News: Kemi- och bioteknik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyWed, 14 Apr 2021 17:54:07 +0200​This spring&#39;s tandem seminars<p><b>Here are Area of Advance Materials Science new exciting seminars all connected to the challenges of the future. Due to the pandemic, we hold most seminars online via zoom.  We will present the autumn and winter seminars on this page in the end of the summer.  If you miss a seminar, you will have the opportunity to see it afterwards. You find the link to the recording on this page.</b></p><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>UPCOMMING SEMINARS</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>:</strong></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">2</span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">7 April:</span> <a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/material/kalendarium/Sidor/Tandem-Webinar-Materials-for-batteries.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Tandem Webinar – Materials for batteries</a></span><br /></div> <div>It’s time for our third Tandem Webinar held by Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science. </div> <div>When: 27 April 2021, at noon (12 am). Place: Online. </div> <div>We will have two presentations dedicated to materials for batteries. Two hot topics will be covered, one on the use of digital twins for battery manufacturing and one on development and advanced modelling of battery electrolytes – from DFT to artificial intelligence. </div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">To login and participate, click on the following link: </span></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Password: 018200</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-weight:700">4 May:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/material/kalendarium/Sidor/Tandem-Webinar--Design-for-new-sustainable-thermoplastics-and-their-nanocomposites.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Tandem Webinar – Design for new sustainable thermoplastics and their nanocomposites</a><br /></div> <div>It’s time for our fourth Tandem Webinar held by Chalmers Area of Advance Materials Science. </div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">When: 4 May 2021, at 11 am. Place: Online.</span></div> <div>In this tandem seminar, we will have two presentations dedicated to sustainable materials engineering. Two hot topics will be covered, one on the transfer of Chemistry from flask to extruder and one on the design of reactive extrusion methods for lignocellulosic nanocomposites towards large scale applications. This collaboration has been selected in 2020 by Genie Initiative at Chalmers.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">T</span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">he webinar is held on the platform zoom.</span> To login and participate, click on the following link: </span><br /></div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Password: 913556</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">Wat</span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">ch the seminars on Chalmers Play</span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">:</span><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">TANDEM SEMINAR  –  MATERIALS FOR SOLAR ENERGY</span></div> <div>Materials for Solar Energy, 26 March, 2021. <span style="background-color:initial">Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>In this webinar we have two presentations dedicated to materials for solar energy conversion, specifically how we can manipulate the solar spectrum to make better use of it, will be covered. <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><a href="">Chalmers Play: Tandem Webinar – Materials for Solar Energy</a><br /><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">TANDEM SEMINAR  –  MATERIALS FOR HEALTH</span><br /><span style="background-color:initial">Materials for Health, 25 February, 2021.  Organizer: Chalmers Area of Advance Mater</span><span style="background-color:initial">ials Science.<br /></span>In this webinar we  have two presentations dedicated to materials for health.  One on the design of bioinks for 3D-printing of cell-laden constructs and one on the development of novel medical device surfaces to prevent infections.<br /></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Chalmers Play: Tandem Webinar – Materials for Health</a></div> ​Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0200 science and biotech explore new territory<p><b>​Researchers in Materials Science and Industrial Biotechnology at Chalmers University of Technology will combine forces to produce sustainable light-weight materials of the future. The project, led by Chalmers, has been awarded the prestigious EU-grant FET Open. ​</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>The aim of the FET Open-project is to develop lightweight materials from wood-based components, involving metabolically engineered microorganisms in the process. </span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>There is an urgent need to reduce causes of climate change, microplastic pollution and raw material shortages, and this may be achieved by replacing fossil-based resources with renewable ones. At the same time environmentally friendly processing technologies to create safe products with minimum impact on the environment must be developed. </span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Light-weight materials for transportation and sports</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”Our project is a unique opportunity for materials engineering to meet biotechnology for  production of light-weight materials,” says project co-ordinator Tiina Nypelö, Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers, continuing:  </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“We see transportation and sports as application fields to contribute to.”</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">In her work Tiina Nypelö combines forest products technology, material science and renewable resources for advancing sustainable materials engineering. Her appointment at Chalmers is affiliated with <a href="" style="font-family:inherit">Wallenberg Wood Science Center </a><span style="background-color:initial;font-family:inherit">(WWSC).</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>Research expertise will be used in complet​ely new ways</span></h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">In the project, she is collaborating with Chalmers researchers Cecilia Geijer, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering and Lisbeth Olsson, Professor in Industrial Biotechnology, and Co-Director of WWSC. Their research focus is on the design and use of microorganisms in processes where plant cell wall materials are converted to biofuels, biochemicals and material.  </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">”Even though Lisbeth, Tiina and I are already working with sustainability issues, the approach we have to this challenge is new territory, which I personally think is very cool. We will all be applying our research expertise in completely new ways to create novel light-weight material, and we are aiming for this project to have a great impact on society in the future. The interdisciplinary aspect of the project is exciting and very important as it will build bridges between our research groups, divisions and departments,” says Cecilia Geijer. </p> <p></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Potential of great societal impact​</h2> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The EU-grant FET Open supports science and technology research and innovation towards radically new future technologies with the potential of great societal impact. The Chalmers’ co-ordinated project has been granted three million Euros, involves three Chalmers research groups from two departments, together with four partners from Austria and Spain, and will run for four years. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Text: </strong>Susanne Nilsson Lindh<br /><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Photo:</strong> Ma</span><span style="background-color:initial">rtina Butorac</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Materials-science-and-biotech-explore-new-territory.aspx" style="font-weight:300"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><strong>More about: The Collaboration Partners</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">TU Graz</h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><strong>Wolfgang Bauer</strong> and <strong>Stefan Spirk</strong>, both professors at the Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology at Graz University of Technology in Austria, will support project by developing tailored cellulose starting materials. <br /> “We are very excited to work together with the Chalmers team to create the next generation of cellulose light-weight materials. Our decade long experience to work with cellulosic pulps and in fibre and paper physics will be invaluable for this cooperation,” says Wolfgang Bauer.</li> <li><strong>Hermann Steffan</strong> and <strong>Florian Feist,</strong> TU Graz, Institute for Vehicle Safety, Austria, will provide the expertise in the field of crashworthy materials to make the biogenic materials ready-for-action in mechanical engineering. <br />&quot;In automotive engineering sustainability when developing materials, is playing an increasingly important role. For a novel material to be applied in contemporary automotive development, it must be assessable through computer simulation. This requires comprehensive characterization of the material's physical properties and adequate materials models,” says Hermann Steffan. </li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">TEC​NALIA</h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><strong>​Dr. Sonia </strong><strong>García-Arriet</strong><strong>a</strong><strong></strong><strong></strong>, from the Composite Materials Department of the Industry and Transport division of TECNALIA in Spain, will work on the demonstration of cellulose material for a real application. <br />&quot;Tecnalia aims to bring innovative developments in new materials to the industry. Our pilot plant has a wide variety of semi-industrial machines for the automotive, aeronautical or sports sectors where composite materials have their main application. In the project we will scale up the manufacturing process, we will validate the moulding capacity to adapt to complex shapes and we will study the parameters that influence upscaling. The goal objective will be to obtain a large component for sports application and to validate it under similar mechanical conditions to those of its final application,&quot; she says. </li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH</h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li>T​​he BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (BNN), an RTO based in Austria, complements the consortium with its safe-and-sustainable-by-design (SSbD) expertise, will thus look into the manufacturing processes to identify potential hotspots to outdesign these already during early stages of the development. Furthermore, BNN will support the project through its unique global network to gain maximum of visibility and thus boosting the impact of the project.</li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">University ​of Vienna</h3> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <ul><li><strong>Alexa</strong><strong>nder Bismarck</strong>, Head of the Institute of Materials Chemistry and Research, Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Vienna, will lead the work on material processing and performance optimisation. His team contributes with an extensive expertise in material and composites engineering and with access to the recently established Institute’s Core Facility Interface Characterisation with high-end methods for the investigation of material properties. <br />“We develop a strong, renewable material for a c<span style="background-color:initial">ool application. The question is: how can we go from the lab side to application? Based on our interdisciplinary approach, combining basic chemistry, materials science, engineering, and processing, we aim at establishing a viable material process that will guide us towards a highly functional and sustainable light-weight material for future applications,” he says.</span></li></ul> <p></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Tue, 06 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0200 the webinar Materials for Solar Energy<p><b>​Watch the webinar Materials for Solar Energy​Thank all of you who participated in the tandem webinar, 26 March.</b></p><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />​Watch the webinar on Chalmers Play: Tandem Webinar – Materials for Solar Energy​</a><div>​<div><span style="background-color:initial">In this webinar we have two presentations dedicated to materials for solar energy conversion, specifically how we can manipulate the solar spectrum to make better use of it, will be covered. </span><div><strong>Program:</strong></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Professor Paul Erhart Condensed Matter and Materials Theory, Department of Physics, Chalmers.</li> <li>S<span style="background-color:initial">cience </span><span style="background-color:initial">Developing solid-state photon upconverters based on sensitized triplet–triplet annihilation, Angelo Munguzzi, Associate Professor - Università Degli Studi Milano Bicocca - Materials Science Department.​</span></li> <li>T<span style="background-color:initial">oward solid state singlet fission: Insights from studies of Diphenylisobenzofuran−Semiconductors and Pentacene-decorated gels, Maria Abrahamsson, Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology​.</span></li></ul></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/Pages/Tandem-Seminar-–-Materials-for-Solar-Energy.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the webinar in the calendar</a></div></div></div>Thu, 01 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0200 matters when it comes to atomic properties<p><b>​A study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has yielded new answers to fundamental questions about the relationship between the size of an atom and its other properties, such as electronegativity and energy. The results pave the way for advances in future material development. For the first time, it is now possible under certain conditions to devise exact equations for such relationships.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">“Knowledge of the size of atoms and their properties is vital for explaining chemical reactivity, structure and the properties of molecules and materials of all kinds. This is fundamental research that is necessary for us to make important advances,” explains Martin Rahm, the main author of the study and research leader from the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. <br /><br /></span><div>The researchers behind the study, consisting of colleagues from the University of Parma, Italy, as well as the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, have previously worked with quantum mechanical calculations to show how the properties of atoms change under high pressure. These results were presented in scientific articles in the <a href="" title="Link to article in JACS">Journal of the American Chemical Society</a> and <a href="" title="Link to article in ChemPhysChem">ChemPhysChem​</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The new study, published in the journal Chemical Science, constitutes the next step in their important work, exploring the relationship between the radius of an atom and its electronegativity – a vital piece of knowledge that has been missing from fundamental chemistry and has been sought after since the 1950s.</div> <div><span></span><div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Establishing useful new equations​</h2> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Atomers%20egenskaper/MartinRahm_350x320.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="height:203px;width:225px;margin:5px" /><span style="background-color:initial">By studying how compression affects individual atoms, the researchers have been able to derive a set of equations that explain how changes in one property – an atom’s size – can be translated and understood as changes in other properties – the total energy and the electronegativity of an atom. The derivation has been made for special pressures, at which the atoms can take one of two well-defined energies, two radii and two electronegativities.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This equation can, for example, help to explain how an increase in an atom's oxidation state also increases its electronegativity and vice versa, in the case of a decrease in oxidation state,” says Martin Rahm.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">A key question for the science of unexplored materials </h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P">​​One aim of the study has been to help identify new opportunities and possibilities for the production of materials under high pressure. At the centre of the earth, the pressure can reach hundreds of gigapascals – and such conditions are achievable in laboratory settings today. Examples of areas where pressure is used today include the synthesis of superconductors, materials which can conduct electric current without resistance. But the researchers see many further possibilities ahead.<br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“Pressure is a largely unexplored dimension within materials science, and the interest in new phenomena and material properties that can be realised using compression is growing,” says Martin Rahm.</p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">​Creating the database they themselves wished for ​</h2> <div>The large amounts of data that the researchers have computed through their work have now been <a href="" title="Link to database at rahmlab ">summarised into a database, and made available as a user-friendly web application</a>. This development was sponsored by Chalmers Area of Advance Materials and made possible through a collaboration with the research group of Paul Erhart at the Department of Physics at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /><div>In the web application, users can now easily explore what the periodic table looks like at different pressures. In the latest scientific publication, the researchers provide an example for how this tool can be used to provide new insight into chemistry. The properties of iron and silicon – two common elements found in the earth's crust, mantle and core – are compared, revealing large differences at different pressures.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;The database is something I have been missing for many years. Our hope is that it will prove to be a helpful tool, and be used by many different chemists and materials researchers who study and work with high pressures. We have already used it to guide theoretical searches for new transition metal fluorides,” says Martin Rahm.</div></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>Read the scientific article <a href="" title="Link to scientific article this research "><span>&quot;Relating atomic energy, radius and electronegativity through compression</span>&quot;</a>​</span></h3></div> <div>The article was written by Martin Rahm, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Paul Erhart, Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, and Roberto Cammi, University of Parma. <br /></div></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><strong>For more information, contact: </strong></div> <div><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/rahmma.aspx" title="link to profile page Martin Rahm">Martin Rahm</a></div> <div>Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</div> <div><a href=""></a></div> <div>+46317723050</div></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about atoms and high pressures​</h3></div> <div>At high pressures, atoms and molecules are squeezed closer together, which affects their electronic structure. Among other things, compression can leads to the formation of new chemical bonds. Semiconductors and insulators can also be turned into metals. In some cases, materials formed under high pressures may retain their structure and properties when the pressure returns to normal. A typical example is diamond, which is formed from ordinary graphite under high pressure.<br /></div> ​Thu, 18 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0100 potential for cellulose thread in electronic textiles<p><b>​Electronic textiles offer revolutionary new opportunities in various fields, in particular healthcare. But to be sustainable, they need to be made of renewable materials. A research team led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now presents a thread made of conductive cellulose, which offers fascinating and practical possibilities for electronic textiles.</b></p><div>​<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Cellulosatråd/portratt_sozan_darabi_320x350.jpg" alt="" style="height:182px;width:165px;margin:5px" />“Miniature, wearable, electronic gadgets are ever more common in our daily lives. But currently, they are often dependent on rare, or in some cases toxic, materials. They are also leading to a gradual build-up of great mountains of electronic waste. There is a real need for organic, renewable materials for use in electronic textiles,” says <a href="/en/staff/Pages/sozan.aspx">Sozan Darabi</a>, doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology and the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, and lead author of the scientific article which was recently published in ASC Applied Materials &amp; Interfaces. </div> <div>   </div> <div>Together with <a href="/en/staff/Pages/anja-lund.aspx">Anja Lund</a>, researcher in the same group, Sozan Darabi has been working with electrically conductive fibres for electronic textiles for several years. <a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Student-thesis-led-to-conductive-thread.aspx">The focus was previously on silk</a>, but now the discoveries have been taken further through the use of cellulose. </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Built-in electronics in non-toxic, renewable, and natural materials</h2> <div>The results now presented by the researchers show how cellulose thread offers huge potential as a material for electronic textiles and can be used in many different ways.</div> <div>  </div> <div>Sewing the electrically  conductive cellulose threads into a fabric using a standard household sewing machine, the researchers have now succeeded in producing a thermoelectric textile that produces a small amount of electricity when it is heated on one side – for example, by a person's body heat. At a temperature difference of 37 degrees Celsius, the textile can generate around 0.2 microwatts of electricity.</div> <div>   </div> <div>“This cellulose thread could lead to garments with built-in electronic, smart functions, made from non-toxic, renewable and natural materials,” says Sozan Darabi.</div> <div>   </div> <div>The production process for the cellulose thread has been developed by co-authors from Aalto University in Finland. In a subsequent process, the Chalmers researchers made the thread conductive through dyeing it with an electrically conductive polymeric material. The researchers' measurements show that the dyeing process gives the cellulose thread a record-high conductivity – which can be increased even further through the addition of silver nanowires. In tests, the conductivity was maintained after several washes.</div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">The benefits of e-textiles and cellulose</h2> <div>Electronic textiles could improve our lives in several ways. One important area is healthcare, where functions such as regulating, monitoring, and measuring various health metrics could be hugely beneficial.</div> <div>     </div> <div>In the wider textile industry, where conversion to sustainable raw materia<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Cellulosatråd/portratt_christian_muller_320x350px.jpg" alt="" style="height:182px;width:165px;margin:5px" />ls is a vital ongoing question, natural materials and fibres have become an increasingly common choice to replace synthetics. Electrically conductive cellulose threads could have a significant role to play here too, the researchers say.</div> <div>   </div> <div>“Cellulose is a fantastic material that can be sustainably extracted and recycled, and we will see it used more and more in the future. And when products are made of uniform material, or as few materials as possible, the recycling process becomes much easier and more effective. This is another perspective from which cellulose thread is very promising for the development of e-textiles,” says <a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/Christian-Müller.aspx">Christian Müller</a>, research leader for the study and a professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div>   </div> <div>This work of the research team from Chalmers is performed within the national research center Wallenberg Wood Science Center, in cooperation with colleagues in Sweden, Finland and South Korea.</div> <div>     </div> <div>Read the article in the scientific journal ASC Applied Materials &amp; Interfaces:</div> <div><a href="">Green Conducting Cellulose Yarns for Machine-Sewn Electronic Textiles</a></div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More about: Developing expertise in conductive fibres</h2> <div>Both Sozan Darabi and Christian Müller believe the research has resulted in much more than just the latest scientific publication. Sozan Darabi has developed from a student into a foremost expert in electrically conductive fibre materials, something Christian Müller views as very rewarding, and a great strength for their research team. </div></div> <div> </div> <div>Through the national Swedish research center Wallenberg Wood Science Center, a group from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) has also been involved in the research and publication of the study. The KTH researchers focus on the electrochemical aspects of the fibres.<br />Together with this group from KTH, the Chalmers research team is now planning ways to take the ideas to the next level.<br />Read earlier press release: <a href="">Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched</a></div> <div> </div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More about: cellulose thread</h2> <div>The electrically conductive yarn is produced in a &quot;layer-on-layer&quot; coating process with an ink based on the biocompatible polymer &quot;polyelectrolyte complex poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT: PSS)”. The e-textile thread developed by the researchers measures a record-high conductivity for cellulose thread in relation to volume of 36 S/cm-, which can be increased to 181 S/cm by adding silver nanowires. The thread coated with PEDOT: PSS can handle at least five machine washes without losing its conductivity. By integrating the cellulose yarn into an electrochemical transistor, the researchers have also been able to demonstrate its electrochemical function.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More about: textiles from nature and fashion industry interest </h2> <div>Throughout human history, textiles have been made from natural fibre and cellulose. But since the middle of the 20th century, synthetic fibres have become more common in our clothing, particularly in the fashion industry. With the greater focus and awareness now on sustainable alternatives, interest in natural fibres and textiles is returning and growing. Large Swedish chains such as H&amp;M and Lindex have set high goals for increasing the proportion of garments produced from more sustainable materials.</div> <div>The cellulose fibre that the researchers have used is of the Ioncell® type, developed by the Finnish group, led by professor and co-author Herbert Sixta.</div></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">For more information, contact:</h2> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/sozan.aspx">Sozan Darabi</a>, doctoral student at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</div> <div><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/Christian-Müller.aspx">Christian Müller</a>, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</div></div>Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 awareness has increased but it is not time to lean back<p><b>​Today, March 8, the International Women&#39;s Day, celebrates globally the women&#39;s economic, political and social progress around the world. It is also a day highlights the changes that are needed for us to achieve a more equal world. Maria Abrahamsson and Maria Grahn, leaders of the materials and energy areas at Chalmers, two traditionally male-dominated areas in society, reflects on the situation at Chalmers when it comes to gender equality.</b></p><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/energi/nyheter/Sidor/Medvetenheten-har-okat-men-vi-kan-inte-sla-oss-till-ro.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />​Rea​d more in Swedish</a>Mon, 08 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 top-ranked in Chemical Engineering<p><b>​Chalmers University of Technology is the top-ranked university in Sweden within Chemical Engineering.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Chemical Engineering at Chalmers ranks in 72 place in the QS World University Rankings by Subject in 2021. The result means that Chalmers is the highest-ranked university in the country within Chemical Engineering. The list is compiled annually by QS to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are used to rank universities. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>”It is very gratifying, of course. We work hard to be at the forefront of the research we conduct, and have been successful in attracting grants, both nationally and internationally. We are also a sought-after partner in both academia and industry.”, says professor Hanna Härelind, Head of Department, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers. </div> <div>“For our students, this means that they receive an education with insight into the research front, which provides a good basis for them to be able to contribute to the sustainable technical solutions of the future.”, she says. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Committed teachers and researchers</h3> <div>“It is a recognition of the department's committed teachers and researchers as well as the teaching and support that we provide for our students. It also naturally means that Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers gets extra luminosity ​when recruiting students, both nationally and internationally.”, says Dr Krister Ström, Vice Head of Department, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“This only consolidates that our programmes in the chemistry-related subjects, including biochemical ones, deliver engineers who remain very attractive to employers in all sectors of society”, says professor Lars Öhrström, Head of Programme Chemical Engineering at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <span style="background-color:initial">Text: Vedrana Sivac​</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Photo: Oscar Mattsson</span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Read more</span><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/education/programmes/Pages/Programmes.aspx#EducationArea3" target="_blank" title="Master's programmes Chemical engineering top ranked QS"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Master’s programmes within Chemical Engineering​</a><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><div><a href="/en/departments/chem/Pages/startpage.aspx" target="_blank" title="Chemistry and Chemical Engineering att Chalmers"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers</a></div> <div><a href="/en/education/studying-at-Chalmers/Pages/rankings.aspx" target="_blank" title="Chalmers in university rankings"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chalmers in university rankings​</a></div> <div></div></span></div>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 09:00:00 +0100öran Gustafsson prize to Kasper Moth-Poulsen<p><b>Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers, receives Göran Gustafsson Prize &quot;for the development of molecular energy storage systems&quot;. The prize is considered as one of Sweden´s largest, for researchers.</b></p><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;To be awarded the Göran Gustafsson Prize means a lot to me. It shows that one has done something good, and it is nice to be noticed for that&quot;, says Kasper Moth-Poulsen in a press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.</span><div>How we can store energy from the sun is one of our big problems for a sustainable future. Kasper Moth-Poulsen believes that he has found part of the solution. His group of researchers at Chalmers has, among other things, developed a specially designed molecule that can capture the energy from the sun's rays and emit it as heat much later. When the molecule is hit by the sunlight it changes shape into an energy-rich isomer that can be stored. By using the molecule in a window film, it may be possible to heat homes and have a comfortable indoor environment, throughout the day.<br /><br /></div> <div>With the help of the solar energy storage system, Most, which the research group has developed, it is possible to save energy for up to 18 years. But very recently, they have also started a new project to develop a material that can both store solar energy and absorb energy from the environment, as well as emit it as heat. Instead of liquids, they will now use solids. The material should be able to do several things at the same time, and the hope is that the two different systems will be able to be combined in the future.</div> <div>This year it is 30 years since the Göran Gustafsson Prize for Young Researchers in Sweden was awarded for the first time. In addition to Chalmers the 2021 prize winners are from Linköping University, Karolinska Institutet and KTH. They will each receive more than SEK 5 million. Most famous among previous laureates is Emmanuelle Charpentier, last year's Nobel laureate in chemistry, who received the Göran Gustafsson Prize in 2014.</div> <div><br /><strong>Read More:</strong></div> <div><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More on Göran Gustavsson Prize in press release from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences</a>  (Swedish)<br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx" style="outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Kasper Moth-Poulsen​</a><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 for planning grants<p><b></b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">The Production Area of Advance (AoA) management introduced the planning grants last year and will continue the distribution during 2021. The purpose is to give better opportunities to prepare for major research projects, or establish collaborations with other/various research disciplines, practice and users on international level. The grant is intended as support for creating larger projects that require additional efforts in preparation and not intended for normal project applications for national funding.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><b>The planning grant within Production AoA is maximum SEK 50.000/project. </b></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Application dates</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The application will be open throughout 2021 with 3 cut-offs.: </span><b>31 March, 30 June</b> and <b>30 September 2021</b>. Send your application to Lars Nyborg with cc to Michael Eriksson (see below).</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Application </h3> <div>Max 1 page including:</div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>Motivation how the intended project if would contribute to the overall vision, mission and challenges of Production AoA</li> <div> </div> <li>Tentative consortium</li> <div> </div> <li>Call identifier (Vinnova, Horizon 2020/Horizon Europe, EIT Manufacturing, Formas, VR, Swedish Energy Agency)</li> <div> </div> <li>Any co-ordinated more prominent project initiation with IKEA would be eligible</li> <div> </div> <li><div>Any initiation of international co-operation that can be sustainable (note how long-term funding can be secured should be indicated)</div></li> <div> </div> <li><div>Budg<span>et (travel, meetings, etc.</span></div></li></ul></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact</h3> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Director </span><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">Lars Nybor</span><span style="background-color:initial">g</span></a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">Michael Eriksson</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""></a> </span></div> <div> </div>Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 +0100 the webinar Materials for health<p><b>​​Thank all of you who participated in the tandem webinar, 25 February: Tandem webinar – Materials for Health.</b></p><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />​<span style="background-color:initial">W</span></a><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="">atch the webinar on Chalmers Play: Tandem Webinar – Materials for Health</a><br /><br /></span><div><div><strong><a href="/sv/styrkeomraden/material/kalendarium/Sidor/Tandem-Webinar-Materials-for-health.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Program:</a></strong></div> <div><ul><li>Moderator: Maria Abrahamsson, Director of Materials Science Area of Advance </li> <li>B<span style="background-color:initial">ioink Design for Printing of Unified, Multi-material Constructs, Sarah Heilshorn, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and, by courtesy, of Bioengineering and of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University.</span></li> <li>M<span style="background-color:initial">aterials preventing biomaterial associated infection. Martin Andersson, Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied​ Surface Chemistry.Chalmers University of Technology.</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div></div>Fri, 26 Feb 2021 00:00:00 +0100 contributes to a sustainable food sector<p><b>​Chalmers University of Technology’s contribution to research and development of new solutions for a more sustainable food sector is growing. Through three national centres − FINEST, PAN Sweden and BLUE FOOD − Chalmers researchers will be involved in developing the food of the future.</b></p><p class="chalmersElement-P">​<span>The Swedish Research Council Formas give 192 million SEK to four national centres for food research and innovation – and Chalmers is participating in three of these. In close collaborations researchers, industry and other actors, will develop new sustainable food systems in Sweden. This means an increase in production of more nutritious food, while the environmental impact decreases.</span></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">BLUE FOOD</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">BLUE FOOD, centre for the seafood of the future, will result in completely new Swedish seafood products that could play an important role in the ongoing protein shift. This shift means leaving red meat as the primary source of protein for more sustainable and healthy alternatives. Ingrid Undeland, Professor of Food Science at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, will, as the research coordinator, have a central role in BLUE FOOD.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“I hope that BLUE FOOD will contribute to more of our Swedish blue raw materials being processed nationally <span>−</span> and that this will positively influence new job opportunities, competence level, self-sufficiency and profitability in the Swedish fishing and seafood industry,” she says.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">One goal of the centre is that a larger proportion of the wild fish caught in Sweden will be used as food – another is to expand Swedish aquaculture, i.e. the cultivation of, for example, fish, mussels and algae. Today, as much as 85 percent of the wild Swedish-caught wild fish is not used for food, but for low-value products that are later used in animal feed. This includes both small fish species such as herring, and sprat, but also the parts of the fish that remain after the fillet is removed. These species and cutting details need to be better utilised. But technological development is required to succeed.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“My research group has extensive experience from processes that can be used to refine both residual raw materials and small fish species. For almost 20 years, we have used complex marine raw materials to isolate functional proteins, i.e. proteins that can provide structure to food at different levels. This knowledge will be used in the doctoral student project that Food and Nutrition Science at Chalmers will supervise in the centre. When it comes to seafood quality, we also have extensive experience, not least on how to avoid oxidation of the unsaturated marine fats, which otherwise leads to the food becoming rancid and losing nutritional value,” says Ingrid Undeland.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Mehdi Abdollahi and Ann-Sofie Sandberg from the Division of Food and Nutrition Science and Robin Teigland from the Department of Technology Management and Economics (TME) also participate, as artificial intelligence,  AI, and digitalisation in the blue sector are important focus areas in BLUE FOOD. The latter will also form the basis for a PhD-student project in a later stage of the centre.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">FINEST</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">FINEST is a centre for future innovations in a sustainable food system. The centre brings research on sustainability and nutrition, food technology, consumer behaviour, innovation management and system change together. In addition, there is a joint development of methods through the Food Transition Lab run by Rise, and a co-creation platform that will be created within the centre formation.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The centre wants to contribute to innovation in the Swedish food sector by involving actors from all parts of the value chain – to jointly create the best conditions for innovation, contribute to system change and support concrete projects, including berries as raw materials and experimental value chains.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Professor Maria Elmquist at TME, on Chalmers' involvement in FINEST:</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“I will lead a work package together with RISE where we will work with innovation management and study how established players can find new paths to innovation by collaborating in new ways and with new parties. We will recruit a doctoral student with a focus on innovation in the food sector, who will, among other things, work closely with ICA and the Rural Economy and Agricultural Societies (Hushållningssällskapet). The activities in the centre will constitute an exciting research arena and lab environment for us, as we will be able to collaborate and study the participating actors, and easily test new models and tools.”</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">PAN SWEDEN</h2> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Efforts to limit the environmental impact from animal-based food are needed to meet the goals of Agenda 2030 but innovations within plant-based proteins options are lagging. Evidence-based knowledge within food processing, consumption and health benefits of plant-based proteins is currently scarce, which limits the necessary further development.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The centre PAN SWEDEN (plant-based proteins for health and wellbeing) will in collaboration with universities, research institutes, the Swedish industry and public sector partners, develop new knowledge and new methods to examine how increased consumption of plant-based proteins affects health and well-being. PAN brings together a unique set of interdisciplinary competence and creates a new infrastructure that integrates research on food, nutrition, technology, medicine and social sciences. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Marie Alminger, Professor of Food and Nutrition Science, is part of PAN’s management team and she will participate in the research with focus on characterisation of plant-based proteins. Among other things, the researchers want to clarify the relationship between processing, structure, bioavailability, digestion of proteins, and how the proteins can affect the intestinal flora and health. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> “We will compare selected plant proteins (model proteins combined with fibre components) with animal foods, in this case chicken. We want to identify raw materials with promising properties that work well in food processes − but also gain knowledge about possibilities and health effects, or risks, that come with increased use of plant-based foods,” she says.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Anna Ström is Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She is also part of the management of PAN and is responsible for the focus area &quot;Biomolecular signatures in a precision nutrition perspective&quot;. Here, the researchers will work mainly on how plant-based nutrition is absorbed by the body and investigate the processes for uptake of different vegetable proteins in the digestive systems. As a chemist, Anna Ström contributes with the physical chemical aspects and she is particularly interested in exploring one idea with an exciting focus:</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">“The idea is to develop a sensor that makes it possible to follow how we degrade various plant-based proteins, which could enable us to look directly into the intestinal system. We see a great need for such technical solutions. With the help of AI, the information can be translated into new, important knowledge on the functions of different proteins in our digestive systems,” says Anna Ström.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Another research area to be explored is how the combination of different proteins, and high and low fibre levels in the diet affects us from a nutritional and health perspective.</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong>Read the press release from Formas:</strong> <a href="">Multi-million investment in Swedish centres for food research and innovation​</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p>Tue, 22 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0100 precious zinc from waste ash<p><b>​Incineration of solid waste produces millions of tonnes of waste fly ash in Europe each year, that most commonly ends up in landfill. But this ash often contains significant amounts of precious metals, such as zinc. A unique method developed by researchers at Chalmers can now help extract these precious metals, potentially leading to reductions in environmental pollution, landfill and transport.</b></p><div>​During waste incineration, the released flue gases are purified and the small particles present are separated, leading to the formation of fly ash. This fly ash contains toxic substances, such as dioxins, and so is normally classified as hazardous waste and landfilled. But it also contains valuable metals, such as zinc, which are thereby lost.  But a new method from Chalmers University of Technology, tested at pilot scale and detailed over several years of research, involves treating this waste with an acid wash, also separated from the flue gases, to separate the zinc from the fly ash. The zinc can then be extracted, washed and processed into raw material.  </div> <div> </div> <div>  – In our pilot study, we found that 70 percent of the zinc present in fly ash can be recycled. The zinc is not extracted as a pure metal, which would be a much more intensive process, but instead as a zinc-rich product, which can be sold to the metal industry and processed further in currently existing industry production lines,” says <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/karin-karlfeldt.aspx">Karin Karlfeldt Fedje</a>, Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, and researcher at the recycling and waste management company Renova AB.  </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Ash turned into useful material </h2> <div> </div> <div>In further refinement to the method, the researchers have been able to significantly reduce the level of toxicity.  </div> <div> </div> <div>  – After extraction, we incinerate the residual ash again to break down the dioxins. Ninety percent of this is then turned into bottom ash, which can be used as a construction material, for example,” explains Karin Karlfeldt Fedje.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Internationally, the prevalence of waste incineration is varied, but the need to handle large amounts of ash after the process is widespread. In Sweden, incineration of household waste in waste-to-energy plants is common, and results in around 250,000 tonnes of fly ash every year that could potentially be treated in this way. The rest of Europe accounts for around ten times that amount.    </div> <div> </div> <div>Although it is hard to estimate how many tonnes of zinc are currently lost through landfill in Sweden and beyond, the method developed by the Chalmers researchers can be of great interest to all waste management actors. It offers great potential for recovering these metals in a relatively simple way and could have a significant impact on the profitability of waste incineration, as well as its role in the circular economy.  </div> <div> </div> <div>  – The technology for extracting zinc from fly ash could have several positive effects, such as reducing the need for mining virgin zinc raw material, lower levels of toxicity in the ash, and greatly reduced landfill contributions. It can be a vital contribution to society's efforts towards a more circular economy,” says <a href="/en/staff/Pages/sveander.aspx">Sven Andersson</a>, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and R&amp;D Manager at flue gas cleaning supplier Babcock &amp; Wilcox Vølund AB.  </div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Applied in full scale in Sweden  </h2> <div> </div> <div>Dividing her time between Chalmers and Renova, Karin Karlfeldt Fedje has spent many years developing the methodology, in collaboration with several external actors. Together with Sven Andersson, they have been able to design a full-scale process. Their research has led to Renova AB and B&amp;W Vølund now building an ash washing facility with zinc recycling in Gothenburg Sweden, an investment that is estimated to save hundreds of thousands of euro every year for the municipally owned waste management company.  </div> <div> </div> <div>Read their scientific article, “<a href="">Zinc recovery from Waste-to-Energy fly ash – A pilot test study</a>”, published in the journal Waste Management. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Catharina Björk</em><br /><br /></div>Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:00:00 +0100 made it through ERC&#39;s needle’s eye<p><b>​After an extensive process, the two Chemistry researchers Andreas Dahlin and Kasper Moth-Poulsen, have succeeded in receiving the highly regarded consolidation grant from the European Research Council. Their projects may contribute to better treatments of serious diseases and to develop emission-free energy systems with new materials, that could also be developed faster.</b></p><div>​Two very satisfied researchers have recently received the good news. Both describe an extremely thorough application procedure, which they are now noticeably relieved to have made it through.</div> <div> </div> <div>“This is one of the main grants you can get as a researcher where your project is examined exceptionally hard. It is a very special feeling to have succeeded”, says Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.</div> <div> </div> <div>“You don´t get such a tough and valuable evaluation anywhere else. It feels very good to have made it all the way” says Andreas Dahlin, Associate professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">New tool to be used by biologists around the world</h2> <div><img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/ERC%20Andreas%20kasper/Andreas_Dahlin_320x320.jpg" alt="" style="height:180px;width:180px;margin:5px" />The major goal for Andera Dahlin's project &quot;SIMONANO2&quot; (Single Molecule Analysis in Nanoscale Reaction Chambers 2), is to develop a new technology to study how biological molecules interact with each other. It aims to create a new platform that makes it possible to analyze individual proteins better.</div> <div> </div> <div>“With the methods we use today, it is difficult to carry out experiments on individual biomolecules, in a reliable and non-invasive way, especially when it comes to physiological conditions. This is especially true for proteins because they are more fragile” says Andreas Dahlin</div> <div> </div> <div>Once developed in this project, the nanoscale reaction chambers can become a tool used by biologists worldwide, which will advance our understanding of life on the molecular level and provide crucial benefits in biotechnology. In the long run, it can mean better and more effective treatments for various diseases that are difficult to treat and where proteins are clumped together. Examples of those are Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Materials that convert energy from various fossil-free sources into heat and cold and exploration of the future chemistry laboratory </h2> <div><div>In Kasper Moth-Poulsen's project &quot;PHOTOTHERM&quot; (Photo Thermal Management Materials), the researchers <img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/ERC%20Andreas%20kasper/Kasper_Moth_Poulsen_320x320.jpg" alt="" style="height:190px;width:190px;margin:5px" />want to develop new materials that can capture light such as solar energy and other fossil-free energy sources around us, and convert it to both heat or cold in emission-free systems. This ability will be achieved by combining two different thermal systems with unique qualities MOST (Molecular Solar Energy System) and Phase change materials (PCM). The research is connected to other research that Kasper and his group are working on, but an important distinguishing part of this project is that the researchers also plan to develop the method for producing the materials and ask themselves the question &quot;how can the future chemistry laboratory look like?&quot;.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Developing new materials takes a lot of time. In this project, we want to investigate how we can speed up that process. In collaboration with Chalmers Research Center (CHAIR), we plan to design an automated laboratory with robots and AI” says Kasper Moth-Poulsen.</div> <div> </div> <div>He emphasizes the great need for method development in material production by comparing it with a similar automation process in the pharmaceutical industry, which has made fast development of vaccine for covid-19 possible.</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Long journey to get the highly regarded grant</h2> <div>Receiving a consolidation grant from the ERC involves a long and demanding process that needs to be done at the right time. It can´t be longer than 12 years since the researchers PHD and not shorter than 7 years. Kasper Moth-Poulsen and Andreas Dahlin have both applied before and sees that as a crucial factor to that they are now receiving the grant. They share a useful tip to all colleagues - do not wait until the last chance!</div> <div> </div> <div>More on <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Andreas-Dahlin.aspx">Andreas Dahlin</a></div> <div>More on <a href="/en/staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx">Kasper-Moth-Poulsen</a></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Press release from the European Research Council</h2> <div><a href="">Consolidator Grants 2020</a></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More on European Research Council consolidation grants</h2> <div>The grant is meant to go to prominent researchers of different nationalities and ages, with a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. Up to 2 million Euros for 5 years can be awarded.</div></div>Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 want’s to capture and store energy in new material<p><b>​Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the Swedish Research Council&#39;s consolidation grant of 12 million for 2020 - 2026. The grant will be used to explore a new material that can both store solar energy and absorb energy from the environment and release it as heat.</b></p><p>​“It feels great, I'm both happy and proud, especially since this is a grant that you can only apply for every other year in very high competition” says <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/kasper-moth-poulsen.aspx">Kasper Moth-Poulsen</a></p> <p>The research that will be funded by the grant is similar to the solar energy system MOST (Molecular Solar Thermal Energy Storage Systems), which Kasper and his group have been working on for many years, and has attracted a great deal of attention around the world. But the new project is about developing the knowledge further and differs in several crucial ways. Now the researchers will work in systems with solid substances instead of in liquids as in MOST, and the material will be able to do several things at once.</p> <p>“We want to investigate whether it is possible to create a new material that can both store the sun's energy and absorb the energy or heat from the surroundings. In short, you might say that the overall purpose is to try to handle heat and, also cooling in a completely new way” says Kasper Moth-Poulsen.</p> <p>The material that the researchers are investigating must be sustainable and contribute to new emission-free solutions in energy storage.<br /></p> <p>In addition to Kasper Moth-Poulsen, Victor Torres Company at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience was also awarded a consolidation grant from the Swedish Research Council.</p> <p><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-for-photonic-research-from-The-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Prestigious funding for photonic research from The Swedish Research Council​​</a><br /></p> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More about Kasper-Moth Poulsen </h2> <div>Kasper Moth-Poulsen is Professor and Head of Division at Applied Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and works with research in the field of nano chemistry and new materials for energy capture and storage and synthetic chemistry. He has received several different grants and awards for his research, such as ERC starting grant, SSF future research leaders grant, Wallenberg Academy Fellow Grant and a scholarship from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's Foundation for Science, Technology, for his work with the solar energy system MOST.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the consolidator grants</a><br />    </div> <div>Text: Jenny Holmstrand</div>Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 scholarship for research on recycling lithium-ion batteries<p><b>​Nathália Vieceli, postdoc at Industrial Materials Recycling, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering was recently awarded the Environmental Scholarship of the company Renova, for her research on more sustainable methods to recycle lithium-ion batteries</b></p><div>​Beneath she comments on how the scholarship makes a difference on her work in finding more sustainable solutions in a highly topical and important research field.  </div> <div> </div> <div>“The Renova Environmental Scholarship is an incentive to keep looking for recycling ideas that promote a circular and more sustainable model for lithium-ion batteries. This scholarship may help to fund conferences, courses, or others, to support me to keep working on the use of solvent extraction to selectively recovery metals from lithium-ion batteries. I want to focus on more environmentally-friendly alternatives and on the optimization of the process to maximize the recovery of metals and reduce the use of energy and reagents in the process.”</div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Extract in English of Renova´s press release </h2> <div>Nathália Vieceli is researching on recycling metals from spent lithium-ion batteries at Chalmers in Gothenburg. There are essentially two methods for this. Pyrometallurgy, which is based on combustion. It is a stable method but requires large amounts of energy and normally some metals are lost in the process, such as lithium. Nathália Vieceli works to develop and refine the second method - hydrometallurgy - where the metals are instead dissolved in acid and extracted into various solvents. By experimenting with different parameters, she wants to find a process that requires as little energy and solvent as possible.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the press release she comments on the method: </div> <div>“An advantage is that you get the metals out with very high purity and content. The first step now is to extract manganese. Then the turn goes to cobalt, nickel and lithium” she comments in the press release and continues:</div> <div>“It is also important that the recycling process itself is sustainable, she points out. This method requires significantly less energy than combustion and we can use the same solvent over and over again” </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Renova's scholarship is SEK 100,000 and was awarded to Nathália Vieceli at Renova's sustainability seminar in Gothenburg on 14 October.</div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Whole press release in Swedish</a></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/nathalia-vieceli.aspx">More on Nathália Vieceli</a></div>Mon, 26 Oct 2020 00:00:00 +0100