140 networking nano researchers at Stenungsbaden

​140 participants, 60 research posters and a wide range of reputable speakers. It was yet another successful community building event for the excellence initiative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (EI Nano) at Stenungsbaden Yacht Club on 26-28 August. "It's nice to see that the community lives and how new doctoral students and thesis workers are getting into it", says co-director Göran Johansson. 
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He is professor of applied quantum physics and head of the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2, and directing the excellence initiative together with Bo Albinsson, professor of physical chemistry at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Göran Johansson was very pleased with the event:
"Janine Splettstößer organized a senior activity to update how we describes ourselves within EI Nano. We had fruitful discussions on synergies between the departments of chemistry, bio, physics and MC2", he says.
Picture from EI Nano event.
Fredrik Westerlund, professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering and member of the EI Nano steering group, Marcus Wilhelmsson, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and member of the EI Nano steering group, and Elin Sundin, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and one of the two first EI Nano PhD students. Photo: Göran Johansson

The participants were invited to a packed program with speakers from Sweden and other countries. Chalmers was represented by, among others, Anders Palmqvist, vice president of research and research education, who talked about his visions for the excellence initiative, Alexandra Stubelius, assistant professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, and Attila Geresdi, assistant professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory at MC2. Elin Sundin och Daniel Andrén, two of the first PhD students in the EI Nano Research School, which started in 2016 and has nine students presently, talked about their projects.
"The research school is special in that the PhD students receive personal funding which they can then take to any nano-research group. We usually get really excellent applicants where the two best are chosen in an interview where the entire EI Nano steering group participates", explains Göran Johansson.
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Among the invited international speakers were Joyce Poon, new director of the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle, Germany, and Bo Wegge Laursen (above), head of the Nano Science Center at University of Copenhagen.

Picture of Ingrid Strandberg.During the three days, 59 posters were exhibited and judged by a jury consisting of Janine Splettstößer, professor at the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2, Petra Dittrich, head of the Bioanalytics group at ETH Zürich, and David Abergel, associate editor for the scientific journal Nature Physics.
Prizes for best posters were awarded to Ingrid Strandberg, Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2 (in picture), Pernilla Tanner, Division of Materials and Surface Theory at the Department of Physics, and David Albinsson, Division of Chemical Physics at the Department of Physics. The top three posters were rewarded with SEK 5,000 each, to be used for conference trips.

Also, Arne Sjögren's award for best doctoral dissertation in the nano area 2018 was awarded to Ferry Nugroho, postdoc at the Division of Chemical Physics at the Department of Physics, for his thesis "Nanoplasmonic Alloy Hydrogen Sensors". Ferry Nugroho came to Chalmers via the Erasmus Mundus international Nano+ programme – of which Chalmers Master's programme Nanotechnology is a part. At the community event, he talked about the ultra-fast hydrogen detector which he was involved in the development of, and which resulted in an article in the journal Nature Materials last spring.

The community building event was arranged for the tenth time.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Göran Johansson
Photo of Ingrid Strandberg: Michael Nystås



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Picture from EI Nano event.
Martin Rahm, assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Photo: Göran Johansson

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