Million rain over four researchers

​Tomas Bryllert and Per Hyldgaard at MC2 are two of the four Chalmers researchers who receive funding from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). "It feels great! This is an area we think has great potential, and we have been working towards it for a couple of years," says Tomas Bryllert.
SSF distributes more than SEK 236 million to 33 different projects to promote the development of instruments, methods and technologies that provide the prerequisites for future, advanced research and innovation. The 33 projects receive between four and eight million kronor each.

The purpose of the announcement is to attract individuals who work specifically with development of instruments, engineering or methods. The foundation received 342 applications, which are many more than usual.
"It shows the great interest and the need for this kind of support," writes SSF in a press release.

Picture of Tomas Bryllert.Tomas Bryllert (to the right) is a researcher at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. He works very broad with anything from device- and circuit technology all the way up to operating systems. In December 2017, SSF gave Tomas Bryllert a Strategic Mobility contribution, which means that he became a guest researcher forone year at the defence and security company Saab.

In the new round of funding, Bryllert is awarded SEK 6 927 000 to the project "Radar at High Frequencies for Industrial Measurement Techniques". For his grant, he, along with colleagues at MC2 and the division of energy technology at the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, will build a radar instrument in the 176 GHz-206 GHz frequency band to follow the processes of industrial gasification and combustion plants.
To make this happen, the researchers will develop three technologies: a high resolution 3D radar for mapping fuel, particles and so on in the reactors, doppler technology to monitor the dynamics of fuel and particles, as well as radar spectroscopy to try to identify and measure gases in the reactors.
"The goal is ultimately to improve control, as well as make good models, of the combustion/gasification plants, and thus make them better and more effective in the future," says Tomas Bryllert.

Picture of Per Hyldgaard.Per Hyldgaard (to the right), professor at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory at MC2, also has the opportunity to celebrate. He is granted SEK 6 860 000 for the project "Putting modern nonlocal-correlation DFT to materials work".
"It feels good! By focusing on the continued development and implementation of our general method of calculation of material properties, we can open up many more challenges," says Per Hyldgaard.

The grant now gives him the opportunity to hire postdoctoral students that will broaden the implementation and help define validation cases for new users in, for example, chemistry.

Magnus Hörnqvist Colliander at the Department of Physics, and Romain Bordes at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, also receive grants between four and eight million kronor in the same announcement. Hörnqvist Colliander is granted funding for the project "Experimental micromechanics in three dimensions", and Bordes for the project "MRI for Levitating Material".

The amounts granted are distributed over a three-year period.

Congratulations to all of you!

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo of Tomas Bryllert: Anna-Lena Lundqvist
Photo of Per Hyldgaard: Henrik Sandsjö


Published: Wed 17 Oct 2018. Modified: Thu 18 Oct 2018