News: Centre: Physics Centrehttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 16 Nov 2018 12:52:58 +0100http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/--They-got-grants-for-accessibility-to-infrastructure.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/--They-got-grants-for-accessibility-to-infrastructure.aspxThey will facilitate and increase the use of research infrastructures<p><b>​The Swedish Research Council has decided on approved applications within Grant for accessibility to infrastructure. We congratulate our researchers Aleksandar Matic and Paul Erhart!</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">In total, The Swedish Research Council received 35 applications, of which 9 have been granted and in total, we have granted SEK 76 million.</span></div> <div>The grant are allocated to organisations within the public sector and the industry that facilitate and increase the use of research infrastructures SciLifeLab, Max IV and ESS. </div> <div>The grant will also promote Swedish participation in the development and upgrading of research infrastructures of great strategic value for Swedish researchers and Swedish business.</div> <div><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Granted projects at Chalmers 2018 till 2022.</h4> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Paul Erhart</strong></span><br /></div> <div>Project title: Analys och modelleringstjänst för tekniska material studerad med neutroner.</div> <div>Total grant amount: MSEK 8 </div> <div><br /></div> <strong> </strong><div><strong>Aleksandar Matic</strong></div> <div>Project title: FORMAX-portalen - access till avancerade röntgenmetoder för skogsindustrin.</div> <div>Total grant amount: MSEK 12</div> <div><br /></div> <a href="https://www.vr.se/english/calls-and-decisions/grant-decisions/decisions/2018-11-01-grant-for-accessibility-to-infrastructure.html"><span><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></span><div style="display:inline !important">Read more on the homepage of <span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The Swedish Research Council. </span></div> </a><br />Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Nobel_Prize_Laureate_will_visit_Chalmers.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Nobel_Prize_Laureate_will_visit_Chalmers.aspx​Go underground with the Nobel Prize Laureate Takaaki Kajita<p><b>​On 28 November the Nobel Prize Laureate Takaaki Kajita will visit Chalmers for a talk. He will tell the story about the fascinating journey which led to a groundbreaking underground discovery - and to the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015. ​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/1_Takaaki_Kajita_350x305.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:320px;height:281px" />What he and Arthur B. McDonald had discovered was oscillations of elusive particles called neutrinos. In the Japanese underground observatory Kamiokande the research group led by Kajita could register the oscillations which showed that the particles, assumed to be massless, actually have mass. The discovery has had profound implications on for example stellar structure and cosmology. <br /></span><br /></div> <div>“Neutrinos are extremely fascinating particles, the second most common (after photons) in the Universe but so elusive that we have a hard time noticing their presence. They are potentially the key to understand some of the deepest questions that still remain unsolved,” says Professor Thomas Nilsson, experimental physicist and Head of the Department of Physics at Chalmers. <br /><br /></div> <div>Neutrinos were created at the birth of the Universe. Today they are created in nuclear processes – in the Cosmos, in our laboratories and in nuclear reactors.<br /><br /></div> <div>“When I joined Kamiokande, underground experiments were just a very small sub-field of particle physics experiments. At present, after more than 30 years, these underground experiments have become some of the most promising, powerful, versatile, and efficient ways to explore both particle physics and the Universe itself. This research underground continues to stimulate my interest. I look forward to what new discoveries the future will hold,” writes Professor Takaaki Kajita in The Nobel Prizes 2015, published on behalf of The Nobel Foundation. <br /><br /></div> <div>At Chalmers, many researchers are looking forward to Professor Kajita’s visit, especially physicists within astro, particle and subatomic physics. <br /><br /></div> <div> “I’m very glad for this event for several reasons. I studied particle physics as a student, but ended up as a reactor physicist, which is a completely different area. Nevertheless, both the existence of neutrinos, as well as two out of the three possible neutrino oscillations were proven by using neutrinos from nuclear reactors,” says Professor Imre Pázsit at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.<br /><br /></div> <div>Due to this fact, and to his extensive collaboration with Japanese physicists, Pázsit got into contact with the neutrino research quite some time ago. He met Professor Kajita in Stockholm in connection to the Nobel ceremony and at the Nobel Dialogue Dinner in Tokyo last year they met again.  <br /><br /></div> <div>“There I understood his interest to visit Sweden again, which of course helped to invite him to Chalmers. I look forward to his lecture and I hope that many will take the opportunity to listen to a fascinating talk,” says Professor Pázsit.</div> <div>Imre Pázsit has collaborated with Japanese researchers for more than 25 years. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun for his &quot;Contribution to the promotion of scientific and technological exchanges and mutual understanding between Japan and Sweden&quot;.<br /><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmer.se</a></div> <div>Image credit: Bengt Nyman, Wikimedia commons</div> <div><br />The lecture by Professor Takaaki Kajita will be open to the public, free of charge and held in Gustaf Dalén lecture hall at Chalmers campus Johanneberg, Gothenburg on 28 November at 15.15-16.00.<br /></div> <div>No registration is needed. <br /></div> <div><a href="http://graphene-flagship.eu/" style="outline:currentcolor none 0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a> <a href="/en/departments/physics/calendar/Pages/General-Physics-Colloquium_181129.aspx">Read more about the event and add it to your calendar</a><br /></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">The Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015: Metamorphosis in the particle world</h4> <div>The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 recognises <strong>Takaaki Kajita</strong> in Japan and <strong>Arthur B. McDonald</strong> in Canada, for their key contributions to the experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos change identities. This metamorphosis requires that neutrinos have mass. The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Takaaki Kajita</strong>, Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan and <strong>Arthur B. McDonald,</strong> Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, were awarded <em>“for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass”<br /><br /></em></div> <div><a href="http://graphene-flagship.eu/" style="outline:currentcolor none 0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />​</a> <a href="https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2015/press-release/">Read more about the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015</a></div>Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Playing-physicists,-art-and-unexpected-seminars.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Playing-physicists,-art-and-unexpected-seminars.aspxPlaying physicists, art, creativity and unexpected seminars<p><b>​On 19-21 November it&#39;s time for the AHA Festival at Chalmers - an annual celebration of science and art. This year, several of the program items have a wonderful taste of physics thanks to our researchers.</b></p><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif"><img src="/sv/nyheter/PublishingImages/AHA-logga2018_270x170.jpg" alt="AHA-logga2017_270x170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /></h4> <div><span style="background-color:initial">​Take the chance to experience the new location of FysikLek (Kemigården 1, 4th floor) and check out an interactive and mind-twisting exhibition with optical illusions. Meet P-O Nilsson and Anders Nordlund and learn about creativity and playing physicists. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">You also have the chance to listen to seminar talks at the Student Union Building where, among others, Fredrik Höök, Göran Johansson, Mattias Marklund and Martin Cederwall will be our guides. They will cover a wide range of topics from cave art to smartphones, discuss the language of physics, photosynthesis, evolution, quantum biology and quantum computers. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">There will also be a guided tour for those of you who are curious about the fine collection of art in the Physics building. </span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><a href="http://www.ahafestival.se/"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Check out the full programme. </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>AHA Festival, 19-21 November</strong> at FysikLek, GD, “the Apple” (Kemigården 1) and the Student Union Building, second floor, Campus Johanneberg, (Chalmersplatsen 1 ) Gothenburg. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The festival will be free of charge and open to the public.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> <div><a href="/sv/nyheter/Sidor/aha-festivalen-2018.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the AHA Festival 2018.</a><br /></div></div> <div><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;border-style:none;font-weight:600" /><a href="/sv/institutioner/ace/kalendarium/Sidor/Aha-festival-2018.aspx">Add the event to your calendar</a><span style="background-color:initial">.</span><br /></div> <div><div><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" style="border-style:none;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-weight:600" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ahafestivalse">Follow the AHA Festival on Facebook</a>.<br class="Apple-interchange-newline" /><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" style="border-style:none;font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif;font-weight:600" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1812153095497896/">Attend the event for the festival on Facebook</a>.​</div></div>Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Grants-from-VR.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Grants-from-VR.aspxThey got grants from the Swedish Research Council<p><b>​​​ Six researchers at the Department of Physics were successful in getting grants from The Swedish Research Council (VR) within natural and engineering sciences. Altogether they received  22 612 000 SEK from 2018 to 2022. Congrats to Riccardo Catena, Tünde Fülöp, Fredrik Höök, Christoph Langhammer, Marianne Liebi and Björn Wickman.</b></p>​<span style="font-weight:700">Riccardo Catena</span><br /><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700"></span><p style="margin-bottom:10px">Empirisk bestämning av mörka materians spinn.<br /><span style="background-color:initial">3 </span><span style="background-color:initial">372 000 SEK<br /></span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">Tünde Fülöp<br /></span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Skenande elektroner i fusionsplasmor.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">4 440 000 SEK</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="font-weight:700">Fredrik Höök<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Tvådimensionell flödescytometry för analys av enskilda nanopartiklar.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"> 4 000 000 SEK</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="font-weight:700">Christoph Langhammer<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Korrelationen mellan Mikrostruktur och Sorptionskinetik i Växelverkan mellan Vätgas och Enskilda Nanopartiklar.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">3 800 000 SEK</span><span style="background-color:initial">     </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="font-weight:700">Marianne Liebi<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">SAXS- och WAXS tensortomografi: En ny metod för analys av material på flera längdskalor.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">3 600 000 SEK</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><span style="font-weight:700">Björn Wickman<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Nya material för bränslecellskatalysatorer med nanostrukturerade modelelektroder.<br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"> 3 ​400 000 SEK​<br /><br /></span></p> <ul><li>In total 34 researchers at Chalmers were awarded.</li> <li>The total amount appropriated for all grants within Natural and Engineering Sciences is <br />1 168 687 000 SEK for the entire grant period 2018-2022.</li> <li>The total amount appropriated for Chalmers is 119 089 000<span></span> SEK which is the fifth largest amount after Uppsala University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. </li> <li>The Swedish Research Council got 1 609 applications this year, of them 341 are being funded.</li></ul> <p style="margin-bottom:10px"><a href="https://www.vr.se/inenglish/researchfunding/fundinggranted/naturalandengineeringsciences.4.74c1249915f5a1e5493abb7.html"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="http://www.chalmers.se/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the grants from the Swedish Research Council.</a></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Six-MC2-researchers-share-19-millions-in-grants-from-VR.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Six-MC2-researchers-share-19-millions-in-grants-from-VR.aspxSix MC2-researchers share 19 millions in grants from VR<p><b>​34 researchers at Chalmers were successful in getting grants from The Swedish Research Council (VR) in its general call for applications within natural and engineering sciences. Six of these are working at MC2 and received a total amount of 19 557 000 SEK. Congratulations to you all!</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/vr_grants_665x330.jpg" alt="Picture to article." style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Here are the MC2-researchers who got funding from the council:</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Giulia Ferrini, Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory</strong></div> <div>Kvantfördel i kontinuerliga variabelarkitekturer</div> <div>3 000 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Jan Grahn, Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory</strong></div> <div>Transistorförstärkning vid millikelvin</div> <div>3 295 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Per Hyldgaard, Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory</strong></div> <div>Laddningsöverförsel vid gränsytor i mjuka material: en utmaning för icke-lokal täthetsfunktionalteori</div> <div>3 056 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Johan Liu, Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory</strong></div> <div>Grafenstent</div> <div>3 350 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Floriana Lombardi, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory</strong></div> <div>Undersökning av en högtemperatursupraledares fasdiagram på nanometerskala</div> <div>3 456 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Janine Splettstoesser, Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory </strong></div> <div>Värmeströmsfluktuationer och dens inverkan på lokala temperaturer och potentialer</div> <div>3 400 000 (2019-2022)</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The total amount appropriated for all grants within Natural and Engineering Sciences is 1 168 687 000 SEK for the entire grant period 2018-2022. This is an increase of 79 947 000 SEK compared to 2017. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The total amount appropriated for Chalmers is 119 089 000 SEK which is the fifth largest amount after Uppsala University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. Chalmers decreases its share by 423 000 SEK.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>VR got 1 609 applications this year, of them 341 are being funded.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://vr.se/english/calls-and-decisions/grant-decisions/decisions/2018-09-06-natural-and-engineering-sciences.html" title="Link to VR" target="_blank">More information</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Joining-forces-for-a-European-quantum-computer.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Joining-forces-for-a-European-quantum-computer.aspxJoining forces for a European quantum computer<p><b>​Ten international partners from academia and industry will collaborate in a unique research endeavour to build a high-performance quantum computer, available to a broad community of users. The project, OpenSuperQ, coordinated by Saarland University in Germany, is part of the EU’s unprecedented €1 billion Flagship initiative on Quantum Technology.Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, contributes with in-depth knowledge of the primal building blocks of the quantum computer.​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>The world is currently taking the first steps into the second quantum revolution where quantum technologies will play a decisiv​e part in advanced technology. In the last few years, quantum computing has been elevated from a basic research concept towards a viable cloud offering which will be affecting people’s everyday lives in multiple ways.</span></p> <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/jonas%20bylander.jpg" alt="Photo of Jonas Bylander" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;height:210px;width:140px" /><div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>In order to catalyse the transfer of quantum computing research from the lab to the market, the collaborative project <a href="http://opensuperq.eu/">OpenSuperQ​</a> (An Open Superconducting Quantum Computer) aims at developing a large quantum computing system, available to external users. The open approach allows the system to serve a large community of early adopters and educate the next generation of quantum scientists, developers, and users.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>“Building a quantum computer with 100 qubits is a very ambitious and <span style="background-color:initial">difficult task. </span><span style="background-color:initial">By joining forces in Europe and contributing with our respective expertise, the task will be easier to solve,” said Jonas Bylander, associate professor at the Quantum Technology Laboratory at Chalmers University of Technology and one of the principal investigators in OpenSuperQ.</span></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/goran%20wendin.jpg" alt="Photo of Göran Wendin" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px;width:130px;height:195px" />The expertise of Chalmers University of Technology lies mainly in the smallest building blocks of the quantum computer, the superconducting qubits. Chalmers has over the years made many contributions to developing the field, coordinated several EU projects through professor Göran Wendin, and is leading the <a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx">Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology​​​</a>, the major Swedish effort of engineering a quantum computer.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>“We are fortunate to have gathered a team of the most renowned players in the field bringing together science, engineering and application development at the highest level,” says Professor Frank Wilhelm-Mauch from the Physics Department of Saarland University who coordinates the project.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>In order to fuel the translation of technologies into applications, the OpenSuperQ system will be located at the supercomputer centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. The hardware will be based on superconducting integrated circuits and contain the necessary technological infrastructure, including a control system and cryogenics. The software stack will be integrated, from user access all the way to low-level control. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>While designed as an all-purpose quantum computer, the project particularly targets applications for quantum simulation in chemistry and materials science as well as for optimisation and machine learning. The computer will be among the leading platforms in the world and the first of its kind developed in Europe.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>To maximise the project’s impact in the field, the partners strive to establish close links with European and international research and industry players, both as technology partners and as users. The involvement of highly recognised stakeholders in the advisory board, the basic science group and a user board will further contribute to the achievement of this aim.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>OpenSuperQ receives funding from the current EU Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020 and will run for an initial period of three years. <span style="background-color:initial">For more information, please visit <a href="http://opensuperq.eu/">opensuperq.eu​</a></span></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <span></span><div><div><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>&gt;&gt;About the Quantum Flagship</strong></p></div></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div class="textRow">The Quantum Flagship was launched in 2018 as one of the largest and most ambitious research initiatives of the European Union. With a budget of €1 billion and a duration of 10 years, the flagship brings together research institutions, academia, industry, enterprises, and policy makers, in a joint and collaborative initiative on an unprecedented scale. The main objective of the Flagship is to consolidate and expand European scientific leadership and excellence in this research area as well as to transfer quantum physics research from the lab to the market by means of commercial applications and disruptive technologies. With over 5,000 researchers from academia and industry involved in this initiative throughout its lifetime, it aims to create the next generation of disruptive technologies that will impact Europe’s society, placing the region as a worldwide knowledge-based industry and technological leader in this field.<br />For more information, please visit <a href="https://qt.eu/">Quantum Flagship</a></div></div> <div>​<br /></div> <div>Text: Ingela Roos</div> <div>Photo: Johan Bodell</div> ​​Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Myfab---Swedens-nanolab-gives-great-opportunities.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Myfab---Swedens-nanolab-gives-great-opportunities.aspxMyfab – Sweden&#39;s Nanolab offers great opportunities<p><b>Despite the fact that most of what happens inside the research infrastructure Myfab&#39;s doors at Chalmers is literally microscopically small, the possibilities offered by the lab to both industry and academia are all the more. This is especially true of manufacturing possibilities.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><div>Myfab is an open infrastructure that collects resources for nano- and microfabrication. Every year more than 800 unique users enter the doors of one of Myfab's four plants at Chalmers, Uppsala University, Lund University and KTH. Each plant has a standardized set of equipment and its own specialities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>At Myfab's extensive cleanroom environment, production, but also characterization of materials and components can be made for example the future of the high-tech industry. In total, 101 different companies currently work actively in the system and new ones are added all the time.</div> <div>&quot;We want to be an open and inviting environment. The only requirement is that the activity should be compatible with our processes and equipment. Overall, several billion SEK have been invested during more than ten years and today we have about 700 different tools in our laboratories. We are very proud of this&quot;, says Myfab's director Thomas Swahn.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>A nanometer is disappearingly small, one millionth of a millimetre, and thus requires specific measurement and manufacturing equipment. Myfab is a mixed environment in which the academic is constantly present; at the same time also manufacturing takes place with a variety of techniques:</div> <div>&quot;We have such professionally built fabrication capabilities that we can help SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises, editor's adjustment) to reach reasonable volumes before moving on. It's a success story for us every time a company arises in our environment and then grows so big that they can leave us and build their own manufacturing&quot;, says Thomas Swahn.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For the fabrication of a typical product, as many as 20 to 30 different tools may be needed. A completely customized digital booking system, Myfab LIMS, has been developed to coordinate the usage in order to avoid bottlenecks, to see when equipment needs service or to enable users to book guidance from the experienced staff. “Those who use our research infrastructure can come to us physically or contact us electronically, via the system, and get an idea of the possibilities available in the lab. The system has been so successful that it is now also licensed to Myfab’s corresponding operations in Norway, Finland, Ireland, France and Portugal”, says Thomas Swahn.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Åsa Haglund is one of the researchers working in Myfab’s lab environment. Her group’s research focuses, among other things, on developing new ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The field of application may be, for example, phototherapy to treat patients with skin problems like psoriasis, water purification using UV light, or in a greenhouse environment to increase plant nutrient content. The goal is to increase the electrical to optical power conversion efficiency, which is traditionally low in ultraviolet diodes, by imitating the technology used in far more effective blue LEDs:</div> <div>&quot;We initially perform simulations on our new component concepts. Then we can use Myfab to make a prototype, test and verify the concepts, which of course is extremely valuable. Through Myfab we get access to all the equipment needed, which would have been impossible to acquire for an individual research group&quot;, Åsa Haglund concludes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Joakim Johansson</div> <div>Photo: Lo Birgersson</div> <div>Translation: Michael Nystås</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">ABOUT MYFAB</h5> <div>• Sweden's national resource for micro and nano fabrication</div> <div>• 700 instruments in four nanofabrication labs, a total of 5400 m2 cleanroom space</div> <div>• Open access - no waiting time due to application procedure or selection</div> <div>• Developed and operated by 60 technicians and experts</div> <div>• Education, process planning, process service</div> <div>• Used by 800 researchers and entrepreneurs</div> <div>• 81% academy, 19% high-tech industry from 100 companies</div> <div>• 800 scientific publications  published annually</div> <div>• Technical expert profiles at all labs</div> <div>• Myfab LIMS efficient and priced web interface</div> <div>• www.myfab.se</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The article was previously published in Ny Teknik on 25 October2018​</div></span></div>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-popular-course-for-experts-in-electron-microscopy-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-popular-course-for-experts-in-electron-microscopy-.aspxA popular course for experts in electron microscopy<p><b></b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">More than 50 resea</span><span style="background-color:initial">rchers and specialists in electron microscopy gathered for Chalmers </span><span style="background-color:initial">Microscopy School – SEM 2018 </span><span style="background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial">on </span><span style="background-color:initial">23-25 October 2018</span><span style="background-color:initial">. </span><span style="background-color:initial">The three-day course focused on advanced techniques in imaging and microanalysis. </span></div> <div>The yearly event has become a popular meeting place for industrial scientists, specialists and researchers in academia. The course offered both lectures and laboratory sessions – and time to exchange knowledge and ideas. As usual, SEM 2018 was organised Lena Falk and Mats Halvarsson, professors at the Department of Physics at Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and images: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/society-industry/Chalmers%20Microscopy%20School/Pages/default.aspx?fbclid=IwAR38fGLB0yhXHFcTk9DHxBNuzl9ULF5nrHg0BEyStSsyYtrun77WfteeFRg%E2%80%8B"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about Chalmers Microscopy School.​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/workshop_photogenic_sampleholder_750x400.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br /></div>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/A-New-Spin-on-Hybrid-Graphene-Electronics.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/A-New-Spin-on-Hybrid-Graphene-Electronics.aspxA new spin on hybrid graphene electronics<p><b>​A hybrid electronic device consisting of graphene and topological insulators have been demonstrated by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. The findings in the hybrid devices reveal a unique electronic spin functionality which is not present in the individual materials. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Science Advances.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">In quantum physics, spin-orbit coupling is a relativistic interaction between the spin and momentum degrees of freedom of electrons. It is central to the novel topological phenomena observed in condensed matter physics and in practical use for various spintronic and quantum technologies. For example, the discovery of spin dependent electronic scattering phenomenon in solids by Nobel Laureates Albert Fert and Peter Grünberg has given rise to computer data storage, memory and sensor applications.<br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/saroj_2012_665x330.jpg" alt="Picture of Saroj P Dash" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Saroj P. Dash. Photo: Peter Widing</em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Recently, the newly discovered two-dimensional materials have provided an emerging platform to discover new spin dependent interactions because of its unique electronic properties. </span><br /></div> <div>“After the discovery of graphene by Nobel Laureates Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, it has been a long-standing goal for researchers to generate a large spin-orbit coupling in the material for creation of novel topological quantum effects and to observe new spintronic phenomenon”, says Saroj P. Dash (above picture), Associate Professor at Chalmers and leader of the experimental group at the university.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>However, graphene does not have the sufficient spin-orbit interaction, because it consists of a single two-dimensional layer of light carbon atoms arranged in a symmetrical hexagonal lattice. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Here, researchers demonstrated an emergence of a large spin-orbit coupling and predicted a creation of nontrivial spin texture of electronic states in graphene, by the formation of a heterostructure built from two electronically special materials – graphene and topological insulators. <br /></div> <div>“The idea here was to modify the graphene properties by a proximity effect while hybridizing with a high spin-orbit material such as topological insulator”, says Saroj P. Dash. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/saroj_fig_1_v13_181024_500px_700x540.jpg" alt="Device consisting of a Graphene – Topological Insulator heterostructure channel and ferromagnetic tunnel contacts." style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><em>Fig. 1. </em></span><em>Schematic representation of a device consisting of a Graphene (Gr) – Topological Insulator (TI) heterostructure channel and ferromagnetic (FM) tunnel contacts. The insets show the band structures of graphene and topological insulator, as well as the spin-orbit induced splitting in hybrid heterostructure region. Illustration: Dmitrii Khokhriakov</em><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The heterostructures of graphene and topological insulators were assembled by layer-by-layer transfer of these two materials, which are ultimately bonded by a van der Waals force. In a strong collaborative research effort, the theoretical calculations for such heterostructures were performed at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) in Spain and the device fabrication and electronic measurements were performed at Chalmers in Sweden. </span><br /></div> <div>“This has been possible by utilizing the state of the art nanofabrication facility and spin-sensitive electronic measurements at Chalmers”, says Saroj P. Dash.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Dmitrii Khokhriakov is a PhD Student at Chalmers and first author of the scientific paper:</div> <div>“The chosen materials in the hybrid devices, such as graphene and topological insulators, share similar linear energy band spectra for electrons, following a Dirac relation rather than obeying the usual Schrödinger equation. The key difference between these two materials lies in their spin-orbit coupling strength. The advantage of these heterostructures is that, while graphene in proximity with topological insulators still supports good spin current, it concurrently acquires an induced strong spin-orbit coupling”, he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Stephan Roche is Professor at ICN2, and leader of the theory team:</div> <div>“The proximity-induced strong spin-orbit coupling not only triggers the emergence of novel fundamental spintronic features, but also could open new avenues for exploring proximity induced topological effects in the field of spintronics and quantum computing. They could become important building blocks in future spin-based data storage or information processing technologies”, he says. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The research at Chalmers is supported by Excellence Initiative Nano and Graphene Centre at Chalmers, The Swedish Research Council (VR), EU Graphene Flagship and FlagEra projects.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Saroj P. Dash and Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Peter Widing</div> <div>Illustrations: Dmitrii Khokhriakov</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Read the scientific article in Science Advances &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div><em>Tailoring Emergent Spin Phenomena in Dirac Material Heterostructures; </em></div> <div>Dmitrii Khokhriakov, Aron W. Cummings, Kenan Song, Marc Vila, Bogdan Karpiak, André Dankert, Stephan Roche, Saroj P. Dash; </div> <div>Science Advances, 2018; 4:eaat9349.</div> <div><a href="http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/9/eaat9349">advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/9/eaat9349​</a></div> <div>DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9349</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">For further information &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div>Saroj P. Dash, Associate Professor, Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, +46 31 772 5170, saroj.dash@chalmers.se  </div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Figures:</h5> <div>(1) Schematic representation of a device consisting of a Graphene (Gr) – Topological Insulator (TI) heterostructure channel and ferromagnetic (FM) tunnel contacts. The insets show the band structures of graphene and topological insulator, as well as the spin-orbit induced splitting in hybrid heterostructure region. Illustration: Dmitrii Khokhriakov</div> <div>(2) Picture of the nanofabricated device showing the graphene-topological insulator heterostructure channel with ferromagnetic tunnel contacts. Illustration: Dmitrii Khokhriakov​</div> Wed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Jari-Kinaret.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Jari-Kinaret.aspxJari Kinaret runs Europe’s largest research flagship<p><b>​“Perkele! Is this what my taxes are going to? There must be better ideas,” thought physics professor Jari Kinaret as he sat at Chalmers reading a number of proposals for EU research projects.So he wrote his own proposal, and sowed the seed that grew into Europe’s biggest research initiative ever – the Graphene Flagship.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/JariKinaretSV300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />It was in late spring 2010 when the European Commission sent out the email that sparked Kinaret’s initiative. The Commission had sent an open invitation to submit project ideas for European research flagships. The Commission planned to invest major resources in the best projects, and competition was keen.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“Some of the applicants had already been developing and lobbying for their ideas for a long time, but I wasn’t very impressed,” Kinaret says. “I thought graphene was a better idea, and I got the opportunity to present my proposal in Brussels. They said I would have five minutes for my presentation, but I only got three.”</span><br /></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">A whole world of new opportunities</h4></div> <div>At the time, graphene was a young, growing research field – both at Chalmers and elsewhere in Europe. But outside the research world, few people knew what graphene was – at least until the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded that autumn: “A thin flake of ordinary carbon, just one atom thick, lies behind this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov have shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics.”</div> <div>That’s how the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences described the ground-breaking discovery in its press release on 5 October 2010. </div> <div>Graphene is the very thinnest form of carbon, but it’s very strong. It also has unique heat and electricity conducting properties, which opens up a whole world of new opportunities. That’s what Kinaret focused on, and in autumn 2010 he submitted an initial application to the European Commission with a handful of partners around Europe. The application was accepted, and in the following year the consortium was expanded with dozens more partners. The big flagship application was prepared under Chalmers’ administration.</div> <div>The process took time, but in early 2013 he received the good news while travelling in Japan. The project had been granted EUR 1 billion for the coming 10 years, and the Graphene Flagship could be launched.</div> <div>“I was inundated with congratulations when I landed at Landvetter Airport,” Kinaret reminisces. “It was really a big deal that we’d succeeded. I remember we drank champagne with the University President.” Since then, Kinaret has headed the project, which is coordinated by the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Graphene-based <span>products</span><span> </span><span>are starting to hit the shelves​</span></h4></div> <div>Today the Graphene Flagship has over 150 partners in more than 20 countries and involves in excess of 1,200 people. The overall goal is to transfer various types of graphene-based technology to society to create benefit, growth and job opportunities.</div> <div>“We can do extremely advanced things in the lab, but it’s a big challenge to go from small-scale craftsmanship to industrial manufacturing in giant series. It takes a long time to develop products, but the first graphene-based electronics products are starting to hit the shelves.”</div> <div>Examples include high-speed, highly sensitive detectors and bendable electronic gadgets. Other coming developments in the next few years are rapid-charging, flexible batteries with high storage capacity and more efficient fuel cells.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">There are already products on the market that have been “doped up” with graphene to improve their characteristics, such as stronger, lighter tennis rackets; motorcycle helmets and a Chalmers dinghy that literally flies across the water’s surface.</span><br /></div> <div>The future also holds possibilities that sound almost like science fiction. For example, an artificial retina. A blind person may be able to see using a small camera that communicates with a graphene membrane attached to the damaged retina. Since graphene can convert light to electrical signals, the brain can get the information it needs to see what the camera sees.</div> <div>“This type of technology already exists, but graphene can give better resolution,” Kinaret tells us in his calm, matter-of-fact way. “But there will be a very long development time before it can be put into use.”</div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">A driving force to exceed expectations </h4></div> <div>There is no doubt that it will take a lot of tenacity, strength and patience to steer such a complex research vessel as the Graphene Flagship. But Kinaret seems to have the necessary perseverance. He is most proud when he succeeds at something he doesn’t feel he has a natural talent for.</div> <div>“Things that come to you easily are nothing to be proud of,” he says. “The greatest thing is always when you exceed expectations – above all your own. That’s the very hardest thing to do.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>And the tax money – is it going to the right things now? </strong></div> <div>“Yes, I’m happier than I would have been with the other alternatives. They weren’t all bad, but this is better,” he says candidly. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Jari_Kinaret_inblick_0254_750x.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">Jari</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Kinaret has visited Gunnebo House outside Gothenburg many times over the years. He often brought his family here when his children were small to look at the animals, walk through the grounds and enjoy coffee and cakes. Gunnebo House has another thing in common with Jari Kinaret and the Graphene Flagship – a clear link to the EU. The project “Gunnebo – back to the 18th century” was started with EU funding. While graphene is about building the future, Gunnebo is making the most of its historic environment.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about Jari Kinaret</h3> <div><strong>Born: </strong>27 February 1962 in Kokkola in the Ostrobothnia region of Finland. </div> <div><strong>Lives: </strong>A house in Mölndal outside Gothenburg. </div> <div><strong>Family: </strong>Wife and two daughters, aged 16 and 20.  </div> <div><strong>Job:</strong> Professor of physics at Chalmers, head of the Division of Condensed Matter Theory, director of the Graphene Flagship, which is the EU’s biggest research investment and is coordinated by the Department of Physics at Chalmers. </div> <div><strong>Career in brief</strong>: Earned a master’s degree in theoretical physics at Oulu University in 1986 and a degree in electrical engineering at the same university in 1987, before moving to the United States for further studies. He earned his doctorate in physics at the prestigious MIT in 1992 and spent some time working in Denmark. He came to Gothenburg in 1995 for a position at Gothenburg University, and since 1998 he has been on the Chalmers staff, where he has been a professor for ten years. Kinaret has also been the head of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Area of Advance at Chalmers. Since 2013 he has headed the Graphene Flagship. He is also in charge of the Division of Condensed Matter Theory at the Department of Physics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Leisure interests:</strong> “My wife and I really enjoy jigsaw puzzles. The biggest one we have at home is probably 3,000 pieces. I also like mathematical puzzles, and I can clearly remember when I got my first Rubik’s cube at age 19. The first time, it took me two weeks to solve it, but then I practised a lot. My best time was 20–30 seconds. But it takes me longer now!”</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Favourite place for inspiration: </strong>“In the past I think it was the Delsjö area, where I did a lot of running. Now I don’t have any particular place where I get inspiration, but I like to visit Bertilssons Stuga (in the Delsjö Nature Reserve) or Gunnebo House for coffee.”</span><br /></div> <div><strong>Most proud of:</strong> “This is a question I often ask when conducting job interviews, so I’ve also considered what my own answer would be. Here are three things in chronological order where I exceeded my own expectations:</div> <div>1.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>When I wrote my essay for my upper-secondary school diploma in Finland I got 98 of 99 points. That made me really proud because I don’t have a natural talent for writing.</div> <div>2.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>After upper-secondary school, I did my military duty and got into the reserve officers’ academy. I’m good at reading, but this was something completely different, and far from my core skills. So I’m proud to have earned top marks there.</div> <div>3.<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>The Graphene Flagship – that was a big, important win. When we started out in 2010, we weren’t among the favourites, but we beat out the competition.”</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Motivation: </strong>“From the start, it was mostly curiosity. I’ve always liked mathematical reasoning. But the Graphene Flagship is different. It’s about seeing what we can accomplish with the project – how we can create real benefit in society.”</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong>First memory of physics:</strong> “Maybe this is more maths than physics, but I remember that we had a maths assignment in primary school where there was a mistake. The answer you got was a negative number, and I thought about what that meant. It turned out I had found a printing error in the book. I also remember reading about the Pythagorean theorem, which defines the relationship between the lengths of the sides of a right triangle. I was maybe seven or eight when I developed my own theorem that could be used for triangles that didn’t have a right angle. I remember that it sort of worked, and looking back, I’m really curious about how I managed that. I don’t have any paperwork left from it...”</div> <div><strong>The best thing about being a scientist: </strong>“Being able to decide what to work on. That’s a freedom that allows me to work on things that interest me. That freedom is the best thing, without a doubt.”</div> <div><strong>Challenges of the job: </strong>“Balance – ensuring a reasonable workload. It’s not good to have too much or too little work, but I tend to prefer having a bit too much when I know what I have to do… I’ve had problems with stress, and you need to set boundaries. In my role, it’s about trusting your employees and delegating more. You don’t always get everything your own way, but there’s no time to do everything yourself. You also need to take time to recuperate during periods with a lower workload.”</div> <div><strong>Dream for the future: </strong>“I dream of being able to find a way to allow future generations to live a life they’re happy with. It’s not obvious how we in Europe can create a competitive advantage over places like China and India. A large proportion of all manufacturing industries are outside Europe today, and we need to be involved in creating job opportunities for our children and grandchildren.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong>, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><strong>Foto 1: Henrik Sandsjö</strong></div> <div><strong>Foto2: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="http://graphene-flagship.eu/"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Graphene Flagship.</a></div> <div><a href="http://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/GRAPHENE-CA-appointed-an-EU-Future-Emerging-Technology-Flagship-Pilot-.aspx%E2%80%8B"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read the article about when Chalmers was entrusted with coordinating the research project (2013).​</a></div></div>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Pilote-activites-at-FysikLek.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Pilote-activites-at-FysikLek.aspxPilote activites at &quot;FysikLek<p><b></b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/fysiklek_anders_collage_600xNY.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />The corridor and rooms that will house ”FysikLek”, the physics toys and pedagogical centre, is slowly taking shape in Origo building, floor 3 (Kemivägen 1, Gothenburg). <br /></div> <div>A lot of people have been involved, from the design and building led by Peter Apell at Chalmers to a pedagogical team, led by Jonas Enger at the University of Gothenburg, to mention just a few. And of course, there is the unprecedented collection of physics toys collected by <a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Chalmers-Professor-awarded-by-the-City-of-Gothenburg.aspx?utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=Ungapped&amp;utm_campaign=%23+19+October+2018+%E2%80%93+News+and+events+from+the+physics+departments+at+Chalmers+and+the+University+of+Gothenburg&amp;utm_custom%5bungapped%5d%3dbd44ebeb-d864-4cb7-b3eb-ae569ea54d42">P-O Nilsson. <br /></a></div> <div>The pedagogical team will initially try out the new rooms and pedagogical programs with a few school classes with children in the age of 7-9 years. Hopefully, &quot;FysikLek&quot; will start to receive the first school classes before Christmas 2018.</div> <div>If you have questions about FysikLek or want to contribute to the project, you are welcome to contact the manager <a href="mailto:andnord@chalmers.se">Anders Nordlund </a>at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Million-rain-over-four-researchers.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Million-rain-over-four-researchers.aspxMillion rain over four researchers<p><b>​Tomas Bryllert and Per Hyldgaard at MC2 are two of the four Chalmers researchers who receive funding from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). &quot;It feels great! This is an area we think has great potential, and we have been working towards it for a couple of years,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">SSF distributes more than SEK 236 million to 33 different projects to promote the development of instruments, methods and technologies that provide the prerequisites for future, advanced research and innovation. The 33 projects receive between four and eight million kronor each.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The purpose of the announcement is to attract individuals who work specifically with development of instruments, engineering or methods. The foundation received 342 applications, which are many more than usual.</div> <div>&quot;It shows the great interest and the need for this kind of support,&quot; writes SSF in a press release.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/tbryllert_anna-lena_lundqvist_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Picture of Tomas Bryllert." style="margin:5px" />Tomas Bryllert (to the right) is a researcher at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. He works very broad with anything from device- and circuit technology all the way up to operating systems. In December 2017, SSF gave Tomas Bryllert a Strategic Mobility contribution, which means that he became a guest researcher forone year at the defence and security company Saab.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In the new round of funding, Bryllert is awarded SEK 6 927 000 to the project &quot;Radar at High Frequencies for Industrial Measurement Techniques&quot;. For his grant, he, along with colleagues at MC2 and the division of energy technology at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, will build a radar instrument in the 176 GHz-206 GHz frequency band to follow the processes of industrial gasification and combustion plants.</div> <div>To make this happen, the researchers will develop three technologies: a high resolution 3D radar for mapping fuel, particles and so on in the reactors, doppler technology to monitor the dynamics of fuel and particles, as well as radar spectroscopy to try to identify and measure gases in the reactors.</div> <div>&quot;The goal is ultimately to improve control, as well as make good models, of the combustion/gasification plants, and thus make them better and more effective in the future,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/phyldgaard_350x305.jpg" alt="Picture of Per Hyldgaard." class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Per Hyldgaard (to the right), professor at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory at MC2, also has the opportunity to celebrate. He is granted SEK 6 860 000 for the project &quot;Putting modern nonlocal-correlation DFT to materials work&quot;.</div> <div>&quot;It feels good! By focusing on the continued development and implementation of our general method of calculation of material properties, we can open up many more challenges,&quot; says Per Hyldgaard.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The grant now gives him the opportunity to hire postdoctoral students that will broaden the implementation and help define validation cases for new users in, for example, chemistry.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander at the Department of Physics, and Romain Bordes at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, also receive grants between four and eight million kronor in the same announcement. Hörnqvist Colliander is granted funding for the project &quot;Experimental micromechanics in three dimensions&quot;, and Bordes for the project &quot;MRI for Levitating Material&quot;.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The amounts granted are distributed over a three-year period.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Congratulations to all of you!</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo of Tomas Bryllert: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div> <div>Photo of Per Hyldgaard: Henrik Sandsjö</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://strategiska.se/pressmeddelande/236-miljoner-till-instrument-teknik-och-metodutveckling%E2%80%8B">Read press release from SSF</a> (in Swedish) &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Johan-Akerman.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Johan-Akerman.aspx​The physics professor who won’t give up until it works<p><b>​Every time you upload an image to Facebook or surf wirelessly on your phone, you use them. Every time physics professor Johan Åkerman goes to work, he wants to improve them. “They” are magnetic hard drives, RAM memories and microwave oscillators that store, process and transfer information. They are fundamental cornerstones of our information society.​​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/JohanAkermanSV300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />For Johan Åkerman at the University of Gothenburg, it’s all about making things work. And that’s not all. He wants the results of his research to be useful to society as well.</span><br /></div> <div>“I like applied physics, research which can be commercialised,” he says, adding with a smile: “Because this is about developing products, the most exciting aspect is working on things that don’t work – and getting them to work.”</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">From earliest childhood, he loved experimenting with electronics, and he also enjoyed chemistry. We don’t know what his parents thought about him manufacturing hydrogen gas in their kitchen, but they would probably agree that he had plenty of ideas and drive.</span><br /></div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">A short work day​ at Motorola...</h4></div> <div>After upper-secondary school, Åkerman began his academic journey in the world of physics. It started in Lund, where his friends were, took a francophone turn to Lausanne in Switzerland, then went on to Stockholm and the United States. The journey went through colourful professors with wide-ranging international networks, which eventually led him to the business community and the mobile giant Motorola. His first day at that job happened to be 11 September 2001, when the Twin Towers collapsed on live television. It wound up being a short work day, but the coming years brought many challenging tasks.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">As a researcher at Motorola in Phoenix, he helped to develop the world’s only commercial MRAM to date – a magnetic RAM memory for computers.</span><br /></div> <div>“It wasn’t my concept, but I helped to make it work. I was the expert who went through all the errors that could arise, and I was responsible for what is called reliability. I know how hard it is to develop new technology that really works. Most people underestimate the reliability problems.”</div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Towards new breakthrou​ghs in spintronics​</h4></div> <div>Since 2005, Åkerman and his family are back in Sweden, and he is involved in developing new electronic components with magnetic materials. Alongside his professorship, he also heads two companies that develop measuring instruments used both in the hard drive industry and by researchers in his field.</div> <div>His specialty is spintronics – a technology that uses the spin of electrons to better store and process data – for example, computer hard drives. Åkerman and his colleagues are now working towards new breakthroughs in spintronics.</div> <div>“The dream is to get our components out on the market, to make them commercially viable. We actually make the world’s smallest microwave oscillator, just 20 nanometres in size. What’s extra exciting right now is all the possibilities of using our technology for artificial intelligence. Spintronic neutrons that sync within five nanoseconds allow us to create hardware for ultra-fast image recognition. I hope it will be a smash hit!”<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif"><span></span>Brand-new adventures overseas<span style="background-color:initial"></span></h4> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif"></h4> <div>The microwave oscillators are used in mobile phones, wireless networks and base stations for mobile networks. They can also be used for radar detectors and for transmitting large amounts of data. Companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon also use giant magnetic hard drives, for example to store all the images that are uploaded.</div> <div>Åkerman himself mostly uses Facebook to share his thoughts. In the past, he was more visible in the media, in blogs and in popular science contexts. He was also a part of the Young Academy of Sweden. Now research and entrepreneurship are his focus, as well as a brand-new adventure on the horizon: He has been offered the opportunity to take a sabbatical year to work as a guest professor at New York University.</div> <div>“So now I have to look for a flat and tie off all the loose ends at home before my family and I go… Yeah, we have our hands full,” Åkerman concludes.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Johan_Akerman_IMG_0231_750x.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br />The auditorium in the main building at the University of Gothenburg isn’t just beautiful – it also has a grand piano. Physics professor Johan Åkerman loves to play the piano, and especially a grand piano when he gets the chance. Here, he is alternating classical pieces with Gloria Gaynor’s hit “I Will Survive”.<br /><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about Johan Åkerman</h3> <div><strong>Born</strong>: 20 March 1970 in Malmö. Grew up in Rosengård, Arjeplog, Tranemo and Lund.</div> <div><strong>Lives:</strong> In Sollentuna, but spends a few days each week in Gothenburg.</div> <div><strong>Family:</strong> Wife and three children, aged 14, 14 and 9.</div> <div><strong>Job</strong>: Professor of physics at the University of Gothenburg, guest professor at the Royal Institute of Technology.</div> <div><strong>Career in brief:</strong> Attended the natural sciences programme at Katedralskolan in Lund before he began studying engineering physics at Lund University. The last two years of his undergraduate studies took place at the EPFL technical university in Lausanne. After that, he earned his doctorate in material physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and then did his postdoctoral work in San Diego, California in 1999. Two and a half years later, he started working at Motorola in Phoenix, Arizona. After another four years in the United States, he returned home to Sweden and KTH, when he received the Individual Grant for Future Research Leaders from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. Several major financiers helped him to build up his operations and an advanced laboratory. Since 2008 Åkerman is a professor at the University of Gothenburg. He also has one foot in at KTH.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Leisure interests</strong>: “I play the piano (or grand piano if possible), and for a long time I was second tenor in a men’s choir. I’ve always enjoyed languages and music, and I played in a band when I was younger. In a way, language and music are linked to maths and programming – it’s all language, just different kinds. Everything requires practice if you want to get good at it, and if you don’t have patience, it is hard to succeed at any of it.”</div> <div><strong>Favourite place for inspiration:</strong> “Nature – I love hiking in the mountains. Music also gives me inspiration. I like travelling, and I do a lot of it in my work, but it’s a double-edged sword – it generates a lot of carbon dioxide.”</div> <div><strong>Most proud of: </strong>“That we have a company that makes measuring instruments in my research field – and that it’s self-sufficient. I’m also proud of having helped to develop the world’s only commercial MRAM to date – a magnetic RAM memory for computers – based on spintronics. And of course, I’m proud of my children!”</div> <div><strong>Motivation</strong>: “Curiosity. I love to go ‘down the rabbit hole’, and Wikipedia is a constant source of new, exciting knowledge. Another motivator is making things work. I’m fairly entrepreneurial in my working methods. The things I do should have a practical use.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>First memory of physics:</strong> “I remember my first computer memory. It was an amazing thing when I got to see an ABC 80 that my dad (who was a teacher) borrowed over the Christmas holidays. I really enjoyed experimenting with electronics and chemistry as a kid. I made hydrogen gas at home in the kitchen, and in my early teens I arranged study circles so that we could buy fun things to use in the lab.”</div> <div><strong>Best thing about being a scientist</strong>: “The freedom you have, if you manage to bring in enough research funding. It’s a lot of fun working in international research teams and getting to experience different countries and cultures, both at home and while travelling.”</div> <div><strong>Challenges of the job</strong>: “Time! I want to stay focused on the tasks and projects that are fun to do, so I’m constantly struggling to keep the administrative and bureaucratic aspects from taking too much of my time.”</div> <div><strong>Dream for the future:</strong> “To have a real breakthrough with our components. For example, we make the world’s smallest microwave oscillator, just 20 nanometres in size. We also work with image recognition – pattern matching – for hardware.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong>, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><strong>Image 1: Henrik Sandsjö</strong></div> <div><strong>Image 2: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong></div>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Julie-Gold.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Julie-Gold.aspxJulie Gold helps people grow – and knows how to grow meat<p><b>Quorn, tzay, tofu... The products meant to replace standard meat are usually vegetarian. But you can also grow meat from muscle cells. Chalmers professor Julie Gold’s research has made headlines far outside Sweden’s borders. But she’s got more in her cornucopia of knowledge than cultured meat.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/JulieGoldSV300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Gold has been researching in biomaterials for many years. The goal is to be able to replace damaged body parts with implants or living tissue. Examples include developing dental implants and growing tissue for transplantation.</span><br /></div> <div>The idea of also growing a new type of protein-rich food source in a laboratory environment was really just a side track.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“I thought that if you can grow tissue, you should be able to grow meat,” says Julie Gold, professor in the Department of Physics at Chalmers. “It’s an interesting concept and it would also be good for the environment.”</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Cultured meat a smash hit in the media​<span><br /></span></h4> <div>She and her colleagues have already succeeded at growing muscle cells that serve as an alternative source of protein, but that’s only one step along the way. To give the meat the right consistency, the muscle cells need to form fibres. A more refined and more large-scale product will require a significant amount of money – and it has been difficult obtaining sufficient funding for this research.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">However, lab-grown meat made </span><span style="background-color:initial">a big splash in the media.</span><span style="background-color:initial"> Gold was Chalmers’s </span><span style="background-color:initial">most-quoted researcher in the media in 2010, and she has discussed the food of the future in many different contexts. In recent years,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> she has also noted a growing interest from food producers. There seems to be a commercial interest to invest in lab-grown meat.</span><br /></div> <div>“Just recently, I had an exciting meeting with a major food producer that wanted to learn more about how to produce cultured meat. We’ll see where that leads.”</div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">A passionate and rewarded pedagogue</h4> <div>But for Gold, her own research is far from all-consuming. She is also passionate about education issues, teaching methods and helping others to grow. She loves teaching and guiding undergraduate and doctoral students. Over the years, she has established many new courses and a new graduate school in bioscience, and she’s headed several projects to develop postgraduate studies at Chalmers. One of her contributions is a new tool that facilitates the interaction between supervisors and their doctoral students. She has developed activities for improving supervisors’ skills, as well as courses in Generic and Transferable Skills for both personal and professional development.</div> <div>A few years ago, her efforts were rewarded with Chalmers’s 2015 pedagogical award.</div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Developed an online course in Singapore</h4> <div>Recently, Gold was also one of a handful of selected Swedish scientists who were given the opportunity to share their teaching skills in other parts of the world. In autumn 2017, she worked in Singapore, developing an online course for master’s students. The result was a brand-new course in biomaterials at Nanyang Technological University.</div> <div>“It was a hectic term, but an incredibly exciting project. I recorded my lectures in an advanced TV studio, with a whole team of people working with me. There were people in charge of graphics, design, content, interactivity… I was also coached by a very skilled pedagogy expert. It was incredible.”</div> <div>The course was held for the first time in Spring 2018, and now Gold is going to compare the study results of the online course in Singapore with those for the same course held on-site at Chalmers.</div> <div>“It will be exciting to evaluate the learning outcomes and how the students felt about the instruction, depending on whether or not the teacher was in the room.”</div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Challenges herself on the horseback</h4> <div>Her time in Singapore was also exhilarating after many years in the same workplace. Although she seems to have been very successful outwardly, over the years she has also encountered many obstacles and occasional uphill battles.</div> <div>“My topic is biomaterials, not physics, and sometimes it felt as if my research and teaching fell between two departments. Because I’ve had difficulty getting funding for lab-grown meat, I’ve also felt that I was a financial burden on the department.”</div> <div>When she aired these thoughts with her old manager, Bengt Kasemo, he had one concrete suggestion: “I think you should take up riding,” he said. Gold was 45 years old and had never been involved with horses before, but she accepted the challenge.</div> <div>“Starting riding was the best thing I’ve ever done for my own self-confidence. I challenged myself and my fears, and today I can manage to jump fences without being nervous.”</div> <div>She rides weekly at the Billdal Riding Club, and equestrian skills aren’t all that she’s learned. She’s also learned more about communication.</div> <div>“Horses sense your emotional state right away, so you have to be sure of yourself. It’s a fantastic experience, feeling that you become one with the horse when you’re galloping full speed around a course. It’s all about trusting each other.”</div> <div>Her experiences from the stable have also allowed her to tackle projects from a new perspective at work.</div> <div>“Horses have given me greater self-esteem, and that has helped me to overcome obstacles in my professional life as well,” she says, offering a treat to one of her favourite coaches in the stable – the placid gelding Ronaldo.</div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about ​Julie Gold</h3> <div><strong>Born: </strong>3 September 1963 in New Jersey, USA.</div> <div><strong>Lives:</strong> A flat in Guldheden, Gothenburg.</div> <div><strong>Family: </strong>One child, in-laws, a sister, and close friends.</div> <div><strong>Job: </strong>Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers and chairperson of the Chalmers Employment Committee.<br /></div> <div><strong>Career in brief:</strong> Began her academic career in New York, where she studied biomedical engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She specialised in materials science and became increasingly interested in surface physics – particularly through her contact with Chalmers professor Bengt Kasemo. Having almost completed her doctorate in biomedical <span>engineering<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>, she chose to switch tracks. After a few short assignments in Switzerland and the United States, she accepted Kasemo’s invitation to continue her career at Chalmers. In 1996, she earned her doctorate in materials science. Over the years she has held several elected positions and headed a variety of projects – including the MISTRA Environmental Nanosafety research project. Gold has received Chalmers’s pedagogical award and has been one of the institution’s most quoted researchers in the media. Recently she worked in Singapore for six months, developing an online course for master’s students in biomaterials at Nanyang Technological University. Her sabbatical year was funded by the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Julie_Gold_hastprat_300x.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Leisure interests: </strong>“I ride twice a week at the Billdal Riding Club. I love riding out in the woods. I also work out at the gym and love gardening and being out in nature. When I lived in Singapore, I swam a lot, and I like swimming in the sea here at home, too.”</span><br /></div> <div><strong>Favourite place for inspiration: </strong>“Being by the water or on horseback, and feeling the wind in my face is the best thing. I like places where I can swim or ride. As a little girl I wanted to be a figure skater, and I did a lot of ice skating. I think that was about freedom and the wind in my face, too. It makes me feel graceful and light.”</div> <div><strong>Most proud of:</strong> “My students and all the great relationships I have with my current and previous students. I’m so happy and proud that I can help and inspire others.”</div> <div><strong>Motivation: </strong>“Helping others and seeing students and colleagues grow. That’s more important than my own successes. I’m more interested in the people doing the research and in my professional relationships than in getting articles published in Nature. I think we scientists should work together more, compete less with each other and start seeing ourselves as colleagues rather than competitors. Broader collaborations between different groups benefit all of society.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>First memory of physics:</strong> “My father was a mathematician and he showed me how the amount of water in a glass affects the sound the glass makes when you tap on it with a spoon. We created a real musical instrument together.”</div> <div><strong>Best thing about being a scientist:</strong> “There’s a sort of freedom – being able to steer and choose your work yourself. There are so many questions that don’t have answers, and you’re trying to work out how something works. You’re treading on unfamiliar territory and you have the freedom to try different things. As a faculty member, I have so many fun assignments, particularly when it comes to teaching and all the people I meet in my job. No two days are the same.”</div> <div><strong>Challenges of the job: </strong>“There is so much that’s exciting, so it can be hard to prioritise and structure your time. It’s easy to get distracted, and there are a lot of deadlines that need to be met.” </div> <div><strong>Dream for the future:</strong> “I hope that I will always continue to seek out new challenges, but maintaining my health is the most important thing. That’s the foundation for everything. I also dream of having a little cabin overlooking farmers' fields – preferably by the sea. I want to be able to grow my own food, ride horses, listen to the wind in the trees and the silence.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong>, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se </a></div> <div><strong>Image 1: Henrik Sandsjö</strong></div> <div><strong>Image2: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong></div> ​Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Christoph-Langhammer.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Christoph-Langhammer.aspx​His research is paving the way for the hydrogen vehicles of the future<p><b>​He rides his bike to his sailing boat in the marina and doesn’t own a car. But much of his work involves paving the way for hydrogen vehicles’ breakthrough. Physics professor Christoph Langhammer at Chalmers is developing hydrogen gas sensors that will hopefully help to get us there. In his work, he gets to know the smallest individuals that can make this possible.​</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ChristophLanghammerSV300x450.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“The smaller they are, the more interesting they become,” Langhammer says, as he offers us a cup of coffee on his family’s sailing boat. “I want to get to know each and every one of them and see how they interact with the world. I’m very interested in small individuals.”</span></div> <div>What he’s talking about are nanoparticles. His research team is investigating how nanomaterials work and how they can be used for applications, such as sensors. Langhammer compares nanoparticles to a crowd of people, using the example of an audience at a concert. From a distance, everyone looks alike, but the closer you get, the more unique traits you can observe in each individual. To get nanoparticles to work in a specific way, the particles’ properties must be matched to the task. When that happens, they can achieve great things, such as contributing to safe, and environmentally friendly vehicles that emit nothing but water. </div> <div><h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Sensors with <span>high safety requirements​</span></h4></div> <div>But hydrogen gas involves a lot of challenges, because the hydrogen molecule is particularly troublesome: It’s small, light and likes to leak. It’s also invisible, odourless and extremely flammable. Just a four per cent concentration of hydrogen in the air creates an explosive blend that can be ignited by the tiniest spark.</div> <div>“To ensure that hydrogen vehicles are safe enough, we’ll need extremely efficient hydrogen gas detectors,” he explains. “They have to be able to detect minuscule amounts of hydrogen in the air in order to stop any leaks before an ignitable hydrogen concentration is reached. So far, there is no competitive technology that meets the high safety requirements of the vehicle industry, but we are well on our way to developing such technology. It would be fantastic if we were the first to meet those demands.”</div> <div>What many would call a researcher’s dreams, he sees as goals or visions. To achieve them, he has chosen to work with both fundamental research and applications. This ensures that he asks the right questions and develops the methods necessary to advance his research. This approach is one of the reasons he has managed to build up a broad funding base.<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Looked for a warm place  <span style="font-size:14px">–</span> ended up in Sweden...</h4> <div>You might think he would have been just as strategic in choosing his profession, but that wasn’t the case. Christoph Langhammer had a broad range of interests. He likes architecture, archaeology and chemistry, but maths was not his strong suit. He focused on languages in upper-secondary school, played competitive handball and nearly became a fighter pilot. Then he studied materials science, because it was interdisciplinary and broad. He enjoyed it so much that when it was time to do his degree project, he decided to continue his studies abroad. Somewhere warm by the sea – preferably in the United States. But it didn’t work out that way – instead he went north to Sweden and Chalmers, attracted by great colleagues and first-class research.</div> <div>His linguistic interest helped him out in his new country, and today he speaks eight languages. Although he moved to Sweden as an adult, he speaks the language like a native. That might not have been the case if “his” desk hadn’t been occupied when he got back to Chalmers to pursue his doctorate in 2004.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The place where he had worked on his degree project was now occupied by a female doctoral student from the province of Värmland. Her name was Elin Larsson. It turned out they had a lot in common. Today, her name is also Langhammer and they have two children. They also work together in a company that they started in collaboration with their supervisors after defending their doctoral theses.</span><br /></div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">Similarities between sailing and research</h4> <div><span style="background-color:initial">They also share a passion for sailing, and Christoph breathed a sigh of relief when they bought a boat together.</span><br /></div> <div>“I co-owned my first boat with a female doctoral student who couldn’t swim. Her boyfriend was the one who wanted to sail; she was terrified. Those were some really difficult voyages...”</div> <div>Even though sailing and research are very different things, there are several similarities.</div> <div>“There are technical challenges, the need to focus on what you’re doing and the interplay of many factors. I don’t race, but I am a competitive person and I like that you can always trim your sails a bit better…”</div> <div>In research, there are also moments that are completely ultimate. When the present is more exciting than the vision.</div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">A feeling that can't be beaten...</h4> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“It’s fantastic when my research team finally manages to piece together the puzzle of an exciting question and understand how something works and what we are measuring. Because we work closer and closer in the team, as well as with our colleagues at Chalmers and internationally, our research is moving forward, both theoretically and experimentally.”</span><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">In his role as a PhD supervisor, Langhammer also has the opportunity to let others blossom.</span><br /></div> <div>“A really high-quality doctoral thesis defense is a sheer pleasure. It’s so wonderful to look back on the journey that person has made from a beginner in the lab to an expert in their field, and to see how passionate they are about their topic. That feeling that the person is now ready to take the next step in their career on their own, with no need of a supervisor anymore, is extremely satisfying, combined with the knowledge that we have brought the research forward. That feeling can’t be beaten.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Christoph_Langhammer_750x420.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" />​<span style="background-color:initial">Christoph Langhammer is happiest on board the family’s sailing boat, a Maxi 1100. Sometimes he sits and works here, but usually boating is about relaxation, nature and quality time with the family.​</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about Christoph Langhammer</h3> <div><strong>Born:</strong> 22 September 1978 in Zurich in Switzerland.</div> <div><strong>Lives: </strong>A flat in the Eriksberg district of Gothenburg.</div> <div><strong>Family:</strong> Wife and two children aged 5 and 3.</div> <div><strong>Job: </strong>Associate professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div> <div><strong>Career in brief:</strong> After finishing upper-secondary school and his military service as an officer in the Swiss Air Force, Langhammer began studying materials science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) in Zurich. He earned his master’s degree in 2004 and did his degree project at Chalmers. He then continued his path at Chalmers, earning his PhD in 2009. After that, he co-founded the company Insplorion. In 2013 he was promoted to associate professor. Currently, Langhammer heads a group of 13 people whose research is funded by the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the European Research Council ERC, and the Knut &amp; Alice Wallenberg Foundation. He is also an “SSF Future Research Leader” and a “Wallenberg Academy Fellow”.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Leisure interests: </strong>“Previously, it was mostly handball. I played in the top division of the Swiss Handball League and in IK Celtic after moving to Gothenburg. I started sailing when I was working on my doctorate – it’s an interest I share with my wife, Elin. I like being out in nature, and sailing with my family is not only a great way to spend time together, it’s also a great way to relax. The kids and I also go swimming every week, and I enjoy cooking.”</div> <div><strong>Favourite place for inspiration:</strong> “Inspiration can strike just about anywhere. It might be something I see, hear or read, or it strikes when I’m busy doing something completely different, like playing with the kids, cooking or sailing.”</div> <div><strong>Most proud of: </strong>“Being an involved father while maintaining a research career. When the kids hurt themselves, they’re just as likely to come running to me as to their mother. That’s a great feeling. To balance work and family, I choose to say no to a lot; I rarely travel for work and I make sure to be extremely well organised.”</div> <div><strong>Motivation</strong>: “I’m motivated by the desire to constantly improve and to better understand how something works. I want the things I do to turn out very well, or else I don’t want to do them at all. I also want to get answers to my questions and I like challenging myself. How far can I pursue something, how can I prove that it’s possible? I’m definitely a competitive person, and I like to compete with myself.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>First memory of physics:</strong> “The first time I remember really thinking about physics and its implications was when I made a solar cell. It only generated a little bit of current, but it worked and it was cool.”</div> <div><strong>Best thing about being a scientist:</strong> “That moment when all the questions are answered. That feeling when, at least for the moment, you have no more questions to ask and everything seems to make perfect sense. The idea that no one else has achieved this level of understanding in this particular question is really cool. It makes me feel that I’m contributing to the development of our society, which is the goal of research.”</div> <div><strong>Challenges of the job:</strong> “Constantly having to make sure that my research has enough funding is one of them. You have to maintain what you’ve built up and make sure not to lose the knowledge and skills in the team. It’s also a great challenge having to be good at so many things in my job. Apart from the research itself, you have to be good at writing applications and publications, guiding employees, teaching, supervising and taking an interest in the development of the department and the research community as a whole. At the same time, I grow and evolve as a person when I take on these tasks.”</div> <div><strong>Dream for the future:</strong> “I don’t have any need of dreaming at the moment. To be honest, I have difficulty believing that it’s possible to have much of a better life than I have today – both professionally and personally. But I do have objectives – visions that are based on reality. One example is developing a hydrogen gas detector that meets all the requirements of the vehicle industry to ensure that the vehicles are safe – that would be fantastic. The only emission from a car that runs on hydrogen gas is water.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong>, <a href="mailto:mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se">mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><strong>Image 1: Henrik Sandsjö</strong></div> <div><strong>Image 2: Mia Halleröd Palmgren</strong></div>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 00:00:00 +0200