News: Kemi- och bioteknikhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 01 Jul 2022 16:36:05 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Pioneering-recycling-turns-mixed-waste-into-premium-plastics-with-no-climate-impact.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Pioneering-recycling-turns-mixed-waste-into-premium-plastics-with-no-climate-impact.aspxPioneering recycling turns mixed waste into premium plastics with no climate impact<p><b>​Only a fraction of the material that could be turned into new plastic is currently recycled. Researchers at Chalmers have now demonstrated how the carbon atoms in mixed waste can replace all fossil raw materials in the production of new plastic. The recycling method is inspired by the natural carbon cycle and could eliminate the climate impact of plastic materials, or even clean the air of carbon dioxide.</b></p><strong>​</strong><img src="/sv/institutioner/see/nyheter/PublishingImages/HenrikThunman_191004_091.jpg" alt="Henrik Thunman" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>“There are enough carbon</strong> atoms in waste to meet the needs of all global plastic production. Using these atoms, we can decouple new plastic products from the supply of virgin fossil raw materials. If the process is powered by renewable energy, we also get plastic products with more than 95% lower climate impact than those produced today, which effectively means negative emissions for the entire system,” says Henrik Thunman, Professor of Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology and one of the authors of the study published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>To achieve circular cycles, we need to make better use of the resources already in use in society. Henrik Thunman and his research team want to focus on an important resource that often goes up in smoke today: the carbon atoms in our waste, which are currently incinerated or end up in landfills instead of being recycled. This is made possible with technologies targeting the carbon contained in plastic, paper and wood wastes, with or without food residues, to create a raw material for the production of plastics with the same variety and quality as those currently produced from fossil raw materials. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Just like nature </strong></div> <div>Current plastic recycling methods are able to replace no more than 15-20% of the fossil raw material needed to meet society’s demand for plastic. The advanced methods proposed by the researchers are based on thermochemical technologies and involve the waste being heated to 600-800 degrees Celsius. The waste then turns into a gas, which after the addition of hydrogen can replace the building blocks of plastics. Using this recycling method could decouple new plastic products from the supply of new fossil raw materials.</div> <div>The researchers behind the study are developing a thermochemical recycling method that produces a gas which then can be used as a raw material in the same factories in which plastic products are currently being made from fossil oil or gas. Different types of waste, such as old plastic products and paper cups, with or without food residues, are put into the reactors at the Chalmers Power Central.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The key to more extensive recycling is to look at residual waste in a whole new way: as a raw material full of useful carbon atoms. The waste then acquires value, and you can create economic structures to collect and use the material as a raw material worldwide,” says Henrik Thunman. </div> <div>The principle of the process is inspired by the natural carbon cycle. Plants are broken down into carbon dioxide when they wither, and carbon dioxide, using the sun as an energy source and photosynthesis, then creates new plants. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“H</span><span style="background-color:initial">owever, our technology differs from the way it works in nature because we don’t have to take the detour via the atmosphere to circulate the carbon in the form of carbon dioxide. All the carbon atoms we need for our plastic production can be found in our waste, and can be recycled using heat and electricity,” says Henrik Thunman. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers’ calculations show that the energy to power such processes can be taken from renewable sources such as solar, wind, hydro power or biomass​, and they will be more energy-efficient than the systems in use today. It is also possible to extract excess heat from recycling processes, which in a circular system would compensate for the heat production currently derived from waste incineration, while eliminating the carbon dioxide emissions associated with energy recovery. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Can replace fossil raw materials</strong></div> <div>The research has been carried out as part of the FUTNERC* project. The researchers have proven that the process can work in collaboration with plastics manufacturer Borealis in Stenungsund, Sweden, where they have verified the results and shown that the raw material can be used to make plastic, replacing the fossil raw materials used today. </div> <div>“Our goal is to create a circular economy for plastics. Our plastic products are key to the transformation to a sustainable society, so it’s important for us to support research like this. We already have projects that create circularity for our plastic products, but more solutions are needed. Therefore, we are pleased with these excellent results, which can help bring us a step closer to our goal,” says Anders Fröberg, CEO of Borealis AB.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The study <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.132674">Co-recycling of natural and synthetic carbon materials for a sustainable circular economy</a> was published in the Journal of Cleaner Production and was written by Isabel Cañete Vela, Teresa Berdugo Vilches, Göran Berndes, Filip Johnsson, and Henrik Thunman.    </div> <div>The researchers are active at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Watch the film about the recycling project:</strong></div> <div>Short version, 3 minutes: <a href="https://youtu.be/ItzMyG3IKPc" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />100% Recycling of any waste​</a></div> <div>Long version, 30 minutes: <a href="https://youtu.be/fEPOnl8Q3PA" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Waste – from a problem to a valuable feedstock</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FUTNERC</strong></div> <div>A five-year research project funded half by the Swedish Energy Agency and 25% each by Borealis and Preem. The Futnerc project aims to accelerate the transformation of the chemical industry to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from refineries and chemical plants by 2050.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Contact: </strong></div> <div>Henrik Thunman, Professor of Energy Technology, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology,   +46 31 772 14 51, <a href="mailto:henrik.thunman@chalmers.se">henrik.thunman@chalmers.se</a> </div> <div>Isabel Cañete Vela, PhD-student, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, +46 31 772 30 18,  <a href="mailto:canete@chalmers.se">canete@chalmers.se</a> </div> <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div>Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New-material-paves-the-way-for-remote-controlled-medication-and-electronic-pills.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New-material-paves-the-way-for-remote-controlled-medication-and-electronic-pills.aspxNew material paves the way for remote-controlled medication and electronic pills<p><b>​Biomedicines are produced by living cells and are used to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases among other things. One challenge is that the medicines are very expensive to produce, something that limits global access. Now researchers from Chalmers have invented a material that uses electrical signals to capture and release biomolecules. The new and efficient method may have a major impact in the development of biomedicines and pave the way for the development of electronic pills and drug implants.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The new material is a polymer surface* which at an electrical pulse changes state from capturing to releasing biomolecules. This has several possible applications, including use as a tool for the efficient separation of a medicine from the other biomolecules that cells create in the production of biological medicines. The results of the study were recently published in the scientific journal “Angewandte Chemie”.</span></div> <div> </div> <div>Biomedicines are very expensive to produce due to the lack of an efficient separation technique, and new techniques with a higher drug yield are required to reduce production costs and ultimately the cost of treating patients. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Gustav%20FD%20elektrokemi%20biomolekyler/Gustav_Ferrand_Drake_220x230.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="portrait Gustav Frennad Drake del Castillo " style="margin:5px" />“Our polymer surfaces offer a new way of separating proteins by using electrical signals to control how they are bound to and released from a surface, while not affecting the structure of the protein,” says Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo, who publicly defended his doctoral thesis in chemistry at Chalmers and is the lead author of the study.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The conventional separation technique – chromatography – binds biomolecules tightly to the surface and strong chemicals are required to make them release, which leads to losses and a poor yield. Many new medicines have proved to be highly sensitive to strong chemicals, which creates a major production problem for the next generation of biomedicines. The lower consumption of chemicals results in a benefit to the environment, while the fact that the surfaces of the new material can also be reused through several cycles is a key property. The process can be repeated hundreds of times without affecting the surface.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Functions in biological fluids</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The material also functions in biological fluids with a buffering capacity, in other words fluids with the ability to counteract changes in the pH value. This property is remarkable since it paves the way for the creation of a new technique for implants and electronic “pills” that release the medicine into the body via electronic activation. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“You can imagine a doctor, or a computer program, measuring the need for a new dose of medicine in a patient, and a remote-controlled signal activating the release of the drug from the implant located in the very tissue or organ where it’s needed,” says Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Local, activated drug release is available today in the form of materials that change their state in the event of a change in the surrounding chemical environment. For example, tablets of pH-sensitive material are produced where you want to control the release of a drug in the gastrointestinal tract, which is an environment with natural variations in pH value. But in most of the body’s tissues there are no changes in pH value or other chemical parameters. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Being able to control the release and uptake of proteins in the body with minimal surgical interventions and without needle injections is, we believe, a unique and useful property. The development of electronic implants is only one of several conceivable applications that are many years into the future. Research that helps us to link electronics with biology at a molecular level is an important piece of the puzzle in such a direction,” says Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Another advantage of the new method is that it does not require large amounts of energy. The low power consumption is due to the fact that the depth of the polymer on the surface of the electrode is very thin, on the nanometre scale, which means that the surface reacts immediately to small electrochemical signals. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>“Electronics in biological environments is often limited by the size of the battery and the moving mechanical parts. Activation at a molecular level reduces both the energy requirement and the need for moving parts,” says Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The breakthrough began as a doctoral thesis</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The research behind the technique was conducted during the period when Ferrand-Drake del Castillo was a doctoral student in Chalmers professor Andreas Dahlin’s research team in the Division of Applied Surface Chemistry. The project involved polymer surfaces that change state between being neutral and charged depending on the pH value of the surrounding solution. The researchers then succeeded in creating a material that was strong enough to stay on the surface when subject to repeated electrical signals, while also being thin enough to actually change pH value as a result of the electrochemistry on the surface. </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/elektroniska%20papper%20Anderas%20Dahlin/Andreas_Dahlin%20220x230.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="portrait Andreas Dahlin " style="margin:5px" />“Shortly afterwards we discovered that we could use the electrical signals to control the binding and release of proteins and biomolecules, and that the electrode material works in biological solutions such as serum and centrifuged blood. We believe and hope that our discoveries may be of great benefit in the development of new medicines,” says Andreas Dahlin.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>In the past year, the Chalmers researchers’ results have been passed on to product development, carried out by the spin-off company Nyctea Technologies. The company already has customers among leading pharmaceutical researchers and companies. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>* Polymers are chemical compounds that consist of very long chains made up of repeated smaller units. Common plastics are a form of polymer.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the research:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Read the full study in Angewandte Chemie: </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.202115745" title="link to scientific article ">Electrically Switchable Polymer Brushes for Protein Capture and Release in Biological Environments</a></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The article is written by Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo, Maria Kyriakidou, Rebekah Hailes, Zeynep Adali, Kunli Xiong and Andreas Dahlin.  </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The researchers are active at Chalmers and in Nyctea Technologies.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The research is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">For more information, contact:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo, Doctor in Chemistry and CEO of Nyctea Technologies: +46 (0)70 274 61 05 gustavd@chalmers.se </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Andreas-Dahlin.aspx" title="link to personal profile page ">Andreas Dahlin</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Karin Wik and Gustav Ferrand-Drake del Castillo <br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>​<br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> ​​Wed, 15 Jun 2022 19:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2022-tandem-seminar.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2022-tandem-seminar.aspx2022 year's Tandem Webinars<p><b>​Here you will find 2022 all Tandem Webinars. All the webinars can be watched afterwards via Chalmers Play. </b></p><div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Upcoming webinars:</b><br /><div>8 September, <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-WebinarNew-Insulation-Materials-for-High-Voltage-Power-Cables.aspx">New Insulation Materials for High Voltage Power Cables</a></div> <div>5 October, <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-Webinar-Metallic-nanoalloys-for-next-generation-optical-hydrogen-sensors.aspx">Metallic nanoalloys for next generation optical hydrogen sensors</a><br />November, TBA</div> <br /><b>Wat</b></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">ch 2022 year´s seminars on Chalmers Play</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">:<br /><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">11 April</span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">– </span><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Perspectives on cellulose nanocrystals<br /></b></span><span style="font-size:16px">In this tandem webinar</span><span style="font-size:16px;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-size:16px">we have two hot topics dedicated to Cellulose nanocrystals: Cellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows &amp; Using liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.</span><br /></div> <div><a href="https://play.chalmers.se/media/Tandem%20Webinar%20%E2%80%93%20Perspectives%20on%20cellulose%20nanocrystals/0_lqpv4rvq" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">Program:</span></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Leif Asp, Co-Director Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science</li> <li>C<span style="background-color:initial">ellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows, <a href="/en/staff/Pages/roland-kadar.aspx">Roland Kádár</a>, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li>U<span style="background-color:initial">sing liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.<a href="https://wwwen.uni.lu/recherche/fstm/dphyms/people/jan_lagerwall"> Jan Lagerwall</a>, Professor at the Physics &amp; Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg.</span> </li></ul></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">30 May: </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">– </span><b><span></span>Lipid nanoparticles for mRNA delivery</b><br /><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://play.chalmers.se/media/Watch%20the%20webinar%20%E2%80%93%20Lipid%20nanoparticles%20for%20mRNA%20delivery/0_4y0mw1ss"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><br />Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>The role of supramolecular lipid self assembly and protein corona formation for functional mRNA delivery to cells. Two hot topics will be covered by Elin Esbjörner and Fredrik Höök​.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Maria Abrahamsson, Director of Materials Science Area of Advance </li> <li><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Fredrik-Höök.aspx">Fredrik Höök</a>, <em>Professor, Nano and Biophysics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</em>.</li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Elin-Esbjörner-Winters.aspx">Elin Esbjörner</a>, </span><i>Associate Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemical Biology, Chalmers University of Technology.</i></li></ul></div></div> <div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div></div></div> <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/2021-tandem-seminars.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />2021 year's Tandem Webinars</a>​.​Wed, 15 Jun 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Multifunctional-farming-systems.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Multifunctional-farming-systems.aspxMore biomass and less negative environmental impact<p><b>With a new way of modeling land use, research shows how changes in land use combined with multifunctional production systems ​can help agriculture deliver more biomass while at the same time reducing environmental problems. – Agriculture creates many values in addition to food supply today, but can also have a negative impact on the environment, for example by nitrogen from manure leaking into nearby drinking water, says Göran Berndes, expert on land use.</b></p><div>Increased demand for biofuels and bio-based materials increases the pressure on agriculture to produce biomass. Intensified land use can lead to more common negative effects such as erosion, nitrogen leakage, loss of soil carbon and floods.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The problem can be alleviated with the help of multifunctional production systems, which means that perennial crops are grown in a way and place that counteracts the negative environmental effects of intensive agriculture in the landscape. These systems provide society with double benefits: more biomass and reduced environmental problems. </span><span style="background-color:initial">They can also secure regulatory ecosystem services, such as pollination and protection against natural disasters such as droughts and floods.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/SEE/Profilbilder/Goran_Berndes_170.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></b></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial">- There are many different ways to reduce the environmental impact and the solutions we have investigated in this project have been the subject of several previous studies, also within our own research group. Such studies are often done on a fairly small scale, but here we have taken a larger approach and investigated how multifunctional cultivation systems could be introduced in Sweden and Europe to reduce the negative effects of current agriculture – and at the same time produce biofuels and other bio-based products, says Göran Berndes, professor at Chalmers (picture t h). He is the project leader in a research study, which includes researchers from Chalmers, Lund University and Mid Sweden University. Together, they have developed a new way of modeling land use systems.</span><br /></div> <br /></div> <div>The spatial models are based on high-resolution data and have been applied to 81,000 individual landscapes across the EU and the UK. This way, it is possible to identify individual landscapes where multifunctional systems can be particularly advantageous, while at the same time it is possible to study the effects of implementation at European level. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>– Our analyzes show that environmental problems related to nitrogen leakage to surface water and wind erosion can be significantly reduced through a strategic integration of multifunctional farming systems in agricultural landscapes that are currently dominated by annual crops, says Oskar Englund, associate professor at Mid Sweden University and one of the project participants.<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the project <a href="https://f3centre.se/en/research/mitigating-environmental-impacts-from-biomass-production-by-producing-more-biomass/">Mitigating environmental impacts from biomass production by producing more biomass​</a>. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">More info:</b><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The project is part of the programme </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://f3centre.se/en/renewable-transportation-fuels-and-systems/">Renewable transportation fuels and systems</a>, </span><span style="background-color:initial">A collaborative research program between the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Projektgrupp: </b><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/goran-berndes.aspx">Göran Berndes</a> (projectleader) and <a href="/sv/Personal/Sidor/christel-cederberg.aspx">Christel Cederberg</a>, Chalmers; <a href="https://www.miun.se/Personal/oskarenglund/?showMenu=1">Oskar Englund</a>, Mid Sweden University/Englund GeoLab AB; <a href="https://portal.research.lu.se/sv/persons/p%c3%a5l-b%c3%b6rjesson">Pål Börjesson</a>, Lund University.</div> <div>The project also has links to <a href="https://task45.ieabioenergy.com/">IEA Bioenergy Task 45 - Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy.</a><span style="background-color:initial">​​</span></div> Mon, 06 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/chemistry-department-and-Angeredsgymnasiet.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/chemistry-department-and-Angeredsgymnasiet.aspxStudents from Angeredsgymnasiet invited to Chalmers chemistrylabs<p><b>​For several years, the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has opened its laboratories for students in the sciences program at “Angeredsgymnasiet”, a secondary school in the suburb Angered. The students get access to a well-equipped lab environment while the visit can facilitate and provide inspiration for future study and career choices.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">After a few years of pandemic break, it is finally possible to resume cooperation with Angeredsgymnasiet, and let a new group of secondary school students get to know Chalmers and the chemistry laboratories in April 2022. The students' teacher Malin, who is part of the cooperation for the first time, sees it as </span><span style="background-color:initial">very valuable for her students.</span><div><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>“It is a great opportunity to have access to laboratories like this. These students are studying in their first year at the science program and several of them have not been allowed to work in laboratories their schools before”, says Malin Bengtsson teacher at Angeredsgymnasiet. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The schedule for today's visit, is a security review by Ulf Jäglid, vice Head Of Department and responsible for the undergraduate program and Lynga Normann Huang Research Engineer at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The safety in a laboratory is crucial. It is only after this review and during the next visit that the students will start working in the laboratories. To make sure that everyone has listened and perceived the information, they have to answer a test after Ulf's review. After that is done, Lynga continues to talk about safety and takes the students on a short tour in the laboratory, in smaller groups.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Valuable now and for future choices </h2> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/samarbete%20Angeredsgymnasiet/porträtt%20intervju%20250x300.jpg" alt="portrait Ahmed " class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />In the first group to go on the tour, we find Ahmed Mahmoud. He already knows Chalmers a bit. It started with a friend telling him that he could get help in math from a Chalmers student and then Ahmed became a member of the association Intize, which works with mentorship in mathematics. Now he is looking forward to working in the chemistry laboratory in a few weeks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;You can do completely different laboratory work capered to what we do at our school, because we get access to many more different materials. It feels very good to be able to come to a laboratory like this and see what it is all about, says Ahmed.<br /><br /></div> <div>It is not at all impossible that Ahmed will be back at Chalmers eventually. He is considering becoming a doctor but he doesn´t rule out that he might be interesting to do something in the chemistry field too. Wherever it ends up, Chalmers and Angeredsgymnasiet hope that the collaboration will equip him and his classmates with new valuable input and experience for future career choices.<br /><br /></div> <div>&quot;A collaboration like this has not only a great value for the education they are currently attending but also for their opportunities for future studies, says Malin Bengtsson. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>From the department's side, the wish is that the students will get a taste of chemistry and that it will be easier for them to be able to choose a higher education like Chalmers.<br /><br /></div> <div>&quot;We know that the access to a university like Chalmers is still affected a lot by where a young person lives and how much experience of higher education there is at home. We need to change that and we hope this collaboration can be a small step in the right direction&quot;, says Ulf Jäglid</div> <div><br /></div> <div>When the students come to Kemihuset next time, it will be time to put on their lab coats and goggles just like any other the researcher or student in the building. But there is a difference. You can read Angeredsgymnasiet on the coats, which is a contribution by one of the chemical industry companies with which the department collaborates.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact and more information </h3> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/ulf.aspx" title="link to profile page ">Ulf Jäglid</a>, <span style="background-color:initial">v</span><span style="background-color:initial">ice Head Of Department and responsible for the undergraduate program, The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering <br /><br /></span></div> <div><a href="/sv/samverkan/skolsamverkan/gymnasiet/Sidor/intize-matematikprojekt.aspx" title="Link to infowebpage ">More about the association Intize​</a> (page in Swedish)</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Jenny Holmstrand </div> <div>​<br /></div> </div></div>Thu, 02 Jun 2022 15:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-research-for-visualization-of-RNA-and-DNA.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Groundbreaking-research-for-visualization-of-RNA-and-DNA.aspxGroundbreaking research for visualization of RNA and DNA awarded<p><b>​Marcus Wilhelmsson, professor at the department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Is awarded Wallmarkska priset 2022 by The Royal Swedish Academy of Science. The prize is awarded &quot;for groundbreaking research on biomimetic fluorescent molecules and their use for the development of fluorescence-based studies of DNA and RNA&quot;. The research can make a valuable impact for the development of new medicines and vaccines.  </b></p><strong>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Marcus%20Wilhelmsson%20spåra%20RNA%20i%20celler/Marcus%20Wilhelmsson_320x320.jpg" alt="portrit Marcus Wilhelmsson " class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Hello Marcus and congratulations!</strong> </span><div>Thank you very much! <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>What can a prize like this mean for your research? </strong></div> <div>First of all it feels like an acknowledgment for the work my research group and I have done during a very long period of time – for fifteen to twenty years now. I see it as a prize for diligence and a few excellent findings which will boost us all. I am very happy about receiving this prize and grateful for all the creative and competent people in my group over the years and also collaborators.​ Apart from that this prize means that it can be mentioned in my cv and if the decision is on the marginal, it might also provide a little better chance to get financing for exciting new projects. On top of that major parts of the sum will be used for securing continued operations of our new company LanteRNA (more about that further down). That addition is crucial to be able to have skilled people that work together with us.  <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Can you tell us briefly what is happening right now in this research? </strong></div> <div>In the startup we are working on validation, verifying and scaling the technology up that we have been working on the last three to four years. To be able to deliver our technology to larger pharmaceutical companies we need to have a lot of things settled and also in good timing with the company financing which we are working hard on now. In the research group and together with the department for biology and biotechnology, we have recently found a new unique way which makes it possible for the cell to label its RNA with florescent building blocks, by itself. That can be very useful and it will be exciting to see how this discovery will be met within the research field. We plan to send an article and publish our result in a scientific journal after this summer. <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Thank you very much, and good luck! </strong></div> <div><span></span><div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/marcus-wilhelmsson.aspx" title="link to personal profile page ">Marcus Wilhelmsson</a>, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>Read more </b></div> <div><b><br /></b></div> <div><b>About the startup company LanteRNA </b></div> <div><a href="https://lanterna.tech/" title="Link to external webiste ">Link to LanteRNA website</a> <br /><br /></div> <div><b>News articles and press releases about the research </b></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Areas-of-Advance-Award-for-a-method-that-enables-full-development-of-RNA-based-medicines.aspx" title="link to news article ">Awarded for methods that enables full development of RNA based medicines </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Breakthrough-fortracking-RNA-with-fluorescence-.aspx" title="link to press release ">Breakthrough for tracking RNA with florescence </a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/global-health-and-sustainable-textile-industry-on-IVA%27s-100-list.aspx" title="link to news article ">Innovations for global health and sustainable textiles on IVA’s 100 list</a></div> <div style="font-weight:bold"><br /></div></div> <div>Text: Jenny Holmstrand <br />Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist/Chalmers </div> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 19 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxMost projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022 <p><b>The 100-list highlights up-to-date research with business potential from Swedish universities. The theme for this year is technology in the service of humanity. Thirteen projects from Chalmers have been selected. </b></p>​The researchers have contributed with research projects that offer great value and potential for utilisation for society, through avenues such as industrial commercialisation, business development, or other types of impact. ​<div>“It is gratifying that we are so well represented on the 100 list. Chalmers has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship” says Mats Lundqvist, Vice President of Utilisation at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /><div><div><strong style="background-color:initial">The selected projects from Chalmers 2022:</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Architecture and Civil Engineering Project: </span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"></span><strong style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Real time optimization of drinking water treatment</strong></div></div> <div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The innovation of Kathleen Murphy and fellow colleagues measure the quality and reactivity of freshwater resources in real time, and predict the success of drinking water treatment. Their solution will be used to optimize operational conditions at drinking water treatment plants, reducing the need for chemicals and infrastructure and reducing emissions and waste. The patent pending solution, including the teams unique algorithms, will make drinking water treatment cheaper and more sustainable.</span></div> <div>Researcher: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/murphyk.aspx">Kathleen Murphy</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Real-time-optimized-drinking-water-treatment-on-IVA100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Real time optimized drinking water treatment</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div> ​<span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px">Biology and Biological Engineering</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Fungi for the production of protein of the future</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alternative protein sources such as fungi (mycoprotein) can lead to 95 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than beef. The vision is that the protein of the future is produced by fungi, which convert bio-based residual streams from industry. The fungi are grown in closed bioreactors with little impact on the external environment. </span> ​</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/nygardy.aspx">Yvonne Nygård </a><span style="background-color:initial">and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx">Eric Öste </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Stabilizing seafood side-streams allowing full use for food production </strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The demand for fish is steadily increasing in response to dietary recommendations, population growth and wishes to consume more climate-friendly protein sources. We therefore need to convert more of each landed fish into food, as today mainly the fillet is used, i.e., only 40-50 per cent of the weight. <br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Ingrid-Undeland.aspx">Ingrid Undeland</a><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/haizhou.aspx">Haizhou Wu,​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/khozaghi.aspx"> Mehdi Abdollahi</a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/bita-forghani.aspx">Bita Forghani</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Projects on sustainable food on IVA’s 100 list</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Recycling and remanufacturing of indium based semiconductor materials. </strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>You are probably reading this text looking through a transparent conductive material called indium tin oxide (ITO). It is the backbone of all electronic screen​s (LCD, LED, and touch screens), and some solar cell technologies. During the manufacturing of these devices, 30 - 70% of the material becomes production waste. Almost 75% of indium is used for ITO manufacturing and it is accepted as a critical raw material due to its importance in the electronic industry. It is a minor element of the earth’s crust and is unevenly distributed. It's recycling from industrial waste is challenging and requires several stages. In our technology, indium recovery is simplified instead of complicated processing stages and integrated into the ITO powder production to reproduce ITO material.​</span><strong><br /></strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx">Burcak Ebin</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx"></a>Project: <strong>High-Quality Graphene and Highly Thermal Conductive Graphene Films Produced in Eco-friendly ways</strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">The heat generated from ubiquitous miniaturized electronic devices needs to be dissipated by materials that are highly thermally conductive, lightweight, flexible, mechanically robust and, most importantly, manufactured in a sustainable way. Our idea includes two interconnected steps: 1) Eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene in a large-scale; and 2) Production of highly thermal-conductive graphene films with low environmental impact and low cost. The graphene films are expected to replace the current metal films and other thermally conductive films produced in the high cost of environment, and therefore contribute to the transition to a green industry.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <span></span><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <span style="font-weight:700">Adsorbi - cellulose-based foams for air pollutants capture  </span></span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">After finishing her doctoral studies at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kinga Grenda founded the start-up company Adsorbi together with Romain Bordes, researcher at the department. She was recently named one of ten entrepreneurs to keep an eye on by Swedish Incubators and Science Parks.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researcher: <span style="background-color:initial">Kinga Grenda  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://adsorbi.com/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More about the research and start-up company Adsorbi </a></span><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><span style="font-weight:700">(external link)</span></font></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx"></a><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chemistry research on IVA 100 list | Chalmers​ </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Computer Science and Engineering ​</span><br /></p> <div>Project: <strong>EmbeDL </strong><br /></div> <div>AI has achieved remarkable successes but at a price – neural network models are very large and need a lot of resources to train and deploy, thus leaving a very large energy footprint. Our research is about how to reduce the size of the neural networks, without sacrificing much in accuracy, and making the best use of diverse hardware so that AI can be deployed in an efficient and less energy consuming way to solve a specific problem. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Project:<strong>Repli5 </strong><br /></div> <div>The research is about creating digital twins and synthetic data. A digital twin is a replica of the real world in silico, which can be used to test and verify systems very efficiently and cheaply instead of tests in the real world which are costly, slow and error prone. Digital twins can be used to generate synthetic data to train AI systems efficiently without the need to collect real world data and annotating them manually which is costly, slow, noisy and error prone. <br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/dubhashi.aspx">Devdatt Dubhashi </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Project: </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Dpella</strong><br /></div> <div>The world is collecting a massive amount of individuals data with the intention of building a human-centered future based on data insights. The huge challenge is how to achieve these insights that will shape the future, respecting privacy of individuals and complying with GDPR. We solve this by developing a technology for creating privacy-preserving analytics based on the mathematical framework of Differential Privacy – a new gold standard for data privacy. With our patented IP research, we provide a Privacy-as-a-service solution will enable data flows, creating the inter-organization value required to achieve a digital human-centred future.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx"></a></span><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <strong>ZeroPoint Technologies </strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The dramatic increase of computers' processing power places high demands on efficient memory storage. A few players today have control over processor development by owning and controlling processor architectures. Chalmers with the spin-off company ZeroPoint Technologies develops technologies for computers' internal memory that are faster and less energy-intensive and are developed to fit into an open processor architecture. This provides basic conditions for smart industry. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/per-stenstrom.aspx">Per Stenström​</a></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Industrial and Materials Science</span><br /></div> <div> <div>Project: <strong>Design for energy resilience in the everyday</strong><br /></div> <div>Our increasing dependence on electrical and connected products is unsustainable from a resource point of view. It also makes us vulnerable in a future energy system where more renewable sources and climate change increase the probability of power shortages and power outages. To be able to handle disruptions in electricity deliveries, and at the same time live a good and meaningful everyday life, knowledge, new design guidelines for product development and energy-independent alternatives are required.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/helena-stromberg.aspx">Helena Strömberg</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ims/news/Pages/Design-for-energyresilience-in-the-everyday.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Design for energy resilience in the everyday</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="font-size:20px">Physics</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">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.<br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer </a><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">P</span><span style="background-color:initial">roject:</span><strong style="background-color:initial">2D semiconductor with perfect edges </strong><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">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. <br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai ​</a><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">Two research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022</a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">​</a><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Mathematical Sciences </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">​Project: <strong>PressCise</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong>​We work with clinical partners to identify problems with today's products, and to test and verify our own inventions. We use mathematical theories to solve real problems and we realize our solutions in genuine smart textile products. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researchers: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/torbjorn-lundh.aspx">Torbjörn Lundh</a><span style="background-color:initial">, in collaboration with Josefin Damm and Andreas Nilsson. </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="https://www.presscise.com/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />PressCise AB</a></p> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>I</em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>VA's 100 List presents selected research projects believde to have </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>the potientalto be developed into ninnovations, to promote buisness  </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>projects and researcher experise from Sweden's universities in a given field. </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>​</em></span><br /></p> <em> </em><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><em> </em></font></span><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><em>The complete list can be found on </em><a href="https://www.iva.se/en/"><em>www.iva.se</em></a></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"></span> </p> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The Presidents perspective on Chalmers' contribution to technology in the service of humanity</a><p></p></div> <div><br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx"></a></p></div></div> ​</div>Tue, 10 May 2022 16:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/e2/news/Pages/Kick-off-for-the-Swedish-Electricity-Storage-and-Balancing-Centre.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/e2/news/Pages/Kick-off-for-the-Swedish-Electricity-Storage-and-Balancing-Centre.aspxKick-off for the Swedish Electricity Storage and Balancing Centre<p><b>​A future energy system that will be sustainable, where the electric power system will play a critical role in the realisation of the 100 precent renewables-based society. This is the vision of the Swedish Electricity Storage and Balancing Centre (SESBC). ​</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">To meet this vision, the centre will create a solid research platform where a team of researchers with different expertise work together towards the centre’s vision and goals. The kick-off meeting was the starting point for this journey where researchers from Chalmers met industrial partners to discuss potential projects. </span><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Kick-off%20SESBC/Massimo_Bongiorno-3_340x300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:25px 5px;width:175px;height:158px" /><br /><div>&quot;We had a great turnout of 50 people who were interested in hearing about the centre and the projects. There was a genuine interest in the centre and the activities. I could see an engagement from everyone who participated,” says Massimo Bongiorno, Director of SESBC. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I was really hoping for a day full of energy where different partners took the opportunity to know each other and exchange ideas. To our joy, this was in fact the case,” says Anna Martinelli, Co-Director of SESBC.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Representatives from the Swedish Energy Agency was invited to speak about how the competence centres fit into the transition to a sustainable energy system. But they also spoke about their expectations from centres and how SESBC can contribute. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;It is great news for Chalmers that this and other competence centres have been granted funding from the Energy Agency. I sincerely congratulate all the centres’ leaders and recognise their huge efforts during preparation of the proposals,” says Anna Martinelli.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Twenty-five research projects were presented. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;Every partner that I spoke with were very satisfied with the day and the projects. In the end, what I expect is projects that will contribute to the vision and the goals of the centre, where we take advantage of the high level of expertise that we have,” says Massimo Bongiorno.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Although around 25 projects were presented, not all of them will be granted. Researchers have until 10 May to develop their idea and submit a project application, which will be sent to industrial partners and the centre Board. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Kick-off%20SESBC/Anna-Martinelli.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:185px;height:167px" />&quot;The immediate goal now is to getting projects started, so that research projects can be initiated. In the longer term, I look forward to seeing new competences grow and students being educated in skills important for future technologies. The success of this centre will require a robust leadership but also an efficient exchange of knowledge in-between the layers that have been proposed,” says Anna Martinelli. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In June, the first call of projects will be decided and granted. A second call will be announced in Autumn.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Written by: Sandra Tavakoli</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact:</strong></div> <div><strong>​Massimo Bongiorno</strong>, Full Professor in power electronic applications for power systems​ at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Chalmers<br /></div> <div><strong>Anna Martinelli</strong>, Professor in material science at the Department of Chemistry, Chalmers.</div> ​</div> ​Tue, 10 May 2022 13:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspxChemistry research on IVA 100 list <p><b>​Two research projects from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and one project related to the department, are highlighted by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, when IVA's 100 list 2022 was announced. </b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​IVA 100 list theme 2022: technology in service of mankind.  </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Recycling technology integrated into semiconductor production for electronic screens/solar cells to secure the critical metal indium </span></h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>You are probably reading this text looking through a transparent conductive material called indium tin oxide (ITO). It is the backbone of all electronic screen​s (LCD, LED, and touch screens), and some solar cell technologies. During the manufacturing of these devices, 30 - 70% of the material becomes production waste. Almost 75% of indium is used for ITO manufacturing and it is accepted as a critical raw material due to its importance in the electronic industry. It is a minor element of the earth’s crust and is unevenly distributed. It's recycling from industrial waste is challenging and requires several stages. In our technology, indium recovery is simplified instead of complicated processing stages and integrated into the ITO powder production to reproduce ITO material. The creative idea generated a start-up company, <a href="http://www.mat4greentech.com/" title="Link to external webpage ">Mat4green Tech AB​</a>, that works on the business implementation of the research. Harmonization of the technology with the innovative business idea reduces the environmental impact of the material and secures the strategic material supply. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Contact: Burcak Ebin, </a>researcher at the Department of Chamistry and Chemical Engineering </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">High-Quality Graphene and Highly Thermal Conductive Graphene Films Produced in Eco-Friendly Ways</h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The heat generated from ubiquitous miniaturized electronic devices needs to be dissipated by materials that are highly thermally conductive, lightweight, flexible, mechanically robust and, most importantly, manufactured in a sustainable way. Our idea includes two interconnected steps: 1) Eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene in a large-scale; and 2) Production of highly thermal-conductive graphene films with low environmental impact and low cost. The graphene films are expected to replace the current metal films and other thermally conductive films produced in the high cost of environment, and therefore contribute to the transition to a green industry.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Contact: Ergang Wang</a>, professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chamical Engineering   </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Adsorbi - cellulose-based foams for air pollutants capture​  </h2> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>After finishing her doctoral studies at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kinga Grenda founded the start-up company Absorbi together with Romain Bordes, researcher at the department. She was recently named one of ten entrepreneurs to keep an eye on by Swedish Incubators and Science Parks. </div> <div>Reseracher: Kinga Grenda <br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><a href="https://adsorbi.com/" title="Link to external webpage ">More about the research and start-up company Absorbi​</a>  </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>​<br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div>Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chalmers-Chemistry-at-Science-festival-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chalmers-Chemistry-at-Science-festival-.aspxSlimelab for school children and chemistry as a key to the unknown <p><b>​Tuesday 3 May, the annual science festival in Gothenburg was opened. As previous year Chalmers and chemistry researchers are involved in the program. The popular slimelabs for children returns in the school program and researcher Martin Rahm will take on the mission to explain what chemistry really is, in the program open for everybody. </b></p><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​​<span>“If chemists don’t talk about what chemistry really is, who shall do it? </span></h2> <div>When Martin Rahm was asked by the science festival to participate in the program it was a given for him to say yes. He has a rule to never say no when he has the chance to spread the passion for science. On Saturday 7 May he will enter one of the festivals stages at Humanisten, Gothenburg University to contribute to this important mission. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>&quot;Chemsitry is too often associated with negative impact of our environment and far to rarely what it really is- an exciting tool to build a better world and a key to the unknown. If chemists don’t talk about what chemistry really is, who shall do it?&quot;, says Martin Rahm, Associated professor at the department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.vetenskapsfestivalen.se/for-alla/kemi-nyckeln-till-det-okanda/5574/" title="Link to Vetenskapsfestivalen ">Read more about ”Kemi - Nyckeln till det okända” (text in Swedish)</a></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​“Fun experience for children to be in a real lab” </h2> <div> </div> <div>When the slime-lab was introduced at the science festival 2018 it immediately became a popular part of the school program. Anna Ström, professor at the department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering took the initiative to start it together with Johanna Andersson who was by then doctoral student at the department. Robin Nilsson who later took on the main responsibility for the slime lab assisted them. <br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>&quot; I see the slime lab as a fun way for children to experience the feeling of being in proper laboratory.  Hopefully, they also learn more about the chemistry content in the slime&quot;, says Robin Nilsson, doctoral student at the department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://www.vetenskapsfestivalen.se/for-skolklasser/slajmlabbet/5720/" title="link to Vetenskapsfestivalen ">Read more about the Slime lab (text in Swedish)</a>  </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More chemistry to discover at the science festival </h3> <div> </div> <div>Children can also discover Chemsitry at the science festival at the performance <a href="https://www.vetenskapsfestivalen.se/for-skolklasser/bokning-stangd-kemi-med-alfons-abergs-kulturhus-en-resa-i-molekylernas-varld/5728/" title="link to Vetenskapsfestivalen ">”Kemi med Alfons Åberg</a>”. The performance has been developed in a collaboration where Chalmers and the department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has been a partner.  </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> ​</div>Thu, 05 May 2022 19:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Watch-the-webinar-11-April-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Watch-the-webinar-11-April-2022.aspxWatch the webinar – Perspectives on cellulose nanocrystals<p><b>In this tandem webinar, 11 April, 2022,  we have two hot topics dedicated to Cellulose nanocrystals: Cellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows &amp; Using liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals.</b></p>​​<div><a href="https://play.chalmers.se/media/Tandem%20Webinar%20%E2%80%93%20Perspectives%20on%20cellulose%20nanocrystals/0_lqpv4rvq"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play</a><div><br /></div> <div><span></span><div><strong>Program:</strong></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Leif Asp, Co-Director Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science</li> <li>C<span style="background-color:initial">ellulose nanocrystals in simple and not so simple flows, Roland Kádár, Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li> <li>U<span style="background-color:initial">sing liquid crystal phase separation to fractionate cellulose nanocrystals. Jan Lagerwall, Professor at the Physics &amp; Materials Science Research Unit in the University of Luxembourg.<br /><br /><a target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-Webinar-–-April-2022.aspx" title="Link: https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-Webinar-%E2%80%93-April-2022.aspx" style="font-family:lato, &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-weight:400">Read more about the seminar​</a><br /></span></li></ul></div></div></div>Wed, 20 Apr 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Converting-solar-energy-to-electricity-on-demand.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Converting-solar-energy-to-electricity-on-demand.aspxConverting solar energy to electricity on demand<p><b>​The researchers behind an energy system that makes it possible to capture solar energy, store it for up to eighteen years and release it when and where it is needed have now taken the system a step further. After previously demonstrating how the energy can be extracted as heat, they have now succeeded in getting the system to produce electricity, by connecting it to a thermoelectric generator. Eventually, the research – developed at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden – could lead to self-charging electronics using stored solar energy on demand.​</b></p><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Most%20steg%202%20Kasper%20Moth%20Poulsen/porträtt_Kasper_Moth_Poulsen_200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="portait Kasper Moth-Poulsen " style="margin:5px 10px" />“This is a radically new way of generating electricity from solar energy. It means that we can use solar energy to produce electricity regardless of weather, time of day, season, or geographical location. It is a closed system that can operate without causing carbon dioxide emissions,” says research leader Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers.<br /><br /></div> <div>The new technology is based on the solar energy system MOST – Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems, developed at Chalmers University of Technology. Very simply, the technology is based on a specially designed molecule that changes shape when it comes into contact with sunlight. The research has already attracted great interest worldwide when it has been presented at earlier stages.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The new study, published in Cell Reports Physical Science and carried out in collaboration with researchers in Shanghai, takes the solar energy system a step further, detailing how it can be combined with a compact thermoelectric generator to convert solar energy into electricity.</div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Ultra-thin chip converts heat into electricity</h2> <div>The Swedish researchers sent their specially designed molecule, loaded with solar energy, to colleagues Tao Li<br />and Zhiyu Hu at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, where the energy was released and converted into electricity <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Most%20steg%202%20Kasper%20Moth%20Poulsen/porträtt_Zihang_Wang_200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="portrait Zhihang Wang " style="margin:5px 10px" /><br />using the generator they developed there. Essentially, Swedish sunshine was sent to the other side of the world and converted into electricity in China. <br /><br /></div> <div><div>“The generator is an ultra-thin chip that could be integrated into electronics such as headphones, smart watches and telephones. So far, we have only generated small amounts of electricity, but the new results show that the concept really works. It looks very promising,” says researcher Zhihang Wang from Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span><br />Fossil</span><span> free</span><span>, emissions free </span></h2></div> <div>The research has great potential for renewable and emissions-free energy production. But a lot of research and development remains before we will be able to charge our technical gadgets or heat our homes with the system's stored solar energy.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Together with the various research groups included in the project, we are now working to streamline the system. The amount of electricity or heat it can extract needs to be increased. Even if the energy system is based on simple basic materials, it needs to be adapted to be sufficiently cost-effective to produce, and thus possible to launch more broadly,” says Kasper Moth-Poulsen.<br /></div></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the Most technology</h3> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Most%20steg%202%20Kasper%20Moth%20Poulsen/mostlabbet%20350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Image from the Mostlabb" style="margin:5px 10px" />Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems, Most, is a closed energy system based on a specially designed molecule of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, which when hit by sunlight changes shape into an energy-rich isomer – a molecule made up of the same atoms but arranged together in a different way. The isomer can then be stored in liquid form for later use when needed, such as at night or in winter. The researchers have refined the system to the point that it is now possible to store the energy for up to 18 years. A specially designed catalyst releases the saved energy as heat while returning the molecule to its original shape, so it can then be reused in the heating system. Now, in combination with an micrometer-thin thermoelectric generator, the energy system can also generate electricity to order.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Photo above to the right: Maria Quant and Zhihang Wang, postdocs in the Most reserach group, in the front a modell of the specially designed molecule <span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(17, 102, 170);font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px">​</span><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="font-family:&quot;open sans&quot;, sans-serif">Read previous press releases about the energy system Most</h3> <div><ul><li>​<a href="https://news.cision.com/chalmers/r/window-film-could-even-out-the-indoor-temperature-using-solar-energy%2cc3205508" title="Link to press release ">Window film can even out the temperature using solar energy</a></li> <li><a href="https://news.cision.com/chalmers/r/emissions-free-energy-system-saves-heat-from-the-summer-sun-for-winter%2cc3179315" title="Link to press release ">Emission-free energy system saves heat from the summer sun to the winter​</a></li></ul></div></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the research and the scientific article </h3> <div><ul><li>​The study <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2022.100789" title="Link to scientific article ">Chip-scale solar thermal electrical power generation</a> is published in Cell Reports Physical Science. The article is written by Zhihang Wang, Zhenhua Wu, Zhiyu Hu, Jessica Orrego-Hernández, Erzhen Mu, Zhao-Yang Zhang, Martyn Jevric, Yang Liu, Xuecheng Fu, Fengdan Wang, Tao Li and Kasper Moth-Poulsen. The researchers are active at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Henan Polytechnic University in China, as well as at the Institute of Materials Science in Barcelona and the Catalan Department of Research and Advanced Studies, ICREA, in Spain.<br /><br /></li> <li>The research has been funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Swedish Research Council Formas, the Swedish Energy Agency, the European Research Council (ERC) under grant agreement CoG, PHOTHERM - 101002131, the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA), and the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme under grant agreement no. 951801.</li></ul></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">For more information contact:</h3> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/zhihang.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Zhihang Wang</a>, Post Doc, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Kasper Moth-Poulsen</a>, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Jenny Holmstrand, Mia Halleröd Palmgren, Joshua Worth <br />Credit for images above and video material: <span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology | Per Erséus, Språng kommunikation</span></div> <div>Credit for illustration: Chalmers University of Technology | Daniel Spacek, neuroncollective.com<br />Credit portrait Kasper Moth-Poulsen: Oscar Mattsson |<span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div>Credit portrait Zhihang Wang: Sandra Nayeri <span></span><span style="background-color:initial">|</span><span style="background-color:initial">Chalmers University of Technology​</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>​<br /></div> ​​​​Mon, 11 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Invitation-apply-for-funding-for-interdisciplinary-research-ideas-within-all-energy-fields.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Invitation-apply-for-funding-for-interdisciplinary-research-ideas-within-all-energy-fields.aspxInvitation – Apply for funding for interdisciplinary research ideas within all energy fields<p><b>​Call: Invitation to apply for funding from Energy Area of Advance, for interdisciplinary research ideas within all energy fields. Chalmers Energy Area of Advance allocates 12 MSEK per year over 2023 and 2024 for interdisciplinary projects in the size of 1.25 - 2.5 MSEK/year for two years). The call is open for base funded faculty, externally funded faculty, and assistant professors.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>The projects must focus on </strong><strong>aspects </strong>connected to a future sustainable energy system. It should be interdisciplinary and include expertise from at least two different research groups or two different research approaches or analyse the same question from two different angles. <br /><br /><strong>Example of two different approaches </strong>could be: theory + experiment, technology + behaviour, component + system, interviews + model, any method 1 + method 2. <br /><br /><strong>Collaboration with external partners</strong> is positive but remember that AoA-funding only can be used by employees at Chalmers, for details see below. It is also possible to form projects as a complement to already ongoing projects to add additional aspects.<br /><br /></span><div><strong>For instructions, see the template.</strong></div> <div>Special considerations will be given to projects that are connected to the following themes:</div> <div><strong>1.)</strong><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Collaboration projects where scientists with projects further away from implementation collaborate with those that are close to implementation.</div> <div>If advice is needed, please contact Chalmers innovation office where Anne Alsholm, <a href="mailto:anne.alsholm@chalmers.se">anne.alsholm@chalmers.se​</a>, is the contact person for energy related questions.</div> <div><strong>2.)</strong><span style="white-space:pre"><strong> </strong></span>Research supporting resilient energy systems and European energy and energy technology autonomy.</div> <div>Evaluation criteria:</div> <div><ul><li>Relevance for the energy research field.</li> <li>Interdisciplinary (include expertise from at least two different research groups or two different research approaches, or analyse the same question from two different angles, see examples above).</li> <li>Scientific quality.</li> <li>Potential for successful implementation (competence, project- and time- plan etc).</li> <li>Potential for continuation in future externally funded projects is welcome but not mandatory.</li> <li>Also consider criteria as gender and the UN sustainability goals.</li></ul></div> <div>Costs that can be covered by AoA funding:</div> <div><ul><li>Salary for senior researchers including assistant professors (max 25% of full time, exceptions need to be motivated, names should be listed).</li> <li>Postdocs – full cost coverage (list name if already known. Write “to be announced” if so).</li> <li>S<span style="background-color:initial">alary for already employed postdocs must be motivated and the employees name should be listed.</span></li> <li>AoA funding cannot be used to recruit PhD students. However, PhD students already employed at Chalmers can work in the project (name should be listed).</li> <li>Relevant experiment or lab costs (max. 20% of total budget and costs should be specified).</li> <li>T<span style="background-color:initial">r</span><span style="background-color:initial">avel costs.</span></li></ul></div> <div><strong>Funds should be used</strong> during each budget-year as presented in your budget. Delays caused by legal rights of staff maybe accepted, but not delays caused by project management issues.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>The project proposal,</strong> of max. 4 A4 pages, should be sent to the Energy Area of Advance <a href="mailto:energy@chalmers.se">energy@chalmers.se</a> <strong>no later than 13th May 2022.</strong> <br /><br /><strong>A decision will be made</strong> by the management team Tomas Kåberger, Sonia Yeh, Cecilia Geijer, Anders Hellman and Annemarie Wöhri before summer.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Please note that costs</strong> connected mobility, visiting researchers, support for applications, conferences, community building, seed funding or the equivalent that contribute to the strategic development of the Energy Area of Advance, can be applied for separately on an ongoing basis. Templates for this separate application can be found at <a href="https://intranet.chalmers.se/en/tools-support/research-utilisation/funding-of-research-innovation/funding-from-chalmers-aoa-and-ei/">Chalmers intranet.</a> <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Template interdisciplinary project proposal Energy Area of Advance</strong></div> <div>(max 4 A4 – after erasing the instructions)</div> <div>The application can be written in Swedish or English and should contain clear motivations for why the suggested project should be prioritised.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Aim</strong>. Overreaching goal of the project (approx. 0.5 A4).<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Project description.</strong> Background (problem description, state of the art, knowledge gap), Research question(s), Methods, Project plan including time plan and other relevant information, e.g. goals and milestones (approx. 2-3 A4).<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Organisation and Budget.</strong> State affiliation (department and division) for the main project leader(s) and list names of people involved, both the researcher(s) that will take part of this funding as well as other researchers involved (if the project is larger than this funding). Main applicant should have a tenure position (permanent employment, faculty or specialist) at Chalmers or being assistant professor, but funds can be used by other Chalmers’ research staff categories. Please list a preliminary distribution of annual fund between different staff categories (approx. 0.5 A4).</div> <div>Co-funding option. Please specify in your application if you are willing to share your project proposal with our industry partners ABB, Göteborg Energi and Preem for eventual co-funding. If agreed upon, a project list including titles and participants are send out to our partners, followed by sending the full proposal upon further request.<br /><br /></div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>I do not want to share my proposal with Chalmers industry partners</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with ABB</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with Göteborg Energi</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with Preem<br /><br /></div> <div>CV. A maximum 2 pages CV for the main applicant(s) and if applicable also the researcher(s) that will use most of the funding.</div> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-ERC-grants-to-Chalmers-researchers-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-ERC-grants-to-Chalmers-researchers-.aspxThey get prestigious ERC-grants <p><b>​The European Research Council has awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant and the ERC Starting Grant. Out of the Swedish researchers receiving funding, three are from Chalmers University of Technology: Christoph Langhammer, Christian Müller and Simone Gasparinetti. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The research grants from the European Research Council, ERC, are aimed at tackling major questions across all scientific disciplines. This year, two researchers at Chalmers are receiving the ERC Consolidator Grant: Professor <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a> at the Department of Physics, and Professor <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christian-Müller.aspx">Christian Müller </a>at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://erc.europa.eu/funding/consolidator-grants">The Consolidator Grant</a> is given to researchers with 7–12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. </span></div> <div> <div>The <a href="https://erc.europa.eu/funding/starting-grants">ERC Starting Grant</a> is awarded to early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader. It is given to Assistant Professor <a href="/en/staff/Pages/simoneg.aspx">Simone Gasparinetti</a>, at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Here, the researchers present their projects.</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Looking for new methods to advance sustainable energy technologies </h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Christoph%20Langhammer_180px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" />It is the second time around that Christoph Langhammer receives an ERC grant. With his new project, he hopes to achieve a deeper understanding of chemical reactions on surfaces of nanoparticles, which is important for advancing sustainable energy technologies and synthesis of chemicals.  </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The research we will conduct focuses on developing a nanofluidics-based optical microscopy method that will enable the study of chemical reactions that occur on individual nanoparticles in a completely new way. The method that we will develop has the potential to study catalysis at the individual particle level in a quantitative way and at technically directly relevant conditions with relevant materials. I am also convinced that the project will establish the foundation for integrated ”labs on a chip” in the area of catalysis science,” says Christoph Langhammer. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“ERC funding is unique in the way that it allows and actually encourages risk taking and thus also allows making mistakes to learn from. We are given an incitament to be creative, bold and visionary, which I think is the best part of being a scientist because when given this freedom there is a real chance for true breakthroughs to happen.” </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Christoph Langhammer receives 2,3 million euro for his project. </span><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about Christoph Langhammer’s research </h3> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">His research is paving the way for the hydrogen vehicles of the future </a></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/The-importance-of-good-neighbours-in-catalysis.aspx">The importance of good neighbours in catalysis </a></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-innovations-in-the-spotlight.aspx">Physics innovations in the spotlight ​</a></span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>He wants to weave electronic textiles with conducting plastics   </span></h2> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Christian%20Muller_180.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Polymers, also known as plastics, shape almost every aspect of our lives. Christian Müller is fascinated by a type of polymer that can conduct electricity. He sees large potential in using them in electronic devices such as solar cells and sensors, but their properties need to be improved and further developed. With the ERC grant and together with his research group he will now continue to address that challenge. They are especially focusing on new types of stimuli responsive fibers, yarns, and fabrics in the field of electronic textiles. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>“My vision as a researcher is that, in a not-too-distant future, our clothes will have additional functions that cannot be realized with existing electronics alone. Electronic textiles may help us to connect our physical and virtual selves through sensing and interacting with our environment. They can bring a very positive impact for us as individuals and for our society in many ways.”    </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Christian Müller receives 2 million euro for his project. </span><br /></div> <div><div> </div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">More about Christi</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">an Müller’s research   </span></div></div> <div><ul><li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Exploring-new-ways-to-power-wearable-electronics.aspx">Exploring new ways to power electronics   </a><br /></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New%20insulation%20material%20improves%20electricity%20transport.aspx">New material improves electricity transport  </a></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/cellulose-thread.aspx">Huge potential for cellulose thread in electronic textiles​</a>   </li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Can the laws of quantum mechanics be harnessed to gain advantages in engines or batteries? <br /></h2> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Simone%20Gasparinetti_180px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" />Simone Gasparinetti and his group,<a href="https://202q-lab.se/"> 202Q-lab</a>, will carry out an extensive experimental search for quantum advantages in thermodynamics. To do so, they will use superconducting circuits similar to those that are being used to build quantum information processors at companies such as Google and IBM, as well as locally at the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (<a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx">WACQT​</a>). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;We will find out whether, and how, the laws of quantum mechanics can be harnessed to gain an advantage in the performance of an engine, or the charging time of a battery. In addition, the quantum thermal machines that we will develop are seamlessly compatible with quantum information processing units. Therefore, they may be used to carry out tasks such as energy-efficient reset of quantum bits or autonomous stabilization of quantum states.&quot;<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;This grant presents me with a nice opportunity to carry out fundamental research complementary to the more applied one that my group is pursuing in the context of WACQT and other EU-funded projects.&quot;</span></div></div> <div>Simone Gasparinetti receives 2 million euro for his project. <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>More about Simone Gasparinetti's research</span></h3> <div><ul><li><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Novel-thermometer-can-accelerate-the-development-of-quantum-computers.aspx">​Novel thermometer can accelerate quantum computer development</a></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Novel-thermometer-can-accelerate-the-development-of-quantum-computers.aspx">New project for future supercomputers​​</a></li></ul></div></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About the ERC Consolidator Grant </h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Out of the 2,652 applicants who submitted proposals for the ERC Consolidator Grant, 12 percent will receive funding from the European Research Council at a total of 632 million euro. The average grant is 2 million euro paid across five years. This year, 15 researchers from Sweden received the grant. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Read more in <a href="https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2021-consolidator-grants-results">the press release from the European Research Council, ERC​</a>. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read about the <a href="/en/research/our-scientists/Pages/ERC-funded-scientists.aspx">Chalmers researchers who have previously received one of the three ERC grants ​</a>(ERC Advanced Grant, ERC Consolidator Grant and ERC Starting Grant.)</div> <div><br /></div> </div>Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Perfecting-the-EV-battery-recycling-process.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Perfecting-the-EV-battery-recycling-process.aspxPerfecting the EV battery recycling process<p><b>​Recycling of electric car batteries can be easier, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly, according to a new scientific article from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, which outlines an optimised recycling process. The research, published in the journal Waste Management, has been carried out by some of the world’s foremost experts in the field, and represents a vital step towards the electromobility society of the future. </b></p>​As the use of electric vehicles (EVs) increases, recycling and recovery processes for EV batteries and the critical raw metals used in their production are becoming an increasingly important area of research. One method that currently attracts a lot of interest is a combination of thermal pretreatment and hydrometallurgy, in which aqueous chemistry is used to recover the metals. Several companies are developing systems that will use this combination, but the researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, discovered that these companies use widely differing temperatures and times in their processes, and that there was a great need for a comparative study to determine the optimal thermal treatment and hydrometallurgical process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">30 minutes and room temperature can suffice </h2> <div>A key finding of the new study was that the hydrometallurgical process can be carried out at room temperature. This is something that has not been previously tested before, but can yield major benefits in the form of reduced environmental impacts and lower costs for recycling the batteries. The process can also be carried out significantly quicker than previously thought. </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Optimal%20batteriåtervinning_Martina%20P/Burcak%20Ebin%20200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="portrait Burcak Ebin " style="margin:5px" /><br />“Our research can make a huge difference for developers in this area. In some cases it can be as much as reducing the temperature from between 60 and 80 degrees Celsius, down to room temperature, and from several hours to just 30 minutes,” says Burcak Ebin, researcher at the Department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers and one of the main authors of the article.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers investigated how the different steps – thermal pretreatment and hydrometallurgy –are affected by each other. An <img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Optimal%20batteriåtervinning_Martina%20P/Martina%20Petranikova%20200x200.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="portrait Martina Petranikova " style="margin:5px" /><br />important comparison was made between two different approaches to thermal pre-treatment – incineration or pyrolysis. The latter is without oxygen and is considered more environmentally friendly, and the researchers determined that this gave the best results.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div>“To meet the huge need for battery recycling that is coming, the processes currently in use must be made as effective and efficient as possible, so this study offers invaluable knowledge for the manufacturers and operators of this technology. The methods we present can also be used to optimise the recycling of all kinds of lithium-ion batteries,” explains Martina Petranikova, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers, who has also worked with Northvolt, one of Europe’s largest battery manufacturers, helping to develop and implement their recycling processes. </div></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Continued optimisation crucial for the field </h2> <div>If recycling of electric car batteries is to reach the volumes required for the future, the costs must be radically reduced. Improving the processes is therefore a crucial challenge. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“To reduce the costs, we need to cut the steps in the recycling process. We are working on several projects with that aim right now, and close collaborations and good communication between researchers and the developers of the technology will be extremely important for us to succeed with the challenges we face,” says Martina Petranikova. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>An example of this is visible in connection to a new trend that has spread among the producers of EV batteries – solid state batteries. These batteries contain significantly more different metals, which makes the recycling much harder. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As researchers we see a vital need to agree on a global standard for a maximum number of metals in these batteries,” says Martina Petranikova.</div></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>For more information, contact: </span></h3> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/marpetr.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Martina Petranikova</a></div> <div>Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology​</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx" title="Link to personal profile page ">Burcak Ebin</a></div> <div>Researcher, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology</div></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>More about the research </span></h3></div> <div>The scientific article <a href="https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2021.11.030" title="Link to scientific article ">“Recovery of critical metals from EV batteries via thermal treatment and leaching with sulphuric acid at ambient temperature” ​</a>was written by Martina Petranikova, Pol Llorach Naharro, Nathália Vieceli, Gabriele Lombardo and Burçak Ebin at Chalmers University of Technology. It is published in the scientific journal Waste Management. </div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Read more: Highly sought after expertise </h3> <div>Martina Petranikova and her research group have carried out research into recycling the metals found in lithium-ion batteries for several years. The group has particular expertise in hydrometallurgy and solvent extraction and a unique position in this field. This way of recycling gives a higher degree of purity of the recovered metals, compared to pyrometallurgy which is another common method. Since the heat that it requires is considerably lower it is also much more energy efficient. The interest in research and development in hydrometallurgy is currently very high, partly due to new stricter EU rules for battery recycling. Last year alone, the Chalmers group published a dozen scientific articles.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Martina Petranikova was leading a team of the researchers from Chalmers who was part of developing the recycling process for the company Northvolt. The group is involved in collaborations with several companies that are developing EV battery recycling and partners in major ongoing research and development, in Sweden and internationally, such as the project NyBat by Volvo Cars and Northvolt.</div> <div>​<br /></div> <div>​<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">​</span><br /></div> <div><div><br /></div> <div><br /></div></div></div>Tue, 22 Feb 2022 07:00:00 +0100