News: Global related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 14 Dec 2017 12:05:38 +0100,-cheap-to-produce-and-easy-to-transport,-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-project.aspx,-cheap-to-produce-and-easy-to-transport,-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-project.aspxPolymer solar cells, new Wallenberg Academy Fellow project<p><b>Solar cells are predicted to play an important role in reaching a sustainable energy production, but a problem with the silicon based is there dependence of raw material. Associate Professor Ergang Wang receives funding as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow to develop polymer solar cells that are&#39;nt dependent of these materials​.</b></p><div><div>Polymer solar cells are easy to produce and the raw material is inexpensive. However, they are not yet efficient and stable enough to change the solar power market. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow Ergang Wang will continue his work on fixing these problems. <br /></div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">&quot;This fellowship gives me freedom to explore the fields where I believe a solution may exist. It is of course an honour to become a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and a great feeling to finally get it. You should never give up!&quot; he says.</span></em></div></blockquote> <div><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang</a> and his group have already come far in the development of solar cells only consisting of polymers in the active layer. They have reached an efficiency of nine percent with a polymer blend based on three parts. They are very light and easy to produce in big roll-to-roll printing machines, kind of like the ones than newspapers are produced in. The major issue now is to get a better stability and efficiency.<br /></div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">&quot;I believe that we are on the right track and my vision is that we, because of the funding, may be able to create a prototype with the right efficiency and stability to be able to start collaborations with industry. In ten years we may have reached far enough to have the technology on the market with for example polymer solar cells that you may put on your window or at the roof top&quot;, says Ergang Wang.</span></em></div></blockquote></div> <div><div>Text: Mats Tiborn</div></div> ​Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals<p><b>​It took several years, but a research team headed by Professor Jens Nielsen at Chalmers University of Technology has finally succeeded in mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells. The breakthrough, recently published in an article in Nature Communications, means a huge step forward in the potential to more efficiently produce protein therapies for diseases such as cancer.</b></p>​The market for pharmaceuticals that mimic the body’s own proteins – protein-based therapeutics – is exploding. Some of them are relatively simple to manufacture in yeast-based cell factories. Insulin and HPV vaccine are two examples that are already under production, but other therapies, such as antibodies to various forms of cancer, are significantly more difficult to manufacture.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/news201712_JN.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" width="130" height="159" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“They are currently produced using a cell factory based on a single cell from a Chinese hamster. It’s an extremely expensive process. If we can get yeast cells to do the same thing, it will be significantly cheaper – perhaps 10% of what it costs today. Our vision is to eventually be able to mass-produce and supply the entire world with therapies that are too expensive for many countries today,” says Jens Nielsen, professor of systems biology.<br /><br /><span><span><span><span><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/news201712_DP.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="130" height="160" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span></span></span></span></span>In collaboration with Associate Professor Dina Petranovic and Mathias Uhlén’s<span><span></span></span> research<span><span><span></span></span></span> team at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Jens Nielsen has been mapping <span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span>out th<span></span>e complex metabolism of yeast cells for four years.<br /><br />“We’ve been studying the metabolism of a yeast that we already know is a good protein producer. And we found the mechanisms that can be used to make the process even more efficient. The next step is to prove that we can actually produce antibodies in such quantities that costs are reduced.”<br /><br />The discussion has mainly been about cancer, but there are many other diseases, for example Alzheimer’s, diabetes and MS, that could potentially be treated by yeast-based protein therapies. How distant a future are we talking about?<br /><br />“Our part of the process is fast, but pharmaceuticals always take a long time to develop. It could be a possibility in five years, but should absolutely be on the market in ten,” Nielsen says.<br /><br />Jens Nielsen has been making headlines the past few months. In addition to his publication in Nature Communications, he has recently received three prestigious awards.<br /><br />On 31 October he received the world’s biggest award for innovation in alternative fuels for transportation – <a href="" target="_blank">the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize</a>, in Israel. Alternative fuels? Yes, plain old yeast can be used for a lot, and Nielsen’s award was for his contribution to processes for producing hydrocarbons from yeast, which will advance new biofuels. Earlier in October he received the prestigious <a href="/en/news/Pages/Energy-award-to-Jens-Nielsen-for-biofuels-from-yeast.aspx" target="_blank">Energy Frontiers Award from the Italian oil company Eni</a> for the same type of research. And just a week before he left for Israel, he was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)’s gold medal for innovative and creative research in systems biology.<br /><br />“Yeast is a superb modelling system. Almost everything in yeast is also found in humans. We have complete computer models of the metabolism of yeast, and we use the same type of models to study human metabolism,” Nielsen explained when he received the IVA award. <br /><br /><strong>More about making the metabolism in yeast more effective</strong><br />The protein production of yeast cells comprises more than 100 different processes in which proteins are modified and transported out of the cell. Around 200 enzymes are involved, which makes it a very complex system to engineer. In order to optimize protein production, it is necessary to chart how these 200 enzymes function and work. In the study, this has been done by altering the genetic set of certain key genes, using advanced screening methods in combination with modern genome sequencing techniques.<br /><br />Read more about how in the scientific article in Nature Communications: <a href="" target="_blank">Efficient protein production by yeast requires global tuning of metabolism</a><br /><br />Text: Christian BorgMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 EU funding for photonic research<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 have to talk about sexism on campus<p><b>​Sexism is a problem at Chalmers too and it has often been silenced. Help us put an end to the silence and create a transparent and open Chalmers where everyone is welcome – but not everything! say Chalmers’ President Stefan Bengtsson and student union president Carl Toller.</b></p>​We have woken up with a jolt. From if not sleep, at least a common view that sexual harassments and violations hasn’t been an extensive problem at Chalmers.<br /> <br />The statistics have looked promising.  Proud students and satisfied employees, both men and women. Violations have gradually diminished over the years. Four percent of our employees stated during 2017 that they have experienced some form of discrimination. That is below the national average of Swedish universities. Our student barometer indicated similar low levels among students. This would prove not to cover the entire truth.<br /><br />

Our awakening began early fall when brave female students broke the silence and told us their stories about sexism at one of our educational programs. We began to search and meet students, listen and started digging deeper into the survey comments. A radically different picture emerged. <br /><br />We saw chauvinism and misogyny, covering a spectrum from insults to harassments and abuse, both night and day. We wrote about it on our intranet. More women stepped forward. And then #metoo. Waves of stories from all industries grew by the day. At the end of October we asked our own students and employees to tell us directly, and share their experiences with us anonymously, via a web form.<br /><br />Stories of discriminatory behaviour have come in on a daily basis in recent weeks, mostly from students. Some about molesting, and even pure abuse from other students. Others about teachers using the power to diminish female students. Some witness about inapt nudity among students. Employees have testified about ruling men.<br /><br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=getanewsletter" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />A selection of stories are gathered here

!<br /></a><br />Behind each story we have one of our students, a friend, who have been the victim of sexist behavior from men here at Chalmers. Almost always a woman, who have been forced to defend herself, physically or verbally. This is absolutely unacceptable.  <br /><br />

We realize that the culture of silence has been part of the game at Chalmers when it comes to sexism on campus. That some men choose to act sexist – and have been allowed to do so by other men and women – without real consequences. That they have been given clearance, and their behavior silenced. Here as well as in the society in general.<br /><br />We have had it with the silence culture. Let us talk openly about sexism and listen to each other. This is an absolute necessity if we want to move forward towards equality.<br /><br />Chalmers’ management has great responsibility to act. The university and the student union have started a joint work towards these goals:
<br /><ul><li>All students and employees must know what discrimination is. What counts is the victim’s experience.</li> <li>All students and employees shall know where to turn to report incidents, and what happens after reporting them.
</li></ul> We are making it easier to tell, we are reviewing the support to those concerned and whether we can use our disciplinary statute and labour law more effectively when something happens. <br /><br />By various educational efforts and organized dialogues we have started to ramp up the work – against sexism, for equality. Between students, but also in the student to teacher relationship. This is where your stories matter the most – <a href="" target="_blank">continue to share</a>!<br /><br />The proportion of men increases for each step of the academic ladder. We have among the lowest amount of female professors in Sweden. Why is Chalmers not as attractive a workplace for women as for men?  Why do we seem to give women poorer career conditions? In our recruitment processes we are already actively working with these issues and homework is given if suggested nominees are of same gender. <br />
<br />We actively work against suppression techniques. From the university’s point of view we will be specifically observant if sexism can be an explanation in these situations. From the university side, we will be particularly aware of whether sexism can be an explanation in different situations.<br />
<br />We are approximately two thirds of men here at Chalmers, among student and employees. Men have a great influence over the current attitude and behavior. This we understand. But we feel, and are convinced, that the absolute majority of men at Chalmers welcome the #metoo movement and want their campus free from sexism. <br />
<br />That is why we are starting Chalmers against sexism. It adds on to and ramps up our ongoing work with equality integration, targeted specifically at sexism. We invite all who want to join, whether it is with competence, ideas or feedback.  <br /><br />

Together, students and employees, we want to talk about and understand what can be perceived as discriminatory in our setting. We want everyone to be brave and speak up of someone is treating others badly so that we together can stop this demeanor. We want the silence to end, here and now. <br />
<br />All students and employees should feel completely safe on our campuses and be themselves to the fullest. Every day, every night. <br /><br />We will not rest until we are there.

<br /><br /><em>Stefan Bengtsson, president and CEO of Chalmers
</em><br /><em>Carl Toller, president of Chalmers student union</em><br /><br />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 study: Chalmers a top maritime university<p><b>The maritime education and research provided at Chalmers University of Technology is of the highest international standard, according to the first global study undertaken in the field.  ​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">This comes as no surprise to those in the division of Maritime Studies on Campus Lindholmen at Chalmers University of Technology. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>“We’ve always hoped and believed that we would be placed high on the list and this is our confirmation. In Sweden we have long had high-quality maritime education and training, and our sailors have a reputation for competence. Over the past ten years we have also worked hard to further develop and improve the quality of the educational programmes,” says Fredrik Olindersson, Head of the Division for Maritime Studies at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) </a>, an organisation whose members include more than sixty of the most prominent universities in the field, is behind the study. Chalmers was elected to IAMU in 2016.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It took over a year to become a member. You have to send in masses of documents, and they carry out site visits to make sure you live up to their high standards. Not just anyone can join. At the last Annual Meeting a couple of new universities joined, but several also applied and were not accepted,” Olindersson says. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study is intended to give IAMU’s member universities an idea of where their strengths lie and what they could develop. So the organisation does not provide traditional rankings but confines itself to listing, in alphabetical order, the universities that fall in the upper quartile (top 25%) in the three areas studied. </div> <div>“Chalmers University of Technology came out top in all the areas studied – global exchange, strength of research and quality of education. What is most striking about the study is that Chalmers is the most well-balanced university. That is Chalmers’ strength and one that should be nurtured and further developed,” says Takeshi Nakazawa, Executive Director of IAMU.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Olindersson explains that Chalmers is often used as a model for a maritime educational institution around the world and that is why there are so many international visits to Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>So what is the strength of maritime education and training in Gothenburg?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In addition to having competent teachers, we are one of the few educational institutions which invests a great deal in simulator education and in the work of simulator instructors. We want to maximise the impact of the expensive time spent in the simulator that forms part of the training.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>According to Olindersson, Chalmers University of Technology is far ahead of most others in the world in its educational work on sustainability and the environment. All maritime training in the world complies with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) which governs the minimum standards of training, but like other IAMU members, Chalmers offers education and training at a significantly higher level.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The Heads of Programmes have continuously extended the programmes and have placed much greater emphasis on leadership, communication, critical thinking, and sustainability. To improve the eligibility of students, and their employability in the long term, we have also introduced a number of elective courses to the programmes. On the Master Mariner programme, students can choose to specialize in passenger and cruise ships, tanker shipping or the offshore sector. The Marine Engineer programme now includes a high voltage element, and there are elective courses in advanced ship operations, marine risks, and marine ergonomics.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>On the research side, maritime environmental sciences, maritime human factors and marine technology are strong Chalmers areas. Read more about Maritime Studies here.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Global exchange mainly involves student and teacher exchanges, where we’ve increased the options in recent years by teaching the final year in English. What sets us apart is that many other universities don’t do this. However, we’ve got several exchange agreements that are working well and another couple is under way that will hopefully lead to more exchanges,” Olindersson says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Swedish simulator centre for shipping</strong></div> <div>Campus Lindholmen houses <a href="/en/departments/m2/simulator-labs/simulators/Pages/default.aspx">Sweden’s most extensive simulator centre for education and research in shipping</a>. There are a total of nine different simulators here. In the full mission bridge simulators, it is possible to carry out complete simulations of the operations performed on a real ship: in different weather conditions, with different types of ships around you and in different areas and ports around the globe, even in narrow straits. Other simulators combine instruments that handle navigation, loading, safety, the engine room and emission control. Together with the Swedish Maritime Administration’s simulators the centre currently offers ten ships’ bridges, two coastal stations, and one maritime rescue coordination centre.</div> <div><br /></div> <a href="/en/departments/m2/research/maritimestudies/Pages/default.aspx"><div>Read more about Maritime Studies at Chalmers here.</div></a><div><strong>Contacts and further information</strong></div> <div>Fredrik Olindersson, Head of the Division for Maritime Studies at Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 2648, <a href=""> </a><br /><br /></div> <div>Johan Eliasson, Head of the Marine Engineer programme, Chalmers University of Technology, +46-31-772 2665,<a href=""> </a></div> <div><br /></div> </div>Fri, 01 Dec 2017 08:00:00 +0100 20-year old behind unique start-up environment<p><b>​Chalmers companies are behind 40% of the sales among tech-based start-up companies from Sweden’s 21 leading incubators. At the core of this successful start-up environment is one of the world’s highest-ranking entrepreneurial schools. Now, this institution where students start and operate businesses is celebrating its 20th year.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Would it be possible to expand the commercialisation of tech if research were put in the hands of entrepreneurial students? The question arose during a conversation between Chalmers researcher Sören Sjölander and the business development agency of the day, Nutek. Mats Lundqvist, director of Chalmers’s School of Entrepreneurship, remembers how Sjölander presented the question to him: </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I had just finished my thesis, in which I had found that those who work efficiently and successfully in industrial projects also learn a lot. That’s the way we work today, but back then it was new. I thought, here we have a teaching method.” </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Social skills important</span></h5></div> <div>Lundqvist and Sjölander cofounded Chalmers’s School of Entrepreneurship based on three core elements: Students will learn through hands-on work. They will manage and create value out of research results that don’t have built-in impetus. And they will do it in teams.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My thesis showed that successful entrepreneurship is not, contrary to popular belief, about individual heroes starting one exciting company after another,” Lundqvist says. “It’s actually about people working together. Social skills have always been important to us.” </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Even today, only about 20 universities worldwide provide this type of instruction. Back in 1997, no one did. So Chalmers was the first, alongside two universities in the United States, which started at the same time, unbeknownst to each other. </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Successful method</span></h5></div> <div>There is no doubt that the teaching method in which students manage research results and act as surrogate entrepreneurs has been highly successful. Of tech-based start-up companies that have developed from Swedish incubators, Chalmers companies represent fully 40% of revenues, while five other universities represent 10% each. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We are four times better, thanks to our student-run projects,” Lundqvist says. “Otherwise we’d be at the same level as the others.”</div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Part of a bigger start-up environment</span></h5></div> <div>Of course, the School of Entrepreneurship is not freestanding; it is part of a start-up environment that has developed over time. At the turn of the millennium, a “third-party” incubator – Encubator – was founded that not only invested, but also helped with partnership contracts between concept originators and students. A few years later, in 2003, the prospects for strong business foundations got another boost when the Intellectual Capital Management profile track became a part of the school.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“That brought in legal competence among all the engineers,” Lundqvist says, “which is an important combination. This track also exists at Gothenburg University, which means that we also have access to their skills. The importance of this became extra-clear in 2006, when the school’s language switched to English and we created a track for bio-entrepreneurship, which also exists in the Sahlgrenska Academy.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Huge investment in the start-up environment</div> <div>Two years ago, Chalmers invested SEK 450 million (of which 300 million were investment resources) to rally our forces and further enhance our environments, which were already strong internationally. At the same time, we merged the two incubators Chalmers Innovation and Encubator with their seed capital funds and founded Chalmers Ventures. This brought our start-up environment out of the “garage” level to “flagship operation”. At the rudder of the operation was Linnéa Lindau, a former student of the School of Entrepreneurship.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The Chalmers Venture initiative is a step on the path to Chalmers becoming a genuine entrepreneurial university,” she says. “Currently the School of Entrepreneurship is a diamond in the rough with some 50 students, but ten years down the line, we expect that all Chalmers students will have entrepreneurial experience when they graduate. The undergraduate programme is already pursuing a project to this end.”</div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Students learn to take on the future</span></h5></div> <div>What do the students take home from all this? The tools to tackle “an uncertain future,” Lindau says. “It’s all about the insight that you have to create it yourself.” But that’s not enough. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“You can’t control the world,” Lindau says, “but you can train yourself to understand the map or the system you work within. And from there you learn to navigate towards your goal.” </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Learning with a lot of emotions</span></h5></div> <div>The year of entrepreneurial school is also very much about emotions. Sometimes it’s all high-fives and euphoria, sometimes it’s the opposite.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“And that itself is a teachable moment. It’s for real. So of course it’s best to be in a group where you can help each other out.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We think the whole ‘lone hero’ scenario is a bit of a caricature. Most people can’t do everything themselves, especially not now when the world is so complex. You need to interact with other people, you need to be able to build up networks, collaborate, get people interested, get them involved.” </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Entrepreneur becomes intrapreneur</span></h5></div> <div>In 2013, Chalmers’s School of Entrepreneurship started its latest profile track – Corporate Entrepreneurship, or intrapreneurship. This is because several of Chalmers’s business partners have realised that they need to pursue entrepreneurship internally to avoid falling into the same trap that companies like Nokia and Kodak did. Now students are running a variety of development projects with them. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“And that’s the key to the future,” Lundqvist says. “Entrepreneurship is co-creation, both within and between different structures. Sometimes there’s a start-up company at the core, but often it occurs in established partnerships. Fully 70% of our students work with industrial companies. And the best part is that almost all of them have an entrepreneurial role, one that they adopted on their own accord.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em><strong>Text: </strong>Lasse Nicklasson</em><br /></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Lundqvist’s and Lindau’s six favourites from the Chalmers portfolio</h4> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">Netclean:</strong><span style="background-color:initial"> Makes software for locating and identifying child pornography. The company’s solutions are already being used by businesses, government agencies and internet suppliers in 110 countries. Started in 2003.</span><br /></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Netclean​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Vehco: A portmanteau of vehicle communications, they develop “apps for trucks” – but they started out before apps even existed. The company develops, markets and sells Fleet Management Systems (FMS) to hauliers in Europe. It employs 100 people and has sales of SEK 180 million.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Vehco</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Minesto: Develops the hydropower turbine Deep Green, a “kite” on a cable attached to the seabed that produces green energy from tidal currents. Named one of the cleverest inventions of 2010 by Time Magazine. Headquartered in Gothenburg with a subsidiary in the UK.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Minesto</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Swedish Algae Factory: The company’s concept is based on using shell material from algae, whose cell walls consist of a nanoporous silicon dioxide, to make solar panels more efficient. The production process also results in a nutrient-dense organic biomass, along with purified water. Founded at the School of Entrepreneurship in 2014.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Swedish Algae Factory</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Oxeon: The company’s carbon fibre woven tape has completely wowed the composite industry. The ultra-light, strong solution is used in everything from ice hockey clubs to aeroplanes. Started at Chalmers in 2003.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Oxeon</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Mimbly: Has developed a clever module that can be installed on washing machines to purify and reuse laundry wastewater. Founded as recently as last year at Chalmers’s School of Entrepreneurship. Mimbly was the only Swedish start-up to earn a place in IKEA’s new accelerator programme last autumn. A total of 1,300 applicant companies were accepted in the programme.</div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Mimbly</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FACTS: <span>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship and Chalmers Ventures</span></h4> <div><div><ul><li>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship<span style="background-color:initial"> started 1997 as action-based entrepreneurship education with the aim to also be a tech transfer scaling mechanism for promising R&amp;D results in need of driving-force.</span><br /></li> <li>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship and what is now Chalmers Ventures have close collaboration since the start and has led to about five startups per year.<br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers Ventures and Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship is, by far, Sweden’s leading startup environment: Startups from Chalmers account for 40% of all revenue generated by tech ventures at 21 leading Swedish incubators (2012).</span><br /></li> <li>Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship became a top-ranked entrepreneurship education (Swedish government after international peer review 2009)<br /></li> <li>​Chalmers Ventures became top-ranked European incubator (UBI-index 2014)<br /></li></ul></div></div> Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100 prized young prominent female researchers<p><b>​Hana Dobšíček Trefna has received a grant of 1 million SEK from the Hasselblad Foundation for her research on a more effective technology to treat cancer. The award is given to female researchers in the field of natural sciences who are in the beginning of their academic careers.</b></p>​“This prize will mean a lot to my research,” says Hana Dobšíček Trefna, Assistant Professor in the research group Biomedical electromagnetics at Chalmers. “Thanks to this I will be able to employ a PhD student in my research area, thereby hoping that it will be possible to faster implement effective technology for treating and curing cancer.”<br /><br /><strong>Microwave technology used for cancer treatment</strong><br />Hana's research focuses on using microwave technology as a complement to traditional cancer treatments. By transmitting microwaves through the body of the patient, the cancer tumor is heated to 40-44 degrees, so called hyperthermia. This treatment is toxic to the tumor, and the warming also makes the tumor more susceptible to other treatments. Clinical studies have shown that traditional radiation therapy and chemotherapy combined with hyperthermia significantly enhances the possibility of a long-term cure for a number of different cancer types.<br /><br />“In about a year, by the end of 2018, we are planning to start clinical studies on patients at Sahlgrenska University Hospital,” Hana says. “Through a new hyperthermia system, which can reach deep-seated tumors in the head and neck with high precision, it is possible to raise the temperature in the tumor without damaging the surrounding tissue. This study is an important step on the way to finally make the treatment available in cancer care.”<br /><br /><strong>Unique research on brain tumors in children</strong><br />Hana also conducts research on brain tumors in children, where the research group today is the only one in the world developing microwave technology for that kind of treatment. The primary goal is that fewer children should suffer from serious side effects in the brain's development that traditional therapies induce.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Hasselblad%20prisar%20framstående%20unga%20kvinnliga%20forskare/Hana_200px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />”It really would be great if we succeed in this,” says Hana Dobšíček Trefna. “Just consider what it would mean to contribute to higher survival rates and to a better life for children and adults with a cancer diagnosis, as well as for their families.”<br /><br />For the seventh consecutive year, the Hasselblad Foundation allocates funds to support female postdoctoral researchers in the field of natural sciences. The other recipient of 2017 is Anna Reymer from University of Gothenburg. <br /><br />Text: Yvonne Jonsson<br />Photo: Yvonne Jonsson, and Cecilia Sandblom © Hasselbladstiftelsen<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Hasselblad Foundation</a><br /><br />For more information, contact <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/hana-dobsicek-trefna.aspx">Hana Dobšíček Trefna</a>, Department of Electrical Engineering.<br />Thu, 30 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100​​Three Chalmers researchers on world’s most-cited list<p><b>​Web of Science has just published its list of the world’s most-cited researchers. The list includes Chalmers researchers Anders Lyngfelt, Tobias Mattisson and Jens B. Nielsen for the third year running.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">The citation of scientific papers by others is considered an indicator of relevant, interesting research. Reference and citation database Web of Science counts and indexes citations, then publishes an annual list of the top 1% most-cited researchers in various fields.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>For the third year running, Chalmers has no fewer than three researchers on this list: Anders Lyngfelt and Tobias Mattisson in the field of technology and Jens Nielsen in the field of biology and biochemistry.</div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Visibility far beyond Sweden</span></h5></div> <div>“For a small university like Chalmers, it means a great deal to have three researchers on this prestigious list. It gives us visibility far beyond Sweden and Europe and shows that our research is world-class, contributing to the development of science and society,” says Mats Viberg, First Vice President with responsibility for research at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Anders Lyngfelt and Tobias Mattisson are Professor and Associate Professor respectively at the Division of Energy Technology. They have jointly developed a combustion technology, known as “chemical-looping combustion” in which waste carbon dioxide is extracted separately rather than being mixed with air. The technology makes it simple and cheap to capture carbon dioxide instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. There are currently 34 pilot installations of chemical-looping combustion all around the world. </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Cleaning up old emissions</span></h5></div> <div>More recently, Lyngfelt and Mattisson’s research has focused on replacing fossil fuels with biomass. This means that instead of preventing fresh atmospheric CO2 emissions, they can clean up old ones. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Jens Nielsen, Professor of Systems Biology, works at the interface between engineering and biology. Systems biology is a relatively new research area which uses mathematical models to understand systems in living organisms. </div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Altering yeast cell metabolism</span></h5></div> <div>Nielsen’s research group has made significant progress in rearranging the metabolism of yeast cells to make them produce chemical components for use in biofuels. The group is also employing the same principles in its work on medical applications. This involves understanding how diseases like diabetes, cancer and liver disease work and then getting genetically modified yeast or human cells to produce protein drugs that can treat the diseases.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>During the autumn, Nielsen has been awarded several prizes and distinctions for his research.</div> <div><h5 class="chalmersElement-H5"><span>Guest professor also listed</span></h5></div> <div>Also on the most-cited list is electrical energy technology researcher, Remus Teodorescu, from Aalborg University in Denmark. He has been a guest professor at Chalmers throughout his four years on the list.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It’s great to also have a guest professor on the list. It’s important for us to establish links with strong researchers and research settings in other countries. It means we can bring in knowledge and influence as well as reaching out with what Chalmers can offer,” says Mats Viberg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Web of Sciences list of Highly Cited Researchers​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Ingela Roos<br /></div> <div><br /></div>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100 method maps chemicals in the skin<p><b>​A new method of examining the skin can reduce the number of animal experiments while providing new opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Chemical imaging allows all layers of the skin to be seen and the presence of virtually any substance in any part of the skin to be measured with a very high degree of precision.</b></p>​More and more chemicals are being released into our environment. For example, parabens and phthalates are under discussion as two types ofchemicals that can affect us. But so far it has not been possible to find out how they are absorbed by the skin. A new study from Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg shows how what is termed chemical imaging can provide comprehensive information about the human skin with a very high level of precision.<br /><br />Investigations into how substances pass into and through the skin have so far taken<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/nickel.png" width="400" height="215" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> place in two ways:by using tape strips to pull off the top “corneal” layer of skin for analysis,and throughurine and blood testing to see what has penetrated through the skin. But we still know very little about what happens in the layers of skin in between. Chemical imaging now allows us to see all layers of the skin with very high precision and to measure the presence of virtually any substances in any part of the skin. This can lead to pharmaceutical products that are better suited to the skin, for example. <div> </div> <div>The new method was created when the chemists Per Malmberg, at Chalmers University of Technology,and Lina Hagvall, at the University of Gothenburg, brought their areas of research together.</div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px"><div><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Lina%20Hagvall.jpg" width="200" height="257" alt="" style="height:171px;width:133px;margin:5px" /><br />“With pharmaceuticals you often want as much as possible of the dose to be </span></em><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">absorbed by the skin, but in some cases you may not want skin absorption, such as when you apply a sunscreen, which needs to remain on the surface of the</span></em><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px"> skin and not penetrate it. Our method allows you to design pharmaceuticals according to the way you want the substance to be absorbed by the skin,” says Hagvall.</span></em><span style="font-size:14px"> </span></div></blockquote> <div>Chemical imaging has until now mainly been used for earth sciences and cellular imaging, but with access to human skin from operations the researchers have come up with thisnew area for the technology. The researchers now also see opportunities opening up for replacing pharmaceutical tests which currently involve animal experiments. Their methods provide more accurate results than tests on mice and pigs. Since it is not permissible to use animals to test cosmetics, this method may also create new opportunities for thecosmetics industry.</div> <div> </div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“Many animal experiments carried out by researchers and companies are no longer necessary as a result of this method. If you want to know something about passive absorption into the human skin, this method is at least as good. It’s better to do your testing on human skin than on a pig,” says Hagvall.</span></em></div> <div style="font-size:14px"><em style="font-size:14px"></em><span style="font-size:14px"></span> </div></blockquote> <div dir="ltr">The new method can also provide a basis for determining the correct limits for harmful levels of substances that may come into contact with the skin. In order to establish those limits, youneed to know how much of the dose on the skin’s surface penetrates into and through the skin, which this method can show. It enhances our knowledge about what we are absorbing in our workplaces and in childcare facilities. </div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px"><div> <img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Per%20Malmberg.jpg" width="200" height="257" alt="" style="height:171px;width:133px;margin:5px" /><br /><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“Our method can show everything with an image, whether you are looking for </span></em><em style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">nickel, phthalates or parabens in the skin, or if you want to follow the drug’s path through the skin. Withjust a skin sample we can essentially search for any molecules. We don’t need to adapt the method in advance to what we are looking for,” says Malmberg.</span></em><br /></div></blockquote> <div>It will be possible to apply the results in the very near future. The technology itself is ready for use today. There is still a small amount of work left to do in optimising the tests to achieve the best results, but the researchers believe that the method will be ready for use within a year.</div> <div><br /><strong>Facts: </strong><strong>Chemical imaging</strong></div> <div>Chemical imaging involves the use ofa laser or ion beam to analyse the sectionsof skin using a mass spectrometer. Every dot, or pixel, of the section which the beam strikes provides information, which is used to classify the chemicals present in the skin according to molecular weight. The chemical information from each dot can then be combined into a digital image which shows the distribution of a substance in the skin. A time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometer (ToF-SIMS), which provides a very high spatial resolution down to the nanometre range, was used in this particular study.</div> <div><br /></div> <p><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Kemikalier%20i%20huden%20avbildas%20med%20ny%20metod/Chemical%20imaging2.png" width="960" height="641" alt="" style="height:205px;width:322px;margin:5px" /></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The chemists Lina and Per make samples ready for analysis in the ToF-SIMS. When analyzed, samples are introduced into the test chamber using the test arm as seen in the bottom of the image.</p>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100 rain down on Jens Nielsen<p><b>​End of October Chalmers professor Jens Nielsen was awarded the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize – the world’s largest prize for research into alternative fuels. This completed a full hat-trick of prestigious accolades for Nielsen this October.</b></p>​Nielsen was handed his third and final prize of the month by the Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Ofir Akunis during an official ceremony in Tel Aviv on 31 October. The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize has been awarded for five years to researchers who lead the world in the development of alternative fuels. Nielsen, who is Professor of Quantitative Systems Biology at Chalmers, was rewarded for his work on the production of hydrocarbons from yeast, thus developing new biofuels. He shared the $1 million prize money with this year’s other prize-winner: Jean-Marie Tarascon from the Collège de France.  <br /><br />“My research team has had great success in redirecting the metabolism in ordinary baker’s yeast to produce chemical components that can be used in biofuel for cars, diesel for trucks and jet fuel for aircraft. Our research covers the entire spectrum, which I think played a significant role in the winning of this award,” says Nielsen. <br /><br />Earlier in October he was presented with the “Energy Frontiers Award” by the Italian oil company ENI for the same type of research. And only a week before the trip to Israel he was awarded a gold medal by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) for his innovative and creative research in systems biology. Three prestigious prizes in one month. A complete hat-trick – how does it feel?<br /><br />“It’s fantastic, so overwhelming that you can’t put it into words. I found out that I was going to be awarded the Israeli prize a month or so ago. It all went really quickly.” <br /><br />He also thinks that the yeast-based production of new biofuels, which could compete with petroleum-based fuels, could be brought to the market relatively rapidly.<br /><br />“We’ve got quite far with our research. Industrial implementation is more dependent on political decisions and economics than on technological development. If a decision were made to do this, we could have a product out on the market in five to eight years,” he says.  <br /><br /><strong>Read more: </strong><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />The Eric and Sheila Samson Prize 2017</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Press release about IVA’s Great Gold Medal 2017</a><br /><a href="/en/news/Pages/Energy-award-to-Jens-Nielsen-for-biofuels-from-yeast.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Energy award to Jens Nielsen for biofuels from yeast</a><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Jens-B-Nielsen.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Jens Nielsen</a><br /> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0100 robotic arm interested the President of France<p><b>​The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, took in conjunction with the EU summit in Gothenburg the opportunity to get to know more about an innovation that sparked the curiosity of them both: the first mind-controlled arm prosthesis used in daily life.</b></p>​Innovations were on the agenda when Emmanuel Macron and Stefan Löfven jointly visited the Volvo Group headquarters on 17 November. Various innovations were presented to the visitors during a guided tour, among other things the arm prosthesis which is neurally controlled by the patient´s thoughts. The prosthesis is developed by Max Ortiz Catalan, researcher at Chalmers department of Electrical Engineering, in collaboration with the company Integrum and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. <br /><br />The French president was keenly interested and asked several questions about this novel technology that is changing the lives of amputees. Max Ortiz Catalan was accompanied by Integrum’s CEO and a patient who demonstrated his new bone-anchored arm prosthesis with neural control to the visitors.<br /><br />”A handful of large multinational companies were invited to showcase their most innovative technology, and then us, smaller in comparison but nevertheless with a ground breaking technology of great impact. President Macron and Prime Minister Löfven were genuinely interested in our work and what it represents for patients with missing limbs,” says Max Ortiz Catalan.<br /><br /><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Svensk%20robotarm%20intresserade%20Frankrikes%20president/IMG-20171118-WA0005_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><em>Max Ortiz Catalan shook hands with Emmanuel Macron and presented research on bone-anchored prostheses.</em><br /></span><br /><a href="/en/news/Pages/Mind-controlled-prosthetic-arms-that-work-in-daily-life-are-now-a-reality.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the research in <span>bone-anchored prosthesis<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></a><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory</a><br />Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100 report highlights the first decade of GigaHertz Centre<p><b>​A fresh report highlights the first ten years of the GigaHertz Centre at Chalmers. &quot;During one decade, Chalmers has in GHz Centre collaborated with seventeen companies vastly differing in size, business and location,&quot; centre director Jan Grahn writes in his introduction.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/ghz_centre_10%20yr-report_cvr_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="251" height="355" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The GHz Centre report delivers a ten-year perspective of what research in microwave electronics between Chalmers and industry has resulted in. The impact is both educational, academic and industrial.<br />&quot;Using our partnership in GHz Centre, we have learned how to combine academic curiosity with the entrepreneurial mind-set in industry. As a result, we advance education, new knowledge and innovation in microwave technology for both university and multiple industries ranging from spin-off companies to large system houses&quot;, Jan Grahn writes.<br /><br />The GHz Centre is a centre hosted by MC2. Director Jan Grahn is a professor of microwave technology, at the Microwave Electronics Laboratory at MC2.<br /><br />The Vinnova funded centre is funded for another five-year term for the period 2017-2021. This time a joint-consortium with the antenna system Chalmers centre ChaseOn has been set up.<br />&quot;ChaseOn and GigaHertz Centre form the largest microwave-antenna effort between a single university and industry so far. We anticipate large progress in research and innovation during these five years&quot;, Jan Grahn writes.<br /><br />The new report includes many inspiring examples of activities from the past ten years in the centre's history, such as a world record with a 56% efficiency galliumnitride-based Doherty power amplifier for 3.5 GHz, and a radar system based on galliumnitride HEMT circuits.<br /><br />The report about GigaHertz Centre is available in print format, as downloadable pdf and as a browse-able online version for convenient reading.<br /><br />Text: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="">Browse and download the report</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="/en/centres/ghz">Read more about the GigaHertz Centre</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Wed, 22 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100 fruitful collaboration between medicine and engineering<p><b>​The initiative seminar Engineering Health – The Legacy of William Chalmers on 8-9 November 2017 gathered a large number of engineers and clinicians with one strong interest in common: to bring medicine and engineering closer together.</b></p>​The programme stretched from the past, to the present and into future challenges. Many short pair-presentations provided an overview of ongoing collaborations. These featured local, as well as international, researchers who have succeeded in establishing translational activities.There were a lot of evidence shown on how academia, industry and health care jointly collaborate for mutual progress, for the benefit of patients. Round table discussions and other activities provided plenty of networking opportunities.<br /><br />The initiative seminar was a collaboration between Sahlgrenska University hospital, AstraZeneca, Chalmers, University of Gothenburg and MedTech West. The first day was held at Chalmers and the following day took place at AstraZeneca in Mölndal.<br /><br />Here is a cavalcade of photos from the seminar day at Chalmers 8 November:<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_07_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The opening of the seminar was held by Stefan Bengtsson, President of Chalmers, and Ann-Marie Wennberg, Hospital director of Sahlgrenska. By cutting a blue and yellow double twisted Möbius ribbon lengthwise they got two halves linked together, manifesting the fruitful collaboration between the two partners. Chalmers and Sahlgrenska – a never ending story.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_02_600px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:340px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />In a historical reenacting Philip Wramsby and Johan Randhem appeared as William Chalmers and Pehr Dubb, giving the audience a humorous insight into how it might have happened when William Chalmers left half of his fortune to a school, nowadays known as Chalmers University of Technology, and the other half to Sahlgrenska hospital. And the rest is history…<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_08_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Kjell Torén from Sahlgrenska gave an overview of historical collaborations between Chalmers and Sahlgrenska. A traffic accident in the 1950s, where a Professor from Chalmers crashed his motorbike into a bus and got a complicated fracture, is said to have had importance for the upgrading of X-ray equipment at Sahlgrenska and also for the further collaboration in medical engineering.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_10_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />A long-distance guest was Chris Cheng from Stanford University, who gave a talk on “Vascular Biomechanics – A collaborative Effort at Stanford” mentioning that a Chalmers alumnus, Hans Wallstén, created one of the earliest and most successful stents – the Wallstent.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6876_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Stents was also the subject in the presentation given by Mårten Falkenberg, Sahlgrenska, and Håkan Nilsson, Chalmers: “Air bubble release and flow-induced forces in stent grafts”. <br />They also clearly pointed out the benefits of collaboration, listed according to their experience. Among Chalmers´ strengths are technologies, physics, mechanical as well as mathematical models, and analysis of results. Sahlgrenska, on the other hand, has expertise in life science problems, offers a clinical testbed and patient feedback, and is prominent in epidemiology.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_22_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Three flagships of medtech research, originating from Gothenburg, presented themselves. First in line was Max Ortiz Catalan from Chalmers, who gave a talk on “The future of bionic limbs: osseointegration and neural control”. In his research, conducted together with Rickard Brånemark, previously at Sahlgrenska but now at University of California, San Francisco, the world´s first mind-controlled arm prosthesis was developed, now regarded by the patient as a body part more than an external device. A coming research project is focused on feedback and doing the same with a leg; neuromuscular control of robotic leg prostheses.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6895_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />“You couldn´t do it without me!” said Sabine Reinfeldt from Chalmers and her colleague Måns Eeg-Olofsson from Sahlgrenska made the same statement: “You couldn´t do it without me!”. They jointly presented their research on “New hearing implant replacing the middle ear”, where functionally deaf patients can gain normal hearing with a Bone Conduction Implant (BCI). <br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_26_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Mikael Elam, Sahlgrenska, and Mikael Persson, Chalmers, are co-inventors of the stroke helmet Strokefinder and share many research projects in the field of traumatic brain injury and stroke. They presented “A Sahlgrenska Chalmers collaborative effort around Stroke and trauma”. <br />They also emphasized the importance of MedTech West as a network and collaborative platform for research, education, development and evaluation of new biomedical concepts and technologies. The focus is on addressing actual clinical needs in collaboration with relevant clinical staff, and to initiate, facilitate and promote increased research collaboration between the health care sector, industry and academia.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6930_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Elin Rønby Pedersen is a member of Google Medical Brain Team and uses brain technology to solve problems in clinical domains. She focuses her research on the human side of deep learning in health and medicine, for example when it comes to adapting deep neural networks to read fundus images. Big data will only be helpful if you understand the context, was one of her conclusions.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6937_red_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Oliver Aalami from Stanford University Hospital gave a talk on how “Apps, Augmented reality and Bio design” can be designed through collaboration between computer science and medicine. For example, smart glasses can be used by surgeons to better get an overview of monitors and screens in the operating room, without taking the eyes off the patient. <br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/EngineeringHealth_171108_04_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />About 270 persons had registered for the first seminar day at Runan, Chalmers.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6943_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Hanns-Ulrich Marschall, Sahlgrenska, and Paul Hockings, Chalmers, presented their collaboration in the TRISTAN project, focusing on “Imaging biomarkers for safer drugs”, especially in the field of assessment of liver toxicity. MRI-models are used to find biomarkers to better predict toxicity in humans in the development of drugs.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6959_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Marta Bally, Chalmers, and Nils Lycke, Sahlgrenska, gave a talk on &quot;Lipid nanoparticles for mucosal vaccine delivery: from physicochemical properties to immune stimulation&quot;. In their research, they have identified that lipid-based nanoparticles are suitable as pharmaceutical carriers. However, the physicochemical profile of an ideal nanoparticle for mucosal vaccine delivery remains to be further investigated.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6988_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><span><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />A garment with integrated sensors, from the smart textiles project “WearIT” was shown by Kristina Malmgren from Sahlgrenska and Leif Sandsjö from MedTech West/University of Borås. <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6966_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /> <span><span>Kris</span></span><span><span>tina Malmgren <span style="display:inline-block"> explained</span></span></span>.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6972_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Textiles that monitor your health or measure your movements was the subject also for Nils-Krister Persson, Smart Textiles Technology Lab, and Anja Lund from Chalmers in their presentation “Chalmers Textiles as enabler for Engineering Health”. Amongst other things they defined the differences between medical textiles, medtech textiles and hygiene textiles. The presentation also included information about research on compression sensitive gastro intestinal stents, where a strain-sensing thread can be integrated in the stent to sense both position and amplitude of deformations.<br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6995_500.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />A poster session was arranged and showed even more projects where clinicians and engineers collaborate. <br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/lifescience/events/Engineering-Health/Pages/Abstracts.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read the abstracts from the poster session</a><br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Livsvetenskaper/Engineering%20Health%208%20November%202017/DSC_6883_500px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />A number of new Sahlgrenska-Chalmers contacts were made during the coffee breaks, lunch and dinner.<br /><br /><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/lifescience/events/Engineering-Health/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the initiative seminar</a><br /><br /><span><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />​MedTech West about &quot;Sahlgrenska and Chalmers - a never ending story&quot;</a><br /> <br />Text: Yvonne Jonsson<br />Photo: Yen Strandqvist<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> and Yvonne Jonsson<br /><br />Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:00:00 +0100