News: Fysik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 01 Jul 2022 19:52:33 +0200 are the Future Research Leaders<p><b>​No less than six Chalmers researchers were accepted when the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF, appointed Future Research Leaders. </b></p><div>​The goal of the program is to give newly established researchers with the highest scientific and pedagogical competence the opportunity to develop as research leaders. Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan, <span>Johan Bengtsson-Palme, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span>Raphaël Frank J Van Laer, <span>Anton Frisk Kockum, <span style="display:inline-block"></span></span><span>Alexander Hollberg<span style="display:inline-block"></span></span> and Julia Wiktor are the six Chalmers researchers who qualified among the 16 young researchers who now receive 15 million each for independent research. SSF's assessment is that they are expected to be able to lead even larger research groups in the future, and they will therefore participate in a comprehensive leadership program.  <br /></div> <div><div> </div> <div><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ahmh.aspx">Ahmed Ali-Eldin Hassan</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, receives funding for the research project Edge Optimization: Operating Systems &amp; Software on the Edge. The project focuses on building a new operating system for latency critical next generation applications such as autonomous vehicles to make use of edge, cloud and local compute resources with performance guarantees.<span style="display:inline-block"></span></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/johan-bengtsson-palme.aspx" target="_blank" title="">Johan Bengtsson-Palme</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering since May 2022, receives funding for the research project Predicting future pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The aim of the project is finding out what mechanisms cause bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance. The researchers want to use this knowledge to understand which genes may pose a threat to human health in the future.    <span><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/raphael-van-laer.aspx"><br /><br />Raphaël Frank J Van Laer</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Attojoule-per-bit acousto-optics. The long-term goal of the project is to help extend Moore's law with light and sound by reducing the energy footprint of chip-scale photonics and quantum technology.   </span><strong></strong><br /></p> <strong></strong><p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Anton-Frisk-Kockum.aspx"><br />Anton Frisk Kockum</a></strong>, Researcher at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, receives funding for the research project Quantum simulation and communication with giant atoms. The main goal of the project is to construct efficient and useful simulations of quantum systems (e.g., molecules) that interact with a surrounding environment.<strong><br /><br /><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Alexander-Hollberg,-Arkitektur-och-samhallsbyggnadsteknik-.aspx">Alexander Hollberg</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, receives funding for the research project Digital material inventories for sustainable urban mining. The main goal of this project is to develop a method for creating urban construction material inventories based on digital twins and machine learning, to support stakeholder to reuse and recycle materials. <strong><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Julia-Wiktor.aspx"><br /><br />Julia Wiktor</a></strong>, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics, receives funding for the research project Ab Initio Description of Complete Semiconductor Devices. The project’s aim is to couple accurate but computationally expensive quantum mechanical modelling methods with emerging artificial neural network models to be able to efficiently model materials and interfaces that constitute semiconductor micro- and nanodevices.  </p> <div><br /></div> <div>More information about the call and what the appointment entails can be found on the <a href="" title="SSF" target="_blank">SSF web.</a><br /></div></div>Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:00:00 +0200 light the way towards new medicine<p><b>​To develop new drugs and vaccines, detailed knowledge about nature’s smallest biological building blocks – the biomolecules – is required. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, are now presenting a groundbreaking microscopy technique that allows proteins, DNA and other tiny biological particles to be studied in their natural state in a completely new way.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">A great deal of time and money is required when developing medicines and vaccines. It is therefore crucial to be able to streamline the work by studying how, for example, individual proteins behave and interact with one another. The new microscopy method from Chalmers can enable the most promising candidates to be found at an earlier stage. The technique also has the potential for use in conducting research into the way cells communicate with one another by secreting molecules and other biological nanoparticles. These processes play an important role in our immune response, for example. </span><div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Revealing its silhouette </strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Biomolecules are both small and elusive, but vital since they are the building blocks of everything living. In order to get them to reveal their secrets using optical microscopy, researchers currently need to either mark them with a fluorescent label or attach them to a surface.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Christoph%20Langhammer_320.jpg" alt="Christoph Langhammer" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:195px" />“With current methods you can never quite be sure that the labelling or the surface to which the molecule is attached does not affect the molecule’s properties. With the aid of our technology, which does not require anything like that, it shows its completely natural silhouette, or optical signature, which means that we can analyse the molecule just as it is,” says research leader <strong>Christoph Langhammer</strong>, professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers. He has developed the new method together with researchers in both physics and biology at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The unique microscopy method is based on those molecules or particles that the researchers want to study being flushed through a chip containing tiny nano-sized tubes, known as nanochannels. A test fluid is added to the chip which is then illuminated with visible light. The interaction that then occurs between the light, the molecule and the small fluid-filled channels makes the molecule inside show up as a dark shadow and it can be seen on the screen connected to the microscope. By studying it, researchers can not only see but also determine the mass and size of the biomolecule, and obtain indirect information about its shape – something that was not previously possible with a single technique.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Acclaimed innovation</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The new technique, nanofluidic scattering microscopy, was recently presented in the scientific journal Nature Methods. The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, which every year lists a number of research projects with the potential to change the world and provide real benefits, has also paid tribute to the progress made. The innovation has also taken a step out into society through the start-up company Envue Technologies, which was awarded the “Game Changer” prize in this year’s Venture Cup competition in Western Sweden.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/barboraspackova-321x366_fotograf%20Aykut%20Argun.jpg" alt="Barbora Spackova" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:0px 5px;width:200px;height:228px" />“Our method makes the work more efficient, for example when you need to study the contents of a sample, but don’t know in advance what it contains and thus what needs to be marked,” says researcher <strong>Barbora Špačková</strong>, who during her time at Chalmers derived the theoretical basis for the new technique and then also </span><span style="background-color:initial">conducted the first experimental study with the technology​.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The researchers are now continuing to optimise the design of the nanochannels in order to find even smaller molecules and particles that are not yet visible today.  </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">The aim is to further hone our technique so that it can help to increase our basic understanding of how life works, and contribute to making the development of the next generation medicines more efficient” says Langhammer.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>More about the scientific article and the research:</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The article </span><a href="" style="outline:0px">Label-Free Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy of Size and Mass of Single Diffusing Molecules and Nanoparticles</a><span style="background-color:initial"> was published in Nature Methods, and was written by Barbora Špačková, Henrik Klein Moberg, Joachim Fritzsche, Johan Tenghamn, Gustaf Sjösten, Hana Šípová-Jungová, David Albinsson, Quentin Lubart, Daniel van Leeuwen, Fredrik Westerlund, Daniel Midtvedt, Elin K. Esbjörner, Mikael Käll, Giovanni Volpe and Christoph Langhammer. The researchers are active at Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg. Barbora Špačková is currently starting up her own research group at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.</span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The research has been mainly funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, as well as by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Part of the research was conducted at the Chalmers Nanofabrication Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2) and under the umbrella of the Chalmers Excellence Initiative Nano.</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How the technique works:</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/750x340/Toppbild_ENG_Mikroskopet%20som%20kan%20visa%20genva╠êgen%20till%20ny%20medicin_750x340px.jpg" alt="New microscopy method" style="margin:5px;width:600px;height:269px" /><br /><br /><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The molecules or particles that the researchers want to study are placed in a chip containing tiny nano-sized tubes, nanochannels, that are filled with test fluid. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The chip is secured in a specially adapted optical dark-field microscope and illuminated with visible light. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">On the screen that shows what can be seen in the microscope, the molecule appears as a dark shadow moving freely inside the nanochannel. This is due to the fact that the light interacts with both the channel and the biomolecule. The interference effect that then arises significantly enhances the molecule’s optical signature by weakening the light just at the point where the molecule is located. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">The smaller the nanochannel, the greater the amplification effect and the smaller the molecules that can be seen. </span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">With this technique it is currently possible to analyse biomolecules from a molecular weight of around 60 kilodaltons and upwards. It is also possible to study larger biological particles, such as extracellular vesicles and lipoproteins, as well as inorganic nanoparticles.</span></li></ul></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href=""><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/NSM_technique.png" alt="Video" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:138px" /></a><br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Video</strong>: <a href="">Watch a video from the microscope​</a>, showing a biomolecule inside a nanochannel. It shows up as a dark shadow and it can be seen on the screen connected to the microscope. By studying it, researchers can not only see but also determine the mass and size of the biomolecule, and obtain indirect information about its shape – something that was not previously possible with a single technique.<br /></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, contact: </strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a>, Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology<br />+46 31 772 33 31, </span><a href="">​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz and Mia Halleröd Palmgren<br />Photo/illustration: ​<span style="background-color:initial">Maja Saaranen/Envue Technologies (photo collage), </span><span style="background-color:initial">Yen Strandqvist/ Chalmers University pf Technology and Daniel Spacek/ Neuroncollective (illustration),</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">Anna-Lena Lundqvist (portrait picture of Langhammer), Aykut Argun (portrait picture of </span><span style="background-color:initial">Špačková).</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Thu, 16 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0200 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="" 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=""> 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=""><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 +0200 breakthrough in osteoarthritis – new method for early diagnosis in horses<p><b>​​​Osteoarthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that leads to joint pain and disability in both humans and horses. Competition horses develop the disease very early as a result of intensive training at a young age. As part of a large collaborative project between the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Sahlgrenska University Hospital (SU), researchers at Chalmers have been involved in developing a new method to enable early diagnosis of osteoarthritis in horses.</b></p><div>“Osteoarthritis is a chronic joint inflammation where the disease process is slow and difficult to diagnose at an early stage. But to be able to treat it, it is important to identify the early stages”, says Eva Skiöldebrand, professor of general pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) with a focus on osteoarthritis in horses and humans.<br /><br /></div> <div>“Together with professors Stina Ekman at SLU and Anders Lindahl at SU, our research group has developed biomarkers, or more specifically, identified new neoepitopes* that are generated when protein from articular cartilage and underlying subchondral bone (bone under articular cartilage) is broken down by inflammation, which is the hallmark of the disease. The research group has been able to verify the biomarkers in serum and synovial fluid in horses with varying degrees of osteoarthritis and studied the effect of training and the effect of circadian rhythm, which is a major research breakthrough, says Eva Skiöldebrand.<br /><br /></div> <div>The use of biomarkers allows the disease to be detected earlier and the occurrence of serious injuries to be prevented – and the effectiveness of drugs for the treatment of osteoarthritis can be evaluated.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Early diagnosis with saliva test</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Health/Udda%20format/Artros_bild_450x350.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One person who has played a large part in a related research breakthrough at the end of 2021 is Moa Lord, a former biotechnology student and now a research assistant in materials physics at Chalmers. <span style="background-color:initial">Together with the research group at SLU and SU, she has developed a new method for quantifying biomarkers in saliva in horses, under the supervision of professor Eva Skiöldebrand, Susanne Nyström, PhD in molecular biology, BMA at SU, and Magnus Karlsteen, associate professor of materials physics at Chalmers and responsible for Chalmers' initiatives in equine technology.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We wanted to develop a method that could easily fit into the daily horse keeping. Saliva sampling is a non-invasive sampling method in contrast to synovial fluid samples and blood samples, which means that you can take more samples without creating discomfort in the horse. Detection and quantification of the biomarker in saliva enables an easier way to monitor how the biomarker is affected by training and surfaces, and detection of early signs of disease”, says Moa Lord.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Self-developed bit for horses</strong></div> <div>To facilitate saliva sampling, Chalmers has refined the method by producing a special bit for horses.</div> <div>“When we discovered that we could use saliva to measure the biomarker, we wanted to investigate how the biomarker changes during a training session when the strain on the joint increases. That is why we at Chalmers have designed and constructed a bit with space for sampling tubes. The bit collects the saliva while riding or driving the horse. This enables us to collect samples in a simpler way and that the training session can be completed without a major interruption to take a sample”, says Moa Lord.<br /><br /></div> <div>“This bit and the ability to detect the biomarker in saliva is the basis for a completely new diagnostic method, there is no one who has done something similar before. The current test tubes in the saliva collection bit work well. But we are working for the long-term goal of implementing an electronic graphen sensor e in the bit, which can provide continuous measurement values of the biomarker and test results directly on site. This would enable the horse owner from home to consult with a veterinarian and follow the development of the disease and act by working preventively to eliminate incipient disease”, says Magnus Karlsteen.<br />​<br /></div> <div>“Considering that a large number of competition horses develop osteoarthritis, the bit is important for the preventive work. Being able to measure the biomarker in saliva means that we can measure the effect of training when the horse runs and rides on different surfaces and at different paces. Then you can tailor training programs that will not harm the joints and hopefully it can result in fewer horses developing the disease”, says Eva Skiöldebrand.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Continued funding of the project</strong></div> <div>Moa Lord’s project &quot;Can we use saliva to detect osteoarthritis in the horse?&quot; has been part-financed by the Health Engineering Area of Advance at Chalmers. At the beginning of 2022, The Swedish Association for the Protection of Animals granted funding to investigate the presence of pain biomarkers in the saliva of horses. “The presence of pain biomarkers in saliva can provide an enormous amount of information about the horse's pain status and we are incredibly grateful for this research money”, says Eva Skiöldebrand.<br /><br /></div> <div>“The success of this research project is fantastically gratifying and hopeful for the diagnosis and prevention of osteoarthritis in horses, but also in humans in the future”, says Martin Fagerström, Co-Director of Health Engineering Area of Advance at Chalmers.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Joint commitment to horse welfare</strong></div> <div>The collaboration between Eva Skiöldebrand, SLU, and Magnus Karlsteen and Moa Lord at Chalmers has, among other things, its background in a common interest in equestrian sports and a strong commitment to horse welfare. Their paths have, among other things, been crossed at the Chalmers fence, an event in connection with the World Cup competitions in horse jumping in Gothenburg, with Magnus Karlsteen as responsible.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Reinforced focus on sports technology</strong></div> <div>According to the International Horse Sports Confederation, Chalmers is world leading in equestrian technology.<br /><span style="background-color:initial"><br />From 1 August 2022, Chalmers will be the first national sports university in Sweden to become a competence centre for sports technology. This means enhanced cooperation between the sports movement and the various specialist sports federations in Sweden.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>* Neoepitope is a fragment created by cleavage of protein on a specific amino acid sequence. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><em>Photo caption: Saliva sampling, Moa Lord and Forward Dream. <br />Photo: Helena Borgström</em></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">Contact<br /><br /></span></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700"></span><b><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Magnus-Karlsteen.aspx">Magnus Karlsteen</a></b></span></div> <div><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">Associate Professor, Materials Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers</span></div> <div><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">Head at Chalmers for the National Sport University in Gothenburg. </span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">Active within Chalmers activities on Sport &amp; Technology, with special responsibility for equestrian sport and the welfare of the horse.</span><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><span style="text-align:center;background-color:initial"><em></em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><b><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Magnus-Karlsteen.aspx"></a></b><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/Magnus-Karlsteen.aspx">​</a></span></div></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Read more<br /><br /></span><a href="" target="_blank"><div>&quot;Detection and quantification of COMP neoepitope in equine saliva.</div> <div>A biomarker for detection of early stages of Osteoarthritis&quot;</div> ​</a>Moa Lords' Master’s thesis in Biotechnology</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/news/Pages/More-focus-on-sports-technology-at-Chalmers.aspx" target="_blank">More focus on sports technology at Chalmers</a></b><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><b><a href="/en/news/Pages/five-years-with-the-chalmers-fence.aspx" target="_blank">The Chalmers fence – five years of innovation​</a><br /></b></font></span><b><a href="/en/news/Pages/More-focus-on-sports-technology-at-Chalmers.aspx"></a></b><br />Text: Linda Wallgren Jirvén</div> <div><br /></div>Wed, 08 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0200 Pázsit named Doctor Honoris Causa of Budapest University of Technology and Economics<p><b>​In appreciation of his internationally reputed activities, Imre Pázsit has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME).</b></p>​<img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ImrePaszit.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:201px;height:271px" /><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span><div><span style="background-color:initial">The award recognises <strong>Imre Pázsit</strong>, Professor at the Department of Physics, for achieving great international regard for his own outstanding achievements while contributing to the global appreciation of BME through teaching and research activities. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div>The ceremony of handing over the award will be held on May 28, 2022, at the festive meeting of the University Senate. <a href="">Follow the event on Youtube.</a></div> <div><br /></div> </div></div>Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:00 +0200 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="" 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="" 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=""><em></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 +0200 research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022<p><b>​The next generation of nanotechnology and a 2D-semiconductor in a new material is research from the Department of Physics that is highlighted on this year's IVA 100 list. For the fourth year in a row, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences has put the spotlight on research from Swedish universities that benefits society.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Technology in the service of humanity is the theme of this year's <a href="">IVA 100 list from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)​</a>. The purpose of the list is to present current research with business potential from Sweden's higher education institutions.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Included in this year's list are two research projects linked to the Department of Physics. Research leaders for the selected projects are <strong>Christoph Langhammer</strong>, Professor at the division of Chemical Physics, and <strong>Timur Shegai</strong>, Associate Professor at the division of Nano and Biophysics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about their research projects below and see links to the companies within which the research results are realized.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong><span style="font-weight:700">–</span><strong> the next generation of nanotechnology that can provide ground-breaking discoveries</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/400_ChristophLanghammerfarg.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Christoph Langhammer" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:236px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;In Life Science, studies of biomolecules such as proteins, DNA and RNA are crucial for understanding diseases and developing new drugs and vaccines. The problem is that these biomolecules are in the nanoworld and are too small to study with conventional microscopes. We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Envue Technologies: <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>2D semiconductor with perfect edges – a game-changing material</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb.jpg" alt="Timur Shegai" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:228px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. These edges contain many &quot;active sites&quot;, which are useful for sensing gas molecules and electrocatalytic water splitting (production of hydrogen).”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Smena tech: <a href="">​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the other projects from Chalmers on this year's IVA 100 List: <a href="/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspx">Most projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022​</a></div> ​​Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 +0200 professor named Chemistry Europe Fellow<p><b>​In recognition of his scientific contributions, Professor Patrik Johansson at the Department of Physics has been named a Fellow by Chemistry Europe.</b></p><div>Awarded biannually since 2015, the <a href="">Chemistry Europe Fellows program</a> honours exceptional members of the Chemistry Europe societies who have made a significant contribution through their support, research, creativity, and innovation. The Fellows Class of 2020/21 consists of 27 individuals.</div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/PatrikJohansson_20190823_280x300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:20px 5px;width:225px;height:245px" /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Patrik Johansson</strong> is one of Sweden's most prominent battery researchers, with a focus on exploring new concepts and solutions for batteries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I truly appreciate this token of recognition for my research that truly is chemistry, physics and materials science combined, but even more so I sincerely value the work that Chemistry Europe does for science – making it accessible and for everyone,&quot; says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About Chemistry Europe</div> <div>Founded in 1995, Chemistry Europe is an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries, representing over 75,000 chemists. It publishes a family of high-quality scholarly chemistry journals and the ChemistryViews magazine.</div> <a href=""><div>Chemistry Europe’s press release about their Fellows Class of 2020/21.</div></a><div style="font-size:16px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Read more about Patrik Johansson’s research</div> <a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspx"><div>Batteries of the future in focus for Distinguished Professor grant.</div></a><div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Patrik-Johansson0603-6580.aspx">Patrik Johansson</a>, Professor, Division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics </div> <div><a href=""></a> </div> <div><br /></div> Wed, 06 Apr 2022 13:30:00 +0200 – 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="">​</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=""></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="">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 +0200 for ICT seed projects 2023<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>NEW! Submission date: </b><span>9 May, at 09.00</span>, 2022</li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2022</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2023</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2021 and 2022 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2023 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–Roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as <b>one PDF document</b>.<span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to submission"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Submit​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="">Erik Ström</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx"> ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200 learning platform that simplifies communication<p><b>​Two students at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a new learning platform for the study of mathematics, engineering and physics in higher education. The platform provides teachers and students with a common educational environment and access to the same information, so that students have equal learning opportunities regardless of geographical location and individual level of knowledge. They have now been awarded the Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship by the Forum for Engineering Physicists at Chalmers.  </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Simon Pettersson Fors</strong> and <strong>Eric Lindgren</strong> are the recipients of this year’s <a href="">Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship</a>. The award was established in 2011 by <strong>Bert-Inge Hogsved</strong>, himself an engineering physicist. The award is presented annually to students studying the programmes Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics or Chemical Physics with Engineering Physics. The intention is to highlight entrepreneurial initiative among students at Chalmers. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span>A study conducted by the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) in 2020 revealed that diminished mental wellbeing is significantly more common among students than skilled workers. Studies were perceived as overly demanding and stressful. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a student, one is often frustrated, unable to make progress, something that creates stress. On our learning platform, it is easy to get help. Anyone can ask a question and it can be answered by both other students and teachers. All students remain anonymous in order to remove the stigma attached to ignorance,” Simon Pettersson Fors, doctoral student at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The learning platform, Yata, is an open forum that facilitates joint discussion to solve various problems. As all questions and answers are available to everyone, the platform can help many students simultaneously. All information is saved for posterity, making the learning platform a knowledge bank for future students and a tool for streamlining teaching.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For teachers, the primary benefit is saved time. A teacher can speak to the entire group at once, rather than emailing individual students. It also provides them with an opportunity to check that students are on the right track in their reasoning and plan the next stage of teaching based on ongoing discussions in the forum. They can also use earlier pedagogical posts by former teachers and students. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There are many learning platforms on the market but few aimed at learning physics, engineering and mathematics at higher education level. It’s great to be involved in solving problems that one has personal experience of as a student,” says Eric Lindgren, doctoral student at the Department of Physics. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/forssi.aspx">Simon Pettersson Fors</a></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Eric-Lindgren.aspx">Eric Lindgren</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text and photo:</strong> <a href="">Hogia</a></div> ​Tue, 29 Mar 2022 13:00:00 +0200 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="">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="">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=""> 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="">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 +0100 with a personal touch awarded at Physics<p><b>​​Magnus Rahm is the winner of the Department of Physics' annual prize for best doctoral thesis. A thesis that is not only distinguished by its playful cover and strong scientific impact – but also by its personal appeal and pedagogical features.</b></p>​​<span style="background-color:initial">The Department of Physics' Best Thesis Award for the academic year 2020/2021 goes to Dr. <span style="font-weight:700">Magnus Rahm</span>, for his dissertation entitled &quot;There is an Alloy at the End of the Rainbow: Structure and Optical Properties From Bulk to Nano&quot;.</span><span></span><div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The award committee's motivation for the award is:</div> <div><em>&quot;This year's award for the best PhD thesis goes to Magnus Rahm. The committee selected his thesis for its strong scientific impact as well as its pedagogical qualities. The thesis reflects Dr. Rahm's ability to solve complex problems requiring not only a profound and comprehensive understanding of physics and materials science, but also advanced technical skills in data analysis and software development. The thesis is easy to read and succeeds to introduce a complex subject to readers not familiar with the field. The committee also appreciated the author's personal touch throughout the thesis and in the cover art.”</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">How does it feel to receive this award?</span></div> <div>”I’m of course very happy. You put a lot of time and energy into your thesis so the fact that someone has read and appreciated it is of course delightful. I was a little surprised, there were many good theses this year,and it almost feels a bit unfortunate that not everyone can get an award. But I was very happy with my own thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What do you examine in your thesis?</span></div> <div>“I have done simulations of materials, it is about material physics so they always start on the atomic or electron scale. I have looked at several different materials, but the common denominator is that there is some connection to nanoparticles and alloys, ie a mixture of metals. There is also a connection to hydrogen, as my project is partly funded by a larger project run by Professor Christoph Langhammer, which deals with hydrogen sensors made of nanoparticles.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Why did this topic attract you?</span></div> <div>”Doing physics through computer simulations appealed to me very much. Partly because I am clumsy in the lab, partly because this is the perfect way to do experiments as you have a precise view of what is happening. I also like data analysis and programming, so it was probably the combination of things I was drawn to.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your thesis is called &quot;There is an alloy at the end of the rainbow&quot;. What is it at that you find at the end of the rainbow, more precisely?</span></div> <div>“It’s those fantastic materials that you can only imagine before you have them. Through simulations you can search for materials in a simpler way than through physical experiments. You can test more variants and you do not have the same limitations, it does not cost time or money to change an element, so you are free to search the entire periodic table. In terms of results, it is difficult to point to one single thing because the thesis consists of several different articles with quite different orientations, but what I think will perhaps have the biggest impact in the long run is the software we developed in the group during the time of my thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">In their motivation, the award committee writes that your thesis is easy to read and succeeds in introducing the reader to a complex subject. How was your writing process?</span></div> <div>”It is a fairly scattered thesis - my challenge was to turn it into a whole. The thing that tied it all together at the end was the explanation for why I chose the subject from the beginning. I spent a lot of time writing an introduction that would tie everything together. I also think it's fun to write and to articulate, and I had a lot of help from discussions with my supervisor Professor <strong>Paul Erhart</strong>.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What did you find difficult during the writing process?</span></div> <div>”In addition to getting the whole thing together, I could sometimes have a writer’s block and difficulty getting started, but the most important thing then was to just start writing about what felt motivating for the moment, instead of thinking that I had to write it from the beginning to the end.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your dissertation also has a very special cover. Tell us more about it!</span></div> <div>“In the world of physics for the past 10–20 years, it has been popular with photorealistic 3D renderings of nanoparticles, small atoms, and so on. I have made these types of illustrations myself and wanted to do something else. I googled around and stuck to an illustration with video game aesthetics that I was inspired by. That way I could get all the different parts and details in the same picture. In addition, the cover indicates that the thesis is about something digital, simulations with ones and zeros. I put way too many hours on the cover!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What are you doing now?</span></div> <div>”I'm still in Paul Erhart's group, now as a postdoc. So I now do research on other materials, but in the same place.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Last but not least, do you have any good advice for those about to write a thesis themselves?</span></div> <div>”That you should not be afraid to be personal. In everything else you write within academia, several names appear as the sender and you write for scientific journals with strict guidelines. In a thesis, it is not quite the same. The product of five years of doctoral studies is not only the articles, but also yourself – you have become a doctor. I think that the thesis to some extent can reflect who you are, so if you think that sounds like a good idea, you should not be afraid to be a little bold. I tried to put my personal stamp on the thesis by having a twinkle in the eye where it suited, especially in the introductory chapter, but also in the introduction of each chapter. Everything does not have to be bone dry!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read Magnus Rahm's thesis via</a></div> <div style="font-size:15px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">About the Best Thesis Award</div> <div>The Best Thesis Award was founded in 2013, as one among several initiatives at the Department of Physics, to maintain and improve the research quality, as well as to show appreciation for the PhD students' hard work.</div> <div>The management of the department also hopes that this award can help doctoral students receive an extra boost in their careers after the defence. These particular theses can serve as good examples for doctoral students in the early stages of their own thesis writing. Besides the honour, the award consists of a diploma and a monetary prize of SEK 10.000.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Members of the Best PhD Thesis Award Committee: Riccardo Catena, Hana Jungová, Yasmine Sassa, Philippe Tassin (chairman), Paolo Vinai, Björn Wickman, Julia Wiktor.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, please contact:<br />Magnus Rahm</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Magnus Rahm (illustration), Lisa Gahnertz (portrait photo)</div> <div><br /></div> ​Wed, 02 Mar 2022 16:00:00 +0100ünde-Fülöp-.aspx’ pedagogical award given to Tünde Fülöp<p><b>​Tünde Fülöp, Professor at the Department of Physics, receives the students' pedagogical award Guldäpplet (“the Golden Apple”) for her course Vector Fields and Classical Physics. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to outstanding contributions for students in applied physics and applied mathematics at Chalmers.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>What does it mean for you to receive this prize?</strong></span><div>“I am very happy and honoured. It is great to know that the students appreciated my lectures. As a former Engineering Physics student (enrolled 1991) I feel a strong connection with the students. I got lots of positive energy from them during the whole course. And that they even nominated me for this fantastic prize, it is unbelievable!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How did you set up the course to make the students feel committed, and what do you think of as success factors in your teaching?</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Tunde%20Fulop.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Tünde Fülöp" style="margin:5px;width:215px;height:284px" />“Above all, I really enjoy teaching. It feels a bit like walking on clouds, and I suspect that feeling may be contagious. I do my best to create a relaxed atmosphere, so that the students can feel that they can ask any questions, like in a happy family. My aim is that it should feel like a dialogue between me and the students. It does not always work out like that, but this group of students was really fantastic.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“One way to make my lectures more personal is to tell anecdotes about the scientists that are relevant for the material. I am a bit of a science history nerd, knowing about how the subject developed and who have been involved is a way for me to understand the big picture. But beyond the pedagogical value, I think it is a lot of fun to share such information. <span style="background-color:initial">To become a physicist is a journey and it is much more fun if you get to know your travel companions, whether they are dead or alive.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Were there any challenges in teaching the course during the pandemic, and if so, how did you address them?</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">We were lucky in that sense. Almost all the restrictions were lifted during that period. I chose to have all activities on campus and booked the largest lecture halls available. In some cases, when students could not attend due to illness, we tried to help them by sending them notes. </span><br /></div> <div>As far as I know, there were no major issues, and the examination showed that the students managed to learn the material.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does teaching and meeting with the students give back to you?</strong></div> <div>“It gives me a lot of joy and strength. There is not much that can compete with the energy that comes from a classroom full of interested students. Something magical happens there and it is hard to explain that to outsiders. As a physicist, I think of resonance phenomena, but it is better than that, it is not something that happens just then and there, the feeling remains for a longer time. I still feel happy when I think back to the lectures and students from the fall term.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Last but not least, how are you going to celebrate?</strong></div> <div>“I will go to the section dinner on Saturday and celebrate together with the students.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The motivation for the award Guldäpplet 2022 by the Student Board of Physics:</div> <div><em>With her burning interest and inspiring lectures, Tünde has made the course &quot;Vector fields and classical physics&quot; a favourite among many students. By responding to students' questions with kindness together with a great commitment to the course content, the course has maintained a high quality and a good structure throughout the study period. In addition to this, Tünde has also taught in a way that made it very entertaining to follow the lectures.</em></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><em>This is why Tünde Fülöp is awarded Guldäpplet 2022.</em></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><em><br /></em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Tünde-Fülöp.aspx">Tünde Fülöp</a></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div>Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:00:00 +0100​Time to inaugurate all-wise computer resource<p><b>​Alvis is an old Nordic name meaning &quot;all-wise&quot;. An appropriate name, one might think, for a computer resource dedicated to research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The first phase of Alvis has been used at Chalmers and by Swedish researchers for a year and a half, but now the computer system is fully developed and ready to solve more and larger research tasks.​</b></p><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/300x454_Alvis_infrastructure_1.png" alt="A computer rack" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px;width:270px;height:406px" />Alvis is a national computer resource within the <strong><a href="">Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SN​IC,</a></strong> and started on a small scale in the autumn of 2020, when the first version began being used by Swedish researchers. Since then, a lot has happened behind the scenes, both in terms of use and expansion, and now it's time for Chalmers to give Swedish research in AI and machine learning access to the full-scale expanded resource. The digital inauguration will take place on <span style="font-weight:normal"><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">February 25, 202</a>2.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What can Alvis contribute to, then? </b>The purpose is twofold. On the one hand, one addresses the target group who research and develop methods in machine learning, and on the other hand, the target group who use machine learning to solve research problems in basically any field. Anyone who needs to improve their mathematical calculations and models can take advantage of Alvis' services through SNIC's application system – regardless of the research field.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Simply put, Alvis works with pattern recognition, according to the same principle that your mobile uses to recognize your face. What you do, is present very large amounts of data to Alvis and let the system work. The task for the machines is to react to patterns - long before a human eye can do so,&quot; says <b>Mikael Öhman</b>, system manager at Chalmers e-commons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">How can Alvis help Swedish research?</h3> <div><b>Thomas Svedberg</b> is project manager for the construction of Alvis:</div> <div>&quot;I would say that there are two parts to that answer. We have researchers who are already doing machine learning, and they get a powerful resource that helps them analyse large complex problems.</div> <div>But we also have those who are curious about machine learning and who want to know more about how they can work with it within their field. It is perhaps for them that we can make the biggest difference when we now can offer quick access to a system that allows them to learn more and build up their knowledge.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The official inauguration of Alvis takes place on February 25. It will be done digitally, and you will find all <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">information about the event here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Facts</h3> <div>Alvis, which is part of the national e-infrastructure SNIC, is located at Chalmers. <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/e-commons/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers e-commons</a> manages the resource, and applications to use Alvis are handled by the <a href="">Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC</a>. Alvis is financed by the <b><a href="">Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation</a></b> with SEK 70 million, and the operation is financed by SNIC. The computer system is supplied by <a href="" target="_blank">Lenovo​</a>. Within Chalmers e-commons, there is also a group of research engineers with a focus on AI, machine learning and data management. Among other things, they have the task of providing support to Chalmers’ researchers in the use of Alvis.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Voices about Alvis:</h3> <div><b>Lars Nordström</b>, director of SNIC: &quot;Alvis will be a key resource for Swedish AI-based research and is a valuable complement to SNIC's other resources.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Sa</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>ra Mazur</strong>, Director of Strategic Research, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation: &quot;</span>A high-performing national computation and storage resource for AI and machine learning is a prerequisite for researchers at Swedish universities to be able to be successful in international competition in the field. It is an area that is developing extremely quickly and which will have a major impact on societal development, therefore it is important that Sweden both has the required infrastructure and researchers who can develop this field of research. It also enables a transfer of knowledge to Swedish industry.&quot;<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Philipp Schlatter</b>, Professor, Chairman of SNIC's allocation committee Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC: &quot;Calculation time for Alvis phase 2 is now available for all Swedish researchers, also for the large projects that we distribute via SNAC. We were all hesitant when GPU-accelerated systems were introduced a couple of years ago, but we as researchers have learned to relate to this development, not least through special libraries for machine learning, such as Tensorflow, which runs super fast on such systems. Therefore, we are especially happy to now have Alvis in SNIC's computer landscape so that we can also cover this increasing need for GPU-based computer time.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Scott Tease</strong>, Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) business: <span style="background-color:initial">“Lenovo </span><span style="background-color:initial">is grateful to be selected by Chalmers University of Technology for the Alvis project.  Alvis will power cutting-edge research across diverse areas from Material Science to Energy, from Health care to Nano and beyond. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Alvis is truly unique, built on the premise of different architectures for different workloads.</span></div> <div>Alvis leverages Lenovo’s NeptuneTM liquid cooling technologies to deliver unparalleled compute efficiency.  Chalmers has chosen to implement multiple, different Lenovo ThinkSystem servers to deliver the right NVIDIA GPU to their users, but in a way that prioritizes energy savings and workload balance, instead of just throwing more underutilized GPUs into the mix. Using our ThinkSystem SD650-N V2 to deliver the power of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs with highly efficient direct water cooling, and our ThinkSystem SR670 V2 for NVIDIA A40 and T4 GPUs, combined with a high-speed storage infrastructure,  Chalmers users have over 260,000 processing cores and over 800 TFLOPS of compute power to drive a faster time to answer in their research.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">SEE INAUGURATION PROGRAMME​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Jenny Palm</em></div> <em> </em><div><em>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</em></div> <div><em>​<br /></em></div> <div><em><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/750x422_Alvis_infrastructure_3_220210.png" alt="Overview computor" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:386px" /><br /><br /><br /></em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Sun, 13 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100