The Areas of Advance at Chalmers have over the years allocated significant resources to the recruitment of highly talented assistant professors, and to support their research. The assistant professors have received a four-year tenure track position at Chalmers, funding for a PhD student/post-doc, a leadership programme, designed to support the young scientists in becoming independent researchers, a language course (for non-Swedish speakers), and a permanent faculty position at Chalmers after successfully passing tenure assessment. For the Materials Science Area of Advance, the candidates have been evaluated by our External Advisory Board – which consists of five highly qualified international scientists – to ensure an independent assessment of the merits and research plans of the applicants.
Kasper Moth-Poulsen arrived from the University of California at Berkeley (USA) in January 2011. Dr Moth-Poulsen's research activities focus on the development of methods to address single molecules and innovative technologies for solar thermal energy storage. The objective is to make materials from nanoparticles, nanorods and tailor-made small molecules for a broad range of applications ranging from single molecule electronics to sensors and renewable energy technologies. He has established a growing research group and is now Full Professor at Chalmers.
External link: Kasper Moth-Poulsen Group homepage
Paul Erhart came from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA) and started October 2011 at the Department of Physics. His research group applies electronic and atomic scale modelling techniques to study the fundamental properties of complex materials. Since 2019, he is part of the steering group of the Materials Science Area of Advance.
External link: Paul Erhart Group homepage
Anna Martinelli started her career in research at Chalmers and was recruited back to our university in September 2010, where she started a new research group at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical engineering, focusing on the physico-chemical properties of pure ionic liquids and ionic liquid derived materials. Her position was at the time co-financed by the Energy Area of Advance. Since 2019, she is part of the steering group of the Materials Science Area of Advance.
Sheng Guo joined Chalmers University of Technology from City University Hong Kong in 2013. His main research areas are the alloy design and mechanical behaviour of concentrated multi-component alloys, with equiatomic or close-to-equiatomic compositions, also known as high-entropy alloys (HEAs). HEAs have great potential to be used as high-temperature materials, and in environments where high hardness, high wear resistance, and high corrosion resistance are required.
External link: Sheng Guo Group homepage
Marianne Liebi was recruited in 2017 from MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, where she has a continuing affiliation. She was previously at ETH Zurich and The Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut. Belonging to the Department of Physics, her research focus is in the development of X-ray scattering and imaging techniques and their application towards materials with hierarchical structures.
Yasmine Sassa received her PhD at the Paul Scherrer Institut, and after post doc positions in ETH Zurich and Uppsala University, she was recruited to an assistant professor position at the Department of Physics at Chalmers in April 2019. She is working in the field of condensed matter physics, investigating phenomena emerging from electron correlations, for example superconductivity.
Read more: Interview with Yasmine Sassa
We have also played an active role in the recruitment of strategically important assistant professors outside the Open Assistant Professors Programme:
Tiina Nypelö came to Chalmers in 2017, from BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Austria. Nypelö’s research combines forest products technology, materials science and renewable resources for advancing sustainable materials engineering. She is affiliated with Wallenberg Wood Science Center and co-founder of the All Wood Composite Platform at Chalmers.
Julia Wiktor joined Chalmers in 2019. Previously, she worked at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland and CEA Cadarache in France. Her main scientific interests are novel photoabsorbing materials for solar devices. In particular, she uses advanced electronic structure methods to study how complex physical phenomena occurring at the atomic scale affect efficiency of solar devices.
Brina Blinzler came to Chalmers from aerospace company Scaled Composites in 2017. Blinzler specializes in composite mechanics. Her research interests include the optimization of polymer matrix composite processing techniques (heat and pressure cycles during curing), multifunctional composite materials, renewable materials (bio-composites) and advanced energy materials. Brina is also part of the Graphene Flagship.
In addition, several other assistant professors at Chalmers and the Department of Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg have received support from the Area of Advance, in line with our long-term strategy.