Annual Report 2015

Licentiate Degree: 16
Number of students (full-time equivalent): 88
Number of employees: 212
Revenue (SEK million): 273
The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2 – is a unique environment where successful research and education are conducted within photonics, high-frequency electronics, medical electronics, microsystems, electronic systems construction and quantum components. Semi-conductors, superconductors, liquid crystals, graphene and carbon-nanotubes are examples of materials that are used to produce unique nanostructures for the research. The multi-disciplinary environment provides an excellent breeding ground for research and innovation, which leads to utility in society and creation of jobs in Sweden. MC2 also hosts the Nanofabrication Laboratory, which is an open national infrastructure.
Livstiden hos en atom kan förlängas upp till tio gånger genom att den placeras framför en "spegel". ll: Krantz NanoArt 

Fundamental discoveries

Over the past year, several fundamental discoveries have been made whereby artificial atoms retain their quantum state ten times longer by placing them in front a “mirror” (Nature Physics), and where sections of quantised vortices arise on the ring of certain superconducting materials (Nature Physics). Furthermore, spin currents have been detected in topological insulators (Nano Letters), and the spin currents’ lifetime is extended in the graphene through magnetic fields (Physical Review Letters). Unique interaction between terahertz waves and proteins has been observed with synchrotron light (Structural Dynamics). The graphene has also proven to be an excellent material for cooling electronics; it is four times better than copper (Advanced Functional Materials).

New grants

Two of our researchers, Per Delsing and Peter Andrekson, were named Distinguished Professor by the Swedish Research Council. They will receive SEK five million annually for a period of ten years. Tomas Löfwander, Samuel Lara Avila and Sergey Kubatkin were awarded SEK 32,530,000 in grants from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). Johan Liu is taking part in a project headed by Lars Nyborg at the Department of Materials and Manufacturing Technology, which received SEK 34,630,000 from SSF. Seven MC2 researchers were also pleased to receive grants from the Swedish Research Council (VR) totalling SEK 24 million.

Rabee al Hayek och Thomas Ogestadh från Anritsu, med Jörgen Stenarson, Simon He, Herbert Zirath och Jan Grahn från MC2. Foto: MN 
New national measurement laboratory

Jörgen Stenarson is in charge of establishing Chalmers new national measurement laboratory for characterisation at terahertz frequencies, which was started in the MC2 building in the spring. The kick-off for Chalmers Graphene Centre drew many people to the student union building on 2 December.
Simon He gratuleras till Stiftelsens pris av Chalmers rektor Stefan Bengtsson. Foto: Michael Nystås 

Awards from KVVS, the Foundation and physics students

Other news of interest from during the year is that Göran Johansson was awarded the Albert Wallin Science Prize by The Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (KVVS), and Simon He was honoured with the Foundation’s award. Jörgen Bengtsson received the Guldäpplet award, which is the pedagogy award given by physics students. The purpose of the award is to highlight efforts that improve teaching for students of applied physics and applied mathematics at Chalmers. Congratulations!

A busy year

2015 was a very busy year for MC2. The year started with us being able to get two adjunct professors, Thomas Emanuelsson and Bo Berglund, settled on the same day. Torbjörn Nilsson and Christer Johansson were also made adjunct professors later in the year. Mikael Fogelström, Per Hyldgaard and Göran Johansson were promoted to full professor, and Christian Fager was promoted to professor. Ten associate professor lectures were held. 16 of our doctoral students defended their thesis and 15 presented their licentiate thesis.

Jan Grahn diskuterar med närings- och innovationsminister Mikael Damberg, som gästade MC2 under 2015. Foto: Peter Widing

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg visited the department, as did a delegation from China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry, which consisted of a group of Japanese students from Tohoku University. There were many other visitors during the year as well.
Cristina Andersson, who is responsible for business relationships, gathered almost all of the internal administrative support functions for utility at a workshop that addressed utility in research and signing cooperation agreements with companies. Suppressive techniques and confirmation techniques were the theme of another workshop earlier in the year. Equality Coordinator Johanna Andersson headed up the workshop, which provided many interesting discussions.
Deltagarna på QUTE-EUROPE Summer School på Hindåsgården. Foto: Susannah CarlssonQUTE-EUROPE Summer School 2015 at Hindåsgården, coordinated by Göran Wendin, was well attended. Myfab conducted a successful user meeting in a sunny Lund. A new exhibition next to Café Canyon highlights the Year of Light 2015, the smartest physics students in the country competed in the Physics Olympiad, and in November the MC2 building was happily invaded by 2,000 young egg rescuers in the classic Save the Egg technology competition. Sheila Galt and Per Lundgren provided many activities during the International Science Festival’s school programme. Amongst other things, pupils were able to try out the life of a nano researcher during the course of one exciting day. We were also able to welcome Gilles Marchand, a film director whose upcoming feature film is in part set at MC2. The film's premiere will be in 2016, and we are all very much looking forward to it.

Scener till den kommande långfilmen "Into the forest" spelades in i besökskorridoren på MC2. Foto: Svante Pålsson


Published: Thu 02 Mar 2017.