Research infrastructure at Chalmers

 
 
The concept of a research infrastructure includes everything from advanced real or virtual labs to large databases, computer capacity for large-scale calculations and magnificent research facilities. In short, everything necessary to conduct truly outstanding research.
 
Here you will find the facilities which meet the criteria necessary to be referred to as Chalmers infrastructure. This means that the facility is available to all Chalmers researchers on an equal footing. The facility will also be owned and controlled, in whole or in part, by Chalmers.

C3SE

C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering) is Chalmers' infrastructure for demanding computing calculations and data storage. It provides researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg and in the rest of Sweden with hardware resources as well as software and knowledge of numerical modelling, simulation and analysis. The facility is one of the nodes of the Swedish supercomputer Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SNIC.

Currently, C3SE has some 800 active users, half of whom are from Chalmers. The number of users and assignments with large-scale storage needs and a data intensive work flow is steadily increasing. Consequently, a new resource for calculations is under construction. The maximum performance of the new system is expected to be around 300 teraflops, i.e. 300 trillion floating-point operations per second.

In order to gain access to the facility's resources, it is mandatory for new users to participate in one of the introductory seminars that C3SE regularly arranges.

Director of the research infrastructure: Thomas Svedberg

Read more: C3SE
 
 

Chalmers Mass Spectrometry Infrastructure, CMSI

Chalmers Mass Spectrometry Infrastructure, CMSI, is a Chalmers infrastructure that provides access to mass spectrometry analyses to researchers both within and outside Chalmers.
 
Mass spectrometry is an analytical technique that can be used to measure both the amount (quantification) and structure of molecules.  In research, mass spectrometry has many different applications, from analysing metals in food samples, confirming the structure of newly synthesised molecules, or measuring metabolites in blood.
Quantitative mass spectrometry is a broad research field where chemical compounds are measured and identified based on their molecular weight, and fragmentation pattern of the compound.  With mass spectrometry it is possible to measure compounds in very small amounts (e.g. 0.0000000001 g).  The methods that are used can vary widely in order to measure compounds that are polar (water soluble) through to non-polar (not soluble in water) compounds.
 
The CMSI is mainly focused on measuring small molecules (<1000 Da) in biological samples, and measuring the molecular weight to identify synthesised chemicals. The instruments at CMSI gives biology and chemistry researchers access to state of the art methods with which to carry out their research, and the ability to stay at the forefront of their research fields.
 
It is important to note that the type of mass spectrometers used at the CMSI are not the same as those used by the infrastructure for Chemical Imaging.  While both infrastructures use mass spectrometry, the instruments are very different and have very different research applications.  For more information about the Chemical Imaging infrastructure at Chalmers, please go to the Swedish page (and read about Infrastruktur för kemisk avbildning).
 
Director of the research infrastructure: Alastair Ross
 
 

Chalmers Power Central

Chalmers Power central is an advanced energy research facility based at the Johanneberg campus. Cutting edge research in combustion and gasification of biomass is carried out here in a large-scale research boiler along with flaming combustion and carbon capture. The Power central also supplies the campus with electricity, heating, cooling and compressed air.

The Power central attracts users from around the world. In the open collaboration concerning this unique facility, researchers, industry and the public sector are engaged in efforts to contribute to a sustainable, climate-neutral future. Based on thorough intelligence analysis, operations are steered towards the most relevant research questions and the equipment is being continuously updated accordingly.

The Power central is a joint project between Akademiska Hus (property company), Chalmers and Göteborg Energi (utility company). The Division of Energy Engineering at Chalmers is coordinating the trials in the research boiler. The resource is open to all researchers at Chalmers after they have undergone a safety course and been granted access by Akademiska Hus.

Director of the research infrastructure: Klas Andersson

Read more: Chalmers Power Central
 

Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory

The Materials Analysis Laboratory uses high quality instruments – bass instruments as well as world leading cutting-edge instruments – to analyse a wide range of materials. The purpose of the laboratory is simply to provide access to advanced experimental methods for materials research, both for Chalmers researchers as well as researchers from other universities and industry.

The base for the laboratory is a collection of instruments of various types of high-resolution, world-class electron microscopes, known as atom probes and equipment to prepare samples prior to electron microscopy. There is also equipment here for optical spectroscopy, surface analysis and chemical characterisation.

The lab provides a meeting place for material researchers and contributes to increased interaction and stimulation across disciplinary boundaries. The lab staff educates and guides users and ensures that the equipment is in good condition.

Director of the research infrastructure: Anders Kvist

Read more: Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory
 

Chalmers Simulator Centre

The Lindholmen campus has the most comprehensive simulation equipment for training and research in maritime operations. There are a number of different simulators here representing different parts of a vessel and functions on shore. Several of the simulators are connected together which makes it possible to simulate complex scenarios, such as entire shipping lanes with several operators involved.

For training courses, the Simulation Centre is used for training aspiring marine officers in advanced operations, including preventing and mitigating the consequences of accidents at sea. The simulators are also used in the training of professional active marine officers.

The simulation centre is linked to the Lighthouse maritime competence centre and is used in domestic and international research projects with participants from academia, maritime authorities and maritime industries. The simulators also serve as test platforms for a range of projects, such as the evaluation of newly developed e-navigation services.

Read more: Chalmers Simulator Centre (only in Swedish)
 

HSB Living Lab

Illustration of HSB Living Lab which is under constructionHSB Living Lab is a research and collaboration project between Chalmers, Johanneberg Science Park and HSB, together with a number of associate partners. Some 30 apartments for students and visiting researchers is built on the Johanneberg campus.

As well as providing residential accommodation, the building will serve as a laboratory for the researchers − a living laboratory. This provides a great opportunity to conduct research into sustainable innovations in real-life residential environments. Measurements will be collected through sensors in the building, where water recycling, a solar panelling solution, smart booking systems, electricity consumption and sustainable building materials and components will be tested and evaluated.

The house stood ready to move into in June 2016.

Director of the research infrastructure: Jesper Knutsson

Read more: HSB Living Lab på Chalmers

Read more: HSB Living Lab (external website)

Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Nanofabrication Laboratory is a clean room facility for research and development in micro and nanotechnology. Here you will find a wide range of equipment for developing and testing new ideas on a micro and nano scale.

The Nanofabrication Laboratory is part of the national research infrastructure Myfab, and is the national node for nanolithography, which is a method for producing patterns in the nanometer scale. Chalmers' expertise and extensive experience in nanolithography forms the basis for two strategic areas in which microwave electronics and photonics is one, while quantum components is the other. Here you have a complete laboratory fitted out to perform all the steps from material growth to components and circuits.

The laboratory is open to both internal and external academic and commercial stakeholders. There are staff who train new users, even those with no prior knowledge, to use the equipment and manufacturing methods. The staff can also perform commissions for customers who lack their own staff or the opportunity to work in a clean room

Director of the research infrastructure: Peter Modh

Read more: Nanofabrication Laboratory
 

Onsala Space Observatory

The Onsala Space Observatory is a national facility for radio astronomy operated by Chalmers on behalf of the Swedish Research Council. The facility is located on the Onsala peninsula, 45 km south of Gothenburg.

The area is home to a 25-metre radio telescope, and a 20-metre radio telescope for millimetre waves and the Swedish station in the European radio telescope Lofar. Onsala Space Observatory is also involved in the development of instruments for shorter wavelengths, such as for the Sest telescopes and Apex in the Andes in South America. The observatory is also involved in international projects such as the European VLBI Network, Alma, Lofar, SKA and Herschel Telescope.

Techniques developed for radio astronomy are also well suited for observations of the Earth and its atmosphere. Research at the observatory therefore also deals with the measurement of the Earth, navigation and remote analysis. A new instrument – the Onsala twin telescope – is in the process of being acquired to accurately determine continental drift.

Director of the research infrastructure: John Conway

 

Revere – Chalmers Resource for Vehicle Research

Revere is a new laboratory focused on automotive-related research. Main research areas are self-driving vehicles, active safety and vehicle dynamics. In the lab, there are several vehicles which can be fitted with different types of sensors, equipment for data logging, communication technology and more. This allows the lab to provide a research platform for development and verification of theoretical models, algorithms and technologies using real vehicles in real traffic environments. Tests in different traffic environments are carried out in close cooperation with the test track AstaZero, where Chalmers is a partner.
 
There is also an explicit aim to promote research between different scientific disciplines, and to increase collaboration between researchers from different universities and research institutes. The lab is also available for undergraduate students and companies involved in research projects. Thereby Revere is an important arena for innovation and collaboration.
 
 
Read more: Revere

The National laboratory in terahertz characterisation

The National laboratory in terahertz characterisation is a new, unique laboratory for the development of technology in the hard to reach terahertz frequency range, i.e. frequencies of the order of a trillion cycles per second. The Terahertz range is attractive and offers applications including space exploration, future wireless communications and radar sensors, for example for a self-propelled vehicle fleet.

The vision is to become one of the three most complete and advanced measurement laboratories for high frequencies, open to users from all around the world. A new generation of instruments allows measurements at frequencies up to and above one terahertz. The equipment is adapted to suit multiple research areas: materials, components, circuits, systems, and antennas for high frequencies.

The National laboratory in terahertz characterisation is brand new and will start operations in the spring of 2015. The laboratory is heavily linked to undergraduate education at Chalmers and will educate and train new users continuously in measurement technology.

Director of the research infrastructure: Jörgen Stenarson
 

New research infrastructures

Some research infrastructures has been added. They will be presented on this list as well. The new Chalmers infrastructures are:

Roadmap for Research Infrastructure at Chalmers

The funding of expensive research equipment is changing in Sweden. In order for Chalmers researchers to have access to the best possible equipment in the changeover that is currently taking place, Chalmers has submitted a plan for how to achieve this.
To date, universities and educational institutions have been able to apply for specific allocations for major investments in advanced equipment.  In the future, universities must have self financing facilities and researchers must apply for funds for user fees to cover operation and maintenance.
 
“The whole landscape has changed and the map needs to be redrawn. We have therefore developed a “roadmap” for research infrastructure at Chalmers. A strategy that describes what we want to achieve and how we will get there,” says Alf-Erik Almstedt, who is Vice President with responsibility for research and graduate education at Chalmers.
 

 

Published: Fri 11 Dec 2015. Modified: Mon 24 Apr 2017