></div>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0200 art exhibition with nanofabricated jewelry<p><b>​​The jewellery artist Carolina Claessen opened an art exhibition at Göteborgs Konstförening last weekend. Her work is based on a project conducted in the Nanofabrication Laboratory in 2015.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/cclaessen_renrummet_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Carolina's research was supported by Myfab and Göteborgs Slöjdförening. The current exhibition is open from 14 October until 5 November. <br /><br /><strong>Location:</strong> Göteborgs Konstförening, Lilla Galleriet, Södra Vägen 2, Gothenburg<br /><strong>Opening Hours:</strong> Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-16:00<br /><br /><strong>Read more &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href=""></a><br />Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0200öran Johansson speaks at TedX Göteborg<p><b>​Göran Johansson, professor of applied quantum physics and head of the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2, is one of the speakers at TedX Göteborg on 23 October. &quot;It feels both nervous and fun,&quot; he says.</b></p><div>TED is a non-profit international network that works for ideas worth spreading. The phenomenon of recorded lectures, nowadays also made freely available on the internet, started in California already in 1984. The local networking events around the world are called TEDx. TEDx Göteborg has been around since 2009.</div> <div> </div> <div>The theme for TedX Göteborg on 23 October is &quot;Brave New World&quot;. Tonight's host is the entrepreneur and venture capitalist Johan Staël von Holstein. Göran Johansson is in good company and shares the stage with Sveriges Television's CEO Hanna Stjärne, psychologist Katarina Blom, social entrepreneur Carolina Jonnor, psychologists Tyler Talib Fisher and Shubhaa Fisher, poet and activist Agnes Török, the company Techon Creative's founder and CEO Joel Rozada, as well as the psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes. There will also be performances of the yoga acrobats Tobias Strollo and Gabriella Bergbäck from Acro Yogis, and the dancer Mia Hellberg.</div> <div>From Chalmers, Asgeir Sigurjónsson, Shea Hagy and David Martinez also participate with their company EarthLab, which is a so-called sustainable development studio. The trio all holds a degree from the Master's Program &quot;Design for Sustainable Development&quot; at Chalmers.</div> <div> </div> <div>The title of Göran Johansson's lecture is &quot;The Conundrum of Quantum Computers&quot;. He will talk about the next quantum revolution, and how quantum computers in the future can change our way of learning new things about the world.</div> <div>&quot;I will talk about why I want to build a quantum computer. It will be recorded at Clarion Hotel Post in Gothenburg on 23 October&quot;, says Göran Johansson.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Is it open to an audience?</h5> <div>&quot;Yes, and I think someone mentioned that people from Chalmers have a discount.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Göran Johansson is the second researcher from MC2, who is admitted to the Ted arena. Previously, the department head Mikael Fogelström, professor of theoretical physics, has spoken on two occasions. In November 2013 he spoke under the heading &quot;Graphene Science&quot;; a lecture that currently has over 300,000 views on Youtube. In October 2014, he spoke again, now under the heading &quot;Graphene, from a layer of atoms to applications&quot;, a lecture with over 86,000 views. The impact can thus be enormous.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about Göran Johansson's Tedtalk</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more about the other speakers at TedX Göteborg &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Watch Mikael Fogelström's two Ted lectures &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href="">Graphene Science</a></div> <div><a href="">Graphene, from a layer of atoms to applications</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/sv/forskning/chalmers-ted/Sidor/default.aspx">See other Chalmers researchers at Ted</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div>Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0200 user manual for the cleanroom<p><b>​A brand new manual with safety instructions for the Nanofabrication Laboratory at MC2 has been launched after the summer. Now both new and old users will be trained with the new printed matter as the basis.</b></p>The first manual was already published when the Nanofabrication Laboratory – called the cleanroom in popular speech – was opened 17 years ago. From the beginning, it was important to have common safety instructions. These were written down and handed out when the lab users went to the compulsory education required for them to stay in the clean room.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ulf_och_mattias_400px_IMG_9732.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="317" height="211" alt="" style="margin:5px" />When the national network Myfab started, the corresponding laboratories at the Royal Institute of Technology, Uppsala University, and eventually Lund University joined. The existing manual was updated to apply to all the included Myfab environments.<br />&quot;Then we got a common manual, and a base that could apply everywhere for all users. It was created so we would have the same training in the different labs. Users in one lab could easily come in and work in another lab, as we had the same base and information&quot;, says Ulf Södervall, who conducted the work of preparing the fresh manual together with Mattias Fredriksson.<br /><br />It has been a comprehensive project which has been going on for several years. After the past summer, the goal was finally reached, and this autumn the new printed manual has begun to be used in the lab education, for which Ulf Södervall is responsible. Mattias Fredriksson was linked to the project in autumn 2015.<br />&quot;The base has always been the old manual, but we have done a fairly extensive revision of the content,&quot; says Ulf Södervall.<br /><br />Mattias Fredriksson fills in:<br />&quot;First of all, we have tried to cut away all that is not necessary to include, all that is unimportant to a lab user. Much information was &quot;fun to know&quot; but was not needed&quot;, he says.<br /><br />New rules and guidelines have also been added over the years, something that is now included in the updated manual.<br />&quot;The demands have been tightened in a variety of ways for handling chemicals after we started. New is also different images for how to identify chemicals. You should also be able to carry out risk analyzes. Generally, we have tried to raise the rib for safety work in the lab. Some things are regulated by law, but it has also happened a lot more,&quot; says Ulf Södervall.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/Myfab_User_Manual_cvr_170927_400px_a.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="236" height="310" alt="" style="margin:5px" />At MC2, all new and previous users will be given a new mandatory follow-up training – a security update course called &quot;Safety Update&quot; – where the new manual is used and in focus. It will affect about 300 people in total. Another news is that the update rate should return on a regular basis to allow all users to access the latest information.<br />&quot;In chemistry, things happen all the time, as those who went 7-10 years ago did not know. The idea is also that those who do not attend the follow-up course will lose their competence, and therefore every other or every third year must participate in this course&quot;, says Ulf Södervall.<br /><br />The fresh manual is a lavish print, unlike the previous electronic pdf, which was distributed to the users. The fact that you now have a solid book to give users, they believe can increase the motivation to also read it properly. The stylish graphic design is made by Mattias Fredriksson.<br />&quot;I took it because I think layout work is pretty fun&quot;, he says a bit modestly.<br /><br />The disposition is very well thought out. It's easy to quickly find the information you are looking for. The manual also includes four shorter appendixes with local rules specific to each of the four included Myfab laboratories.<br />&quot;Once we were done, the air went out of a rather pleasant way&quot;, Mattias Fredriksson notes with a smile.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/mc2/laboratories/NFL/Pages/Education.aspx">Read more about the user training in the Nanofabrication Laboratory</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><strong>Read more about Myfab &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong><br /><a href=""></a><br />Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0200 to trick light into flexing its muscles<p><b>​Light consists of a flow of photons. If two waveguides – cables for light – lie side by side, they attract or repel each other. The interaction is due to the optical force, but the effect is usually extremely small. Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology and Free University of Brussels have now found a method to significantly enhance the optical force. The method opens new possibilities within sensor technology and nanoscience. The results were recently published in the prestigious scientific journal Physical Review Letters.</b></p><div>To make light behave in a completely new way, the scientists have studied waveguides made of an artificial material to trick the photons. The specially designed material makes all the photons move to one side of the waveguide. When the photons in a nearby waveguide do the same, a collection of photons suddenly gather very closely. This enhances the force between the waveguides up to ten times. One can say that the light is flexing its muscles.<br /></div> <div><br /><span><img width="120" height="156" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Divisions/Condensed%20Matter%20Theory/Staff/735794.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span>“We have found a way to trick the photons so that they cluster together at the inner sides of the waveguides. Photons normally don’t prefer left or right, but our metamaterial creates exactly that effect,” says Philippe Tassin, Associate Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div> </div> <div>Philippe Tassin and Sophie Viaene at Chalmers have together with Lana Descheemaeker and Vincent Ginis at Free University of Brussels developed a method of using the optical force in a completely new way. That force can, for example, be used within sensor technology or to drive nanomotors. In the future, such motors might be used to sort cells or separate particles in medical technology.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Our method opens up new opportunities for the use of waveguides in a range of technical applications. It is really exciting that man-made materials can change the basic characteristics of light propagation so dramatically,” says Vincent Ginis, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at Free University of Brussels.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""></a><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>Read the scientific paper <a href="">“Optical Force Enhancement Using an Imaginary Vector Potential for Photons” </a>in Physical Review Letters.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">More information: </h5> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Philippe-Tassin.aspx">Philippe Tassin</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div>Vincent Ginis, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel<br /></div>Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200 certified conference on Optical Communication in Gothenburg<p><b>​Four years of planning work is over. On 17-21 September, around 5,000 researchers from all over the world gathered at The European Conference on Optical Communication (ECOC) at The Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre in Gothenburg.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_leif_per_peter_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div><em>Organizers of ECOC2017, from left to right: </em><span><span></span><em>Leif Katsuo Oxenlöwe, Per Andersson and Peter Andrekson. Photo: Michael Nystås</em></span><span><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span> </span></div> <div> </div> <div>Peter Andrekson, Professor of Photonics at MC2 and chairman of the program committee, represented the conference organizer troika together with Per Andersson from the research institute Rise Acreo, and Leif Katsuo Oxenlöwe from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).</div> <div>Cristina Andersson, Vice Head of Department for Utilization at MC2, also carried a heavy load in the planning of the conference. About 20 volunteers from MC2 and DTU contributed with their strengths. </div> <div>Per Andersson, general chairman of the conference, held a nice welcome speech, thanking everyone who showed up. He also addressed the conference's sponsors: Chalmers, Rise Acreo, Yenista Optics, Huawei and Adva Optical Networking. </div> <div>The conference already kicked off on Sunday with a series of workshops in six parallel tracks, attracting 800 participants. </div> <div>&quot;Everything went very well and I think everyone appreciated the workshops,&quot; said Per Andersson.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">50 actions for the environment</h5> <div>For the first time, the ECOC 2017 is an environmentally certified conference where the organizers have taken a series of around 50 different actions; among other things, the participants' nameplates did not contain any plastic. Nor were any gifts distributed to those who were there. The food served at the dinners mostly contained no meat, vegetarian options were standard at lunches and the coffee offered was fair trade.</div> <div>&quot;The budget for gifts, instead, we used to buy solar powered reading lamps for schoolchildren in India. Every third of you have contributed to such a lamp to a child who can now read the homework in the evening,&quot; told Per Andersson (below) and was awarded a warm applause.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_per_andersson_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The organizers also carbon-offset a number of delegates' flights, investing in a forest project in Equador, known as the ECOC Forest – 30 hectares of rainforest are now rescued, comprising over 42,000 trees of 132 different species, in one of the most biologically diversed areas in the world. </div> <div>&quot;I hope that future ECOC conferences will build on this project,&quot; said Per Andersson.</div> <div> </div> <div>In conjunction with the previous ECOC conference in Gothenburg in 1989, SVT's news program Västnytt paid a visit. Per Andersson, just like Peter Andrekson, was there back in the days, and was interviewed by the news reporter Jonas Eek.</div> <div>&quot;We were fresh PhD students and participated in a feature that was actually broadcast all across the country. It was shown at prime time on the national news the following day along with a picture of one of the television broadcasting towers and the very dramatic headline: &quot;Researchers find that the radio is dead!&quot; It was me who claimed it,&quot; said Andersson, and seemed a little bit of a guilty thought of his nearly 30-year-old divination.</div> <div>Still, he had saved the news clip and played it all up for the conference participants.</div> <div>Per Andersson got a question from Jonas Eek back in 1989, if the technical development of optical fiber communication will mean that the radio and television towers are becoming out of date.</div> <div>&quot;They can be, yes. There is no big reason to have such a thing. Now you have no idea what happens to the radio and television broadcasts, they may also disappear, you never know,&quot; says Per Andersson.</div> <div>&quot;Well, we all grow up, right?&quot; he was joking with humorous self-distance from the stage.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_lena_malm_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Lena Malm (above), Mayor of Gothenburg City and Social Democratic Chairman of the City Council, welcomed the delegates to Gothenburg from the Congress Hall scene: </div> <div>&quot;We are very pleased that the conference is back in Gothenburg again, after almost 30 years. It is a truly interesting and impressive conference. I hope you also take the opportunity to contact other researchers, network and make new friends, but also take a look at the beauty of Gothenburg, walk in the city and visit any of our beautiful restaurants. I also hope that you will discover that Gothenburg is a nice city with friendly residents. Warmly welcome here,&quot; said Lena Malm.</div> <div> </div> <div>Lena Malm made good advertising for Gothenburg and placed the Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre in a geographic context, with 2,900 hotel rooms within five minutes walking distance and 7,300 hotel rooms within 25 minutes walking distance. She also mentioned the city's location in the heart of Scandinavia, founded in 1621, that it is Sweden's second largest city with 560,000 inhabitants and home harbor for the East Indiaman Götheborg, plus a number of other facts.</div> <div><div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Packed technical program </h5></div> <div>ECOC 2017 is Europe's largest optical communications conference, and one of the world's largest and most prestigious in the field. This year's edition was the 43th in the scheme.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_peter_andrekson_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Peter Andrekson (above) presented the packed technical program with impressively four invited plenum speakers, eight so-called tutorials, 40 specially-invited conference contributions, 55 technical sessions in eight different subject areas, two poster sessions and three poster sessions with presentations submitted after the deadline. </div> <div>&quot;In total, the conference contains 425 presentations plus another 100 during Sunday's workshops. So we have over 500 presentations here, it's pretty amazing.&quot;</div> <div>Andrekson also thanked all 115 members of the conference technical program committee with its eight subcommittees. They have done a hard job in selecting presentations among all submitted contributions.</div> <div>&quot;We received almost 700 contributions from 40 countries. This is an increase of ten percent compared with last year's ECOC conference in Düsseldorf. Japan, China and North and South America dominate, with Sweden in sixth place, so the Swedish contributions were quite a lot this year, possibly due to being in Gothenburg,&quot; Peter Andrekson noted.</div> <div><div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_postervinnare_foto_cristina_andersson_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Awards for best student paper </h5></div> <div>Adva Optical Networking in Germany sponsored several awards for best student paper. The award for Best Student Paper Award went to Kaoutar Benyahya (to the left in the left picture), Nokia Bell Labs, France, who was awarded with 2,000 Euro for her paper &quot;14.5Tb/s Mode-Group and Wavelength Multiplexed Direct Detection Transmission over 2.2 km OM2 Fiber&quot;. Two honorary prizes of each 1,000 Euro were also distributed – to Bin Huang, University of Central Florida, USA, for the contribution &quot;Turbulence-Resistant Free-Space Optical Communication Using Few-Mode Preamplified Receivers&quot;, and Li Zhe, University College London, UK, for the contribution &quot;Joint Optimisation of Resampling Rate and Carrier-to-Signal Power Ratio in Direct-Detection Kramers-Kronig Receivers&quot;.</div> <div><div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">ECOC issue of scientific journal in 2018 </h5></div> <div>The scientific journal Journal of Lightwave Technology in 2018 will publish a special ECOC issue with extended versions of the best conference contributions:</div> <div>&quot;The purpose is to pay attention to the main highlights of the conference tutorials, the invited contributions, the post-deadline contributions and the ten percent highest rated contributions from each of the eight subcommittees. The latter are marked in the conference program, so you can see who will be invited to write in the magazine,&quot; explained Peter Andrekson.</div> <div>The goal is for the special edition to be released in March 2018 at The Optical Networking and Communication Conference &amp; Exhibition in San Diego, USA.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_vijay_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Plenary speakers on 18 September were Vijay Vusirikala (above), Head of Optical Network Architecture and Engineering at Google, who spoke on the subject of &quot;A Decade of Software Defined Networking at Google&quot;, Anne L'Huillier, Professor of Atomic Physics at Lund University, Philip Diamond, Professor and Director General of the radio telescope SKA (Square Kilometer Array), who spoke on the subject &quot;Square Kilometer Array and How It Will Be Heavily Reliant on Optical Fibre Systems&quot;, and Kazuo Hagimoto, President, CEO and Co-Founder of NTT Electronics in Tokyo, who spoke on the subject of &quot;Optical Communications : Past, Present, and Future &quot;. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_anne_lhuillier_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Anne L'Huillier's (above) speech had the title &quot;50 years of Nobel Prizes in Photonics: From 1964 to 2014&quot; and was a review of the last 50 years photonics-related Nobel Prizes, a total of twelve, of which the latest as late as 2014. </div> <div>&quot;I think twelve Nobel Prizes are quite many in 50 years, but of course I hope that there will be many more in the next 50 years,&quot; said Anne L'Huillier.</div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_philip_diamond_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Philip Diamond (above) has a background as postdoctoral researcher at Onsala Space Observatory and expressed joy to be back in Sweden:<div>&quot;I really enjoyed my time here,&quot; he said, before describing the purpose of the enormous radio telescope SKA, currently being constructed in the South African Karoo Desert and Australia.</div> <div>&quot;With SKA we will be able to map the universe's earliest history. It will be the largest scientific facility on the planet,&quot; said Philip Diamond.</div> <div>In fact, the MC2 spin-off Low Noise Factory delivers certain components to SKA. Diamond's lecture was about how crucial optical fibre systems are for the entire project:</div> <div>&quot;Without optoelectronics we could not build the telescope. One of the reasons I'm here today is therefore to get the chance to thank all of you in the research community,&quot; he said.</div> <div> </div> <div>In parallel with the full-featured conference program, a gigantic exhibition with representatives from the global business community was held, with 4,000 participants. To the main conference there were a total of 1,300 researchers, mostly from Europe, North and South America, Asia and Pacific. ECOC 2017 was also preceded by two pre-conferences with about 150 participants in Denmark.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ecoc_coffee_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The ECOC also offered a number of attractive social gatherings, including a concert with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall, a welcome reception at Universeum with the City of Gothenburg as host, as well as a large banquet dinner at Kajskjul 8. </div> <div> </div> <div>In 2018, ECOC will be arranged again, this time in the Italian capital Roma, on 23-27 September.</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo of poster winner: Cristina Andersson</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read previous news about ECOC 2017 &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/5-000-participants-at-conference-on-optical-communication.aspx">5,000 participants at conference on optical communication</a></div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Read more about ECOC 2017 &gt;&gt;&gt;</strong></div> <div>ECOC 2017 is organized by MC2 in collaboration with Rise Acreo, Ericsson AB, Telia AB and the Technical University of Denmark. Peter Andrekson is in charge of the conference's scientific programme and is chairman of the technical programme committee which planned the content. The program committee consists of a total of 110 people. Among the members are also the MC2 researchers Magnus Karlsson, Professor of Photonics, Deputy Head of department and Head of graduate education at MC2, and Jochen Schröder, senior researcher at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2.</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about the plenary session at ECOC 2017</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about the conference programme at ECOC 2017</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Key Persons who made ECOC 2017 happen</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about the ECOC exhibition</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Read more about ECOC 2018</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0200 award ceremonies at the LT28 conference<p><b>​The Simon Memorial Prize, The Fritz London Memorial Prize and The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics. These prestigious awards were handed out during three solemn ceremonies at the 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics in Gothenburg recently. Eight awards of 500 Euro each to the best posters were also given.</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/louis_taillefer_simonprize_IMG_8592_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <div><em>Professor Louis Taillefer.</em></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Simon Memorial Prize to Canadian Professor Louis Taillefer</h5> <div>Louis Taillefer, Professor at University of Sherbrooke and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Canada, received the prestigious Simon Memorial Prize of 6 000 GBP. </div> <div>&quot;It is a tremendous honor and I am extremely grateful to receive the Simon Prize. I'm deeply moved when I realize that the community of low-temperature physicists has come to consider my contributions as being worthy of this prize&quot;, he said.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/louis_taillefer_simonprize_IMG_8560_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The Simon Memorial Prize was established in 1957 and commemorates the outstanding contributions to the science of Sir Francis Simon. The prize is an international prize with no restrictions on nationality. It is awarded for distinguished work in experimental or theoretical low temperature physics.</div> <div> </div> <div>Seamus Davis, chair of the selection committee, told the audience more about the background of the prize:</div> <div>&quot;The award is obviously designed to commemorate the important historic achievements of Sir Francis Simon. Over the intervening decades many of the world's leading low-temperature physicists have been recipients of this award. It's a very distinguished list of pioneering low-temperature physicists, going back now almost seven decades.&quot;</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/jamessauls_williamhalperin_jeevakparpia_fritzlondon_IMG_8721_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>James Sauls, William Halperin and Jeevak Parpia.</em><br /> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Fritz London Memorial Prize to distuinguished trio</h5> <div>Jeevak Parpia, Professor of Physics at Cornell University, USA, William P Halperin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and James A Sauls, Professor of Physics, both at Northwestern University, USA, was honoured with the Fritz London Memorial Prize of 10 000 USD each. The three winners were presented by Professor Paul Leiderer from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and a member of the prize committee.</div> <div> </div> <div>All three winners get the award &quot;in recognition of pioneering work on the influence of disorder on the superfluidity of helium-3.&quot; James Sauls is the theoretical researcher in the trio and was recognized in that aspect.</div> <div>The trio has been conducting seminal experimental and theoretical work on superfluid helium-3 (3He) in silica aerogels. Their work has provided “deep insights into the understanding of complex symmetry breaking in unconventionally paired condensed matter in the presence of disorder. This has proved to be a remarkable system for investigating the effects of disorder on unconventionally paired condensates … and other exotic superconductors.”</div> <div> </div> <div>Parpia, Halperin and Sauls thanked the selection committee for their awards:</div> <div>&quot;I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the committee for the recognition they afforded us by giving us the prize. It's truly humbling to go back and look at our past. I am incredibly grateful and appreciative of the organization of this conference, it has really been remarkable&quot;, said Jeevak Parpia, who also thanked his wife Banoo who sat in the audience.</div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;I appreciate very much the recognition by the committee and particularly the work of my Swedish colleagues. I've been to many low-temperature conferences&quot;, said James Sauls.</div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;It sure is an honor to be here, especially in the presence of my distinguished colleagues Jim and Jeevak, who I have the great pleasure of working with over so many years&quot;, said William Halperin.</div> <div>He also praised the conference organizers:</div> <div>&quot;LT28 is among the best conferences I have attended. All aspects have been outstanding; from the organization, the scientific programme to the food. I would like to thank specifically Per Delsing, your colleagues, your staff, and the committees.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>The Fritz London Memorial Prize, is administered by Duke University, USA, and awarded every three years. It recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the field of low-temperature physics. Eleven previous winners have also received the Nobel Prize in Physics.</div> <div>Fritz London was a distinguished European scientist who in 1939 emigrated to the United States where he became a professor of chemistry and physics at Duke University. The prize was established back in 1956.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Clifford Hicks and Vlad Pribiag awarded with the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize</h5> <div>Clifford Hicks, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids, Dresden, Germany, and Vlad Pribiag, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA, have been honoured with the 2017 Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). They received their awards of 1 000 Euro on 14 August.</div> <div> </div> <div>John Saunders, chairman for the IUPAP prize committee, introduced and handed out the award which came with a medal, a certificate and the mentioned cash prize. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/cliff_hicks_youngscientist_IMG_8622_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Dr. Clifford Hicks.</em><br /> </div> <div>Dr. Clifford Hicks, gets the award &quot;for his pioneering development of low temperature measurement techniques, notably concerning the application of uniaxial stress, and his experiments on unconventional superconductivity.&quot;</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/vlad_pribiag_youngscientist_IMG_8609_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Dr. Vlad Pribiag.</em><br /> </div> <div>Dr. Vlad Pribiag, gets the award &quot;for his important contributions to two main areas of low temperature and nanoscale physics: superconductivity in the edge modes of two-dimensional topological insulators; spin-dependent quantum transport in one-dimensional semiconductors with strong spin-orbit coupling.&quot;</div> <div>His results have elucidated key aspects of the electronic properties of these novel materials, which are candidates for quantum and classical information processing.</div> <div> </div> <div>Both winners thanked the selection committee:</div> <div>&quot;Thank you very much for the introduction. It's a great honor to receive the IUPAP Award. But my work couldn't been done without the contributions of many others&quot;, said Vlad Pribiag and thanked a number of people who have been working close to him with the awarded experiments.</div> <div> </div> <div>The IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics is awarded every three years.</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Awards for best posters</h5> <div>Eight poster awards were also given during the conference. The awards were given in the areas &quot;superconductivity&quot;, &quot;quantum technology&quot; and &quot;quantum fluids and solids&quot;. Each award consisted of 500 Euro. One winner came from Chalmers: Gunta Kunakova (third from the right in the below picture), post doctoral researcher at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory at MC2, in the field of quantum technology for her contribution &quot;Josephson effect in bulk free topological insulator nanoribbons&quot;.<br /></div> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/postervinnare_lt28_foto_susannah_IMG_4964_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The other winners were Alexandra Palacio Morales, Germany, for her work &quot;Emergent phenomena in the magnetic-superconducting hybrid system Fe on Re (0001) analyzed by STM/S measurements&quot;, Miguel A. Sierra, Spain, for his work &quot;Thermoelectric Kondo effect in quantum dots beyond linear respons&quot;, Sergey Vasiliev, Finland/USA, &quot;High density atomic hydrogen and tritium stabilized in solid molecular films at temperatures below 1K&quot;, Yumika Aikawa, Japan, &quot;Electrical transport between MoS2 based electric double layer transistor and normal and superconducting Al&quot;, Petr Doležal, Czech Republic, &quot;Superconductivity in LaPd2Al2-xGax compounds&quot;, Kacper Wrzesniewski, Poland, &quot;Kondo effect in transport through quantum dot based Cooper pair splitters&quot;, and Sachiko Nakamura, Japan, &quot;Order-disorder transition in 2D quantum systems and Its doping effects.&quot; <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo of poster winners: Susannah Carlsson</div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/lt28_fika_IMG_8837_665x330.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />About the 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div>The conference bringed together 900 researchers from around the world on 9-16 August at the Swedish Exhibition &amp; Congress Centre in Gothenburg. It is the most important conference in low temperature physics, and is organized every three years, alternating in Europe, Asia and America. This year's conference was organized by MC2 in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg. The target group is physicist who works at low temperatures. The next conference – LT29 – will be arranged in Sapporo, Japan, on 16-22 August 2020.<br /><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read previous news about LT28 &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Large-conference-on-low-temperature-physics.aspx">Large conference on low-temperature physics</a></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Flying-start-for-conference-on-low-temperature-physics.aspx">Flying start for conference on low temperature physics</a></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read more about the Simon Memorial Prize &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read more about the Fritz London Memorial Prize &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div>The Fritz London Prize was created to recognize scientists who made outstanding contributions to the advances of the field of Low Temperature Physics. It is traditionally awarded in the first session of the International Low Temperature Conference, which is sponsored by the IUPAP (International Union of Pure and Applied Physics) and was first awarded in 1956.</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Low Temperature Physics &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><a href=""></a></div>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0200 Bernard Shaw saved Mårten&#39;s life<p><b>​&quot;Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.&quot; The writer and Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw&#39;s words saved the health coach Mårten Nylén&#39;s life. This he told when he attended the MC2 Day on 7 September.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marten_toppbild_665x330_IMG_9393.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Mårten Nylén shared an exciting and dramatic journey of life that gave new approaches to the advice and tips he gave on how to take care of yourself and your health to feel good. He was adopted as a baby from Korea and testified for a mostly safe and positive upbringing in Sweden. But in his teens, he still began to doubt himself:<br />&quot;As a 15 year old, I began to question who I was. It was like standing in a big storm, like in the biggest storm for several years. When I was 17 and a half years old, I saw that quote by George Bernard Shaw, and I realized that life might be about creating yourself rather than finding oneself. So I decided to make an effort,&quot; told Mårten Nylén.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marten_artikelbild_350x305_IMG_9397.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />In practice, he trained himself as a trainer and coach in healthcare. A lucky choice, as he is making his living as inspirator, coach and lecturer today. For the public, Mårten Nylén is perhaps best known for his involvement as main coach in the television soap &quot;Biggest Loser&quot; in 2010-2014 and then in the extreme sports program &quot;Ninja Warrior&quot;.<br />&quot;Health is very important. If you take care of your health, you will also become smarter. I want to help people create more health and more laughter in their lives. My message is simple: it's all about smile,&quot; he said.<br /><br />Mårten Nylén invited the audience to locate a little smile within themselves, and think of the five people who mean the most in their lives.<br />&quot;How many thought of themselves?,&quot; spoofed Nylén and continued  drumming in his message:<br />&quot;If you care about your own health, you will also affect everyone else you care about.&quot;<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ewasimpanen_665x330_IMG_9302.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Ewa Simpanen presented her research.</em><br /><br />His definition of health is a condition when you feel good inside and when you feel happiness. Health is the key to make everything in life go better, said Mårten Nylén. But it is also a matter of focus and attitude; with a negative mind, it's very hard to have a positive life.<br />&quot;But it's never too late to start! It requires no big steps, it's enough with small steps,&quot; he said.<br />Nylén mentioned his friend, the former Biggest Loser winner Hristos Adoniadis, who dropped 80 kilograms in the ten weeks of the program, as a talking example. He stressed, however, that health, of course, is not just about weight loss.<br />&quot;I met him every day for four months. The Hristos I met on the first day was a person without dreams. But then everything changed. However, the weight loss is the easy part. The difficult thing is to change your way of thinking and being,&quot; said Mårten Nylén.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marten_gympa_665x330_IMG_9701.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Of nine good things and one bad thing in a personal list, it's usually the bad thing we're focusing on. And this is where the smile comes in.<br />&quot;When we face the bad times, it's good to have a lot of smiles. Otherwise it's very hard, because you focus on the bad things. So start locating smiles around you!&quot;<br /><br />A concrete tip from Mårten Nylén was to start every day trying to think of something positive and doing something that makes you feel good.<br />He himself works according to what he calls for a &quot;table of balance&quot;. It consists of four legs: physical activity, food, recovery and sleep, and stress.<br />&quot;Begin by identifying the weakest link among the four legs for your own part. Then try to strengthen the others. For example, if you experience a lot of stress, you should definitely exercise and increase your physical activity. The key is to set realistic and achievable goals. And do not forget the smile!<br /><br />Mårten Nylén finished his inspiring lecture by giving the audience a series of wise oneliners and wisdom quotes:<br /><br />&quot;If you're still looking for that person who can change your life - take a look in the mirror!&quot;<br /><br />&quot;Don't let yesterday limit your today - think different - it's a new day today, you can start now!&quot;<br /><br />&quot;If you don't change anything, nothing will change.&quot;<br /><br />&quot;Everything starts with you!&quot;<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/mfogelstrom_welcome_665x330_IMG_9277.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Mikael Fogelström gave a short welcome speech.</em><br /><br />The institution day gathered around 70 participants at the Serneke Arena in Kviberg, and began with Mikael Fogelström, head of MC2, welcoming everyone and holding a short speech. A few hours earlier, Chalmers president and CEO Stefan Bengtsson had his traditional term upbeat in the student union building, something that Fogelström referred to:<br />&quot;It was a rather exciting and inspiring speech,&quot; commented Mikael Fogelström.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/publik_665x330_IMG_9309.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />He also commented on the challenges he identified for MC2 in the future, and saw a need to develop the communication between the different laboratories and levels at the department.<br />&quot;It is also becoming increasingly important to communicate our research better. One of my personal challenges is to work with my own communicative skills,&quot; said Fogelström.<br /><br />He also praised the organizers' work with the recently concluded conference LT28, &quot;28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics&quot;:<br />&quot;We came out with an extremely positive view. We actually made a conference that worked in all ways.&quot;<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marlene_xinxin_IMG_9336_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><em>Marlene Bonmann and Xinxin Yang gave a joint presentation.</em><br /><br />The MC2 Day continued with four short doctoral student presentations, where Qi Li, the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory, Ewa Simpanen, Photonics Laboratory, Xinxin Yang and Marlene Bonmann, Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory, and Henrik Eliasson, Photonics Laboratory, in two minutes summarized their research. Qi Li introduced the new word &quot;supercapattery&quot;, which is a compilation of &quot;supercapacity&quot; and &quot;battery&quot;. Ewa Simpanen had formulated a headline with great self-distance: &quot;Not too detailed, short, but interesting presentation.&quot; Xinxin Yang and Marlene Bonmann chose to give a joint presentation, interviewing each other about their research. A different and successful setup.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marten_gympa_665x330_IMG_9578.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Mårten Nyléns lecture was followed up by the participants being divided into five groups that circulated between as many stations. Based on the wellness theme of the day it was about yoga, volleyball and gymnastics - for both the body and the brain. Mårten Nylén led a station with five exercises at different levels. Ewa Simpanen acted as a hostess at a special station about creativity and training the brain. It was a team building competition where participants were engaged in building towers, crystal structures and geometric figures, bridges and animals using toothpicks, skewers and marshmallows in different sizes.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/brain_excercise_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Ewa Simpanen was impressed by the achievements:<br />&quot;Among diamonds, killer snails, graphene, moose, cats, and hyper cubes, there was a 110 centimeter tall tower and a staggering 2.1 meter bridge,&quot; commented Ewa Simpanen. At the creative station, a winner was also appointed: Team number 1 delivered a steady performance in all categories.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ovning_350x305_IMG_9592.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The planning group for the MC2 day consisted of Debora Perlheden, Ewa Simpanen, Ulf Södervall and Jeanette Träff.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br />Photo from the creativity session: Ewa Simpanen<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/yoga_665x330_IMG_9472.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/volleyboll_665x330_IMG_9710.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ovningar_665x330_IMG_9539.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ewa_simpanen_foto_20170907_team4_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/brain_training_665x330_IMG_9492.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/marten_gympa_665x330_IMG_9517.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:00:00 +0200 receives the Arne Sjögren award<p><b>​This year’s Arne Sjögren award went to Jelena Lovric for best thesis within Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Chalmers. She was a PhD student in the Analytical Chemistry group supervised by Professor Andrew Ewing at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at and defended her thesis last autumn.</b></p><p>The ceremony took place at the <a href="">Area of Advance Nanoscience and Nanotechnology</a>’s community building event August 23. </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><p style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">​-        It is a very pleasant feeling to be awarded. I believe that there are many other PhD students who had challenging and exciting doctoral work which also deserves attention. Additionally, it is a pleasure to know that the scientific community recognizes the significance of the work presented in my thesis and its impact on the future research. It is an award for all people I shared the work with, says Jelena Lovric. </span></p></blockquote> <p>Her advice to other PhD students to succeed with their thesis is to keep being curious, open to collaborations and have self-motivation.</p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px"><p><span style="font-size:14px">-    It may happen that you find yourself without scientific results for longer periods of time. During those times it is important to find the ways to stay motivated and remind yourself of the importance of your research, she says.</span></p></blockquote> <p>Her thesis is named <a href="">Probing secretory vesicles and liposome model systems using nanoscale electrochemistry and mass spectrometry</a> in which she is exploring how a cell communicates with its surroundings. Knowledge about this could, in the long run, lead to a better understanding of different processes such as learning and memory, altered neuronal activity associated with phenomena of drug abuse and different neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.</p> <p> </p> <p>See a <a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Dissertation-Jelena-Lovric.aspx">video where Jelena Lovric</a> explains what her thesis is about. <br /><a href="">Read more about the Arne Sjögren award</a> (in Swedish) <br />    </p> <p>Text and image: Mats Tiborn<br /></p>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0200