News: Centre: Physics Centrehttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyMon, 04 Jul 2022 13:50:02 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Nanochannels-light-the-way-towards-new-medicine.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Nanochannels-light-the-way-towards-new-medicine.aspxNanochannels light the way towards new medicine<p><b>​To develop new drugs and vaccines, detailed knowledge about nature’s smallest biological building blocks – the biomolecules – is required. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, are now presenting a groundbreaking microscopy technique that allows proteins, DNA and other tiny biological particles to be studied in their natural state in a completely new way.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">A great deal of time and money is required when developing medicines and vaccines. It is therefore crucial to be able to streamline the work by studying how, for example, individual proteins behave and interact with one another. The new microscopy method from Chalmers can enable the most promising candidates to be found at an earlier stage. The technique also has the potential for use in conducting research into the way cells communicate with one another by secreting molecules and other biological nanoparticles. These processes play an important role in our immune response, for example. </span><div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Revealing its silhouette </strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Biomolecules are both small and elusive, but vital since they are the building blocks of everything living. In order to get them to reveal their secrets using optical microscopy, researchers currently need to either mark them with a fluorescent label or attach them to a surface.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Christoph%20Langhammer_320.jpg" alt="Christoph Langhammer" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:195px" />“With current methods you can never quite be sure that the labelling or the surface to which the molecule is attached does not affect the molecule’s properties. With the aid of our technology, which does not require anything like that, it shows its completely natural silhouette, or optical signature, which means that we can analyse the molecule just as it is,” says research leader <strong>Christoph Langhammer</strong>, professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers. He has developed the new method together with researchers in both physics and biology at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The unique microscopy method is based on those molecules or particles that the researchers want to study being flushed through a chip containing tiny nano-sized tubes, known as nanochannels. A test fluid is added to the chip which is then illuminated with visible light. The interaction that then occurs between the light, the molecule and the small fluid-filled channels makes the molecule inside show up as a dark shadow and it can be seen on the screen connected to the microscope. By studying it, researchers can not only see but also determine the mass and size of the biomolecule, and obtain indirect information about its shape – something that was not previously possible with a single technique.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Acclaimed innovation</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The new technique, nanofluidic scattering microscopy, was recently presented in the scientific journal Nature Methods. The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, which every year lists a number of research projects with the potential to change the world and provide real benefits, has also paid tribute to the progress made. The innovation has also taken a step out into society through the start-up company Envue Technologies, which was awarded the “Game Changer” prize in this year’s Venture Cup competition in Western Sweden.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/barboraspackova-321x366_fotograf%20Aykut%20Argun.jpg" alt="Barbora Spackova" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:0px 5px;width:200px;height:228px" />“Our method makes the work more efficient, for example when you need to study the contents of a sample, but don’t know in advance what it contains and thus what needs to be marked,” says researcher <strong>Barbora Špačková</strong>, who during her time at Chalmers derived the theoretical basis for the new technique and then also </span><span style="background-color:initial">conducted the first experimental study with the technology​.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers are now continuing to optimise the design of the nanochannels in order to find even smaller molecules and particles that are not yet visible today.  </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">The aim is to further hone our technique so that it can help to increase our basic understanding of how life works, and contribute to making the development of the next generation medicines more efficient” says Langhammer.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>More about the scientific article and the research:</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The article </span><a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-022-01491-6" style="outline:0px">Label-Free Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy of Size and Mass of Single Diffusing Molecules and Nanoparticles</a><span style="background-color:initial"> was published in Nature Methods, and was written by Barbora Špačková, Henrik Klein Moberg, Joachim Fritzsche, Johan Tenghamn, Gustaf Sjösten, Hana Šípová-Jungová, David Albinsson, Quentin Lubart, Daniel van Leeuwen, Fredrik Westerlund, Daniel Midtvedt, Elin K. Esbjörner, Mikael Käll, Giovanni Volpe and Christoph Langhammer. The researchers are active at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. Barbora Špačková is currently starting up her own research group at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.</span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The research has been mainly funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, as well as by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Part of the research was conducted at the Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2) and under the umbrella of the Chalmers Excellence Initiative Nano.</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How the technique works:</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/Toppbild_ENG_Mikroskopet%20som%20kan%20visa%20genva╠êgen%20till%20ny%20medicin_750x340px.jpg" alt="New microscopy method" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:269px" /><br /><br /><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The molecules or particles that the researchers want to study are placed in a chip containing tiny nano-sized tubes, nanochannels, that are filled with test fluid. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The chip is secured in a specially adapted optical dark-field microscope and illuminated with visible light. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">On the screen that shows what can be seen in the microscope, the molecule appears as a dark shadow moving freely inside the nanochannel. This is due to the fact that the light interacts with both the channel and the biomolecule. The interference effect that then arises significantly enhances the molecule’s optical signature by weakening the light just at the point where the molecule is located. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The smaller the nanochannel, the greater the amplification effect and the smaller the molecules that can be seen. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">With this technique it is currently possible to analyse biomolecules from a molecular weight of around 60 kilodaltons and upwards. It is also possible to study larger biological particles, such as extracellular vesicles and lipoproteins, as well as inorganic nanoparticles.</span></li></ul></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://chalmersuniversity.app.box.com/s/x48gk32sl6h4kdgalfceoj2hlprghbkx"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/NSM_technique.png" alt="Video" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:138px" /></a><br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Video</strong>: <a href="https://chalmersuniversity.app.box.com/s/x48gk32sl6h4kdgalfceoj2hlprghbkx">Watch a video from the microscope​</a>, showing a biomolecule inside a nanochannel. It shows up as a dark shadow and it can be seen on the screen connected to the microscope. By studying it, researchers can not only see but also determine the mass and size of the biomolecule, and obtain indirect information about its shape – something that was not previously possible with a single technique.<br /></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact: </strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a>, Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology<br />+46 31 772 33 31, </span><a href="mailto:clangham@chalmers.se">clangham@chalmers.se​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz and Mia Halleröd Palmgren<br />Photo/illustration: ​<span style="background-color:initial">Maja Saaranen/Envue Technologies (photo collage), </span><span style="background-color:initial">Yen Strandqvist/ Chalmers University pf Technology and Daniel Spacek/ Neuroncollective (illustration),</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Anna-Lena Lundqvist (portrait picture of Langhammer), Aykut Argun (portrait picture of </span><span style="background-color:initial">Špačková).</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Imre-Pazsit-named-Doctor-Honoris-Causa.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Imre-Pazsit-named-Doctor-Honoris-Causa.aspxImre Pázsit named Doctor Honoris Causa of Budapest University of Technology and Economics<p><b>​In appreciation of his internationally reputed activities, Imre Pázsit has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ImrePaszit.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:201px;height:271px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">The award recognises <strong>Imre Pázsit</strong>, Professor at the Department of Physics, for achieving great international regard for his own outstanding achievements while contributing to the global appreciation of BME through teaching and research activities. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>The ceremony of handing over the award will be held on May 28, 2022, at the festive meeting of the University Senate. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_89DTYhiAw">Follow the event on Youtube.</a></div> <div><br /></div> </div></div>Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspxTwo research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022<p><b>​The next generation of nanotechnology and a 2D-semiconductor in a new material is research from the Department of Physics that is highlighted on this year's IVA 100 list. For the fourth year in a row, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences has put the spotlight on research from Swedish universities that benefits society.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Technology in the service of humanity is the theme of this year's <a href="https://www.iva.se/projekt/research2business/ivas-100-lista-2022/">IVA 100 list from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)​</a>. The purpose of the list is to present current research with business potential from Sweden's higher education institutions.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Included in this year's list are two research projects linked to the Department of Physics. Research leaders for the selected projects are <strong>Christoph Langhammer</strong>, Professor at the division of Chemical Physics, and <strong>Timur Shegai</strong>, Associate Professor at the division of Nano and Biophysics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about their research projects below and see links to the companies within which the research results are realized.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong><span style="font-weight:700">–</span><strong> the next generation of nanotechnology that can provide ground-breaking discoveries</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/400_ChristophLanghammerfarg.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Christoph Langhammer" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:236px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;In Life Science, studies of biomolecules such as proteins, DNA and RNA are crucial for understanding diseases and developing new drugs and vaccines. The problem is that these biomolecules are in the nanoworld and are too small to study with conventional microscopes. We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Envue Technologies: <a href="https://www.envue-technologies.com/applications">www.envue-technologies.com</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>2D semiconductor with perfect edges – a game-changing material</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb.jpg" alt="Timur Shegai" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:228px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. These edges contain many &quot;active sites&quot;, which are useful for sensing gas molecules and electrocatalytic water splitting (production of hydrogen).”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Smena tech: <a href="https://smena.tech/">smena.tech​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the other projects from Chalmers on this year's IVA 100 List: <a href="/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspx">Most projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022​</a></div> ​​Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxCall for ICT seed projects 2023<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>NEW! Submission date: </b><span>9 May, at 09.00</span>, 2022</li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2022</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2023</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2021 and 2022 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2023 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–Roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as <b>one PDF document</b>.<span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aoaictseed2023" target="_blank" title="link to submission"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Submit​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">Erik Ström</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx">www.chalmers.se/ict ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-learning-platform-that-simplifies-communication.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-learning-platform-that-simplifies-communication.aspxA learning platform that simplifies communication<p><b>​Two students at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a new learning platform for the study of mathematics, engineering and physics in higher education. The platform provides teachers and students with a common educational environment and access to the same information, so that students have equal learning opportunities regardless of geographical location and individual level of knowledge. They have now been awarded the Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship by the Forum for Engineering Physicists at Chalmers.  </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Simon Pettersson Fors</strong> and <strong>Eric Lindgren</strong> are the recipients of this year’s <a href="https://tekniskafysiker.wordpress.com/bert-inge-hogsveds-pris/">Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship</a>. The award was established in 2011 by <strong>Bert-Inge Hogsved</strong>, himself an engineering physicist. The award is presented annually to students studying the programmes Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics or Chemical Physics with Engineering Physics. The intention is to highlight entrepreneurial initiative among students at Chalmers. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span>A study conducted by the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) in 2020 revealed that diminished mental wellbeing is significantly more common among students than skilled workers. Studies were perceived as overly demanding and stressful. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a student, one is often frustrated, unable to make progress, something that creates stress. On our learning platform, it is easy to get help. Anyone can ask a question and it can be answered by both other students and teachers. All students remain anonymous in order to remove the stigma attached to ignorance,” Simon Pettersson Fors, doctoral student at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The learning platform, Yata, is an open forum that facilitates joint discussion to solve various problems. As all questions and answers are available to everyone, the platform can help many students simultaneously. All information is saved for posterity, making the learning platform a knowledge bank for future students and a tool for streamlining teaching.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For teachers, the primary benefit is saved time. A teacher can speak to the entire group at once, rather than emailing individual students. It also provides them with an opportunity to check that students are on the right track in their reasoning and plan the next stage of teaching based on ongoing discussions in the forum. They can also use earlier pedagogical posts by former teachers and students. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There are many learning platforms on the market but few aimed at learning physics, engineering and mathematics at higher education level. It’s great to be involved in solving problems that one has personal experience of as a student,” says Eric Lindgren, doctoral student at the Department of Physics. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/forssi.aspx">Simon Pettersson Fors</a></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Eric-Lindgren.aspx">Eric Lindgren</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text and photo:</strong> <a href="https://www.hogia.se/">Hogia</a></div> ​Tue, 29 Mar 2022 13:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Thesis-with-a-personal-touch-receives-this-years-Best-Thesis-Award.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Thesis-with-a-personal-touch-receives-this-years-Best-Thesis-Award.aspxThesis with a personal touch awarded at Physics<p><b>​​Magnus Rahm is the winner of the Department of Physics' annual prize for best doctoral thesis. A thesis that is not only distinguished by its playful cover and strong scientific impact – but also by its personal appeal and pedagogical features.</b></p>​​<span style="background-color:initial">The Department of Physics' Best Thesis Award for the academic year 2020/2021 goes to Dr. <span style="font-weight:700">Magnus Rahm</span>, for his dissertation entitled &quot;There is an Alloy at the End of the Rainbow: Structure and Optical Properties From Bulk to Nano&quot;.</span><span></span><div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The award committee's motivation for the award is:</div> <div><em>&quot;This year's award for the best PhD thesis goes to Magnus Rahm. The committee selected his thesis for its strong scientific impact as well as its pedagogical qualities. The thesis reflects Dr. Rahm's ability to solve complex problems requiring not only a profound and comprehensive understanding of physics and materials science, but also advanced technical skills in data analysis and software development. The thesis is easy to read and succeeds to introduce a complex subject to readers not familiar with the field. The committee also appreciated the author's personal touch throughout the thesis and in the cover art.”</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">How does it feel to receive this award?</span></div> <div>”I’m of course very happy. You put a lot of time and energy into your thesis so the fact that someone has read and appreciated it is of course delightful. I was a little surprised, there were many good theses this year,and it almost feels a bit unfortunate that not everyone can get an award. But I was very happy with my own thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What do you examine in your thesis?</span></div> <div>“I have done simulations of materials, it is about material physics so they always start on the atomic or electron scale. I have looked at several different materials, but the common denominator is that there is some connection to nanoparticles and alloys, ie a mixture of metals. There is also a connection to hydrogen, as my project is partly funded by a larger project run by Professor Christoph Langhammer, which deals with hydrogen sensors made of nanoparticles.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Why did this topic attract you?</span></div> <div>”Doing physics through computer simulations appealed to me very much. Partly because I am clumsy in the lab, partly because this is the perfect way to do experiments as you have a precise view of what is happening. I also like data analysis and programming, so it was probably the combination of things I was drawn to.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your thesis is called &quot;There is an alloy at the end of the rainbow&quot;. What is it at that you find at the end of the rainbow, more precisely?</span></div> <div>“It’s those fantastic materials that you can only imagine before you have them. Through simulations you can search for materials in a simpler way than through physical experiments. You can test more variants and you do not have the same limitations, it does not cost time or money to change an element, so you are free to search the entire periodic table. In terms of results, it is difficult to point to one single thing because the thesis consists of several different articles with quite different orientations, but what I think will perhaps have the biggest impact in the long run is the software we developed in the group during the time of my thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">In their motivation, the award committee writes that your thesis is easy to read and succeeds in introducing the reader to a complex subject. How was your writing process?</span></div> <div>”It is a fairly scattered thesis - my challenge was to turn it into a whole. The thing that tied it all together at the end was the explanation for why I chose the subject from the beginning. I spent a lot of time writing an introduction that would tie everything together. I also think it's fun to write and to articulate, and I had a lot of help from discussions with my supervisor Professor <strong>Paul Erhart</strong>.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What did you find difficult during the writing process?</span></div> <div>”In addition to getting the whole thing together, I could sometimes have a writer’s block and difficulty getting started, but the most important thing then was to just start writing about what felt motivating for the moment, instead of thinking that I had to write it from the beginning to the end.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your dissertation also has a very special cover. Tell us more about it!</span></div> <div>“In the world of physics for the past 10–20 years, it has been popular with photorealistic 3D renderings of nanoparticles, small atoms, and so on. I have made these types of illustrations myself and wanted to do something else. I googled around and stuck to an illustration with video game aesthetics that I was inspired by. That way I could get all the different parts and details in the same picture. In addition, the cover indicates that the thesis is about something digital, simulations with ones and zeros. I put way too many hours on the cover!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What are you doing now?</span></div> <div>”I'm still in Paul Erhart's group, now as a postdoc. So I now do research on other materials, but in the same place.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Last but not least, do you have any good advice for those about to write a thesis themselves?</span></div> <div>”That you should not be afraid to be personal. In everything else you write within academia, several names appear as the sender and you write for scientific journals with strict guidelines. In a thesis, it is not quite the same. The product of five years of doctoral studies is not only the articles, but also yourself – you have become a doctor. I think that the thesis to some extent can reflect who you are, so if you think that sounds like a good idea, you should not be afraid to be a little bold. I tried to put my personal stamp on the thesis by having a twinkle in the eye where it suited, especially in the introductory chapter, but also in the introduction of each chapter. Everything does not have to be bone dry!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://research.chalmers.se/en/publication/?id=523675" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read Magnus Rahm's thesis via research.chalmers.se</a></div> <div style="font-size:15px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">About the Best Thesis Award</div> <div>The Best Thesis Award was founded in 2013, as one among several initiatives at the Department of Physics, to maintain and improve the research quality, as well as to show appreciation for the PhD students' hard work.</div> <div>The management of the department also hopes that this award can help doctoral students receive an extra boost in their careers after the defence. These particular theses can serve as good examples for doctoral students in the early stages of their own thesis writing. Besides the honour, the award consists of a diploma and a monetary prize of SEK 10.000.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Members of the Best PhD Thesis Award Committee: Riccardo Catena, Hana Jungová, Yasmine Sassa, Philippe Tassin (chairman), Paolo Vinai, Björn Wickman, Julia Wiktor.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, please contact:<br />Magnus Rahm</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Magnus Rahm (illustration), Lisa Gahnertz (portrait photo)</div> <div><br /></div> ​Wed, 02 Mar 2022 16:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Students-pedagogical-award-given-to-Tünde-Fülöp-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Students-pedagogical-award-given-to-T%C3%BCnde-F%C3%BCl%C3%B6p-.aspxStudents’ pedagogical award given to Tünde Fülöp<p><b>​Tünde Fülöp, Professor at the Department of Physics, receives the students' pedagogical award Guldäpplet (“the Golden Apple”) for her course Vector Fields and Classical Physics. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to outstanding contributions for students in applied physics and applied mathematics at Chalmers.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>What does it mean for you to receive this prize?</strong></span><div>“I am very happy and honoured. It is great to know that the students appreciated my lectures. As a former Engineering Physics student (enrolled 1991) I feel a strong connection with the students. I got lots of positive energy from them during the whole course. And that they even nominated me for this fantastic prize, it is unbelievable!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How did you set up the course to make the students feel committed, and what do you think of as success factors in your teaching?</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Tunde%20Fulop.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Tünde Fülöp" style="margin:5px;width:215px;height:284px" />“Above all, I really enjoy teaching. It feels a bit like walking on clouds, and I suspect that feeling may be contagious. I do my best to create a relaxed atmosphere, so that the students can feel that they can ask any questions, like in a happy family. My aim is that it should feel like a dialogue between me and the students. It does not always work out like that, but this group of students was really fantastic.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“One way to make my lectures more personal is to tell anecdotes about the scientists that are relevant for the material. I am a bit of a science history nerd, knowing about how the subject developed and who have been involved is a way for me to understand the big picture. But beyond the pedagogical value, I think it is a lot of fun to share such information. <span style="background-color:initial">To become a physicist is a journey and it is much more fun if you get to know your travel companions, whether they are dead or alive.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Were there any challenges in teaching the course during the pandemic, and if so, how did you address them?</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">We were lucky in that sense. Almost all the restrictions were lifted during that period. I chose to have all activities on campus and booked the largest lecture halls available. In some cases, when students could not attend due to illness, we tried to help them by sending them notes. </span><br /></div> <div>As far as I know, there were no major issues, and the examination showed that the students managed to learn the material.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does teaching and meeting with the students give back to you?</strong></div> <div>“It gives me a lot of joy and strength. There is not much that can compete with the energy that comes from a classroom full of interested students. Something magical happens there and it is hard to explain that to outsiders. As a physicist, I think of resonance phenomena, but it is better than that, it is not something that happens just then and there, the feeling remains for a longer time. I still feel happy when I think back to the lectures and students from the fall term.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Last but not least, how are you going to celebrate?</strong></div> <div>“I will go to the section dinner on Saturday and celebrate together with the students.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The motivation for the award Guldäpplet 2022 by the Student Board of Physics:</div> <div><em>With her burning interest and inspiring lectures, Tünde has made the course &quot;Vector fields and classical physics&quot; a favourite among many students. By responding to students' questions with kindness together with a great commitment to the course content, the course has maintained a high quality and a good structure throughout the study period. In addition to this, Tünde has also taught in a way that made it very entertaining to follow the lectures.</em></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><em>This is why Tünde Fülöp is awarded Guldäpplet 2022.</em></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><em><br /></em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Tünde-Fülöp.aspx">Tünde Fülöp</a></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div>Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Professor-Imre-Pazsit-receives-Wigner-Award.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Professor-Imre-Pazsit-receives-Wigner-Award.aspxProfessor Imre Pázsit receives Wigner Award<p><b>​Imre Pázsit receives The Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award 2021 from the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The award recognises outstanding contributions toward the advancement in the field of nuclear reactor physics.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ImrePaszit.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:196px;height:255px" /><strong>I​mre Pázsit</strong>, Professor at the Department of Physics, received the award during the recent ANS Winter Meeting in Washington DC. He is recognised for his contributions to the theory of random processes in nuclear reactors and the application of these methods for reactor diagnostics and to detect illicit nuclear materials.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This is the second time that the Wigner Award is given to a Chalmers professor – in 2011 <strong>Nils Göran Sjöstrand</strong>, Professor Emeritus at the former Division of Nuclear Engineering at Chalmers received the prize – thus making Chalmers, along with MIT, the only university to have received the prize twice since the award was founded 1990.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“I feel extremely privileged to share this prestigious prize with legendary persons of early nuclear science and contemporary nuclear engineering and reactor physics, including the first recipient, <strong>E. P. Wigner</strong> himself. A special circumstance is that this is the first time a person born in Hungary received the prize, after the namesake, Dr. Wigner. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Wigner in Hungary in 1982 and I also corresponded with him. He would be happy to know that one of his countrymen is honouring his name. Receipt of this award requires a broad research activity, and has hence the flavour of a &quot;lifetime achievement&quot; award, for which I am thoroughly happy,” says Imre Pázsit.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">During the ANS meeting, Imre Pázsit, also gave the Wigner Award Lecture, titled &quot;A random talk (walk) in neutron fluctuations and reactor diagnostics&quot;. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:14px"><span style="background-color:initial">Imre Pázsit received his PhD at the Lorand Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, in 1975, and his DSc from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1985. From 1975 until 1983 he worked at the Central Research Institute for Physics in Budapest. In 1983 he became a guest researcher at the Swedish national lab Studsvik Energiteknik AB in Nyköping. In 1991 he became the Chair of Reactor Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, where he has been a full professor since. He became a NERS adjunct professor in late 2008.</span></div> <span style="font-size:14px"> </span><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <span style="font-size:14px"> </span><div style="font-size:14px">Imre Pázsit has been a member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg since 2004, an ANS Fellow since 2006, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 2008. He served as the Executive Editor of Annals of Nuclear Energy from 2013 until 2019 when he became an Honorary Editor. Pázsit received the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Japanese Government in 2016 and the Leó Szilárd Medal from the Hungarian Nuclear Society in 2016 (also shared with E. P. Wigner and E. Teller). He also became a Senior Member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management this year.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.ans.org/honors/award-wigner/">Read more about the Wigner Award</a></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Imre-Pazsit.aspx">Imre Pázsit</a>, Professor at the division of Subatomic High Energy and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics,  imre@chalmers.se, +46317723081</div>Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspxBatteries of the future in focus for Distinguished Professor grant<p><b>​​What will be significant of the batteries of the future? This is the focus of Patrik Johansson's research project, which has been granted funding within the Swedish Research Council's Distinguished Professor Programme. The grant of 47.5 million SEK extends over a ten-year period.“The long time span opens up for greater risk-taking and provides the opportunity to work long-term. These are highly important factors for conducting research,” says Patrik Johansson.</b></p><div><strong>Patrik Johansson</strong> is professor at the Department of Physics and one of Sweden's most prominent battery researchers. His focus is on exploring new concepts and solutions for batteries – and that is also what he will do within the context of the Swedish Research Council’s Distinguished Professor Programme.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The extensive grant means that he, as research leader, can build on already existing projects within his research group, but also explore new possibilities within the framework of what the project's title signals: the next generation of batteries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a battery researcher it can be easy to just look at the products that exist already today, and thus productize your thinking, especially due to the great interest in society for the ongoing electrification of everything and anything. Your focus turns to short term solutions, in order to help different actors solve whatever problems they are having here and now. That is of course something that has to be done – but as a researcher you also have a responsibility to resist this way of acting and focus on finding concepts that are favourable in a longer time perspective – more of revolution than evolution, says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The grant gives me the opportunity to try a lot of fundamentally different things, which you may not always be able to say later on that you have &quot;succeeded with&quot;, but which you in turn learned all the more from and which have been really challenging. And that is successful in itself; discovering the concept space is probably just as important. A special driving force for me personally is to try to get the research group to get far with small and simple ideas – quite challenging today when a lot of research is made large and complicated. The grant is also important to me as a research leader to build our operation, to lead it forward strategically, and to plan for what competencies are needed for a broader and at the same time deeper scope. However, my research <em>itself </em>has not in any way improved by me getting a distinguished professor grant, says Patrik Johansson with a laugh.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Batteries that meet the energy needs of the future</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The battery that is in vogue today is without a doubt the lithium-ion battery, which is found in everything from mobile phones to electric cars and electric ferries. But to meet the mobile and also stationary needs of the future for energy storage in the best way – readily available energy with high quality – large electrochemical energy storage solutions, i.e. batteries, will be needed. Here Patrik Johansson sees that we need to think afresh; perhaps create new types of batteries based on more common metals, such as sodium, calcium or aluminium? Or organic batteries?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Today, electrification is being built up in a lot of different sectors and everything is based on lithium-ion batteries. We already see this year that the price of lithium-ion batteries, which has fallen sharply for a long time, is now levelling out. In the long run, it's probably about sustainability. If you can then launch one or more complementary battery technologies that are cheaper, safer, or simply just different – there may be advantages for a battery to for example work at 80 rather than 25 degrees Celsius – there is much to be gained. Today battery researchers in general are not looking in that direction, which my research group will now do. Concept creation is always based on fundamental material physics, but also requires great methodological knowledge and application understanding, says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">Conceptually different batteries</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Battery research is a field that is developing rapidly. What was in vogue five years ago has already passed in many ways, in terms of exploration of materials, methods and concepts. Likewise, society's needs are changing at a rapid pace – ten years ago there was hardly any talk of electric cars or electric aircraft, today the issue of electrification is dominant in the development of society. So where are we in 2030, to which is the year the Distinguished Professor Programme extends?</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“It is of course very difficult to predict, but what we want for 2030 is something that is conceptually different and not just a refinement of existing technology. Whether that change then may be at the battery, material or functionality level – so be it. What I wish us to have achieved in ten years' time is that we have found two or three new concepts that hold up to a critical examination and at least have the potential to complete the step from research to technology. And that we have maintained our curiosity and long-term perspective.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About the Distinguished Professor grant:</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The purpose of the Swedish Research Council's Distinguished Professor Programme is to create conditions for the most prominent researchers to conduct long-term, innovative research with great potential to achieve scientific breakthroughs. The grant must also enable the establishment and construction of a larger research environment of the highest quality around a leading researcher.</span></li> <li>This year, three new distinguished professors within natural and engineering sciences were appointed, who were granted a total of more than SEK 147 million for the years 2021–2030. <a href="https://www.vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/decisions/2021-10-10-distinguished-professor-grant-within-natural-and-engineering-sciences.html">Read more about the grant on the Swedish Research Council's homepage.</a></li></ul> <br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Läs mer:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Patrik-Johansson.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Battery researcher who will happily challenge fake news​</a><span style="font-weight:300"> </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">–</span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">read a </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">portrait of Patrik Johansson.</span><br /><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Patrik-Johansson.aspx"><div style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-weight:300"></span> </div></a></div> <div><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/tme/news/Pages/Chalmers-startup-for-better-batteries-wins-stage-two.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Compular - a startup-company based on the research of Patrik Johansson</a></span></div> <div><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">For more information, please contact:</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Patrik-Johansson0603-6580.aspx">Patrik Johansson</a>, professor, division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics<span style="background-color:initial"> <br /></span><a href="mailto:patrik.johansson@chalmers.se">patrik.johansson@chalmers.se</a><span style="background-color:initial">, +46 (0)31 772 31 78 </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist​</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><br /></div> ​Thu, 02 Dec 2021 15:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Exploring-exotic-materials-for-the-computers-and-energy-technologies-of-the-future.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Exploring-exotic-materials-for-the-computers-and-energy-technologies-of-the-future.aspxExploring exotic materials for technologies of the future<p><b>​The development of computer and energy technologies is beginning to slow down. New magnetic and electronic materials are needed for it to regain momentum. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow Chalmers researcher Yasmine Sassa is developing new combinations of materials that display exotic magnetic states, skyrmions, which could play an important role in future technologies for data storage.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Our electronic revolution is built upon semiconducting silicon. Thanks to its unique properties, electronics and information technologies have developed at an explosive rate, but we are reaching the limit of what today’s materials can do. New hi-tech materials are needed for continued development.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Yasmine Sassa, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, is developing experimental methods for studying transition metal oxides. These materials have many promising properties for future electronics; when they are combined in a particular manner, they can function as superconductors, or create the right conditions for exotic magnetic states, skyrmions or other topological magnetic states, that could be used for new ways of storing data. If the material is produced as extremely thin films, just a few atoms thick, quantum effects occur that can be used to build quantum computers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Unexpected magnetic and electronic materials properties<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My interest in strongly correlated physics started as a Master's student when I took a course about peculiar phenomena in solid-state physics,” says Yasmine Sassa. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In this course, we talked about frustrated magnetism and unconventional superconductivity, to name two examples out of many. After that, I had the privilege of extending my knowledge during my Ph.D. and Postdocs. I discovered a fascinating world of new physical properties that cannot be simply explained within classical models. The various correlations give rise to unexpected magnetic and electronic materials properties. If we understand how to control and tune them, we can develop and tailor materials for sustainable technological applications. This is what drives me to pursue research in this field.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-size:20px">Control of quantum effects</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In her research, Yasmine Sassa will study the extremely thin films mentioned above, and optimize their chemical composition so that she can study novel topological magnetic states such as skyrmions and control their quantum effects. The long-term objective is to obtain materials that could start a new revolution in the development of hi-tech industries.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I think this research project will push forward our understanding of the skyrmionics field and, in turn, help to develop energy-efficient and sustainable future memory and logic devices. It will give another approach to quantum computing.” says Yasmine Sassa. “The Wallenberg Academic Fellow is a very prestigious grant, and I am honored to receive it! The grant will allow me to explore challenging ideas and take some risks in the project. It will also allow me to compete internationally and establish the skyrmion research field in Sweden.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Yasmine-Sassa.aspx">Yasmine Sassa</a>, Assistant Professor at the division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><a href="mailto:yasmine.sassa@chalmers.se">yasmine.sassa@chalmers.se</a>, 031 772 60 88 <br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Four Wallenberg Academy Fellows to Chalmers 2021 </h2></div> <div>The research funding from the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship amounts to between SEK 5 and 15 million per researcher over five years, depending on the subject area. After the end of the first period, researchers have the opportunity to apply for another five years of funding. Read about the other appointments:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Kristina-Davis-becomes-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-.aspx">Kristina Davis, Microtechnology and Nanoscience</a></div> <a href="/en/departments/math/news/Pages/classifying-mathematical-objects.aspx">Hannes Thiel, Mathematical Sciences</a><div><a href="/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/new-method-for-software-verification.aspx">Niki Vazou, Computer Science and Engineering</a> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Knut and Alice Wallenberg stiftelse and Lisa Gahnertz</div> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-pair-of-gold-flakes-creates-a-self-assembled-resonator.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-pair-of-gold-flakes-creates-a-self-assembled-resonator.aspxA pair of gold flakes creates a self-assembled resonator<p><b>​F​or exploring materials right down to the nano-level, researchers often need to construct a complex structure to house the materials – a time-consuming and complicated process. But imagine if there was a way the structure could simply build itself? That is exactly what researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now present in an article in the journal Nature. Their work opens up new research opportunities.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Investigating nano materials can make it possible to study completely new properties and interactions. To be able to do this, different types of ‘resonators’ are often needed – meaning, in this context, an object inside which light bounces around, much like the way sound bounces inside the body of a guitar. Now, researchers working at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, have discovered how a previously known form of resonator, made of two parallel mirrors, can be created and controlled in a much simpler way than previously realised.</span><div><br /></div> <div><a href="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb_NY.jpg"></a><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb_NY.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:135px;height:174px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">Creating a high quality, stable resonator, such as we have done, is usually complicated and requires many </span><span style="background-color:initial">hours in the laboratory. But here, we saw it happen of its own accord, reacting to naturally occurring forces, and requiring no external energy input. You could practically make our resonator in your own kitchen – it is created at room temperature, with ordinary water, and a little salt,” explains research leader </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Timur Shegai</strong><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, who was himself surprised by the nature of the discovery in the lab.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div style="font-size:20px">A self-assembling and growing system </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">What he and his colleagues observed is that when two tiny gold flakes – 5000 nanometres in diameter and only 30 nanometres thick – meet in a salty aqueous solution, an interaction arises that causes them to form a pair. The two gold flakes are both positively charged as the aqueous solution covers them with double layers of ions. This causes a repelling electrostatic force, but, due to the simultaneous influence of something called the ‘Casimir effect’, an attracting force is also created, and a stable balance arises, leaving a distance between the flakes of around 150 nanometres. The two nanoflakes orient themsel</span><span style="background-color:initial">ves facing each other, with a cavity formed between them, and they remain stably in this arrangement, for weeks of observations. The cavity then functions as an optical resonator, a device which provides many opportunities to explore various physical phenomena.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Once the gold flakes have formed a pair, they stay in place, and the researchers also observed that, if not actively separated, more and more pieces of gold seek out each other and form a larger grouping. This means that the structure, purely through naturally occurring forces, can grow and create more interesting opportunities for researchers.</div> <div>The structure can be further manipulated by adding more salt to the aqueous solution, changing the temperature, or by illuminating it with lasers, which can lead to some fascinating observations.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“What is so interesting in this case is that there are colours which appear inside the resonator. What we’re seeing is basically self-assembled colour. This combines a lot of interesting and fundamental physics, but at the same time it’s very easy to make. Sometimes physics can be so surprising and so beautiful,” says Timur Shegai. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Studying the meeting point between light and matter</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The structure can then be used as a chamber for investigating materials and their behaviour. By placing a two-dimensional material, which is only a few atomic layers thick, in the cavity or by making adjustments to the cavity, ‘polaritons’ can also be created – hybrid particles that make it possible to study the meeting point between light and matter.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/500_Battulga%20Munkhbat-200924.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:135px;height:179px" /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">Our structure can now be added to the overall toolbox of self-assembly methods. Thanks to its versatility, this could be used to study both basic and applied physics,” says </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Battulga Munkhbat</strong><span style="background-color:initial">, Post Doc at the Department of Physics and first author of the article.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>According to the study's authors, there are no obstacles to the structure being scaled up to use larger gold flakes that can be seen with the naked eye, which could open up even more possibilities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In the future, I could see this platform being used to study polaritons in a simpler way than is possible today. Another area could be to take advantage of the colours created between the gold flakes, for example in pixels, to create different kinds of RGB values, where each colour could be checked for different combinations. There could also be applications in biosensors, optomechanics, or nanorobotics,” says Timur Shegai.</div> <div> </div> <div style="font-size:20px">More about the research</div> <span style="font-size:20px"> </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The article </span><a href="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03826-3" target="_blank">Tunable self-assembled Casimir microcavities and polaritons​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> has been published in Nature. The researchers behind the new results are Battulga Munkhbat, Adriana Canales, Betül Küçüköz, Denis G. Baranov and Timur O. Shegai. </span> </li> <li>The researchers are active at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, The Center for Photonics and 2D Materials in Moscow, and the Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia. </li> <li>The research was funded by the Swedish Research Council, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Chalmers Excellence Initiative Nano. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div style="font-size:20px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/Karusellbild_Attraherade%20guldspeglar_350x305px_ENG.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:50px 0px" /><span style="background-color:initial">How it works: </span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">A self-assembled platform </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">When two tiny gold flakes meet in a salt</span><span style="background-color:initial">y aqueous solution, an interaction arises that causes them to form a pair. They are both positively charged as the aqueous solution covers them with double layers of ions (red and blue). This causes a repelling electrostatic force, but, due to the simultaneous influence of something called the ‘Casimir effect’, an attracting force is also created, and a stable balance arises. The two nanoflakes orient themselves facing each other, with a cavity between them formed, and they remain stable in this arrangement, for weeks of observations. This cavity then functions as an optical resonator, a device which offers a tunable system for studying combinations of light and matter known as polaritons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-size:20px">For more information, contact:</span> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 31 772 31 23, </span><a href="mailto:timurs@chalmers.se"><span style="background-color:initial">timurs@chalm</span><span style="background-color:initial">ers.se</span></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Battulga Munkhbat</strong>, Post Doc, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 73 995 34 79, <a href="mailto:battulga@chalmers.se">battulga@chalmers.se</a></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz and Mia Halleröd Palmgren<br />Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist (portrait pictures) <span style="background-color:initial">| Illustration: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Yen Strandqvist and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Denis Baranov</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <br />​Thu, 02 Dec 2021 07:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-researchers-receive-16-million-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-researchers-receive-16-million-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspxPhysics researchers receive 16 million in grants from the Swedish Research Council<p><b>Researchers at the Department of Physics received 16 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council, when the grants for natural sciences and engineering for the years 2021–2025 was recently presented. Here, you can learn more on the projects for which the grants were given.</b></p><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Mattias-Thuvander.aspx"><strong style="font-size:16px">​</strong><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong>Mattias Thuvander</strong></span>​</a><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong> </strong></span><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>–</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong> </strong></span><strong style="font-size:16px">investigates traps for hydrogen in steel</strong><div><span></span><strong>Project &quot;Carbides as hydrogen traps in steel&quot;, a total granted amount of SEK 4,802,000</strong></div> <div>​<div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Carbides in steel can act as traps for hydrogen and thereby make the steel</div> <div>less susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. The aim of the projet is to understand this phenomenon by performing atomistic modelling and atom probe tomography experiments. We will try to find out which positions, on the atomic scale, that are most effective in trapping hydrogen atoms, and how this depends on the type carbide.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Hydrogen embrittlement is limiting the use of high-strength steels, which have a great potential for weight-savings and thereby for reduced energy consumption in the transport sector. The understanding of hydrogen in solids is also of general interest, as well as the possibility to study hydrogen both experimentally and by modelling.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The grant is very timely as we are getting a new atom probe during next year, which will have some accessories that will be useful for hydrogen experiments. The grant will also strengthen the cooperation between theory and experiment at the department. The grant is shared between me and <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Paul-Erhart.aspx">Paul Erhart</a>.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Istvan-Pusztai.aspx">Istvan Pusztai</a> </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>– </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>studies the dynamics of magnetic fields and matter in the universe</strong></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;Data-driven optimal models for kinetic dynamos&quot;, total amount granted SEK 3,440,000</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;The project concerns the process, called dynamo, that generates magnetic fields in astrophysical systems. While stellar and planetary dynamos are well studied, our understanding of the dynamo in galaxy clusters is much more limited. The reason is that while the interior of stars can be modeled as a simple conducting fluid, the hot and tenuous plasma of galaxy clusters exhibits a much more complex dynamics. Within this project I will distill this complex behavior into accurate but still numerically tractable plasma models with the help of recent data-driven methods, then utilize these numerical models to study the intertwined dynamics of magnetic fields and matter on the largest scales of the universe.&quot;</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;The project will resolve the dynamo process on a micro-physical level with an unprecedented physics fidelity. This will allow a major step towards a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the largest gravitationally bound systems in the universe. The modeling capabilities developed will also benefit the study of other turbulent magnetized plasma systems, such as our immediate space environment, will help the design and interpretation laboratory dynamo experiments in laser-produced plasmas, and have the potential to provide improved constraints on galaxy and star formation.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;In this project I bring methods from kinetic plasma physics - where I have my main scientific background - to dynamo research, where I am relatively new. Crossing boundaries between research fields can be difficult, and requires freedom on multiple levels. This research grant gives me the freedom of pursuing an ambitious research idea involving non-standard approaches. That this research proposal got funded is also an encouragement that I greatly appreciate.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christian-Forssen.aspx">Christian Forssén</a> </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><span><strong>–</strong></span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong> </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>compares theoretical predictions with experimental observations</strong></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;Theoretical nuclear physics with precision&quot;, a total granted amount of SEK 4,000,000</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The project &quot;Theoretical nuclear physics with precision&quot; is about developing new statistical methods for studying theoretical uncertainties. Specifically, we will combine effective field theories of the strong interaction with computational methods to solve the quantum many-body problem and make predictions for low-energy nuclear physics observables.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;A basis for scientific progress is comparisons of theoretical predictions with experimental observations. To draw conclusions from such a comparison, we must be able to quantify existing uncertainties, both on the experimental and the theoretical side. In this borderland, our research can contribute. Specifically, the project is about testing our theoretical description of subatomic physics and the fundamental forces, but the statistical methodology can be very useful in many areas.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;That we can recruit a postdoc and continue to be an active driving research group in our field.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Mats-Halvarsson.aspx">Mats Halvarsson </a></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>–</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong> </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>green electricity in an effective way</strong></span></div> <span style="font-size:16px"></span><div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;High-resolution in-situ study of the effect of reactive elements on alumina formation at high temperatures&quot;, total amount granted SEK 4,000,000</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The purpose of this project is to understand the formation and evolution of </div> <div>protective (and non-protective) alumina scales formed on FeCrAl alloys at elevated </div> <div>temperatures, by studying the oxidation “live” in microscopes with atomic or nanometre resolution. These alloys have the potential to be used in power plants, reducing problems with high temperature corrosion.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;By acquiring dynamic microstructural data, including oxide nuclei growth, interaction with reactive element particles and phase development, we can formulate a model for alumina scale growth, from the first monolayers, via nanolayers, to thicker scales, including its protective character. The </div> <div>model can then be used as input to tailor-make materials with desired microstructures that </div> <div>give superior high temperature corrosion properties.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;This grant from VR means that we can continue to work with our long-term goal, which is to help with the transition to producing green electricity in an effective way.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-to-researchers-at-Chalmers.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />List of all researchers at Chalmers University of Technology receiving grants from the Swedish Research Council 2021​</a></div> <div><br /></div></div>Wed, 10 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/AI-technology-finds-disturbances-in-nuclear-reactors.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/AI-technology-finds-disturbances-in-nuclear-reactors.aspxAI technology finds disturbances in nuclear reactors<p><b>​For the past four years, Chalmers has coordinated the EU-funded research project Cortex, with the purpose of finding methods to improve nuclear safety. Now the result is here – a technology that with good accuracy can detect disturbances in a nuclear power reactor in operation.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Christophe Demazière</strong> and <strong>Paolo Vinai</strong>, both at the Department of Physics, have coordinated the Cortex research project, in which the European Commission has invested 5,1 million euros. Over 70 researchers from various organizations, primarily in Europe, but also from the USA and Japan, have participated in the project during a four-year period, which ended in the summer of 2021.</span><div><br /><div>The project team has consisted of experts from several different research areas: from reactor physics and artificial intelligence, to computational physics and experimental reactor physics. An advisory group of end users has ensured that the research has been carried out in line with the needs of the nuclear power industry and that the benefits of the innovations can be used in the industry.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The team's collaboration has led to the development and testing of a technology that can detect disturbances in nuclear power reactors.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px">Combines nuclear reactor modelling and artificial intelligence</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“By our combined expertise, we have achieved a technology that combines nuclear reactor modelling and artificial intelligence by which you can detect if there is an anomaly in a reactor core. The technology can also detect what kind of disturbance there is and where in the system it is located,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The fundamental of the technology is to teach an artificial intelligence algorithm how a nuclear reactor behaves in the presence of different types of disturbances and their positions. These disturbances lead to fluctuations in the neutron flux, the so-called neutron noise, and they are measured by neutron detectors in the reactor. The algorithm needs to be fed with a lot of data of different types of disturbances and corresponding responses from the reactor.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“To build such a database, we have developed advanced modelling tools. The algorithm then compares the measurements from the reactor with simulations from these modelling tools. From all these simulations, the algorithm can thus identify in a given measurement if there is a disturbance, of what type it is and where it is located. A reactor core is around three to four meters in diameter and height. Using a few neutron detectors in the core, we can detect where there is a disturbance with a margin of five to ten centimetres. Previous research has shown that this is something that could be done, but no technology has been developed to do so in such a systematic way and to such an extent as in the Cortex project,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Keeps track of disturbances</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The technology can, for example, be used during operation to see what is happening in the reactor, the so-called core monitoring. By keeping track of disturbances, you can also better plan for how to handle possible problems when closing a reactor for inspection, maintenance, and fuel reloading.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Further development of the technology will be required before it can be used on an industrial scale. How or in what form the research project will continue remains to be seen.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>How has it been then, to coordinate such a large project, with so many participants?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In the beginning, we spent a lot of time getting to know each other's different research fields, in order to work towards the same goal. We have had close contacts with each othereach other, and everyone has been very motivated in this collaboration. It has been a great job to contribute to the project and see that you do something useful,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://vimeo.com/578466058" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />See more about how the technology works in a film about the project</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Facts about the research project:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Cortex (CORTEX) stands for &quot;core monitoring techniques and experimental validation and demonstration.&quot; The project aimed to develop innovative methods that can be used to detect and categorize disturbances in commercial nuclear reactors during operation. The method is non-intrusive. Cortex is a research and innovation project (RIA) within the <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/euratom">EU program Euratom in Horizon 2020</a>. Read more about the project on <a href="https://cortex-h2020.eu/">Cortex's website</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project has been coordinated by Professor <strong>Christophe Demazière</strong> and Associate Professor <strong>Paolo Vinai</strong>, and also involved Dr. <strong>Antonios Mylonakis</strong> and PhD student <strong>Huaiqian Yi</strong>, all from the division of Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The researchers have contributed with knowledge in the field of reactor modelling and core monitoring, within which there is a long research tradition at Chalmers where Professor <strong>Imre Pázsit’s</strong> contributions and influence have been crucial.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christophe-Demazière.aspx">Christophe Demazière</a>, Professor, Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers, +46 31 772 30 82, <a href="mailto:demaz@chalmers.se">demaz@chalmers.se</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Paolo-Vinai.aspx">Paolo Vinai​</a>, Associate Professor, Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers, +46 31 772 30 80, <a href="mailto:vinai@chalmers.se">vinai@chalmers.se</a></div></div> ​Wed, 03 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Lars-Borjesson-receives-Gold-Medal-by-IVA.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Lars-Borjesson-receives-Gold-Medal-by-IVA.aspxChalmers professor receives Gold Medal by IVA<p><b>​Lars Börjesson, professor at the Department of Physics, is receiving the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Gold Medal. The medals are presented by H.M. The King during IVA's Annual Meeting of the Academy.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, has for a hundred years rewarded outstanding initiatives in technology, economics, business, and society. <strong>Lars Börjesson</strong>, Professor in Materials Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, is now receiving IVA’s Gold Medal for his efforts to improve society.</span><div><br /></div> <div>IVA's motivation is:</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>&quot;Professor Lars Börjesson is awarded the Gold Medal for his outstanding, innovative research in the physics of condensed materials and his innovative and dedicated leadership that has resulted in groundbreaking research infrastructure – in particular MAX IV and ESS – offering exceptional opportunities to learn about material properties that will be of great significance in future research and industry.&quot;</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>“It is a fantastic honour to receive this medal and that the work I have done, together with many others, for a long time garners attention,” says Lars Börjesson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It also means that more people may notice what unique and outstanding investments the ESS and MAX IV facilities are for Sweden and Europe. The facilities are important for basic research in physics, chemistry, life sciences and more, and for a variety of applications for a sustainable society, for example for new materials for sustainable energy technology, recyclable materials for the manufacturing industry, development of new medicines and medical technology for better health. And not least because they attract talented researchers with new research projects.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Gold Medals will be presented in connection with the Annual Meeting of the Academy on October 29 2021 in the presence of T.M. The King and Queen. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.iva.se/en/published/gold-medals-for-prominent-figures-who-are-improving-society/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about IVA's Gold Medals 2021</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About Lars Börjesson</div> <div>Lars Börjesson defended his dissertation at Chalmers University of Technology in 1987, and has since been active here as an Associate Professor (1990) and Professor of Materials Physics (1995). He has also been a Professor at KTH (1993–1995).</div> <div>During the years 2012–2016, Lars Börjesson was active as Vice-Chancellor at Chalmers with responsibility for the Areas of Advance. He has extensive experience in the management of large-scale research facilities: from 2010 to 2013, he was chairman of the MAX IV laboratory in Lund and he is one of the founders of the European Spallation Source (ESS). In 2011, Lars Börjesson was elected a member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">For more information, please contact:</span></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Lars-Börjesson.aspx">Lars Börjesson​</a>, <a href="mailto:lars.borjesson@chalmers.se">lars.borjesson@chalmers.se</a> , +46(0)31-772 33 07</div></div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 29 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Chalmers-Physics-Professor-Elected-as-2021-APS-Fellow.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Chalmers-Physics-Professor-Elected-as-2021-APS-Fellow.aspxChalmers' Physics' Professor Elected as 2021 APS Fellow<p><b>​Christian Forssén, Professor at the Department of Physics, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Christian Forssén</strong> has been elected a 2021 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) as recognition of his outstanding contributions to physics. Christian Forssén is Professor in theoretical physics and Head of the division of Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Each year, no more than one half of one percent of the Society’s membership is recognized by their peers for election to the status of Fellow of the American Physical Society. APS’ citation for electing Christian Forssén is as follows: </span></div> <div><br /><div><div><strong>“For first-principles calculations of the structure of nuclei, especially near the drip-lines, and for the development of precision nuclear forces through innovative uses of statistical methods.”</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Recognizes advances in physics</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I am very honoured that my peers have elected me to join the exclusive company of APS fellows, which indeed includes many international celebrities in physics research. Hopefully this will further strengthen our ties with scientists in the United States,” says Christian Forssén.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication, or made significant innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The addition of Christian Forssén to the APS Fellowship Program, brings the total count of APS Fellows from Chalmers University of Technology to five. </div> <div><br /></div> <a href="https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/fellowships/index.cfm" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /> </a><a href="https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/fellowships/index.cfm" target="_blank"><div style="display:inline !important">Read more about the APS fellowship program</div></a><div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christian-Forssen.aspx">Christian Forssén</a>, +46317723261,  <a href="mailto:christian.forssen@chalmers.se">christian.forssen@chalmers.se​</a> </div></div></div>Wed, 13 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0200