News: Fysik related to Chalmers University of TechnologyFri, 21 Jan 2022 04:07:27 +0100 centers in Catalysis and Nuclear technology receive support<p><b>​The Swedish Energy Agency has allocated a total of 600 million SEK to eleven destinated competence centers for sustainable energy systems. In strong competition, Competence Centre for Catalysis, lead by Chalmers and a new competence center in nuclear technology, which includes researchers from Chalmers, have been selected as two of these.</b></p><div>​<span style="background-color:initial">Competence Centre for Catalysis has the position as Sweden's foremost in its field since it was founded in 1995 and is also an internationally important player. This has not made waiting for the Energy Agency’s decision less nervous for Magnus Skoglundh, Professor at the Department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Director for the center. He is shining in a contagious joy, when he talks about the news and what it means for the center.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><div> </div></span></div> <div>“It has been a fierce competition, and we have been preparing for two years. The funding means that we can start new research areas and projects, and develop our existing areas”, says Magnus Skoglundh. <br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Start chemical reactions and lowers energy consumption </h2> <div> </div> <div>Catalysis is a phenomenon that allows us to start and affect chemical reactions, with the help of a catalyst. The use of catalytic technology is essential for several of our critical sustainability issues. Therefore, competence and research within this field, is vital if we shall succeed in the transition to sustainable systems for transport, chemical and material production, and energy conversion.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/anslag%20kompetenscenter%20Katalys%20och%20kärnenergi/Magnus%20Skoglundh%20200x200.jpg" alt="portrait Magnus Skoglundh " class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />“The main property of a catalyst is that it lowers the energy barrier required for the reaction to take place. Instead of 300 degrees, it can for example proceed at room temperature, Magnus Skoglundh explains.”<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>In the upcoming period, the center will focus on greenhouse gases to a greater extent than emissions, which they are already strong in. Further, the research on synthesis and production of fossil-free energy carriers will increase. Electrocatalysis is a large part of the center’s work and development of fuel cells, which is an important component for the future fossil-free society. They will also introduce a completely new part - energy efficient and greener chemical industry. The center has many exciting research projects underway. Right now, they are for example working on reducing nitrous oxide emissions, where they are internationally leading.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>One of the center's most important purposes is to train skilled engineers, licentiates, doctors and senior researchers, who can implement what they have learned in the industry. The collaboration with the business community has been ongoing from the start. Today, there are eight member companies in the competence center. At Chalmers, researchers in chemistry and physics have been included and now it will be further broadened with researchers in energy system analysis​.<br /></div> <div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Premiere for nuclear technology support </h2> <div> </div> <div>Among the Swedish Energy Agency's designated competence centers, there is also research and competence in nuclear technology. It is the first time that the agency supports competence and research in this area. The competence center, which has been named ANItA (Academic-Industrial Nuclear Technology Initiative to Achieve a Future Sustainable Energy Supply) is led by Uppsala University, aims to support the development of small modular nuclear power reactors in Sweden. The project will primarily be focused on current reactor technology, but a significant part will also be about the foundation for future nuclear energy systems. Researchers from the departments of chemistry and physics at Chalmers participate in the center.<br /></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about the Swedish Energy Agency's grants  </h3> <div> </div> <div>Together with the business and the public sector and academia, the Swedish Energy Agency finances 11 competence centers that will build knowledge and competence that accelerate the transition away from the fossil dependence and strengthen Sweden's competitiveness. The Swedish Energy Agency's support of SEK 600 million makes up a third of the funding and is shared by equal parts from universities and research institutes, respectively business and public organizations.<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div>The Competence center for Catalysis was granted SEK 39 million</div> <div> </div> <div>The Competence Center ANItA was granted SEK 25 million<br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><div>Of those who were granted grants, Chalmers was the main applicant behind four, and the co-applicant for two. The direct grants to Chalmers amount to a total of SEK 239,355,500.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about <a href="/en/news/Pages/Millions-from-the-Swedish-Energy-Agency-to-Chalmers-centers.aspx" target="_blank">the other competence centers receiving funding​</a>. </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"> </h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact and more information Competence Center for Catalysis </h3> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/personal/Sidor/Magnus-Skoglundh.aspx" title="link to personal profile page ">Magnus Skoglundh</a>, Professor at the Department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, and Director for the Competence Centre for Catalysis  <br /><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><div><a href="" title="link to center Catalysis webpage ">Competence Centre for Catalysis website </a></div></div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact and more information Competence Center Anita</h3> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/che.aspx" title="link to personal profile page ">Christian Ekberg</a>, Professor at the Department for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and co-applicant for the Competence Center ANita.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Jenny Holmstrand <br />Portrait photo: Mats Tiborn/Chalmers </div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div> ​</div>Mon, 10 Jan 2022 16:00:00 +0100 the seminar – Materials for Tomorrow 2021<p><b>The topic of 2021 Materials for Tomorrow was &quot;Additive Manufacturing – From academic challenges to industrial practice&quot;. The event toke place online, 17 November, with several internationally recognized speakers. The seminar was devoted to the broad diversity of additive manufacturing, across materials and applications. The lectures covered the additive manufacturing of metals that are printed by laser or electron beam (e.g. for implants and aircraft components), the printing of tissue from bio inks, as well as the printing of thermoplastic polymers.​</b></p><div><strong>Click on the titles to watch all the presentations:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Powder Based Metal Additive Manufacturing: possibilities and challenges</a></span><br /></span><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Eduard_Chalmers.jpg" alt="Eduard Hryha" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />P<span style="background-color:initial">rofessor </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/hryha.aspx"><span style="background-color:initial">E</span><span style="background-color:initial">duard Hryha</span></a><span style="background-color:initial">,</span><span style="background-color:initial"> division of Materials and manufacturing, Industrial and materials science, Chalmers Director of CAM2: Centre for Additive Manufacture - Metal.<br /><span style="font-weight:700"><br />Abstract: </span>Significant development in the area of powder based metal additive manufacturing during last decade resulted in significant expansion of the material portfolio, development of robust  Additative Manufacturing, AM , processes for number of materials and hence resulting in successful industrial application of the technology for the high-value components. Expansion of portfolio of AM materials as well as understanding the properties of AM materials is the must to assure broader industrial implementation of the technology. Hence, state-of-the-art and challenges of the powder-based metal AM, required to pave the way for the broader industrial utilization of metal AM, are discussed. <br /> <br /></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Industrialization of AM at Alfa Laval</a><br /></span><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Anna_Wenemark.jpg" alt="Anna Wenemark" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Anna Wenemark, Technology Office Manager, Alfa Laval, and Chairman of the board of CAM2.<br /><br />This talk will share Alfa Laval’s journey of industrialization of AM and critical success factors going forward.</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span style="font-weight:700">Operando synchrotron characterization of temperature and phase evolution during </span><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">laser</span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700"> powder bed fusion of Ti6Al4V</span></span></a><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700"><br /></span></span><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFTvanswygenhoven_helena_2.png" alt="Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Professor <a href="">H<span style="background-color:initial">elena </span><span style="background-color:initial">Van Swygenhoven-Moens,</span></a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span>Paul Scherrer Institute &amp; École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland<br /><span style="font-weight:700"><br />Abstract: </span>Thanks to the high brilliance and the fast detectors available at synchrotrons, operando diffraction experiments during L-PBF have become possible.<br />Two types of operando experiments are presented. The first is performed while printing a 3D Ti6Al4V during xray diffraction. It allows to track with a time resolution of 50µs the dynamics of the α and β phases during fast heating and solidification, providing the cooling rates of each phase and the duration the β phase exists [Hocine et al, Mat Today 34(2020)30; Add Manuf 34(2020)101194 ; Add Manuf 37 (2021)101747]. The second is an operando experiment carried out on a thin Ti6AlV wall while remelting the surface. It allows quantification of the thermal cycles experienced by the material along the building direction [Ming et al, submitted]. Both experiments were carried out at the MicroXAS beamline of the Swiss synchrotron.<span style="background-color:initial">​</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />The unique material capabilities of Electron Beam Melting (EBM)</a><br /></span><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Joakim-1.jpg" alt="Joakim Åhlgård" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Jo<span style="background-color:initial">akim</span><span style="background-color:initial"> Ålgårdh</span><span style="background-color:initial">, External Research Lead, GE Additive|EBM.<br /></span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">Abstract</span><span style="background-color:initial">: </span><span style="background-color:initial">W</span><span style="background-color:initial">i</span><span style="background-color:initial">th the use of a high intensity electron beam as an energy source, the additive manufacturing technology Electron Beam Melting (EBM, or EB-PBF) features unique capabilities on materials processability. This talk will give an overview of the features and technologies present in the EBM process; a deep dive in what makes them exceptional, and how they affect and improve the processing and manufacturing of advanced materials. Examples of current materials and their applications will be presented to give an insight to where the technology is used today and why these materials and applications exist. Further, the material possibilities in the EBM process will be discovered to show the unique material capabilities in the process. <br /><br /></span></li> <li><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Additive manufacturing and metal-based implants</a></span><br /><a href=""><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFTanders_palmqvist.jpg" alt="Anders Palmquist" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />A<span style="background-color:initial">nders Palmquist</span>​</a><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><span style="background-color:initial">D</span><span style="background-color:initial">epartment of Biomaterials, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden.<br /></span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">Abstract:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">dditive manufacturing is becoming an e</span><span style="background-color:initial">stablished fabrication technique within the field of biomaterials, where patient specific implants with integrated porous structures could be built to fit the patient in various clinical applications. Powder based techniques such as SLM and EBM are techniques for fabrication of metal implant for bone anchorage and repair, where preclinical studies show a high potential of as-produced implants. The healing potential could be boosted further in combination with bioactive ceramic coatings. Recent and on-going studies will be presented, ranging from material to clinical applications.</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Materials of Yesterday and LSAM</a><br /></span><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_jan_johansson.jpg" alt="Jan Johansson RISE" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Ja<span style="background-color:initial">n Johansson, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Re</span><span style="background-color:initial">searcher at </span><span style="background-color:initial">R</span><span style="background-color:initial">ISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Division: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Additive Manufacturing<br /></span><span style="font-weight:700">Abstract: </span>T<span style="background-color:initial">h</span><span style="background-color:initial">e recent shortages of plastic materials as well as electronic components have made it difficult for the manufacturing industry to meet the demand. During the pandemic, many companies have temporarily or permanently switche</span><span style="background-color:initial">d to new kinds of products either by choice or necessity. As additive manufacturing can be a good help to accommodate demands of new products so can repurposing industrial robots be a fast and cost-effective way to create the necessary 3D printers for large scale additive manufacturing. </span>B<span style="background-color:initial">y using locally available recycled materials, a long and sometimes brittle supply chain can be shortened and become more resilient and sustainable. Depending on the purpose recycled plastics can be upgraded by wood or other bio based fibres to suit an application. The 3D printing process can in turn be adjusted to handle variations in the recycled raw material.</span></li></ul> <br /></div> <div><ul><li><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_UGO_LAFONTE.jpg" alt="Ugo Lafont" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" /><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Polymer additive manufacturing for space: from ground to out-of-earth applications</a></span><br />Ugo Lafont, Space Materials &amp; Technology Specialist at European Space Agency – ESA<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Abstract: </span>Additive manufacturing using thermoplastics present great advantage for the Space sector. From prototyping to flight hardware manufacturing and looking into the the future toward out-of earth manufacturing, this talk aim to expose the different aspect of polymer 3D printing (FFF/FDM) for space application. The European Space Agency is looking into the implementation and use of new materials to enable new applications for space. Polymers and polymer composites specially are part of such focus among others. However, the benefit of new functionalities or capabilities brought by materials shall be assessed against their behaviour under the effect of space environment. Effect of space environment (VUV, Thermal Cycling, ATOX) on the functional performance of advanced thermoplastics materials (PolyEtherEtherKetone-PEEK) focusing on electrically conductive PEEK processed by additive manufacturing will be presented. The results obtained on this material mechanical, optical and electrical performances be presented including demonstrator enable by such material and process combination. The effect of the process and its relation with the material on the final part performance will be discussed as well showing the importance of having a standardised approach to enable accurate part qualification. The recent advances on the use of 4D printing concepts suitable for space application will be exposed and discussed with an emphasis on the role of meso-structuration. Last, the results presented and the role of materials in the implementation and development of out-of-earth / In-space manufacturing capabilities will be put in perspective against the current state-of-the-art and available technologies. <span style="background-color:initial">​</span></li></ul> <br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="font-weight:700"><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />3D Bioprinted Human Tissue Models for Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Product Testing</a><br /></span><a href=""><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Itedale_Namro_Redwan.jpg" alt="Itedale Namro Redwan" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />I<span style="background-color:initial">t</span><span style="background-color:initial">edale</span><span style="background-color:initial"> Namro Redwan</span></a><span style="background-color:initial">, PhD. Chief Scientific Officer, Cellink<br /><span style="font-weight:700">Abstract: </span>Founded in 2016, Cellink is the leading bioprinting company providing technologies, products and services to create, understand and master biology. <br /></span>W<span style="background-color:initial">ith a focus on the application areas of bioprinting, the company</span><span style="background-color:initial"> develops and markets innovative technologies to life science researchers, enabling them to culture cells in 3D, perform high-throughput drug screening and print human tissue and organ models for the medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. <br /></span><span style="background-color:initial">Cellink’s bioinks are groundbreaking biomaterial solutions tha</span><span style="background-color:initial">t enable researchers to culture human cells into functional tissue constructs. These bioinks provide an environment similar to native human tissue that cells can thrive in due to adhesion contacts, as wel</span><span style="background-color:initial">l as the ability to be manipulated and remodeled, and direct differentiation and organization. Today, the company’s disruptive bioprinting platforms are used to print tissue structures such as liver, heart, skin and even functional cancer tumor models. During the presentation, some of the latest results obtained using the company’s different bioinks and bioprinters will be summarized.</span></li></ul> <div><br /></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="font-weight:700"><a href="" style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);outline:0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="">AM from a pharmaceutical technology perspective</a><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/anette-larsson.aspx"><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Anette-Larsson.jpg" alt="Annette Larsson" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Anette Larsson</a><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">, </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">P</span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">rofessor; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology, Co-director for Area of Advance Production. </span></span><span style="background-color:initial"> <br /></span><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">Abstract: </span></span><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">A</span><span style="background-color:initial">M technique used for printing pharmaceutical formulations opens up new areas for the future pharmaceutics. However, there are some challenges. This presentation will discuss challenges when it comes to feeding, deposition and adhesion of pharmaceutical formulations, and also come with suggestion on need</span><span style="background-color:initial">ed next steps of development. To overcome these challenges is a must if the AM technique should be able to provide us with functional pharmaceutics for the future.</span></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><span style="font-weight:700">​<a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Direct ink writing of thermosetting polymers and composites enabled by frontal polymerization</a><br /></span></span><a href=""><img src="/en/areas-of-advance/materials/Calendar/PublishingImages/MFT_Nancy_R_Sottos.jpg" alt="Nancy R Sottos" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px" />Nancy R S<span style="background-color:initial">ottos</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span></a><span style="background-color:initial"> , Professor at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Materials Science &amp; Engineering, Swanlund Endowed Chair and Center for​ Advanced Study.<br /></span><span style="font-weight:700;background-color:initial">Abstract: </span><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">hermosetting polymers and composites present significant challenges for additive manufacturing due to the required speeds of printing in comparison to the time required for the curing reaction, relaxation of the printed ink, interfacial bonding of the printed layers, and integration of high aspect ratio fibers, among many other factors.  Our group recently developed a technique which combines direct ink writing with frontal polymerization (FP) of the thermosetting resin.  Frontal polymerization is a curing process in which a thermal stimulus initiates a self-pr</span><span style="background-color:initial">opagating reaction wave.  Our printing approach is based on the frontal ring-opening metathesis polymerization of endo-dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) and other comonomers using a thermally activated ruthenium catalyst. The monomeric ink is extruded from a print head onto a heated bed triggering the frontal polymerization (FP) reaction. Heat released from the polymerization activates adjacent monomer to further the curing process, thereby forming a self-sustaining propagating reaction wave that polymerizes the printed filament. The stiff polymerized segment of the filament can structurally support the printed part during its fabrication to produce three-dimensional (3D) free form printed structures with excellent fidelity. Fabricated parts exhibit a degree of cure of 99.2% and do not require further post-processing.  The addition of nanoparticles and other reinforcement phases allows access to a range of rheological profiles between low-viscosity liquid and free-standing elastomeric gel – all of which frontally polymerize upon thermal activation. This presentation will summarize the characterization of ink rheology for printing, influence of printing parameters, addition of reinforcing fillers, and the resulting mechanical properties of the printed structures.</span></li></ul></div>Wed, 22 Dec 2021 00:00:00 +0100 Imre Pázsit receives Wigner Award<p><b>​Imre Pázsit receives The Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award 2021 from the American Nuclear Society (ANS). The award recognises outstanding contributions toward the advancement in the field of nuclear reactor physics.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/ImrePaszit.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:196px;height:255px" /><strong>I​mre Pázsit</strong>, Professor at the Department of Physics, received the award during the recent ANS Winter Meeting in Washington DC. He is recognised for his contributions to the theory of random processes in nuclear reactors and the application of these methods for reactor diagnostics and to detect illicit nuclear materials.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This is the second time that the Wigner Award is given to a Chalmers professor – in 2011 <strong>Nils Göran Sjöstrand</strong>, Professor Emeritus at the former Division of Nuclear Engineering at Chalmers received the prize – thus making Chalmers, along with MIT, the only university to have received the prize twice since the award was founded 1990.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“I feel extremely privileged to share this prestigious prize with legendary persons of early nuclear science and contemporary nuclear engineering and reactor physics, including the first recipient, <strong>E. P. Wigner</strong> himself. A special circumstance is that this is the first time a person born in Hungary received the prize, after the namesake, Dr. Wigner. I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Wigner in Hungary in 1982 and I also corresponded with him. He would be happy to know that one of his countrymen is honouring his name. Receipt of this award requires a broad research activity, and has hence the flavour of a &quot;lifetime achievement&quot; award, for which I am thoroughly happy,” says Imre Pázsit.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">During the ANS meeting, Imre Pázsit, also gave the Wigner Award Lecture, titled &quot;A random talk (walk) in neutron fluctuations and reactor diagnostics&quot;. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:14px"><span style="background-color:initial">Imre Pázsit received his PhD at the Lorand Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary, in 1975, and his DSc from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1985. From 1975 until 1983 he worked at the Central Research Institute for Physics in Budapest. In 1983 he became a guest researcher at the Swedish national lab Studsvik Energiteknik AB in Nyköping. In 1991 he became the Chair of Reactor Physics at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, where he has been a full professor since. He became a NERS adjunct professor in late 2008.</span></div> <span style="font-size:14px"> </span><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <span style="font-size:14px"> </span><div style="font-size:14px">Imre Pázsit has been a member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg since 2004, an ANS Fellow since 2006, and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 2008. He served as the Executive Editor of Annals of Nuclear Energy from 2013 until 2019 when he became an Honorary Editor. Pázsit received the Order of the Rising Sun, Golden Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Japanese Government in 2016 and the Leó Szilárd Medal from the Hungarian Nuclear Society in 2016 (also shared with E. P. Wigner and E. Teller). He also became a Senior Member of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management this year.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Read more about the Wigner Award</a></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Imre-Pazsit.aspx">Imre Pázsit</a>, Professor at the division of Subatomic High Energy and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics,, +46317723081</div>Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0100 that can both move and block heat opens new doors<p><b>​Researchers at Chalmers have participated in a study of a new super-thin material which combines excellent heat conductivity and excellent insulation. The material could be used in electronics to protect heat-sensitive components and could also open doors for new applications in technology. The research results were recently presented in Nature.</b></p><div>Heat is generated whenever you are using an electronic product, but too much heat can create environments with heat clusters that may damage or wear out sensitive parts, such as the battery. Controlling heat flow at the microscopic level and below, is one of the great challenges of engineering. Researchers have now come up with a super-thin material that is extremely good at both containing heat and moving it, albeit in different directions – which could have very useful applications in electronics and other technology. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The research, which was recently presented<a href=""> in an article in the scientific journal Nature​</a>, is a collaboration between researchers at the University of Chicago, Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The researchers at the University of Chicago have created a material, less than ten nanometers in thickness, which consists of ultra-thin crystalline layers stacked in random fashion on top of each other. Usually, materials in electronics consist of regular, repeating lattices of atoms which makes it very easy for electricity (and heat) to move through the material. But in the material that the researchers examined here, each sheet is slightly rotated, much as if you were carelessly stacking lasagna sheets into a pile. As a result, the heat flow between the layers is hindered, while the heat flow within the layers remains high.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">Containing and moving heat in different directions</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">This stacking technique provides a material that is extremely good at containing heat and moving it in different directions – an unusual ability at the microscale. </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/Paul%20Erhart.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:0px 10px" />“Usually two materials are required: one that conducts heat and one that insulates from heat. This material does both at the same time. On one side of the material the heat is spread unhindered, on the other side it is cool. This material has the highest ratio of conductivity in different directions of any known material,” says <strong>Paul Erhart</strong>, Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, and one of the lead authors of the article.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">And while the material is powerful, it is also extremely thin. Thus, the material could, for example, be used for protecting batteries or microchips from overheating by conducting heat away from them, while at the same time not taking up space in the product – an advantage as such components become smaller and smaller. The material could also be used for high-performing computer chips, as it would allow for the components to be run at a higher electrical current.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">Created a computer model of the material</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The focus of the research group at Chalmers has been on explaining why the material behaves as it does and giving suggestions for different kinds of changes to improve the materials properties. This has been done by creating a computer model of the material, in</span><span style="background-color:initial"> which simulations and observations are performed.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">The model is a kind of super microscope where you can observe each atom separately; how they behave and how they move towards each other on a microscopic scale. What we suggest after these observations is the basis for various experiments that were performed,” says Paul Erhart.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">Opens doors to experiment with heat-sensitive materials</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">T</span><span style="background-color:initial">he material that the researchers studied is made of molybdenum disulfide, but they suggest the technique could be applied to other 2D materials as well. The findings of the research could open doors to experiment with materials that have been too heat-sensitive for engineers to use in electronics.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“The combination of excellent heat conductivity in one direction and excellent insulation in the other direction does not exist at all in nature,” says <strong>Jiwoong Park</strong>, lead author of the study and Professor of chemistry and molecular technology at the University of Chicago. “I hope this opens up a whole new direction for making exotic thermal conductors.”</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><span style="background-color:initial">More information about the research:</span></div> <div><ul><li>The article <a href="" target="_blank" style="outline:0px">Extremely anisotropic van der Waals thermal conductors</a>, Kim et al, was published in Nature, September 29, 2021, and is authored by Shi En Kim, Fauzia Mujid, Akash Rai, Fredrik Eriksson, Joonki Suh, Preeti Poddar, Ariana Ray, Chibeom Park, Erik Fransson, Yu Zhong, David A. Muller, Paul Erhart, David G. Cahill and Jiwoong Park.</li> <li>Read the University of Chicago's press release on the research: <a href="" target="_blank">UChicago scientists create material that can both move and block heat</a></li> <li>The researchers at Chalmers have been funded by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (2014.0226), the Swedish Research Council (2015-04153 and 2018-06482), and the FLAG-ERA JTC-2017 project MECHANIC funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR 2017-06819). They acknowledge the computer time allocations by the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing at NSC (Linkӧping) and C3SE (Gothenburg).</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Paul-Erhart.aspx">Paul </a><span>Erhar</span>t, Professor at the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Theory, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, <a href=""></a>, +46(0)31-772 36 69</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz and Louise Lerner, University of Chicago<br />​Illustration: (Daniel Spacek, Pavel Jirak), Chalmers​</div>Thu, 16 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0100 of the future in focus for Distinguished Professor grant<p><b>​​What will be significant of the batteries of the future? This is the focus of Patrik Johansson's research project, which has been granted funding within the Swedish Research Council's Distinguished Professor Programme. The grant of 47.5 million SEK extends over a ten-year period.“The long time span opens up for greater risk-taking and provides the opportunity to work long-term. These are highly important factors for conducting research,” says Patrik Johansson.</b></p><div><strong>Patrik Johansson</strong> is professor at the Department of Physics and one of Sweden's most prominent battery researchers. His focus is on exploring new concepts and solutions for batteries – and that is also what he will do within the context of the Swedish Research Council’s Distinguished Professor Programme.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The extensive grant means that he, as research leader, can build on already existing projects within his research group, but also explore new possibilities within the framework of what the project's title signals: the next generation of batteries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a battery researcher it can be easy to just look at the products that exist already today, and thus productize your thinking, especially due to the great interest in society for the ongoing electrification of everything and anything. Your focus turns to short term solutions, in order to help different actors solve whatever problems they are having here and now. That is of course something that has to be done – but as a researcher you also have a responsibility to resist this way of acting and focus on finding concepts that are favourable in a longer time perspective – more of revolution than evolution, says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The grant gives me the opportunity to try a lot of fundamentally different things, which you may not always be able to say later on that you have &quot;succeeded with&quot;, but which you in turn learned all the more from and which have been really challenging. And that is successful in itself; discovering the concept space is probably just as important. A special driving force for me personally is to try to get the research group to get far with small and simple ideas – quite challenging today when a lot of research is made large and complicated. The grant is also important to me as a research leader to build our operation, to lead it forward strategically, and to plan for what competencies are needed for a broader and at the same time deeper scope. However, my research <em>itself </em>has not in any way improved by me getting a distinguished professor grant, says Patrik Johansson with a laugh.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Batteries that meet the energy needs of the future</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The battery that is in vogue today is without a doubt the lithium-ion battery, which is found in everything from mobile phones to electric cars and electric ferries. But to meet the mobile and also stationary needs of the future for energy storage in the best way – readily available energy with high quality – large electrochemical energy storage solutions, i.e. batteries, will be needed. Here Patrik Johansson sees that we need to think afresh; perhaps create new types of batteries based on more common metals, such as sodium, calcium or aluminium? Or organic batteries?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“Today, electrification is being built up in a lot of different sectors and everything is based on lithium-ion batteries. We already see this year that the price of lithium-ion batteries, which has fallen sharply for a long time, is now levelling out. In the long run, it's probably about sustainability. If you can then launch one or more complementary battery technologies that are cheaper, safer, or simply just different – there may be advantages for a battery to for example work at 80 rather than 25 degrees Celsius – there is much to be gained. Today battery researchers in general are not looking in that direction, which my research group will now do. Concept creation is always based on fundamental material physics, but also requires great methodological knowledge and application understanding, says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">Conceptually different batteries</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Battery research is a field that is developing rapidly. What was in vogue five years ago has already passed in many ways, in terms of exploration of materials, methods and concepts. Likewise, society's needs are changing at a rapid pace – ten years ago there was hardly any talk of electric cars or electric aircraft, today the issue of electrification is dominant in the development of society. So where are we in 2030, to which is the year the Distinguished Professor Programme extends?</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“It is of course very difficult to predict, but what we want for 2030 is something that is conceptually different and not just a refinement of existing technology. Whether that change then may be at the battery, material or functionality level – so be it. What I wish us to have achieved in ten years' time is that we have found two or three new concepts that hold up to a critical examination and at least have the potential to complete the step from research to technology. And that we have maintained our curiosity and long-term perspective.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About the Distinguished Professor grant:</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The purpose of the Swedish Research Council's Distinguished Professor Programme is to create conditions for the most prominent researchers to conduct long-term, innovative research with great potential to achieve scientific breakthroughs. The grant must also enable the establishment and construction of a larger research environment of the highest quality around a leading researcher.</span></li> <li>This year, three new distinguished professors within natural and engineering sciences were appointed, who were granted a total of more than SEK 147 million for the years 2021–2030. <a href="">Read more about the grant on the Swedish Research Council's homepage.</a></li></ul> <br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Läs mer:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Patrik-Johansson.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Battery researcher who will happily challenge fake news​</a><span style="font-weight:300"> </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">–</span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"> </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">read a </span><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">portrait of Patrik Johansson.</span><br /><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Patrik-Johansson.aspx"><div style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-weight:300"></span> </div></a></div> <div><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/tme/news/Pages/Chalmers-startup-for-better-batteries-wins-stage-two.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Compular - a startup-company based on the research of Patrik Johansson</a></span></div> <div><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="font-weight:300;background-color:initial">For more information, please contact:</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Patrik-Johansson0603-6580.aspx">Patrik Johansson</a>, professor, division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics<span style="background-color:initial"> <br /></span><a href=""></a><span style="background-color:initial">, +46 (0)31 772 31 78 </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist​</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <div><br /></div> ​Thu, 02 Dec 2021 15:00:00 +0100 exotic materials for technologies of the future<p><b>​The development of computer and energy technologies is beginning to slow down. New magnetic and electronic materials are needed for it to regain momentum. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow Chalmers researcher Yasmine Sassa is developing new combinations of materials that display exotic magnetic states, skyrmions, which could play an important role in future technologies for data storage.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Our electronic revolution is built upon semiconducting silicon. Thanks to its unique properties, electronics and information technologies have developed at an explosive rate, but we are reaching the limit of what today’s materials can do. New hi-tech materials are needed for continued development.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Yasmine Sassa, Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, is developing experimental methods for studying transition metal oxides. These materials have many promising properties for future electronics; when they are combined in a particular manner, they can function as superconductors, or create the right conditions for exotic magnetic states, skyrmions or other topological magnetic states, that could be used for new ways of storing data. If the material is produced as extremely thin films, just a few atoms thick, quantum effects occur that can be used to build quantum computers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Unexpected magnetic and electronic materials properties<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“My interest in strongly correlated physics started as a Master's student when I took a course about peculiar phenomena in solid-state physics,” says Yasmine Sassa. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In this course, we talked about frustrated magnetism and unconventional superconductivity, to name two examples out of many. After that, I had the privilege of extending my knowledge during my Ph.D. and Postdocs. I discovered a fascinating world of new physical properties that cannot be simply explained within classical models. The various correlations give rise to unexpected magnetic and electronic materials properties. If we understand how to control and tune them, we can develop and tailor materials for sustainable technological applications. This is what drives me to pursue research in this field.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-size:20px">Control of quantum effects</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In her research, Yasmine Sassa will study the extremely thin films mentioned above, and optimize their chemical composition so that she can study novel topological magnetic states such as skyrmions and control their quantum effects. The long-term objective is to obtain materials that could start a new revolution in the development of hi-tech industries.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“I think this research project will push forward our understanding of the skyrmionics field and, in turn, help to develop energy-efficient and sustainable future memory and logic devices. It will give another approach to quantum computing.” says Yasmine Sassa. “The Wallenberg Academic Fellow is a very prestigious grant, and I am honored to receive it! The grant will allow me to explore challenging ideas and take some risks in the project. It will also allow me to compete internationally and establish the skyrmion research field in Sweden.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Yasmine-Sassa.aspx">Yasmine Sassa</a>, Assistant Professor at the division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology</div> <div><a href=""></a>, 031 772 60 88 <br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Four Wallenberg Academy Fellows to Chalmers 2021 </h2></div> <div>The research funding from the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship amounts to between SEK 5 and 15 million per researcher over five years, depending on the subject area. After the end of the first period, researchers have the opportunity to apply for another five years of funding. Read about the other appointments:</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Kristina-Davis-becomes-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-.aspx">Kristina Davis, Microtechnology and Nanoscience</a></div> <a href="/en/departments/math/news/Pages/classifying-mathematical-objects.aspx">Hannes Thiel, Mathematical Sciences</a><div><a href="/en/departments/cse/news/Pages/new-method-for-software-verification.aspx">Niki Vazou, Computer Science and Engineering</a> </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Knut and Alice Wallenberg stiftelse and Lisa Gahnertz</div> Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0100 pair of gold flakes creates a self-assembled resonator<p><b>​F​or exploring materials right down to the nano-level, researchers often need to construct a complex structure to house the materials – a time-consuming and complicated process. But imagine if there was a way the structure could simply build itself? That is exactly what researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now present in an article in the journal Nature. Their work opens up new research opportunities.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Investigating nano materials can make it possible to study completely new properties and interactions. To be able to do this, different types of ‘resonators’ are often needed – meaning, in this context, an object inside which light bounces around, much like the way sound bounces inside the body of a guitar. Now, researchers working at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, have discovered how a previously known form of resonator, made of two parallel mirrors, can be created and controlled in a much simpler way than previously realised.</span><div><br /></div> <div><a href="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb_NY.jpg"></a><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb_NY.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:135px;height:174px" /><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">Creating a high quality, stable resonator, such as we have done, is usually complicated and requires many </span><span style="background-color:initial">hours in the laboratory. But here, we saw it happen of its own accord, reacting to naturally occurring forces, and requiring no external energy input. You could practically make our resonator in your own kitchen – it is created at room temperature, with ordinary water, and a little salt,” explains research leader </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Timur Shegai</strong><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><span style="background-color:initial">Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, who was himself surprised by the nature of the discovery in the lab.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div style="font-size:20px">A self-assembling and growing system </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">What he and his colleagues observed is that when two tiny gold flakes – 5000 nanometres in diameter and only 30 nanometres thick – meet in a salty aqueous solution, an interaction arises that causes them to form a pair. The two gold flakes are both positively charged as the aqueous solution covers them with double layers of ions. This causes a repelling electrostatic force, but, due to the simultaneous influence of something called the ‘Casimir effect’, an attracting force is also created, and a stable balance arises, leaving a distance between the flakes of around 150 nanometres. The two nanoflakes orient themsel</span><span style="background-color:initial">ves facing each other, with a cavity formed between them, and they remain stably in this arrangement, for weeks of observations. The cavity then functions as an optical resonator, a device which provides many opportunities to explore various physical phenomena.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Once the gold flakes have formed a pair, they stay in place, and the researchers also observed that, if not actively separated, more and more pieces of gold seek out each other and form a larger grouping. This means that the structure, purely through naturally occurring forces, can grow and create more interesting opportunities for researchers.</div> <div>The structure can be further manipulated by adding more salt to the aqueous solution, changing the temperature, or by illuminating it with lasers, which can lead to some fascinating observations.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“What is so interesting in this case is that there are colours which appear inside the resonator. What we’re seeing is basically self-assembled colour. This combines a lot of interesting and fundamental physics, but at the same time it’s very easy to make. Sometimes physics can be so surprising and so beautiful,” says Timur Shegai. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:20px">Studying the meeting point between light and matter</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The structure can then be used as a chamber for investigating materials and their behaviour. By placing a two-dimensional material, which is only a few atomic layers thick, in the cavity or by making adjustments to the cavity, ‘polaritons’ can also be created – hybrid particles that make it possible to study the meeting point between light and matter.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/500_Battulga%20Munkhbat-200924.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:135px;height:179px" /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">Our structure can now be added to the overall toolbox of self-assembly methods. Thanks to its versatility, this could be used to study both basic and applied physics,” says </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Battulga Munkhbat</strong><span style="background-color:initial">, Post Doc at the Department of Physics and first author of the article.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>According to the study's authors, there are no obstacles to the structure being scaled up to use larger gold flakes that can be seen with the naked eye, which could open up even more possibilities.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In the future, I could see this platform being used to study polaritons in a simpler way than is possible today. Another area could be to take advantage of the colours created between the gold flakes, for example in pixels, to create different kinds of RGB values, where each colour could be checked for different combinations. There could also be applications in biosensors, optomechanics, or nanorobotics,” says Timur Shegai.</div> <div> </div> <div style="font-size:20px">More about the research</div> <span style="font-size:20px"> </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">The article </span><a href="" target="_blank">Tunable self-assembled Casimir microcavities and polaritons​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> has been published in Nature. The researchers behind the new results are Battulga Munkhbat, Adriana Canales, Betül Küçüköz, Denis G. Baranov and Timur O. Shegai. </span> </li> <li>The researchers are active at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, The Center for Photonics and 2D Materials in Moscow, and the Institute of Physics and Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia. </li> <li>The research was funded by the Swedish Research Council, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Chalmers Excellence Initiative Nano. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div style="font-size:20px"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/350x305/Karusellbild_Attraherade%20guldspeglar_350x305px_ENG.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:50px 0px" /><span style="background-color:initial">How it works: </span></div> <div style="font-size:20px"><span style="background-color:initial">A self-assembled platform </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">When two tiny gold flakes meet in a salt</span><span style="background-color:initial">y aqueous solution, an interaction arises that causes them to form a pair. They are both positively charged as the aqueous solution covers them with double layers of ions (red and blue). This causes a repelling electrostatic force, but, due to the simultaneous influence of something called the ‘Casimir effect’, an attracting force is also created, and a stable balance arises. The two nanoflakes orient themselves facing each other, with a cavity between them formed, and they remain stable in this arrangement, for weeks of observations. This cavity then functions as an optical resonator, a device which offers a tunable system for studying combinations of light and matter known as polaritons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="background-color:initial">To see a video from the experiment, where the gold flakes create a self-assembled platform,</span> copy and paste the following link in your web browser: </div> <div><a href="" style="font-size:10.5pt"></a></div></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="font-size:20px">For more information, contact:</span> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai</a>, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 31 772 31 23, </span><a href=""><span style="background-color:initial">timurs@chalm</span><span style="background-color:initial"></span></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Battulga Munkhbat</strong>, Post Doc, Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, +46 73 995 34 79, <a href=""></a></div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz and Mia Halleröd Palmgren<br />Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist (portrait pictures) <span style="background-color:initial">| Illustration: </span><span style="background-color:initial">Yen Strandqvist and </span><span style="background-color:initial">Denis Baranov</span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <br />​Thu, 02 Dec 2021 07:00:00 +0100 research initiative on materials science<p><b>​The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is funding just over SEK 3 billion in materials science research for a sustainable world. The purpose is to reduce environmental and climate footprints from the materials we use in our day-to-day lives and industry, which is a necessity to be able to achieve set climate and environmental goals.</b></p>​The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is now allocating SEK 2.7 billion during the period 2022 – 2033 to a new research program named Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability (WISE). The aim of the research program is to create the conditions for a sustainable society by researching next generation of ecofriendly materials and manufacturing processes. This will also facilitate better technology for energy systems of the future, and to combat pollution and toxic emissions.<br /><br />In parallel with this funding, the Wallenberg Wood Science Center, which was established in 2009 with the aim of developing new innovative materials from the Swedish forest, will receive an increased grant of SEK 380 million.<br /><br />“It is incredibly exciting that KAW has chosen to invest in sustainable materials science in this forward-looking way. Chalmers has long conducted outstanding research in this area, and we will be able to contribute to the new initiative with a broad knowledge base. We will be able to take advantage of the new opportunities and strengthen our national collaborations and contribute to strengthening Sweden as an advanced materials development nation together with our strategic partners in the field,” says Anders Palmqvist, vice president for research and professor of materials chemistry, at Chalmers.<br /><div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability</h2> <div>Every year a vast quantity of raw materials is extracted across the world. These are mainly metals, minerals, fossil fuels and biomass. Today most of the extracted materials are non-renewable, placing a heavy burden on the environment, societies, and climate. Global production of materials accounts for a large proportion of the total emissions of greenhouse gases, and the production of metals requires a lot of energy.</div> <div> </div> <div>To meet these challenges, the Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability research program focuses on four areas: conversion, storage and distribution of clean energy; circular materials replacing rare, energy-demanding, and hazardous materials; mitigation, cleaning and protection of atmosphere, soil, and water and discovery of materials for novel sustainable technologies.</div> <div> </div> <div>“To meet climate and environmental targets industry needs to transition towards sustainability at a swifter rate. For this reason, the research program will be conducted in collaboration with Swedish industry in the form of industrial PhDs and postdocs, and also via research arenas allowing an exchange of knowledge and problems between academia and private enterprises. Industry acquires knowledge generated by research in materials science, and researchers gain insights into the technological and application challenges faced by companies,” says Sara Mazur, director strategic research at Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and chair of the program.</div> <div> </div> <div>“We aspire to establish Sweden as a leading nation in this research field. The overall aim is to facilitate sustainable technologies and to educate the leaders of tomorrow in society, industry and academia,” explains Peter Wallenberg Jr.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Extended grant to Wallenberg Wood Science Center</h2> <div>Wallenberg Wood Science Center was founded in 2009 with the aim of developing new innovative materials from the Swedish forest. Chalmers has participated since the start and can today include researchers from five different departments.</div> <div> </div> <div>“Being part of this multidisciplinary center with a graduate school that has a strong educational program has meant a lot to the researchers. Collaboration across disciplinary boundaries has contributed to new cutting-edge research. At Chalmers, the ability to characterize biomass and developed material have been deepened and new process concepts established. Among other things, we have worked with advanced methods at the ForMAX beam-line at MAXIV in Lund,” says Lisbeth Olsson, professor in industrial biotechnology at Chalmers and co-director at WWSC.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Övriga/Lisbeth%20Olsson%20foto%20WWSC_web.jpg" alt="Lisbeth Olsson" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px 15px;width:210px;height:263px" /><br />With the increased grant, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has now funded a total of just over SEK 1 billion in research within WWSC. The grant will support research of renewable materials within the program &quot;New materials from trees for a sustainable future&quot;.</div> <div> </div> <div>“It’s fantastic that KAW has decided to continue and expand its funding for the Wallenberg Wood Science Center. It’s incredibly valuable for Chalmers researchers that we can continue the work. The clear focus on sustainable materials provides even greater opportunities to solving the major societal challenges,” says Lisbeth Olsson.</div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Övriga/PeterWallenbergjr_web.jpg" alt="Peter Wallenberg Jr" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:10px 15px;width:210px;height:263px" /><br />Replacing oil with wood in the manufacture of plastics, creating stronger and fireproof materials, as well as new functional materials are some of the goals of the Wallenberg Wood Science Center. The funding has, among other things, resulted in transparent wood and paper that has been made magnetic, electrically conductive, and fire-resistant. Other examples are bio-based plastics, adhesives, and porous materials.</div> <div> </div> <div>“This long-term research initiative is intended to make possible a more sustainable future, to make the Swedish forest sector more competitive, and to pave the way for new enterprises based on innovations in this field,” says Wallenberg Jr.</div> <div> </div> <div>Images: <div><span>Lisbeth Olsson; Thor Balkheden<br /></span></div> <div><span></span><span>Peter Wallenberg Jr;</span> Samuel Unéus</div> <br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">More information</h2> <div>The universities participating in WISE are Uppsala University, Lund University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Stockholm University and Linköping University, which is also hosting the program. Under the program, 25 international research teams will be recruited, and a postgraduate school will be established, offering 180 PhD positions, 30 of them industrial PhD students, along with 180 postdoctoral positions, of which 30 will be industrial postdoctoral positions.</div> <div> </div> <div>The expansion of Wallenberg Wood Science Center program, which is being conducted at Chalmers, KTH and Linköping University, means that six research leaders, 18 PhD students, and the same number of postdocs can be recruited, along with four visiting professors.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="" title="Knut och Alice Wallenbergs stiftelse"><br /></a></div> <a href=""></a><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact</h3> <div><strong>Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability</strong><br /></div></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Anders-Palmqvist.aspx">Anders Palmqvist</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> <strong>Wallenberg Wood Science Center</strong></div></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/lisbeth-olsson.aspx">Lisbeth Olsson</a> <br /></div></div>Tue, 30 Nov 2021 09:00:00 +0100​Call for a proposal – hosting a WASP distinguished guest professor <p><b>​WASP is announcing funding for guest professors for a period of two years, expecting to stay at the host university approximately six months per year. The areas are: autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math.​</b></p><div><b style="background-color:initial"><br /></b></div> <div><b style="background-color:initial">Deadline: Jan 15, 2022</b><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>In total, <b>two positions will be founded</b>, and the WASP university partners can apply. The funding is valid for <b>all WASP areas</b> (autonomous systems, software, AI/MLX and AI/math).</div> <div>The main ranking criterium is the applicant's excellence, the probability of the realization, and finally, the program/aim of the visit. WASP also welcomes a combination with other initiatives or/and involvement of Swedish industry. </div> <div>Financial conditions are flexible and will match the levels of top-level researchers.  </div> <div>WASP is expecting to get the proposals during Q4 2021. Internal Chalmers deadline is Dec 20. A university can propose several candidates. </div> <div>During Q1 or Q2 2022, WASP will approve in total two proposals. A strict policy of gender balance (50/50) will be followed. </div> <div><b>The expected start of the visit</b> is Q3/Q4 2022, or Q1 2023. </div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Proposal Submission</h3> <div>Send a proposal to <b>Chalmers WASP</b> <b>representative</b> to <a href="">Ivica Crnkovic</a>, <b>l</b><b>atest Jan 15, 2022</b>.</div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div><ul><li>Name and affiliation of the distinguished guest professor, with a short motivation, overall preliminary schedule and activity plan for the visit.</li> <li>The hosting department and division/research group.</li> <li>If possible, a letter of interest from the potential distinguished guest professor or a statement that the professor has been contacted ad has expressed interest in the visit.</li> <li>CV of the proposed guest professor</li> <li>The head of the department must sign the application</li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The applications will be analyzed by Chalmers internal committee (to be defined) before sending to WASP.  Note that Chalmers will follow the recommendations from WASP and try to provide a balanced list of the candidates. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, contact please, <a href="">Ivica Crnkovic</a></div> <div><a href=""></a><br /></div> ​Thu, 25 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100, butterflies and physics – AHA Festival 2021<p><b>​From magicians to gecko’s, migrating butterflies and fine art, music and dancing, and not least an afternoon dedicated to how we experience colours, and why. The Aha festival makes a meeting point for scientists, students, artists and musicians to discover new paths in the interface of science and art – together with the audience.</b></p><div>​This year’s festival theme is “The suspension of disbelief” and the festival is held in Kårhuset at campus Johanneberg 24 – 26 November. The program contains various kinds of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, panels, performances, and concerts. Curiosity is the common denominator for all activities of the program, which celebrate science and art, all woven together with questions about our existence.              </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The idea of a cross-border and international festival was born during a poetry evening at former department of Architecture at Chalmers. Inspired by the artistic activities at the department, the first Aha Festival was arranged in 2014. This year's festival, arranged for the seventh time around, engages several of Chalmers' institutions and offers glimpses into a wide range of Chalmers research and activities. <br /></div> <div><br />   – It might not be that well known, but Chalmers actually rests upon both a scientific and an artistic ground. This is one way of expressing that. The driving force behind all creativity is curiosity and the most essential questions are the ones that you have in mind when you leave the festival”, says Peter Christensson, project leader of the AHA festival.     </div> <div><br /></div> <div><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Some highlights from this years program:       </h3></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>Lessons from ”Queenie” with Lovette Jallow – mitigating Algorithmic bias in AI systems</strong>  Lovette Jallow – writer, entrepreneur, and activist, will hold a lecture about racism and white privilege in the light of this years “One book one Chalmers book” “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams. Feat. students from JämK, Chalmers Equality Committee. <br />24 november 10.00-11.00            <br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>The metaphors' of physics</strong> A talk between writer and mathematician Helena Granström, and writer and physicist Julia Ravanis, about the role visual or linguistic metaphors play for the theories and models they make a part of, and where the line is drawn between the models of physics and the reality. <br />24 november 12.00-13.00      </li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li><strong>Morgan Palmquist and Blå tåget</strong> A talk beteween Tore Berger and Torkel Rasmusson from Swedish band Blå Tåget with Morgan Palmqvist, Doctor with a thesis on the band, followed by a unique concert with Tore Berger &amp; Torkel Rasmusson, accompanied by Torgny Sjöstedt.   <br />24 november 17.00-18.30      </li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><ul><li>A<strong>bout colour perception: Do we see with our eyes or brain and How are color experiences represented?</strong> and <strong>What is color, how do we perceive colors and how do they affect us?</strong> The color of a thing is related to its interaction with electromagnetic radiation, but still, an orange is orange, right? Listen to researchers discussing the topic from different angles. In addition, workshop in Color lab and let yourself be drawn into the world of colour!<br />25 november 12.45-16.00 (several presentations)   <br />24 - 26 november Color lab (open for visitors all festival)    </li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><ul><li><strong>Lontano – concert with Anja Lechner and François Couturier</strong>  Their musical collaboration is long established; the German cellist and the French pianist traverse a wide musical arc - embracing familiar melodies by Giya Kancheli, Anouar Brahem and others, and pieces which offer scope for improvisation and personal interpretation. <br />25 november 18.30-19.30    </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><strong>Physics for butterflies and stage artists</strong> Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico, but not in the lifetime of one butterfly – the journey takes several generations. How is this possible? Lecture by Fredrik Höök, Chalmers, followed by a performance in which five performing artists offer artistic interpretations of the butterflies' migration and metamorphosis.  <br />26 november 11.00-13.00         </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="">Full program on the Aha festival web  </a>     </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Quick facts:     </h3> <div>The Aha festival at Chalmers is open 24-26 November.   </div> <div>Welcom to Chalmers kårhus in campus Johanneberg, Chalmersplatsen 1, Gothenburg. The festival activities are held in the Volvo foyer, the Runan hall and the Scania hall.   </div> <div> </div> <div>Free entrance, open to the public!  </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Contact:   </h3> <div>Peter Christensson, project leader of the Aha festival: +46 31 7722361, <a href=""></a>    </div> <div>Fredrik Höök, project leader of the Aha festival: +46 31 7726130, <a href=""> </a>    </div></div> <div><br /></div> <br />Mon, 22 Nov 2021 11:00:00 +0100 researchers receive 16 million in grants from the Swedish Research Council<p><b>Researchers at the Department of Physics received 16 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council, when the grants for natural sciences and engineering for the years 2021–2025 was recently presented. Here, you can learn more on the projects for which the grants were given.</b></p><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Mattias-Thuvander.aspx"><strong style="font-size:16px">​</strong><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong>Mattias Thuvander</strong></span>​</a><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong> </strong></span><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>–</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:16px"><strong> </strong></span><strong style="font-size:16px">investigates traps for hydrogen in steel</strong><div><span></span><strong>Project &quot;Carbides as hydrogen traps in steel&quot;, a total granted amount of SEK 4,802,000</strong></div> <div>​<div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Carbides in steel can act as traps for hydrogen and thereby make the steel</div> <div>less susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement. The aim of the projet is to understand this phenomenon by performing atomistic modelling and atom probe tomography experiments. We will try to find out which positions, on the atomic scale, that are most effective in trapping hydrogen atoms, and how this depends on the type carbide.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;Hydrogen embrittlement is limiting the use of high-strength steels, which have a great potential for weight-savings and thereby for reduced energy consumption in the transport sector. The understanding of hydrogen in solids is also of general interest, as well as the possibility to study hydrogen both experimentally and by modelling.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The grant is very timely as we are getting a new atom probe during next year, which will have some accessories that will be useful for hydrogen experiments. The grant will also strengthen the cooperation between theory and experiment at the department. The grant is shared between me and <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Paul-Erhart.aspx">Paul Erhart</a>.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Istvan-Pusztai.aspx">Istvan Pusztai</a> </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>– </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>studies the dynamics of magnetic fields and matter in the universe</strong></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;Data-driven optimal models for kinetic dynamos&quot;, total amount granted SEK 3,440,000</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;The project concerns the process, called dynamo, that generates magnetic fields in astrophysical systems. While stellar and planetary dynamos are well studied, our understanding of the dynamo in galaxy clusters is much more limited. The reason is that while the interior of stars can be modeled as a simple conducting fluid, the hot and tenuous plasma of galaxy clusters exhibits a much more complex dynamics. Within this project I will distill this complex behavior into accurate but still numerically tractable plasma models with the help of recent data-driven methods, then utilize these numerical models to study the intertwined dynamics of magnetic fields and matter on the largest scales of the universe.&quot;</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;The project will resolve the dynamo process on a micro-physical level with an unprecedented physics fidelity. This will allow a major step towards a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of the largest gravitationally bound systems in the universe. The modeling capabilities developed will also benefit the study of other turbulent magnetized plasma systems, such as our immediate space environment, will help the design and interpretation laboratory dynamo experiments in laser-produced plasmas, and have the potential to provide improved constraints on galaxy and star formation.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <strong> </strong><div>&quot;In this project I bring methods from kinetic plasma physics - where I have my main scientific background - to dynamo research, where I am relatively new. Crossing boundaries between research fields can be difficult, and requires freedom on multiple levels. This research grant gives me the freedom of pursuing an ambitious research idea involving non-standard approaches. That this research proposal got funded is also an encouragement that I greatly appreciate.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christian-Forssen.aspx">Christian Forssén</a> </strong><span style="background-color:initial"><span><strong>–</strong></span></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong> </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>compares theoretical predictions with experimental observations</strong></span></div> <div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;Theoretical nuclear physics with precision&quot;, a total granted amount of SEK 4,000,000</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The project &quot;Theoretical nuclear physics with precision&quot; is about developing new statistical methods for studying theoretical uncertainties. Specifically, we will combine effective field theories of the strong interaction with computational methods to solve the quantum many-body problem and make predictions for low-energy nuclear physics observables.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;A basis for scientific progress is comparisons of theoretical predictions with experimental observations. To draw conclusions from such a comparison, we must be able to quantify existing uncertainties, both on the experimental and the theoretical side. In this borderland, our research can contribute. Specifically, the project is about testing our theoretical description of subatomic physics and the fundamental forces, but the statistical methodology can be very useful in many areas.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;That we can recruit a postdoc and continue to be an active driving research group in our field.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Mats-Halvarsson.aspx">Mats Halvarsson </a></strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>–</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong> </strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>green electricity in an effective way</strong></span></div> <span style="font-size:16px"></span><div style="font-size:16px"></div> <div><strong>Project &quot;High-resolution in-situ study of the effect of reactive elements on alumina formation at high temperatures&quot;, total amount granted SEK 4,000,000</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What is your project about?</strong></div> <div>&quot;The purpose of this project is to understand the formation and evolution of </div> <div>protective (and non-protective) alumina scales formed on FeCrAl alloys at elevated </div> <div>temperatures, by studying the oxidation “live” in microscopes with atomic or nanometre resolution. These alloys have the potential to be used in power plants, reducing problems with high temperature corrosion.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Why is this research important?</strong></div> <div>&quot;By acquiring dynamic microstructural data, including oxide nuclei growth, interaction with reactive element particles and phase development, we can formulate a model for alumina scale growth, from the first monolayers, via nanolayers, to thicker scales, including its protective character. The </div> <div>model can then be used as input to tailor-make materials with desired microstructures that </div> <div>give superior high temperature corrosion properties.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does the funding mean to you?</strong></div> <div>&quot;This grant from VR means that we can continue to work with our long-term goal, which is to help with the transition to producing green electricity in an effective way.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-funding-to-researchers-at-Chalmers.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />List of all researchers at Chalmers University of Technology receiving grants from the Swedish Research Council 2021​</a></div> <div><br /></div></div>Wed, 10 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100 funding to researchers at Chalmers<p><b>​The Swedish Research Council distributes 2.3 billion in natural and engineering sciences (2021 – 2025) and medicine and health (2021 –​ 2026).Of these project grants, a total of SEK 123 million go to 33 researchers at Chalmers.​</b></p>​These<span style="background-color:initial"> researchers at Chalmers receive grants – sorted by department:</span><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Biology and Biological Engineering</h2> <div>Alexandra Stubelius, <span style="background-color:initial">Florian David and </span><span style="background-color:initial">​Verena Siewers</span><span style="background-color:initial"> about their projects: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/BIO-researchers-receive-prestigious-VR-grants.aspx">BIO researchers receive prestigious VR-grants​</a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Computer Science and Engineering</h2> <div>Ivica Crnkovic </div> <div>Mary Sheeran </div> <div>Marina Papatriantafilou </div> <div>Magnus Myreen </div> <div>Philippas Tsigas<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Electrical Engineering</h2> <div>Erik Agrell </div> <div>Hana Dobsicek Trefna</div> <div>Giuseppe Durisi</div> <div>Mikael Persson</div> <div>Rui Lin<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Physics</h2> <div>Christian Forssén , <span style="background-color:initial">Mats Halvarsson, </span><span style="background-color:initial">I</span><span style="background-color:initial">stvan Pusztai och </span><span style="background-color:initial">Mattias Thuvander</span><span style="background-color:initial"> tells about the projects they have received grants for: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-researchers-receive-16-million-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx">Physics researchers receive 16 million in grants from the Swedish Research Council​</a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Industrial and Materials Science</h2> <div>Ragnar Larsson <span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering</h2> <div>Joakim Andréasson</div> <div>Maths Karlsson</div> <div>Andreas Dahlin </div> <div>Louise Olsson</div> <div>Marcus Wilhelmsson<span style="background-color:initial"> <br />The Head of the Department comments on the news and the researchers tells about their projects: <br /><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-researchers-receive-prestigious-funding-.aspx" title="Link to newarticle ">Chemistry researchers recieve prime funding </a></span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Mathematical Sciences</h2> <div>Dennis Eriksson</div> <div>Anders Södergren<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences</h2> <div>Henrik Ström, who studies <span style="background-color:initial">systems where small reactive particles move in complex geometries. These can be sensors, for example, where you want to be able to detect as quickly as possible whether a certain type of particle is present in a liquid. Read more about his project </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/m2/news/Pages/Henrik-Ström-receives-prestigious-funding-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx">&quot;Migration, mixing and modulation in reactive Brownian systems of arbitrary geometric complexity.&quot;​</a></span><span style="background-color:initial">​</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience</h2> <div>Saroj Prasad Dash </div> <div>Göran Johansson </div> <div>Samuel Lara Avila </div> <div>Simone Gasparinetti </div> <div>Shumin Wang</div> <div>Jochen Schröder</div> <a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/MC2-researchers-receive-millions-in-grants-from-the-Swedish-Research-Council.aspx"><div>Read more about some of the research projects</div></a><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Department of Space, Earth and Environment</h2> <div>Giuliana Cosentino, who is researching how and why stars form in the coldest and densest parts of the galaxies. Read more about her <a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/VR-grant-to-star-formation-project.aspx">Shock Compressions in the Interstellar Medium, as triggers of Star Formation</a><span style="background-color:initial">. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the projects within natural and engineering sciences at the Swedish Research Council</a></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council"></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/news/Pages/Read%20more%20about%20the%20projects%20within%20natural%20and%20engineering%20sciences%20at%20the%20Swedish%20Research%20Council" target="_blank" title="Link to teh Swedish research council" style="outline:currentcolor none 0px"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the projects within medicin and health at the Swedish Research Council</a>  </div> ​Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0100 technology finds disturbances in nuclear reactors<p><b>​For the past four years, Chalmers has coordinated the EU-funded research project Cortex, with the purpose of finding methods to improve nuclear safety. Now the result is here – a technology that with good accuracy can detect disturbances in a nuclear power reactor in operation.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Christophe Demazière</strong> and <strong>Paolo Vinai</strong>, both at the Department of Physics, have coordinated the Cortex research project, in which the European Commission has invested 5,1 million euros. Over 70 researchers from various organizations, primarily in Europe, but also from the USA and Japan, have participated in the project during a four-year period, which ended in the summer of 2021.</span><div><br /><div>The project team has consisted of experts from several different research areas: from reactor physics and artificial intelligence, to computational physics and experimental reactor physics. An advisory group of end users has ensured that the research has been carried out in line with the needs of the nuclear power industry and that the benefits of the innovations can be used in the industry.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The team's collaboration has led to the development and testing of a technology that can detect disturbances in nuclear power reactors.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-size:16px">Combines nuclear reactor modelling and artificial intelligence</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“By our combined expertise, we have achieved a technology that combines nuclear reactor modelling and artificial intelligence by which you can detect if there is an anomaly in a reactor core. The technology can also detect what kind of disturbance there is and where in the system it is located,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The fundamental of the technology is to teach an artificial intelligence algorithm how a nuclear reactor behaves in the presence of different types of disturbances and their positions. These disturbances lead to fluctuations in the neutron flux, the so-called neutron noise, and they are measured by neutron detectors in the reactor. The algorithm needs to be fed with a lot of data of different types of disturbances and corresponding responses from the reactor.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“To build such a database, we have developed advanced modelling tools. The algorithm then compares the measurements from the reactor with simulations from these modelling tools. From all these simulations, the algorithm can thus identify in a given measurement if there is a disturbance, of what type it is and where it is located. A reactor core is around three to four meters in diameter and height. Using a few neutron detectors in the core, we can detect where there is a disturbance with a margin of five to ten centimetres. Previous research has shown that this is something that could be done, but no technology has been developed to do so in such a systematic way and to such an extent as in the Cortex project,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Keeps track of disturbances</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The technology can, for example, be used during operation to see what is happening in the reactor, the so-called core monitoring. By keeping track of disturbances, you can also better plan for how to handle possible problems when closing a reactor for inspection, maintenance, and fuel reloading.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Further development of the technology will be required before it can be used on an industrial scale. How or in what form the research project will continue remains to be seen.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>How has it been then, to coordinate such a large project, with so many participants?</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“In the beginning, we spent a lot of time getting to know each other's different research fields, in order to work towards the same goal. We have had close contacts with each othereach other, and everyone has been very motivated in this collaboration. It has been a great job to contribute to the project and see that you do something useful,” says Christophe Demazière.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />See more about how the technology works in a film about the project</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Facts about the research project:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Cortex (CORTEX) stands for &quot;core monitoring techniques and experimental validation and demonstration.&quot; The project aimed to develop innovative methods that can be used to detect and categorize disturbances in commercial nuclear reactors during operation. The method is non-intrusive. Cortex is a research and innovation project (RIA) within the <a href="">EU program Euratom in Horizon 2020</a>. Read more about the project on <a href="">Cortex's website</a>.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The project has been coordinated by Professor <strong>Christophe Demazière</strong> and Associate Professor <strong>Paolo Vinai</strong>, and also involved Dr. <strong>Antonios Mylonakis</strong> and PhD student <strong>Huaiqian Yi</strong>, all from the division of Subatomic, High Energy and Plasma Physics at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. The researchers have contributed with knowledge in the field of reactor modelling and core monitoring, within which there is a long research tradition at Chalmers where Professor <strong>Imre Pázsit’s</strong> contributions and influence have been crucial.</div></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christophe-Demazière.aspx">Christophe Demazière</a>, Professor, Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers, +46 31 772 30 82, <a href=""></a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Paolo-Vinai.aspx">Paolo Vinai​</a>, Associate Professor, Division of Subatomic and Plasma Physics, Department of Physics, Chalmers, +46 31 772 30 80, <a href=""></a></div></div> ​Wed, 03 Nov 2021 13:00:00 +0100 startup for better batteries wins Stage Two<p><b>​The company Compular with its digital lab for material development won no less than four awards, one of which was the prestigious first prize &quot;Best tech innovation&quot; at Stage Two in Berlin. Stage Two is the first pan-European competition for startups from Europe's leading universities.</b></p><div>​Out of over 60 startups from 30 top-rated European universities – including London Business School and the University of St.Gallen – Compular was the clear winner, with Johannes Henriksson pitching.</div> <div> </div> <div>Compular won in the “Best tech innovation” category and received a €200,000 prize from Harvard Business School's business angel network in Germany, as well as support from Mckinsey, Microsoft, Early bird Ventures Uni-X, Join Capital and Superangel. </div> <div> </div> <div>Johannes Henriksson talks about the competition and the importance of the win:</div> <div>&quot;It was an incredibly exciting competition with prominent startups from all corners of Europe. We see this win as a fantastic proof that we are on the right path!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Digital lab based on research from Chalmers</h3> <div>Compular, a portfolio company at <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers Ventures</a>, is based on research from the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology. Compular develops a digital lab for material development. Through Compular’s unique and patent-pending analysis method, chemical compounds can be screened in advance, making it both faster and cheaper to create better performing batteries with an environmentally friendly focus and longer service life.</div> <div><br />Rasmus Andersson and Fabian Årén developed the software during their doctoral studies in Patrik Johansson's research group at the Division of Material Physics. The research was then taken forward through <a href="/en/departments/tme/school-of-entrepreneurship/Pages/SchoolofEntreprenurship.aspx">Chalmers School of Entrepreneurship</a>, and by Chalmers Ventures Encubation program the idea was matched with students entering as entrepreneurs and business developers: Emil Krutmeijer, Sirikun Loetsakwiman and Johannes Henriksson.</div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Towards European launch</h3> <div>The company is now part of Chalmers Ventures' portfolio and aiming for the next step in the company's development. Johannes continues to talk about what happens next:</div> <div>&quot;We look forward to continuing with our ongoing beta test-program with paying customers and developing the product with leading battery companies to launch in Europe in 2022. The win allows us to strengthen the team and get even closer to our vision of digitalizing material development on a global scale!&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text via Chalmers Ventures and Daniel Karlsson</em></div> <em> </em><div><em>Photo via Stage Two and Compular</em></div> <div> </div> <div><a href="" target="_blank">Stage Two</a> is a pan-European project initiated and hosted by RWTH Aachen University and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management for a network of several entrepreneurial universities. Aachen is part of the cooperation <a href="/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-part-of-European-University-in-new-alliance.aspx">Enhance</a> together with Chalmers. </div> <div></div> <div> </div> Tue, 02 Nov 2021 16:00:00 +0100 professor receives Gold Medal by IVA<p><b>​Lars Börjesson, professor at the Department of Physics, is receiving the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Gold Medal. The medals are presented by H.M. The King during IVA's Annual Meeting of the Academy.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, has for a hundred years rewarded outstanding initiatives in technology, economics, business, and society. <strong>Lars Börjesson</strong>, Professor in Materials Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, is now receiving IVA’s Gold Medal for his efforts to improve society.</span><div><br /></div> <div>IVA's motivation is:</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>&quot;Professor Lars Börjesson is awarded the Gold Medal for his outstanding, innovative research in the physics of condensed materials and his innovative and dedicated leadership that has resulted in groundbreaking research infrastructure – in particular MAX IV and ESS – offering exceptional opportunities to learn about material properties that will be of great significance in future research and industry.&quot;</strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>“It is a fantastic honour to receive this medal and that the work I have done, together with many others, for a long time garners attention,” says Lars Börjesson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“It also means that more people may notice what unique and outstanding investments the ESS and MAX IV facilities are for Sweden and Europe. The facilities are important for basic research in physics, chemistry, life sciences and more, and for a variety of applications for a sustainable society, for example for new materials for sustainable energy technology, recyclable materials for the manufacturing industry, development of new medicines and medical technology for better health. And not least because they attract talented researchers with new research projects.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Gold Medals will be presented in connection with the Annual Meeting of the Academy on October 29 2021 in the presence of T.M. The King and Queen. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about IVA's Gold Medals 2021</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About Lars Börjesson</div> <div>Lars Börjesson defended his dissertation at Chalmers University of Technology in 1987, and has since been active here as an Associate Professor (1990) and Professor of Materials Physics (1995). He has also been a Professor at KTH (1993–1995).</div> <div>During the years 2012–2016, Lars Börjesson was active as Vice-Chancellor at Chalmers with responsibility for the Areas of Advance. He has extensive experience in the management of large-scale research facilities: from 2010 to 2013, he was chairman of the MAX IV laboratory in Lund and he is one of the founders of the European Spallation Source (ESS). In 2011, Lars Börjesson was elected a member of the Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><span style="font-weight:700">For more information, please contact:</span></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Lars-Börjesson.aspx">Lars Börjesson​</a>, <a href=""></a> , +46(0)31-772 33 07</div></div> <div><br /></div>Fri, 29 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0200