News: Transport related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 01 Feb 2023 03:33:13 +0100 real estate organizations network<p><b>​The real estate managers of the regions meet once a year for networking around common and current issues.</b></p>​On January 25th and 26th the discussions concerned, among other things, real estate strategies, premises planning, integrated care and effects of the current security situation in Europe. CVA participated and presented our activities from 2022 and ongoing, CVA also presented the Pilot study – Construction costs in the regions.Tue, 31 Jan 2023 12:10:00 +0100 get prestigious ERC-grants<p><b>The European Research Council has awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant. Two researchers from Chalmers University of Technology are among the recipients: Annika Lang and Witlef Wieczorek. ​</b></p><div>The research grants from the European Research Council, ERC, are aimed at tackling major questions across all scientific disciplines. This year, two researchers at Chalmers are receiving the ERC Consolidator Grant: Professor Annika Lang at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Associate Professor Witlef Wieczorek at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. The Consolidator Grant is given to researchers with 7–12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div> Here, the researchers present the projects. </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Annika Lang develops mathematics of stochastic geometries</h2> <div>Uncertainty is all around us and caused, for example, by the nature of a problem as in quantum mechanics, the lack of our precise knowledge as in porous media, or inaccuracies in measurements as in experiments with imperfect equipment.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Annika Lang is developing mathematical foundations and efficient algorithms to allow for reliable simulations of models with uncertainty. With the ERC grant and her team she will develop mathematics of stochastic geometries in order to solve partial differential equations on them. This unique combination of stochastic analysis, geometry, and computations will establish the concept of evolving stochastic manifolds and their efficient simulation with analyzed algorithms.<img src="/en/news/PublishingImages/Annika-200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Portrait of Annika Lang" style="margin:5px;width:185px;height:185px" /></div> <div> <br /></div> <div> &quot;Working interdisciplinary within mathematics but also with applications is what I love most in research. I am very excited that thanks to the grant I will be able to focus on connecting different mathematical disciplines to create new mathematics and efficient simulation methods that will find their way and use in applications.&quot;</div> <br />Annika Lang receives 2 million euro for her project. <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Witlef Wieczorek explores quantum entanglement of more massive objects</h2> <div>The concept of quantum entanglement is intriguing. On the one hand it challenges our view on the world as being local and realistic – on the other hand it underpins applications that go beyond classical capabilities, such as quantum computing or measurements better than the standard quantum limit.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div> The goal of Witlef Wieczorek’s project is to realize entanglement between mesoscopic objects.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We will start with entangling microparticles with a mass of picogram and aim to extend this to microgram<img src="/en/news/PublishingImages/Witlef-200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Portrait of Witlef Wieczorek" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:180px" />masses. This is an endeavor that has not been attempted so far, and I’m confident that we have now the right experimental tools at our disposal, which we will further develop in this project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>An array of superconducting microparticles magnetically levitated on a chip lies at the heart of the project. Combining that technology with the world-leading expertise of superconducting quantum circuits available at Chalmers enables that curiosity-driven research.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> “These experiments will give use valuable information for the feasibility of a future experiment testing for the quantization of gravity. Further, an array of entangled levitated microparticles may even lead to a novel means to look for dark matter, which makes up for 85% of total matter in the universe and has not been directly detected so far.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Witlef Wieczorek receives 2,5 million euro for his project.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Tue, 31 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 submissions from FORCE<p><b>​There are several OFC submissions from FORCE and our collaborators. Here you'll find a list of current submissions.</b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Detection of abnormal activities on a SM or MM fiber<br /></h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Stefan Karlsson, Mikael Andersson, Rui Lin, Lena Wosinska, Paolo Monti</div> <div><strong>ABSTRACT:</strong> We demonstrate eavesdrop detection based on polarization signatures by analyzing polarization state changes at the receiver. We identify changes related to the normal operation and the ones caused by eavesdropping.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Involved partners:</em></div> <em> 1. Electrical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Demonstration of a Scalable and Efficient Pipeline for ML-based Optical Monitoring<br /></h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Carlos Natalino; Lluis Gifre; Raul Muñoz; Ricard Vilalta; Marija Furdek; Paolo Monti;</div> <div><strong>ABSTRACT:</strong> We demonstrate a scalable processing of OPM data using ML to detect anomalies in optical services at run time. A dashboard will show operational SDN controller metrics, raw OPM data, and the ML assessment results.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Involved partners:</em></div> <em> 1. Electrical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>2. Centre Tecnologic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC/CERCA), Barcelona, Spain.</em><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">P4-based Telemetry Processing for Fast Soft Failure Recovery in Packet-Optical Networks</h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Filippo Cugini; Carlos Natalino; Davide Scano; Francesco Paolucci; Paolo Monti;</div> <div><strong> ABSTRACT:</strong> A novel framework for in-network P4 processing of distributed multi-layer telemetry data is presented, enabling effective soft failure detection and recovery strategies enforced in just a few microseconds.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Involved partners:</em></div> <em>1. CNIT, Pisa, PI, Italy.</em><br /><em>2. Electrical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>3. Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy.</em><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Machine-Learning-as-a-Service for Optical Network Automation (invited paper)</h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Carlos Natalino; Nasser Mohammadiha; Ashkan Panahi</div> <strong> ABSTRACT:</strong> MLaaS is introduced in the context of optical networks, and an architecture to take advantage of its potential is proposed. A use case of QoT classification using MLaaS techniques is benchmarked against state-of-the-art methods.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><em>Involved partners:</em></div> <em>1. Electrical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>2. Computer Science and Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>3. Ericsson AB, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">FPGA Implementation of Multi-Layer Machine Learning Equalizer with On-Chip Training</h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Keren Liu, Erik Börjeson, Christian Häger, Per Larsson-Edefors</div> <strong> ABSTRACT:</strong> We design and implement an adaptive machine learning equalizer that alternates multiple linear and nonlinear computational layers on an FPGA. On-chip training via gradient backpropagation is shown to allow for real-time adaptation to time-varying channel impairments.<br /><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Low-Noise Phase-Sensitive Optical Parametric Amplifier with Local Pump Generation using Digital Frequency and Phase Control</h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Rasmus Larsson(1); Kovendhan Vijayan(1); Jochen Schröder(1); Peter Andrekson(1);  </div> Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden<br /><strong>ABSTRACT:</strong> We demonstrate a novel, lossless approach, eliminating the need to co-propagate pumps in phase-sensitive parametric amplifier-based links, by control loops creating a locked pump within the amplifier. Gain, noise and BER measurements validate the performance.<br /><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Field Trial of FPGA-Based Real-Time Sensing Transceiver over 524 km of Live Aerial Fiber</h2> <div><strong>AUTHORS:</strong> Mikael Mazur, Dennis Wallberg, Lauren Dallachiesa, Erik Börjeson, Roland Ryf , Magnus Bergroth, Börje Josefsson, Nicolas K. Fontaine, Haoshuo Chen, David T. Neilson, Jochen Schröder, Per Larsson-Edefors and Magnus Karlsson</div> <div><strong> ABSTRACT:</strong> We perform fiber sensing over a 524 km live network using a real-time coherent transceiver prototype. Polarization and length changes from the link consisting exclusively of aerial fiber wound around high-voltage power cables are continuously monitored.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Involved partners:</em></div> <em>1.    Electrical Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>2.    Computer Science and Engineering Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.</em><br /><em>3.    Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden</em><br /><em>4.    Sunet, Tulegatan 11, Stockholm, Sweden</em><br /><em>5.    Nokia Bell Labs, 600 Mountain Ave., Murray Hill, NJ 07974, USA</em><br /><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Read more</h2> <div><strong>Scientists perform real-time environmental sensing over 524 kilometers of live aerial fiber</strong></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><a href=""></a></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><br /></div> Fri, 27 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 studio 2022/2023<p><b>​​Future visions for healthcare, housing and work 3: Healthcare architecture Autumn 2022 studio has now concluded.</b></p>This resulted in 10 different student proposals for a new Primary Care center in Vadstena, Sweden.<br /><br />The main aim of this studio was to add value to the ongoing development and discourse of primary care facilities within the Swedish healthcare system. Located within Birgitta’s hospital precinct, this area has been historically significant since the 1900s with diverse healthcare building typologies playing a prominent role in the city planning. Sustainability was also a key focus, whereby all projects had to delve into circularity, recycling and effective use of resources. <br /><br />Close client contact with Region Östergötland and Vadstena municipality has meant that the studio work has been very much grounded to a real site and brief.<br /><br />Course examiner : Cristiana Caira<br />Assistant tutors: Lin Tan, Marie Larsson, Henrik Magnusson<br />External critics: Anna Reuter Metelius (Cultural and historical conservationist), Elin Rittmark (Sweco architects), Andrea Brambilla (Politecnico di Milano), Elke Mediema (TU Delft),<br /><div>Lotta Bergström och Andreas Widgren (Region Östergötland), Petter Frid (City architect, Vadstena)</div> <div><span id="ms-rterangecursor-start"><br /></span></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/cva/education/Pages/Master%27s-projects.aspx">Students' final reports</a><br /></div>Thu, 26 Jan 2023 13:00:00 +0100 spray fights infections and antibiotic resistance<p><b>​The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks antibiotic resistance as one of the top ten threats to global health. There is therefore a great need for new solutions to tackle resistant bacteria and reduce the use of antibiotics. A group of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden are now presenting a new spray that can kill even antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and that can be used for wound care and directly on implants and other medical devices.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">“Our innovation can have a dual impact in the fight against antibiotic resistance. The material has been shown to be effective against many different types of bacteria, including those that are resistant to antibiotics, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), while also having the potential to prevent infections and thus reduce the need for antibiotics,” says Martin Andersson, head of research for the study and professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers.<br /><br /></span><div>It is already estimated that antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause nearly 1.3 million deaths a year worldwide. As part of the effort to slow down the spread and development of drug resistance, researchers at Chalmers are developing a new antibacterial material that can be used in healthcare and become an effective tool to fight antibioitic resistance.</div> <div>The material consists of small hydrogel particles equipped with a type of peptide* that effectively kills and binds bacteria. Attaching the peptides to the particles provides a protective environment and increases the stability of the peptides. This allows them to work together with body fluids such as blood, which otherwise inactivates the peptides, making them difficult to use in healthcare. In previous studies, the researchers showed how the peptides can be used for wound care materials such as wound dressings. They have now published two new studies in which the bactericidal material is used in the form of a wound spray and as a coating on medical devices that are introduced into our bodies. This new step in the research means that the innovation can be used in more ways and be of even greater benefit in healthcare. </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Kills bacteria without adversely affecting wound healing   </h2> <div>The wound spray, which can reach into deep wounds and other open areas on the body where bacteria can enter, is flexible and very useful for treating and preventing infection. The new material has many advantages over existing sprays and disinfectants. </div> <div><div>“The substance in this wound spray is completely non-toxic and does not affect human cells. Unlike existing bactericidal sprays, it does not inhibit the body’s healing process. The materials, which are simply sprayed onto the wound, can also kill the bacteria in a shorter time,” says Edvin Blomstrand, an industrial doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and one of the lead authors of the scientific article. </div></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Reduces the risk of infection from materials introduced into the body</h2> <div>For treatments in which materials such as implants and catheters are inserted into our bodies, infections are a major problem. Therefore, there is great need for new antibacterial biomaterials, i.e. materials that treat, replace or modify organs, tissue or functions in a biological body. One of the major sources for hospital-acquired infection comes from the usage of urinary catheters. The Chalmers researchers’ new coating can now be an effective new tool for reducing this risk and preventing infections. </div> <div>“Although the catheters are sterile when unpacked, they can become contaminated with bacteria while they are being introduced into the body, which can lead to infection. One major advantage of this coating is that the bacteria are killed as soon as they come into contact with the surface. Another is that it can be applied to existing products that are already used in healthcare, so it is not necessary to produce new ones,” says Annija Stepulane, a doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers and one of the lead authors of the article.       </div> <div><div>In the study, the researchers tested the coating on silicone materials used for catheters, but they see opportunities to use it on other biomaterials. </div></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Research in parallel with product development </h3> <div>The research on the antibacterial materials is being conducted in collaboration with the spin-off company Amferia AB, which is also commercialising the technology. Chalmers and Amferia have previously presented the antibacterial material in the form of hydrogel wound dressings, which are presently under clinical investigation for both human and animal wound care.    </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read the article <a href="" title="Link to scientific article ">Cross-linked lyotropic liquid crystal particles functionalized with antimicrobial peptides</a> published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics. The article’s authors are Edvin Blomstrand (Industrial PhD student at Chalmers and Research Engineer at Amferia), Anand K. Rajasekharan (Amferia), Saba Atefyekta (Amferia), and Martin Andersson (Chalmers).<br /><br /></div> <div>Read the article <a href="" title="Link to scientific article ">Multifunctional Surface Modification of PDMS for Antibacterial Contact Killing and Drug-Delivery of Polar, Nonpolar, and Amphiphilic Drugs</a> in the scientific journal ASC Applied Bio Materials. The article’s authors are Annija Stepulane (PhD student at Chalmers), Anand Kumar Rajasekharan (Amferia) and Martin Andersson (Chalmers). </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the research and the new materials </h3> <div>The beneficial properties of antimicrobial peptides have been known for many years. They exist in thousands of different variants in the natural immune systems of humans, animals and plants, and researchers have long sought to mimic and harness the peptides to prevent and treat infection. In their natural state, these peptides are rapidly broken down when they come into contact with body fluids such as blood, which makes their direct clinical use difficult. In the materials the researchers are developing, they have solved this problem by binding the peptides to particles. For both the spray and the coating, they have been able to measure that the bactericidal effect of the materials lasts for up to 48 hours in contact with body fluids and as long as a few years without contact with body fluids.   </div> <div>The researchers have shown that 99.99 per cent of bacteria are killed by the material and that the bactericidal capacity is active for approximately 48 hours, enabling its use in a wide range of clinical applications. Since the materials are non-toxic, they can be used directly on or in the body, preventing or curing an infection without adversely affecting the natural healing process. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, please contact: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Martin-Andersson.aspx" title="personal profile page ">Martin Andersson</a>, Professor, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Related material</div> <div>Press release, 12 May 2021 <a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New-material-can-protect-against-resistant-bacteria.aspx" title="Link to press release ">New material can protect against resistant bacteria</a></div> <div>Read also: <a href="/en/news/Pages/Joining-efforts-in-research-on-antibiotic-resistance.aspx" title="Link to press release ">Research into antibiotic resistance is being expanded and broadened as several parties join forces under CARe, the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research in Gothenbur</a>g. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>*A peptide is a molecule consisting of a short chain of amino acids. Peptides differ from proteins in that they are smaller; peptides consist of a maximum of around 50 amino acids, whereas proteins consist of more.</div> <div>​<br /></div> ​<span style="background-color:initial">Text: Jenny Holmstrand </span><div>​Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist ​</div> Thu, 26 Jan 2023 10:00:00 +0100 for Transport project proposals 2024-2025<p><b>​In a call for 2024-2025, Transport Area of Advance/SFO Transport invites researchers at Chalmers and University of Gothenburg to three types of project proposals: Collaborative, Seed, and Post-doc. </b></p>Call details will be announced shortly. <div><br /></div>Wed, 25 Jan 2023 12:00:00 +0100 roots in the forest – She develops materials of the future<p><b>​Anette Larsson sees the power in working interdisciplinarity. She is Professor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology and Director of the FibRe Centre of Excellence, where academia and industry will find synergies and develop the materials of the future from the forest. Mostly, this involves replacing fossil raw materials with renewable ones.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>&quot;A university needs a tapestry</strong> of different skills to solve difficult challenges. People with depth and breadth in their research and the ability to apply knowledge - but we also need people who are interested in solving everyday problems&quot;, says Anette Larsson when we meet to talk about the newly launched FiBre competence centre.</span><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Here contributes Chalmers' areas of advanced and the various centres to new and cross-border collaborations in a variety of fields. They also attract young researchers, for example, through Chalmers' major calls for proposals that attract expertise from all over the world.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br />“</span><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">n the beginning, cross-border collaborations don't pay off directly because you have different perspectives and speak other languages, so it's not always rewarded, but in the long run it's perhaps the best way to solve major societal challenges”, says Anette Larsson, when we meet to talk about the newly launched competence centre FibRe.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> <br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><b>Fi</b></span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>bRe is a Vinnova-funded centre</b></span><span style="background-color:initial"> with two academic partners, Chalmers and KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology, and some twenty industrial companies and public organisations. The aim is to build a solid competence to enable a transition from fossil-based thermoplastics to fully bio-based equivalents.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="background-color:initial">Her</span><span style="background-color:initial"> ma</span><span style="background-color:initial">in interest as a researcher today is partly rooted in the environment, she grew up. Anette Larsson comes from a small village - Hackvads parish in Närke.</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="background-color:initial">“M</span><span style="background-color:initial">y upbringing has </span><span style="background-color:initial">influenced how I ac</span><span style="background-color:initial">t. There was a caring in the village. My mother and father were farmers, so my background is not academic”, says Anette Lar</span><span style="background-color:initial">sson, who was among the first to leave the village for higher studies.</span><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>In 1986, the journey took her to Chalmers </strong>University of Technology and the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering programme. Nine years later, she completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry with the thesis <a href="">DNA Electrophoresis: DNA Electrophoresis:Optical Probing and Microscopic Imaging to Understand Separation Mechanisms​</a>. She then moved on to industry and Astra Zeneca before returning to Chalmers in 2003.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>&quot;My research is about</strong> materials from nature. My dad likes that and he thought it was amusing when my Wallenberg PhD student Roujin Ghaffari and I came home and took down a spruce tree for the PhD student to study. Knowing where the tree grew and then studying it is a bit special,&quot; says Anette Larsson.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Looking at the forest in terms of research and use is part of the work at Chalmers. This could include new medicines and replacing fossil materials such as plastics and textiles with renewable ones.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Anette Larsson is also active in the Scouts, where the community and interaction with nature and trees are strong. Trees are essential to where they stand and what happens to them and other crops afterwards.<br /><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>&quot;There are many stakeholde</strong><strong>rs </strong>in FibRe. The common societal challenge we want to meet is to phase out fossil products long-term and reduce the carbon footprint&quot;, says Anette Larsson. Doing this requires expertise.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Within the centre, which started in 2020, academia collaborates with industry. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&quot;For this to become a reality, we need to include the industry's expertise and important industrial aspects of scaling up. Today I met with Nouryon, Stora Enso, Chalmers and KTH on our analysis of the world around us. Yet, when we look around, we find no one else doing what we are doing&quot;, says Anette Larsson, who also emphasises the collaboration with KTH, Royal Institute of Technology.<br /><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>&quot;Half of the researchers </strong>come from KTH, and we bring the expertise needed to achieve our goals.&quot; </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">One of the main reasons FibRe was established was the long-standing collaboration between Chalmers and KTH within the Wallenberg Wood Science Center.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">&quot;We knew and trusted each other, so it was just a case of digging in and saying: &quot;Let's do it,&quot; says Anette Larsson.<br /><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Sweden is investing</strong> heavily in research into cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin, which are found in large quantities in wood and plants. Today, more than 90% of all plastic materials are fossil-based. Research within FibRe focuses on investigating and developing knowledge that can help replace fossil-based thermoplastic materials with lignocellulosic materials that have been minimally modified. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>&quot;Our long-term goal is to create circular materials</strong> with the same freedom of shape and processability as thermoplastics. We try to think before we design new materials: what makes a big impact - can we do it with less energy and chemicals? This is complex,&quot; says Anette Larsson. The researchers use a range of advanced techniques, such as X-ray and neutron scattering techniques, and new ways to modify wood and wheat straw fibres chemically.<br /><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">Sometimes when you listen to the debate, it sounds as if the forest should be enough for everything.</span></p> <span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Right now, we are taking out less forest than the growth of forest in Sweden. However, we should take out raw forest materials with our heads in the game and not forget the natural values or mismanage nature,&quot; says Anette Larsson.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Text: Ann-Christine Nordin<br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">d:</span></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/FibRe/Pages/default.aspx">FibRe</a></div> <div><a href="">Wallenberg Wood Science Center</a></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/WISE/Pages/default.aspx">WISE</a></div> <div><span>H</span></div> <div><span>Anette Larsson </span></div> <span style="background-color:initial"></span></div></div>Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 +0100 Swedish quantum computer to be made available to industry<p><b>A Swedish quantum computer is to become more widely available. A copy of the quantum computer at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden will be built using additional funding from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The new computer, accompanied by a quantum helpdesk, will allow Swedish companies and researchers to solve problems using quantum technology.</b></p><div>​Under the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT) initiative, since 2018 a large project to develop and build a Swedish quantum computer has been running at Chalmers University of Technology. The Chalmers quantum computer now has 25 quantum bits, or qubits. The target is 100 qubits by 2029 but, even with 25 bits, running quantum algorithms on the computer is interesting. The problem is that the machine is rarely available, as researchers are constantly working to develop it.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We’re therefore going to build a copy of our quantum computer and make it available as a test bed for companies and researchers to run algorithms. Its purpose is to raise Sweden’s competence level in quantum technology and lower the threshold for using quantum computers,” says Per Delsing, a professor at Chalmers and director of WACQT.</div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Funding of SEK 102 million</h2></div> <div> As a first stage, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has granted funding of SEK 102 million for the test bed. Alongside the quantum computer, the test bed will have a support function, a quantum helpdesk, to guide users and help them boil down their problems to executable quantum algorithms. The test bed will also provide test equipment for companies that are developing quantum technology components.</div> <div> </div> <div>“The idea is that users shouldn’t need much prior knowledge. It should be enough for a company to have a problem which they’ve heard might be solved by a quantum computer. The Quantum Helpdesk will help them from there,” says Delsing.</div> <div> </div> <div>There are already several commercial actors abroad who have made quantum computers available via the cloud. However, WACQT’s test bed will be significantly cheaper for Swedish users.</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Optimise the algorithms for the hardware</h2></div> <div> </div> <div>“Another big difference is that we’re transparent with what’s under the hood of our quantum computers. That allows you to optimise the algorithms for the hardware, thus increasing the chance of successful computations,” explains Delsing. </div> <div> </div> <div>In 2024, the test bed will open its equipment for testing components and the Quantum Helpdesk, while the quantum computer will open for running algorithms in 2025. Initially, the quantum computer will have 25 qubits, but will be upgraded to 40 qubits within a couple of years.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">For more information, please contact:</h2> <div><strong>Per Delsing</strong></div> <div><img src="/sv/institutioner/mc2/nyheter/PublishingImages/Per_Delsing_fotoChalmers_Johan_Bodell.jpg.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:201px" />Director of Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT)</div> <div>Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.</div> <div><a href=""></a>, +46 31 772 33 17</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</h2> <div>The Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology is a twelve-year, SEK 1 billion research effort aimed at taking Sweden to the forefront of the very rapidly expanding quantum technology field.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Through an extensive research programme, the Centre aims to develop and secure Swedish expertise within the main areas of quantum technology: quantum computing and simulation, quantum communications and quantum sensing.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>WACQT’s main project is to develop a quantum computer that can solve problems that lie far beyond the reach of the best conventional supercomputers.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</a></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Previous press releases on the Swedish quantum computer project:</h2> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Swedens-quantum-computer-project-shifts-up-a-gear.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Sweden’s quantum computer project shifts up a gear </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Tiny-quantum-computer-solves-real-optimisation-problem.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Tiny quantum computer solves real optimisation problem </a></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start</a></div> Mon, 23 Jan 2023 07:00:00 +0100 quantum computer project expands<p><b>​The EU Flagship project of building a superconducting quantum computer, OpenSuperQ, has been approved to enter a second phase. The project is expanded from 10 to 30 partners and renamed OpenSuperQPlus100 as it targets functional 100-qubit quantum computers. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers was one of the ten partners in the EU Flagship project OpenSuperQ, which ran between 2018 and 2022 (read more). The project aimed at building a 100-qubit quantum computer and making available in the cloud in just 3.5 years, which proved a little bit too bold – for any group in the world. OpenSuperQ demonstrated results at the state of the art, with a quantum error correction result by ETH and a first-generation 20-qubit quantum processor with good qubits in an extensible architecture from WACQT at Chalmers. </span><div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers’ quantum computer researchers will now continue to play a key role in the European quantum computer community through the recently approved second phase of OpenSuperQ – now expanded to 30 partners and renamed OpenSuperQPlus100, because it’s targeting 100-qubit quantum computers. The project also targets running quantum algorithms on these systems, approaching useful quantum computation. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers is getting 2 M€ out of the grant’s 20 M€ over 3.5 years.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The project is entirely aligned with the quantum hardware and software goals of WACQT,” says Jonas Bylander who is principal investigator for Chalmers together with Göran Wendin and Anton Frisk Kockum.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers will play a large role in fabrication and design of quantum processors, theory, and applications in quantum chemistry. Quantum computers with somewhat different focus will be built at three locations: in Delft, in Munich, and in Gothenburg at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Delft will target 100 qubits and the running of an error correction code that requires 97 qubits. The quantum computer at Chalmers will have 40 qubits in 2025 and will be made available to users via the cloud.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Our partners will get access to the quantum computer down to a very low level, close to the hardware. This allows them, for example, to test methods for controlling quantum computers as well as methods for noise mitigation,” explains Bylander.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmers will also develop and test quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry as well as hybrid algorithms that are run both on a classical and a quantum computer.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>After OpenSuperQPlus100, which targets 100 qubits by 2025, the project will develop a roadmap towards 1000 qubits by 2029 in a third phase of the project.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Ingela Roos</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div> Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:00:00 +0100 or pattern?<p><b>​Kristian Holm’s doctoral thesis deals with distributional questions for different types of mathematical objects. The two main types are lattices and zeros of L-functions, both of which connect to number theory, among other things.</b></p><p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/KristianHolm_250x300.jpg" alt="Kristian Holm" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />In number theory, it is usually not the distributions of objects that are studied, but the objects themselves. The point of taking a step back is to get a larger overview and discover patterns that cannot be seen at a detailed level. These patterns, in turn, can reveal hidden secrets behind the objects that are studied. An early example of this was the non-trivial zeros of Riemann zeta function, where it was discovered that the distribution appeared to come from random matrices, a completely different mathematical area.</p> <p>– The thesis contains interesting examples of a rather concrete probability theory as the objects that are studied are not abstract variables, but concrete objects. It succeeds in proving that there are patterns in the distributions, which gives you a better idea of how to think about, for example, zeros.</p> <h2>“Mathematics – extremely beautiful and powerful”</h2> <p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MV/Nyheter/GaussCP02_300x.png" alt="Lattice points in circles" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />Two of the articles in the thesis deal with distributional questions for lattices. In the first, random variables associated with lattices are studied, namely the two concrete geometric attributes given by the lengths and angles of the lattice vectors. An interesting question is how lattices behave in relation to the space they belong to. There are many classical results here, like for example Gauss’ circle problem where you count the number of points with integer coordinates in a circle. When the circle grows, the number of lattice points is almost equal to the area of the circle, and the same is true for more general sets. In the second article a similar counting function is studied for a concrete increasing family of sets and random lattices. The main result is that the counting function satisfies a central limit theorem.</p> <p>The fact that Kristian became a PhD student in mathematics is in itself something of a coincidence. In upper-secondary school he majored in languages, but it dawned on him that mathematics is extremely beautiful and powerful. Mathematics is indeed also a language and from that aspect a useful tool for other sciences, but with its built-in truths, it is much more than that. Kristian worked in a shop in Ringkøbing, and one day when there was little to do at the cash-point, he was playing with a mathematical problem. A customer saw this, it turned out that he was an Australian mathematician, and after a few more visits to the shop he said: I think you should study mathematics.</p> <h2>The dream of doing both research and teaching</h2> <p>Said and done, Kristian took his master’s degree in Aarhus and realised that he wanted to continue as a PhD student. He tried applying in Sweden as well, and got an open PhD position in Gothenburg. Number theory was something that he would like to work with since he sees it as an accessible mathematical discipline where it is easy to appreciate the results.</p> <p>– I have really enjoyed doing my PhD here. Corona was a sad interruption, but I had had time to get to know people, and was pleased to be here in Sweden where you could still meet under certain forms. In Denmark, there is often talk about how much is forbidden in Sweden, but now it was the other way around! It is good that the PhD is spread out over five years. Even if you are not actively doing research all the time, you have time to mature. Teaching has been real fun and I would like to continue doing that, I actually worked as an upper-secondary teacher for a year before I started my PhD. Now, I was responsible for a mathematics course for future primary school teachers.</p> <p>Next, however, research awaits in the form of a postdoctoral position in Kiel. And this, too, comes from a lucky coincidence. Kristian was at a conference a couple of months ago when a speaker mentioned a mathematical concept that he had heard but forgotten about. He felt like searching for the term, and chose a hit a bit further down the list. On the page was a small announcement for this position in Kiel that he had otherwise not seen. There was no deadline and only an email address, and when Kristian reached out after a couple of days it turned out that they had already started going through the applicants. But if he could submit an application within 24 hours, his application would be considered. It turned out that the position had strong connections to what Kristian had worked on – and after another 24 hours he was informed that the position was his!<br /><br /><em>Kristian Holm will defend his PhD thesis <a href="">Limit Theorems for Lattices and L-functions</a> on January 20 at 9.00 in lecture hall Pascal, Hörsalsvägen 1. Supervisor is Ander Södergren, assistant supervisor Michael Björklund.</em><br /><br /><strong>Text and photo</strong>: Setta Aspström<br /><strong>Figure</strong>: Kristian Holm. A classic way to count lattice points in circles is to associate the lattice points to an angular figure whose area and other properties can be compared with a larger and a smaller circle.</p> Mon, 16 Jan 2023 11:25:00 +0100​Successful allocation to projects on circularity and production systems<p><b>​We need to increase the rate of use of recycled materials in society!Production systems are an important part of the industry where many of the solutions for increased sustainability and circular economy are made possible.​</b></p><p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>&quot;In 2023, some of these eleven will be scaled up to really large projects, which will roll until 2025,&quot; says <b>Cecilia Warrol</b>, program manager for Produktion2030 and continues:</span></p> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;It will be really exciting to follow the projects</span><span style="background-color:initial">.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he indu</span><span style="background-color:initial">stry and the market demand significantly more circular material; and everyone i</span><span style="background-color:initial">s aware that we have to start reusing materials, raw materials and components, such as engines and machine parts.&quot;</span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></p> <div> <span></span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”It is great to see that Chalmers came out in a fantastic way,” says <b>Lars Nyborg</b>, director of Chalmers Production Area of Advance and continues:</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">&quot;Beside the five pre-study projects in Produktion2030 (see below), there is also <a href="">SPARSAM</a> where RISE is coordinator, were we are involved from AM side.<span style="background-color:initial"> What is even more important is that these projects connects very well to our ambitions and strategies of Production Area of Advance.&quot; finishes Lars.</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="SV"> </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Chalmers leads five of the projects that received funding, but is a partner in almost all projects. We say congratulations to:</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US">→</span><span lang="EN-US"><span> </span>Organizing the Circular Economy Through A Network of LSAM Microfactories Recycling Ocean Plastics (OCEAN-LSAM)</span></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US"><br />Responsible project manager: Robin Teigland, Chalmers University of Technology</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span><span lang="EN-US"></span></span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US">→</span><span lang="EN-US"><span> </span>Maintenance of Battery Production (MATTER)</span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="SV"><span style="background-color:initial">Responsible project manager: </span>Jon Bokrantz, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology</span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US"></span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US">→</span><span lang="EN-US"><span> </span>Factory Resource and Energy Efficiency through Digitalization (FREED)</span></a></span></span><span lang="EN-US"><br />Responsible project manager: <span>Mélanie Despeisse, </span>Chalmers University of Technology<br /></span><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span><span lang="EN-US"></span></span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US">→</span><span lang="EN-US"><span> </span>Solvent Zero Battery Manufacturing (ZEROBAT)</span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="SV"><span style="background-color:initial">Responsible project manager:</span><span> </span>Jinhua Sun, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology</span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US"></span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""><span lang="EN-US">→</span><span lang="EN-US"><span> </span>New logistics for plastics waste in a circular economy (LogiCirc)</span></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="SV"><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Responsible project manager:</span><span> </span>Hafdis Jonsdottir, Stiftelsen Chalmers Industriteknik</span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><span lang="SV"><a href="" title=""></a></span></span><span lang="SV"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="SV"><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /> Read more (in Swedish)​</a></span></p>Fri, 23 Dec 2022 08:15:00 +0100​New European project – STAND4EU <p><b>​The aim of the project is to strengthen the connections between research, innovation and standardization and to ensure that standardization is an integral part of the European research and innovation landscape. Chalmers is one of seven partners.</b></p><div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin:0cm;font-size:12pt;font-family:calibri, sans-serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11pt"></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US">The other partners are: European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF), SIEMENS AG, Fraunhofer IGCV, Fraunhofer IPA, Chalmers University, SBS-SME, Brunel University. The project will run 2022-2024.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US">STAND4EU is a platform for collaboration and communication for European standardization work. The project stresses the importance to understand what is being standardized and of course, also get more aspects of what is important to include in a standard. Industry 4.0 creates opportunities to connect the entire value chain from production via consumption to reuse/recycling.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"><a href=""><span><br /></span></a></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"><b>Why is this important?</b></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US">“Standardization and interoperability are a must to succeed with digitization and to close the value chains that create a circular economy. Traceability of products and materials is important. Through transparency, you can track their &quot;life cycle&quot; to ultimately know what and how we can reuse them,” says Björn Johansson, professor in Sustainable Production.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US">Community building, information sharing, and other methodological approaches are of great importance for accelerating the exchange between all involved parties and trigger knowhow development. And here is where Björn Johansson and his colleagues play an important role.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"> </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"><b>What is Chalmers' role?</b></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US"></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span lang="EN-US">“We are responsible for the collection and dissemination of knowledge regarding standards and interoperability. We handle the communications channels, such as LinkedIn, Instagram as well as our own website.  We are also preparing a platform together with other actors. This will be a kind of joint entrance, where industry and researchers can search for standards. This STAND4EU interface will be created to facilitate the collection and sharing of information, including pointers to available supporting services, to act as a one-stop shop for all related matters” says Björn.​</span></p>Fri, 23 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 competence to meet future challenges <p><b>​Anna-Johanna Klasander Artistic Professor, Martin Andersson, Professor Applied Surface Chemistry and Rikard Landberg, Professor of Food and Health, all at Chalmers University of Technology, are three of the 39 prominent researchers and experts in the private and public sectors, elected as new fellows in new Fellows of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). </b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/arch/profilbilder/Nonna-Klasander_386x386.jpg" alt="Anna-Johanna Klasander" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:170px;height:170px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“The collective experience and expertise of our new Fellows will be a fantastic asset for IVA. Digitalisation and sustainable development in particular areas that will be reinforced. They are key areas of expertise to meet future challenges,” says Tuula Teeri, President of IVA.</span><div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/anna-johanna-klasander.aspx">Anna-Johanna Klasander</a>, Artistic Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and Director of R&amp;D at White Arkitekter AB, elected to IVA’s Building and Construction division.<br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Martin-Andersson.aspx"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/antibakteriellhydrogel_martinandersson/portratt_martinandersson_170x170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Martin Andersson</a> Professor of Applied Surface Chemistry at Chalmers University of Technology, elected to IVA’s Chemical Engineering division.<br /><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/rikard-landberg.aspx">Rikard Landberg</a>, Professor of Food and Health at Chalmers University of Technology, elected to IVA’s Biotechnology division.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">New Fellows are inducted once a year</strong><br /></div> <div>IVA is an easily accessible expert body, independent of special interests, ideologies, and party politics.<br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Rikard_Landberg_300.jpg" alt="Rikard Landberg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px 13px;width:155px;height:155px" /><span style="background-color:initial">IVA believe in and work to promote the capacity of people to positively impact society through technology and the engineering and economic </span><span style="background-color:initial">sciences.</span><span style="background-color:initial">IVA</span><span style="background-color:initial"> was founded more than a century ago and is the world’s oldest academy of engineering sciences. IVA brings together the knowledge and experience of some 1,300 inducted Fellows and 250 companies. The Academy’s 12 divisions nominate new Fellows. The inductees are then selected by the Assembly of the Academy, IVA’s highest decision-making body.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more in IVA press release</strong>: <a href="">New Fellows elected - IVA</a></div> ​Wed, 21 Dec 2022 19:00:00 +0100 school students met top researchers at initiative seminar<p><b>Two full days packed with lectures where high school students had the chance to ask all the questions they had ever wondered about nanomaterials to successful and well-known researchers from all over the world. That was one of the purposes with Chalmers' Excellence Initiative Nano's seminar &quot;A nano focus on quantum materials&quot;.&quot;We show what we do at Chalmers, but we also build connections and create enthusiasm among high school students&quot;, says Janine Splettstösser, leader of the Excellence Initiative Nano.</b></p><div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">The initiative seminar was organized jointly between Chalmers' Excellence Initiative Nano (EI Nano, which since 1 January 2023 is renamed Chalmers' Area of Advance Nano) and <a href="">Molecular Frontiers</a>, took place on 28-29 November 2022, and was led by moderator Emma Frans, renowned Swedish scientist and author.</span></span><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"> The participants could, among other things, take part in lectures concerning the latest research in quantum materials.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;Quantum materials is a new area within EI Nano, and some very active research is conducted there&quot;, says Janine Splettstösser, professor in physics and leader of EI Nano.</span></span> &quot;<span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">With a seminar like this, we create synergies, both within Chalmers and internationally.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">The speakers we had were really the absolute best that can be found in this area, and in this way they can come to Chalmers and see what we do, and we can share our experiences with them.</span></span>&quot;<br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><span style="display:inline-block"></span></span></span></span></span><span><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"></span></span></span></span><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">The man organisers of the intitiative seminar were Floriana Lombardi and Thilo Bauch, professor and assistant professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience at Chalmers, and Janine Splettstösser highlights the high scientific level of the invited speakers - how they succeeded in creating a good mixture of enthusiasm among the audience and at the same time present their current research.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;Even those of us who weren't super-specialists could comprehend it on a more general level - for me, for example, someone who does not work with quantum materials, I learned a lot about the area, and I think that many others felt the same way.</span></span>&quot;</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span lang="en"><span><span>135 high school students particpated<br /></span></span></span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">In addition to the nearly 180 researchers present on site, 135 high school students also participated - all of them with a burning interest in the subject area.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Janine Splettstösser is thrilled about how the meeting between the researchers and the students turned out, and about how engaged and curious the students were.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">In several cases, she was surprised by the level of knowledge of the subject.<br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;Some of them asked questions that made me wonder how they can know so much.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Many of the speakers talked with the students during the breaks, and some students also contacted the speakers on LinkedIn after the seminar.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Some said they couldn't even relax during the break, they were constantly talking to the students&quot;, she says and laughs.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Per Thorén has been working with Molecular Frontiers for several years, and was the one who contacted high schools all around Sweden.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">All schools with a science education received an invitation with an opportunity to nominate two students to come to the seminar.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">In order to support schools that are situated far from Gothenburg, there was also a possibility of receiving a travel grant that EI Nano finances, and students all the way from Strömsund in the north to Malmö in the south of Sweden attended the seminar.<br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;The students who came were extremely interested and motivated&quot;, says Per Thorén.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;Different kind of subject areas are, of course, different in difficulty, and quantum physics is perhaps a little more difficult than, for example, something related to biology.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Therefore, I prepared them by telling them about the concept, but also with links to information about the speakers where they can familiarize themselves in advance.&quot;</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span lang="en"><span><span>Very advanced presentations<br /></span></span></span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Per Thorén emphasizes the high level of the research being presented, and that the presentations made by the speakers not in any way were regular lessons as made in high school.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;One must be aware of the fact that the research presented was very advanced&quot;, he says.</span></span> &quot;<span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">These are the sharpest minds in these fields of research, and they present their absolutely latest research results - that's what the students got to hear about.</span></span>&quot;</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">The high level of the presentations and the seminar as a whole were received very positively by the students.</span></span> <span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Per Thorén says that several students have subsequently contacted him with positive reviews, and even teachers who have nominated students have written to him and told him that the students came back very happy and satisfied with the two days at Chalmers.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">Janine Splettstösser hopes that this kind of event can continue in the future.</span></span><span class="jCAhz"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz"><span class="ryNqvb">&quot;</span></span><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">We are all extremely motivated to have a new event next year with a similar layout but a different theme&quot;, she says.</span></span><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb">She also thinks that it is possible to broaden the concept to go beyond basic research, and to also connect to other of Chalmers' areas of advance and make it a joint venture.<br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span lang="en"><span><span>Contact<br /></span></span></span></h2> <div> </div> <div><span class="HwtZe" lang="en"><span class="jCAhz ChMk0b"><span class="ryNqvb"><span></span><strong>Janine Splettstoesser</strong><br />Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience<br /><a href=""></a>, +46317723111<br /></span></span></span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>​Text:</strong> Robert Karlsson</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Photo:</strong> Susannah Carlsson</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"> </h2> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">&quot;A nano focus on quantum materials&quot; - invited speakers</h2></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Claudia Felser</strong>, Max Planck Institute, Germany:<br /><em>&quot;Chirality and Topology&quot;</em><br /><strong>Jens K. Nørskov</strong>, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark:<br /><em>&quot;New catalytic materials are key to the green transition​&quot;</em><br /><strong>Susanne Stemmer</strong>, UC Santa Barbara, United States:<br /><em>&quot;Thin Film Topological Matter&quot;</em><br /><strong>Ulf Gran</strong>, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden:<br /><em>&quot;The destruction of particles: when interactions become too strong for particles to exist​&quot;</em><br /><strong>Subir Sachdev</strong>, Harvard University, United States:<br /><em>&quot;When nature entangles millions of particles: from quantum materials to black holes&quot;</em><br /><strong>Zhi-Xun Shen</strong>, Stanford University, United States:<br /><em>&quot;In Search for the Next Magic Stone&quot;</em><br /><strong>Katarina J. Franke</strong>, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany:<br /><em>&quot;Is there a superconducting one-way road? - Directing the current through superconducting junctions with single magnetic atoms&quot;</em><br /><strong>​Irfan Siddiqi</strong>, UC Berkeley, United States:<br /><em>&quot;Computing with Entanglement: A New Chapter in Quantum Materials&quot;</em><br /><strong>Odile Stéphan</strong>, Paris-Saclay University​, France:<br /><em>&quot;Seeing the invisible: exploring the quantum nature of the nanoworld with electron (and photon) beams​&quot;</em><br /></div>Wed, 21 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100 and 2023 year's Tandem Webinars<p><b>​Here you will find 2022 all Tandem Webinars, and 2023 upcoming webinars. All can be watched afterwards via Chalmers Play. ​​</b></p><div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Upcoming webinars 2023:</b></span></div> <div><b><br /></b><span style="background-color:initial"><b></b><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">2 February, 2023. TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial">:</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"> </span><b>Material recycling –  possibilities, shortcomings and policy instruments<br /></b><strong>Focus: </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Metal recycling.</strong></span></div> <span></span><div>Welcome to a webinar with Christer Forsgren, Consultant in Industrial Recycling and Christian Ekberg, Prof. Energy and Material, Industrial Materials Recycling and Nuclear Chemistry. <br /><strong>Moderator:</strong> Leif Asp.<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 12:00-13:00<br /><strong>Place:</strong> Online, platform Zoom.<br /><a href="" style="outline:0px;font-size:16px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="" style="font-size:16px"><div style="display:inline !important">Register to the webinar</div></a><br /><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">3 April, 2023. TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial">:</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"> </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>3D-woven composite materials: Opportunities and challenges</b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><div>Welcome to a Tandem Webinar with Martin Fagerström, Consultant in Industrial Recycling and Dr Bassam Elsaied, University of Bristol </div> <div>Time: 3 April, 12:00-13:00.</div> <div>Place: Online, platform Zoom. </div> <div><a href="" style="outline:0px;font-size:16px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Register to the webinar​</a><br /></div> <div style="font-weight:bold"><br /></div></span></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Moderator:</span> Leif Asp.<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Time:</span> 12:00-13:00<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Place:</span> Online, platform Zoom.<br /></div></div> <br /><b>Wat</b></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">ch 2022 year´s seminars on Chalmers Play</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">:<br /></span>5 October: <span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">M</span><span style="background-color:initial">etallic nanoalloys for next generation optical hydrogen sensors</span></a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Welcome to Professor Christoph Langhammer and Lars Bannenberg´s Tandem webinar. Hydrogen: clean &amp; renewable energy carrier, with water as the only emission. But it is highly flammable when mixed with air. Very efficient and effective sensors are needed.​ <br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">8 September: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>New Insulation Materials for High Voltage Power Cables<br /></b>In this webinar two hot topics are covered by Christian Müller, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, and Per-Ola Hagstrand,  Expert at Borealis Innovation Centre. Adjunct Professor at Applied Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology.<br /><span></span><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play​</a>​<br /><br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">11 April</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Perspectives on cellulose nanocrystals<br /></b></span><span style="font-size:16px">In this tandem webinar</span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-size:16px">we have two hot topics dedicated to Cellulose nanocrystals: Cellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows &amp; Using liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.</span><br /></div> <div><a href="" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Program:</span></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Leif Asp, Co-Director Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science</li> <li>C<span style="background-color:initial">ellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows, <a href="/en/staff/Pages/roland-kadar.aspx">Roland Kádár</a>, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li>U<span style="background-color:initial">sing liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.<a href=""> Jan Lagerwall</a>, Professor at the Physics &amp; Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg.</span> </li></ul></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">30 May: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><b><span></span>Lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery</b><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><br />Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>The role of supramolecular lipid self assembly and protein corona formation for functional mRNA delivery to cells. Two hot topics will be covered by Elin Esbjörner and Fredrik Höök​.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Maria Abrahamsson, Director of Materials Science Area of Advance </li> <li><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Fredrik-Höök.aspx">Fredrik Höök</a>, <em>Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</em>.</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Elin-Esbjörner-Winters.aspx">Elin Esbjörner</a>, </span><i>Associate Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chalmers University of Technology.</i></li></ul></div></div> <div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div></div></div> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2021-tandem-seminars.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />2021 year's Tandem Webinars</a>​.​Fri, 16 Dec 2022 00:00:00 +0100