News: Fysikhttp://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterNews related to Chalmers University of TechnologySun, 22 May 2022 02:51:11 +0200http://www.chalmers.se/sv/nyheterhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspxMost projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022 <p><b>The 100-list highlights up-to-date research with business potential from Swedish universities. The theme for this year is technology in the service of humanity. Thirteen projects from Chalmers have been selected. </b></p>​The researchers have contributed with research projects that offer great value and potential for utilisation for society, through avenues such as industrial commercialisation, business development, or other types of impact. ​<div>“It is gratifying that we are so well represented on the 100 list. Chalmers has a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship” says Mats Lundqvist, Vice President of Utilisation at Chalmers University of Technology.</div> <div><br /><div><div><strong style="background-color:initial">The selected projects from Chalmers 2022:</strong><br /></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial"></strong><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Architecture and Civil Engineering Project: </span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"></span><strong style="font-family:inherit;background-color:initial">Real time optimization of drinking water treatment</strong></div></div> <div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The innovation of Kathleen Murphy and fellow colleagues measure the quality and reactivity of freshwater resources in real time, and predict the success of drinking water treatment. Their solution will be used to optimize operational conditions at drinking water treatment plants, reducing the need for chemicals and infrastructure and reducing emissions and waste. The patent pending solution, including the teams unique algorithms, will make drinking water treatment cheaper and more sustainable.</span></div> <div>Researcher: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/murphyk.aspx">Kathleen Murphy</a></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ace/news/Pages/Real-time-optimized-drinking-water-treatment-on-IVA100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Real time optimized drinking water treatment</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div> ​<span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px">Biology and Biological Engineering</span></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Fungi for the production of protein of the future</strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Alternative protein sources such as fungi (mycoprotein) can lead to 95 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than beef. The vision is that the protein of the future is produced by fungi, which convert bio-based residual streams from industry. The fungi are grown in closed bioreactors with little impact on the external environment. </span> ​</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/nygardy.aspx">Yvonne Nygård </a><span style="background-color:initial">and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx">Eric Öste </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Stabilizing seafood side-streams allowing full use for food production </strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">The demand for fish is steadily increasing in response to dietary recommendations, population growth and wishes to consume more climate-friendly protein sources. We therefore need to convert more of each landed fish into food, as today mainly the fillet is used, i.e., only 40-50 per cent of the weight. <br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researchers: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Ingrid-Undeland.aspx">Ingrid Undeland</a><span style="background-color:initial">, </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/haizhou.aspx">Haizhou Wu,​</a><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/khozaghi.aspx"> Mehdi Abdollahi</a><span style="background-color:initial"> and </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/bita-forghani.aspx">Bita Forghani</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Projects on sustainable food on IVA’s 100 list</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Recycling and remanufacturing of indium based semiconductor materials. </strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span>You are probably reading this text looking through a transparent conductive material called indium tin oxide (ITO). It is the backbone of all electronic screen​s (LCD, LED, and touch screens), and some solar cell technologies. During the manufacturing of these devices, 30 - 70% of the material becomes production waste. Almost 75% of indium is used for ITO manufacturing and it is accepted as a critical raw material due to its importance in the electronic industry. It is a minor element of the earth’s crust and is unevenly distributed. It's recycling from industrial waste is challenging and requires several stages. In our technology, indium recovery is simplified instead of complicated processing stages and integrated into the ITO powder production to reproduce ITO material.​</span><strong><br /></strong></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx">Burcak Ebin</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Burcak-Ebin.aspx"></a>Project: <strong>High-Quality Graphene and Highly Thermal Conductive Graphene Films Produced in Eco-friendly ways</strong><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong><span style="background-color:initial">The heat generated from ubiquitous miniaturized electronic devices needs to be dissipated by materials that are highly thermally conductive, lightweight, flexible, mechanically robust and, most importantly, manufactured in a sustainable way. Our idea includes two interconnected steps: 1) Eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene in a large-scale; and 2) Production of highly thermal-conductive graphene films with low environmental impact and low cost. The graphene films are expected to replace the current metal films and other thermally conductive films produced in the high cost of environment, and therefore contribute to the transition to a green industry.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang</a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <span></span><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <span style="font-weight:700">Adsorbi - cellulose-based foams for air pollutants capture  </span></span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">After finishing her doctoral studies at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kinga Grenda founded the start-up company Adsorbi together with Romain Bordes, researcher at the department. She was recently named one of ten entrepreneurs to keep an eye on by Swedish Incubators and Science Parks.</span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researcher: <span style="background-color:initial">Kinga Grenda  </span><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://adsorbi.com/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />More about the research and start-up company Adsorbi </a></span><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><span style="font-weight:700">(external link)</span></font></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/ergang.aspx"></a><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Chemistry research on IVA 100 list | Chalmers​ </a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Computer Science and Engineering ​</span><br /></p> <div>Project: <strong>EmbeDL </strong><br /></div> <div>AI has achieved remarkable successes but at a price – neural network models are very large and need a lot of resources to train and deploy, thus leaving a very large energy footprint. Our research is about how to reduce the size of the neural networks, without sacrificing much in accuracy, and making the best use of diverse hardware so that AI can be deployed in an efficient and less energy consuming way to solve a specific problem. <br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Project:<strong>Repli5 </strong><br /></div> <div>The research is about creating digital twins and synthetic data. A digital twin is a replica of the real world in silico, which can be used to test and verify systems very efficiently and cheaply instead of tests in the real world which are costly, slow and error prone. Digital twins can be used to generate synthetic data to train AI systems efficiently without the need to collect real world data and annotating them manually which is costly, slow, noisy and error prone. <br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/dubhashi.aspx">Devdatt Dubhashi </a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Project: </span><strong style="background-color:initial">Dpella</strong><br /></div> <div>The world is collecting a massive amount of individuals data with the intention of building a human-centered future based on data insights. The huge challenge is how to achieve these insights that will shape the future, respecting privacy of individuals and complying with GDPR. We solve this by developing a technology for creating privacy-preserving analytics based on the mathematical framework of Differential Privacy – a new gold standard for data privacy. With our patented IP research, we provide a Privacy-as-a-service solution will enable data flows, creating the inter-organization value required to achieve a digital human-centred future.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx">Alejandro Russo</a></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/russo.aspx"></a></span><span style="background-color:initial">Project: <strong>ZeroPoint Technologies </strong></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial">The dramatic increase of computers' processing power places high demands on efficient memory storage. A few players today have control over processor development by owning and controlling processor architectures. Chalmers with the spin-off company ZeroPoint Technologies develops technologies for computers' internal memory that are faster and less energy-intensive and are developed to fit into an open processor architecture. This provides basic conditions for smart industry. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span></span><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/staff/Pages/per-stenstrom.aspx">Per Stenström​</a></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Industrial and Materials Science</span><br /></div> <div> <div>Project: <strong>Design for energy resilience in the everyday</strong><br /></div> <div>Our increasing dependence on electrical and connected products is unsustainable from a resource point of view. It also makes us vulnerable in a future energy system where more renewable sources and climate change increase the probability of power shortages and power outages. To be able to handle disruptions in electricity deliveries, and at the same time live a good and meaningful everyday life, knowledge, new design guidelines for product development and energy-independent alternatives are required.<br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/helena-stromberg.aspx">Helena Strömberg</a><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/departments/ims/news/Pages/Design-for-energyresilience-in-the-everyday.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Design for energy resilience in the everyday</a> </div></div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="font-size:20px">Physics</p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Project: <strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.<br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer </a><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">P</span><span style="background-color:initial">roject:</span><strong style="background-color:initial">2D semiconductor with perfect edges </strong><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. <br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial">Researcher: </span><span style="background-color:initial"><span></span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai ​</a><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">Two research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022</a></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"></p> <div> </div> <div><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspx">​</a><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:20px;background-color:initial">Mathematical Sciences </span></div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P">​Project: <strong>PressCise</strong></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><strong></strong>​We work with clinical partners to identify problems with today's products, and to test and verify our own inventions. We use mathematical theories to solve real problems and we realize our solutions in genuine smart textile products. </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P">Researchers: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/torbjorn-lundh.aspx">Torbjörn Lundh</a><span style="background-color:initial">, in collaboration with Josefin Damm and Andreas Nilsson. </span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="https://www.presscise.com/" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />PressCise AB</a></p> <div> </div> <p></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><br /></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><em>I</em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>VA's 100 List presents selected research projects believde to have </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>the potientalto be developed into ninnovations, to promote buisness  </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>development or to provide other benefits. The list reflects a diverse range of research </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>projects and researcher experise from Sweden's universities in a given field. </em></span><span style="background-color:initial"><em>​</em></span><br /></p> <em> </em><p class="chalmersElement-P"><span style="background-color:initial"><font color="#1166aa"><em> </em></font></span><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><em>The complete list can be found on </em><a href="https://www.iva.se/en/"><em>www.iva.se</em></a></span></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"></span> </p> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <div><p class="chalmersElement-P" style="display:inline !important"><span style="background-color:initial;color:rgb(0, 0, 0)"><br /></span></p></div> <a href="/en/news/presidents-perspective/Pages/IVAs-100-list-Chalmers-technology-in-the-service-of-humanity.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The Presidents perspective on Chalmers' contribution to technology in the service of humanity</a><p></p></div> <div><br /></div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Chemistry-research-on-IVA-100-list-.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Projects-on-sustainable-food-on-IVA’s-100-list.aspx"></a></p> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/eric-oste.aspx"></a></p></div></div> ​</div>Tue, 10 May 2022 16:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Two-research-projects-from-Physics-on-IVA-100-List.aspxTwo research projects from Physics on IVA 100 List 2022<p><b>​The next generation of nanotechnology and a 2D-semiconductor in a new material is research from the Department of Physics that is highlighted on this year's IVA 100 list. For the fourth year in a row, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences has put the spotlight on research from Swedish universities that benefits society.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Technology in the service of humanity is the theme of this year's <a href="https://www.iva.se/projekt/research2business/ivas-100-lista-2022/">IVA 100 list from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)​</a>. The purpose of the list is to present current research with business potential from Sweden's higher education institutions.</span><div><br /></div> <div>Included in this year's list are two research projects linked to the Department of Physics. Research leaders for the selected projects are <strong>Christoph Langhammer</strong>, Professor at the division of Chemical Physics, and <strong>Timur Shegai</strong>, Associate Professor at the division of Nano and Biophysics.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about their research projects below and see links to the companies within which the research results are realized.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>Nanofluidic Scattering Microscopy </strong><span style="font-weight:700">–</span><strong> the next generation of nanotechnology that can provide ground-breaking discoveries</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/400_ChristophLanghammerfarg.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Christoph Langhammer" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:236px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;In Life Science, studies of biomolecules such as proteins, DNA and RNA are crucial for understanding diseases and developing new drugs and vaccines. The problem is that these biomolecules are in the nanoworld and are too small to study with conventional microscopes. We have developed the next generation of nanotechnology to study and analyse individual biomolecules and at the same time generate important information about them. We do this with an optical instrument combined with nanofluidic chips and software with machine learning/AI. By offering researchers this new tool, they can answer their questions in a completely new way, thereby accelerating their research in order to make ground-breaking discoveries.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Envue Technologies: <a href="https://www.envue-technologies.com/applications">www.envue-technologies.com</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px"><strong>2D semiconductor with perfect edges – a game-changing material</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Timur%20Shegai-webb.jpg" alt="Timur Shegai" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:5px;width:180px;height:228px" />Research leader: <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Timur-Shegai.aspx">Timur Shegai</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“We at Smena have developed a new game-changing material, which is useful for numerous applications. The starting point of our material is an abundant mineral called molybdenite, whose price is only 5 dollar per kilogram. Using a scalable, patented, and environmentally friendly process, we managed to produce a large number of edges in flakes of natural molybdenite. These edges contain many &quot;active sites&quot;, which are useful for sensing gas molecules and electrocatalytic water splitting (production of hydrogen).”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more at Smena tech: <a href="https://smena.tech/">smena.tech​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read more about the other projects from Chalmers on this year's IVA 100 List: <a href="/en/news/Pages/IVA-100-list-2022.aspx">Most projects from Chalmers on IVA’s 100 list 2022​</a></div> ​​Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-professor-named-Chemistry-Europe-Fellow.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-professor-named-Chemistry-Europe-Fellow.aspxPhysics professor named Chemistry Europe Fellow<p><b>​In recognition of his scientific contributions, Professor Patrik Johansson at the Department of Physics has been named a Fellow by Chemistry Europe.</b></p><div>Awarded biannually since 2015, the <a href="https://www.chemistryviews.org/fellows">Chemistry Europe Fellows program</a> honours exceptional members of the Chemistry Europe societies who have made a significant contribution through their support, research, creativity, and innovation. The Fellows Class of 2020/21 consists of 27 individuals.</div> <div><strong><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/PatrikJohansson_20190823_280x300.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:20px 5px;width:225px;height:245px" /><br /></strong></div> <div><strong>Patrik Johansson</strong> is one of Sweden's most prominent battery researchers, with a focus on exploring new concepts and solutions for batteries.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;I truly appreciate this token of recognition for my research that truly is chemistry, physics and materials science combined, but even more so I sincerely value the work that Chemistry Europe does for science – making it accessible and for everyone,&quot; says Patrik Johansson.</div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">About Chemistry Europe</div> <div>Founded in 1995, Chemistry Europe is an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries, representing over 75,000 chemists. It publishes a family of high-quality scholarly chemistry journals and the ChemistryViews magazine.</div> <a href="https://www.chemistryviews.org/details/advertorial/11346395/Chemistry_Europe_Announces_Fellows_Class_of_202021.html"><div>Chemistry Europe’s press release about their Fellows Class of 2020/21.</div></a><div style="font-size:16px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">Read more about Patrik Johansson’s research</div> <a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspx"><div>Batteries of the future in focus for Distinguished Professor grant.</div></a><div><br /></div> <div><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Patrik-Johansson0603-6580.aspx">Patrik Johansson</a>, Professor, Division of Materials Physics, Department of Physics </div> <div><a href="mailto:patrik.johansson@chalmers.se">patrik.johansson@chalmers.se</a> </div> <div><br /></div> Wed, 06 Apr 2022 13:30:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Invitation-apply-for-funding-for-interdisciplinary-research-ideas-within-all-energy-fields.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/energy/news/Pages/Invitation-apply-for-funding-for-interdisciplinary-research-ideas-within-all-energy-fields.aspxInvitation – Apply for funding for interdisciplinary research ideas within all energy fields<p><b>​Call: Invitation to apply for funding from Energy Area of Advance, for interdisciplinary research ideas within all energy fields. Chalmers Energy Area of Advance allocates 12 MSEK per year over 2023 and 2024 for interdisciplinary projects in the size of 1.25 - 2.5 MSEK/year for two years). The call is open for base funded faculty, externally funded faculty, and assistant professors.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>The projects must focus on </strong><strong>aspects </strong>connected to a future sustainable energy system. It should be interdisciplinary and include expertise from at least two different research groups or two different research approaches or analyse the same question from two different angles. <br /><br /><strong>Example of two different approaches </strong>could be: theory + experiment, technology + behaviour, component + system, interviews + model, any method 1 + method 2. <br /><br /><strong>Collaboration with external partners</strong> is positive but remember that AoA-funding only can be used by employees at Chalmers, for details see below. It is also possible to form projects as a complement to already ongoing projects to add additional aspects.<br /><br /></span><div><strong>For instructions, see the template.</strong></div> <div>Special considerations will be given to projects that are connected to the following themes:</div> <div><strong>1.)</strong><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>Collaboration projects where scientists with projects further away from implementation collaborate with those that are close to implementation.</div> <div>If advice is needed, please contact Chalmers innovation office where Anne Alsholm, <a href="mailto:anne.alsholm@chalmers.se">anne.alsholm@chalmers.se​</a>, is the contact person for energy related questions.</div> <div><strong>2.)</strong><span style="white-space:pre"><strong> </strong></span>Research supporting resilient energy systems and European energy and energy technology autonomy.</div> <div>Evaluation criteria:</div> <div><ul><li>Relevance for the energy research field.</li> <li>Interdisciplinary (include expertise from at least two different research groups or two different research approaches, or analyse the same question from two different angles, see examples above).</li> <li>Scientific quality.</li> <li>Potential for successful implementation (competence, project- and time- plan etc).</li> <li>Potential for continuation in future externally funded projects is welcome but not mandatory.</li> <li>Also consider criteria as gender and the UN sustainability goals.</li></ul></div> <div>Costs that can be covered by AoA funding:</div> <div><ul><li>Salary for senior researchers including assistant professors (max 25% of full time, exceptions need to be motivated, names should be listed).</li> <li>Postdocs – full cost coverage (list name if already known. Write “to be announced” if so).</li> <li>S<span style="background-color:initial">alary for already employed postdocs must be motivated and the employees name should be listed.</span></li> <li>AoA funding cannot be used to recruit PhD students. However, PhD students already employed at Chalmers can work in the project (name should be listed).</li> <li>Relevant experiment or lab costs (max. 20% of total budget and costs should be specified).</li> <li>T<span style="background-color:initial">r</span><span style="background-color:initial">avel costs.</span></li></ul></div> <div><strong>Funds should be used</strong> during each budget-year as presented in your budget. Delays caused by legal rights of staff maybe accepted, but not delays caused by project management issues.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>The project proposal,</strong> of max. 4 A4 pages, should be sent to the Energy Area of Advance <a href="mailto:energy@chalmers.se">energy@chalmers.se</a> <strong>no later than 13th May 2022.</strong> <br /><br /><strong>A decision will be made</strong> by the management team Tomas Kåberger, Sonia Yeh, Cecilia Geijer, Anders Hellman and Annemarie Wöhri before summer.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Please note that costs</strong> connected mobility, visiting researchers, support for applications, conferences, community building, seed funding or the equivalent that contribute to the strategic development of the Energy Area of Advance, can be applied for separately on an ongoing basis. Templates for this separate application can be found at <a href="https://intranet.chalmers.se/en/tools-support/research-utilisation/funding-of-research-innovation/funding-from-chalmers-aoa-and-ei/">Chalmers intranet.</a> <br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Template interdisciplinary project proposal Energy Area of Advance</strong></div> <div>(max 4 A4 – after erasing the instructions)</div> <div>The application can be written in Swedish or English and should contain clear motivations for why the suggested project should be prioritised.<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Aim</strong>. Overreaching goal of the project (approx. 0.5 A4).<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Project description.</strong> Background (problem description, state of the art, knowledge gap), Research question(s), Methods, Project plan including time plan and other relevant information, e.g. goals and milestones (approx. 2-3 A4).<br /><br /></div> <div><strong>Organisation and Budget.</strong> State affiliation (department and division) for the main project leader(s) and list names of people involved, both the researcher(s) that will take part of this funding as well as other researchers involved (if the project is larger than this funding). Main applicant should have a tenure position (permanent employment, faculty or specialist) at Chalmers or being assistant professor, but funds can be used by other Chalmers’ research staff categories. Please list a preliminary distribution of annual fund between different staff categories (approx. 0.5 A4).</div> <div>Co-funding option. Please specify in your application if you are willing to share your project proposal with our industry partners ABB, Göteborg Energi and Preem for eventual co-funding. If agreed upon, a project list including titles and participants are send out to our partners, followed by sending the full proposal upon further request.<br /><br /></div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>I do not want to share my proposal with Chalmers industry partners</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with ABB</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with Göteborg Energi</div> <div><span style="white-space:pre"> </span>It is ok to share my proposal with Preem<br /><br /></div> <div>CV. A maximum 2 pages CV for the main applicant(s) and if applicable also the researcher(s) that will use most of the funding.</div> Thu, 31 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/Call-for-ICT-seed-projects-2022.aspxCall for ICT seed projects 2023<p><b> Call for proposals within ICT strategic areas and involving interdisciplinary approaches.​</b></p><h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="color:rgb(153, 51, 0)"><br /></h3> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Important dates:</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li><b>NEW! Submission date: </b><span>9 May, at 09.00</span>, 2022</li> <li><b>Notification:</b> mid-June, 2022</li> <li><b>Expected start of the project:</b> January 2023</li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Background</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance</b> (AoA) provides financial support for SEED projects, i.e., projects involving innovative ideas that can be a starting point for further collaborative research and joint funding applications. </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>We will prioritize research projects that <strong>involve researchers from different research communities</strong> (for example across ICT departments or between ICT and other Areas of Advances) and who have not worked together before (i.e., have no joint projects/publications). </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>Research projects involving a <strong>gender-balanced team and younger researchers</strong>, e.g., assistant professors, will be prioritized. Additionally, proposals related to <strong>sustainability</strong> and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are encouraged.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b><em>Note: </em></b><em>Only researchers employed at Chalmers can apply and can be funded. PhD students cannot be supported by this call.  Applicants and co-applicants of research proposals funded in the 2021 and 2022 ICT SEED calls cannot apply. </em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><b>The total budget of the call is 1 MSEK.</b> We expect to fund 3-5 projects</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Details of the call</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><ul><li>The project should include at least two researchers from different divisions at Chalmers (preferably two different departments) who should have complementary expertise, and no joint projects/publications.</li> <li>Proposals involving teams with good gender balance and involving assistant professors will be prioritized.</li> <li>The project should contribute to sustainable development. </li> <li>The budget must be between 100 kSEK and 300 kSEK, including indirect costs (OH). The budget is mainly to cover personnel costs for Chalmers employees (but not PhD students). The budget cannot cover costs for equipment or travel costs to conferences/research visits. </li> <li>The project must start in early 2023 and should last 3-6 months. </li></ul></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">What must the application contain?</h3> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be at most 3 pages long, font Times–Roman, size 11. In addition, max 1 page can be used for references. Finally, an additional one-page CV of each one of the applicants must be included (max 4 CVs). Proposals that do not comply with this format will be desk rejected (no review process).</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The proposal should include:</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>a)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>project title </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>b)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>name, e-mail, and affiliation (department, division) of the applicants</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>c)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the research challenges addressed and the objective of the project; interdisciplinary aspects should be highlighted; also the applicant should discuss how the project contributes to sustainable development, preferably in relation to the <a href="https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/" title="link to UN webpage">UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)</a>. Try to be specific and list the targets within each Goal that are addressed by your project.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>d)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project description </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>e)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the expected outcome (including dissemination plan) and the plan for further research and funding acquisition</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>f)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project participants and the planned efforts</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>g)<span style="white-space:pre"> </span>the project budget and activity timeline
</div> <div><div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Evaluation criteria</h3> <div><ul><li>Team composition</li> <li>Interdisciplinarity</li> <li>Novelty</li> <li>Relevance to AoA ICT and Chalmers research strategy as well as to SDG</li> <li>Dissemination plan</li> <li>Potential for further research and joint funding applications</li> <li>Budget and project feasibility​</li></ul></div></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">Submission</span></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div>The application should be submitted as <b>one PDF document</b>.<span style="background-color:initial"></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aoaictseed2023" target="_blank" title="link to submission"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Submit​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"><span><br /></span></p> <div> </div> <p class="chalmersElement-P"> </p> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The proposals will be evaluated by the AoA ICT management group and selected Chalmers researchers.

</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b><br /></b></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><b>Questions</b> can be addressed to <a href="mailto:erik.strom@chalmers.se">Erik Ström</a></span></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">General information about the ICT Area of Advance can be found at <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/Pages/default.aspx">www.chalmers.se/ict ​</a></span><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/About%20us/IKT_logo_600px.jpg" alt="" /><span style="background-color:initial">​​<br /></span></div>Wed, 30 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-learning-platform-that-simplifies-communication.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/A-learning-platform-that-simplifies-communication.aspxA learning platform that simplifies communication<p><b>​Two students at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a new learning platform for the study of mathematics, engineering and physics in higher education. The platform provides teachers and students with a common educational environment and access to the same information, so that students have equal learning opportunities regardless of geographical location and individual level of knowledge. They have now been awarded the Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship by the Forum for Engineering Physicists at Chalmers.  </b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Simon Pettersson Fors</strong> and <strong>Eric Lindgren</strong> are the recipients of this year’s <a href="https://tekniskafysiker.wordpress.com/bert-inge-hogsveds-pris/">Bert-Inge Hogsved Award for Best Entrepreneurship</a>. The award was established in 2011 by <strong>Bert-Inge Hogsved</strong>, himself an engineering physicist. The award is presented annually to students studying the programmes Engineering Physics, Engineering Mathematics or Chemical Physics with Engineering Physics. The intention is to highlight entrepreneurial initiative among students at Chalmers. </span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span>A study conducted by the Swedish Board of Student Finance (CSN) in 2020 revealed that diminished mental wellbeing is significantly more common among students than skilled workers. Studies were perceived as overly demanding and stressful. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“As a student, one is often frustrated, unable to make progress, something that creates stress. On our learning platform, it is easy to get help. Anyone can ask a question and it can be answered by both other students and teachers. All students remain anonymous in order to remove the stigma attached to ignorance,” Simon Pettersson Fors, doctoral student at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The learning platform, Yata, is an open forum that facilitates joint discussion to solve various problems. As all questions and answers are available to everyone, the platform can help many students simultaneously. All information is saved for posterity, making the learning platform a knowledge bank for future students and a tool for streamlining teaching.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For teachers, the primary benefit is saved time. A teacher can speak to the entire group at once, rather than emailing individual students. It also provides them with an opportunity to check that students are on the right track in their reasoning and plan the next stage of teaching based on ongoing discussions in the forum. They can also use earlier pedagogical posts by former teachers and students. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“There are many learning platforms on the market but few aimed at learning physics, engineering and mathematics at higher education level. It’s great to be involved in solving problems that one has personal experience of as a student,” says Eric Lindgren, doctoral student at the Department of Physics. </div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:16px">For more information, please contact:</div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/forssi.aspx">Simon Pettersson Fors</a></div> <div><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Eric-Lindgren.aspx">Eric Lindgren</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text and photo:</strong> <a href="https://www.hogia.se/">Hogia</a></div> ​Tue, 29 Mar 2022 13:00:00 +0200https://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-ERC-grants-to-Chalmers-researchers-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/news/Pages/Prestigious-ERC-grants-to-Chalmers-researchers-.aspxThey get prestigious ERC-grants <p><b>​The European Research Council has awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant and the ERC Starting Grant. Out of the Swedish researchers receiving funding, three are from Chalmers University of Technology: Christoph Langhammer, Christian Müller and Simone Gasparinetti. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The research grants from the European Research Council, ERC, are aimed at tackling major questions across all scientific disciplines. This year, two researchers at Chalmers are receiving the ERC Consolidator Grant: Professor <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">Christoph Langhammer</a> at the Department of Physics, and Professor <a href="/en/staff/Pages/Christian-Müller.aspx">Christian Müller </a>at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. </span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="https://erc.europa.eu/funding/consolidator-grants">The Consolidator Grant</a> is given to researchers with 7–12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. </span></div> <div> <div>The <a href="https://erc.europa.eu/funding/starting-grants">ERC Starting Grant</a> is awarded to early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, is ready to work independently and shows potential to be a research leader. It is given to Assistant Professor <a href="/en/staff/Pages/simoneg.aspx">Simone Gasparinetti</a>, at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience. </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Here, the researchers present their projects.</span></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Looking for new methods to advance sustainable energy technologies </h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Christoph%20Langhammer_180px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" />It is the second time around that Christoph Langhammer receives an ERC grant. With his new project, he hopes to achieve a deeper understanding of chemical reactions on surfaces of nanoparticles, which is important for advancing sustainable energy technologies and synthesis of chemicals.  </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>“The research we will conduct focuses on developing a nanofluidics-based optical microscopy method that will enable the study of chemical reactions that occur on individual nanoparticles in a completely new way. The method that we will develop has the potential to study catalysis at the individual particle level in a quantitative way and at technically directly relevant conditions with relevant materials. I am also convinced that the project will establish the foundation for integrated ”labs on a chip” in the area of catalysis science,” says Christoph Langhammer. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>“ERC funding is unique in the way that it allows and actually encourages risk taking and thus also allows making mistakes to learn from. We are given an incitament to be creative, bold and visionary, which I think is the best part of being a scientist because when given this freedom there is a real chance for true breakthroughs to happen.” </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Christoph Langhammer receives 2,3 million euro for his project. </span><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">More about Christoph Langhammer’s research </h3> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/centres/gpc/news/Pages/Portrait-Christoph-Langhammer.aspx">His research is paving the way for the hydrogen vehicles of the future </a></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/The-importance-of-good-neighbours-in-catalysis.aspx">The importance of good neighbours in catalysis </a></span></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial"><a href="/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Physics-innovations-in-the-spotlight.aspx">Physics innovations in the spotlight ​</a></span></li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2"><span>He wants to weave electronic textiles with conducting plastics   </span></h2> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Christian%20Muller_180.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" /><span style="background-color:initial">Polymers, also known as plastics, shape almost every aspect of our lives. Christian Müller is fascinated by a type of polymer that can conduct electricity. He sees large potential in using them in electronic devices such as solar cells and sensors, but their properties need to be improved and further developed. With the ERC grant and together with his research group he will now continue to address that challenge. They are especially focusing on new types of stimuli responsive fibers, yarns, and fabrics in the field of electronic textiles. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div>“My vision as a researcher is that, in a not-too-distant future, our clothes will have additional functions that cannot be realized with existing electronics alone. Electronic textiles may help us to connect our physical and virtual selves through sensing and interacting with our environment. They can bring a very positive impact for us as individuals and for our society in many ways.”    </div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Christian Müller receives 2 million euro for his project. </span><br /></div> <div><div> </div> <div><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">More about Christi</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33);font-family:inherit;font-size:16px;font-weight:600;background-color:initial">an Müller’s research   </span></div></div> <div><ul><li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Exploring-new-ways-to-power-wearable-electronics.aspx">Exploring new ways to power electronics   </a><br /></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/New%20insulation%20material%20improves%20electricity%20transport.aspx">New material improves electricity transport  </a></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/cellulose-thread.aspx">Huge potential for cellulose thread in electronic textiles​</a>   </li></ul></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span><br /></div> <div><h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Can the laws of quantum mechanics be harnessed to gain advantages in engines or batteries? <br /></h2> <div><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/20220101-20220630/Simone%20Gasparinetti_180px.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:15px" />Simone Gasparinetti and his group,<a href="https://202q-lab.se/"> 202Q-lab</a>, will carry out an extensive experimental search for quantum advantages in thermodynamics. To do so, they will use superconducting circuits similar to those that are being used to build quantum information processors at companies such as Google and IBM, as well as locally at the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (<a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx">WACQT​</a>). </div> <div><br /></div> <div>&quot;We will find out whether, and how, the laws of quantum mechanics can be harnessed to gain an advantage in the performance of an engine, or the charging time of a battery. In addition, the quantum thermal machines that we will develop are seamlessly compatible with quantum information processing units. Therefore, they may be used to carry out tasks such as energy-efficient reset of quantum bits or autonomous stabilization of quantum states.&quot;<span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;This grant presents me with a nice opportunity to carry out fundamental research complementary to the more applied one that my group is pursuing in the context of WACQT and other EU-funded projects.&quot;</span></div></div> <div>Simone Gasparinetti receives 2 million euro for his project. <span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3"><span>More about Simone Gasparinetti's research</span></h3> <div><ul><li><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Novel-thermometer-can-accelerate-the-development-of-quantum-computers.aspx">​Novel thermometer can accelerate quantum computer development</a></li> <li><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Novel-thermometer-can-accelerate-the-development-of-quantum-computers.aspx">New project for future supercomputers​​</a></li></ul></div></div> <div><em><br /></em></div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">About the ERC Consolidator Grant </h2> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Out of the 2,652 applicants who submitted proposals for the ERC Consolidator Grant, 12 percent will receive funding from the European Research Council at a total of 632 million euro. The average grant is 2 million euro paid across five years. This year, 15 researchers from Sweden received the grant. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">Read more in <a href="https://erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2021-consolidator-grants-results">the press release from the European Research Council, ERC​</a>. </span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Read about the <a href="/en/research/our-scientists/Pages/ERC-funded-scientists.aspx">Chalmers researchers who have previously received one of the three ERC grants ​</a>(ERC Advanced Grant, ERC Consolidator Grant and ERC Starting Grant.)</div> <div><br /></div> </div>Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Thesis-with-a-personal-touch-receives-this-years-Best-Thesis-Award.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Thesis-with-a-personal-touch-receives-this-years-Best-Thesis-Award.aspxThesis with a personal touch awarded at Physics<p><b>​​Magnus Rahm is the winner of the Department of Physics' annual prize for best doctoral thesis. A thesis that is not only distinguished by its playful cover and strong scientific impact – but also by its personal appeal and pedagogical features.</b></p>​​<span style="background-color:initial">The Department of Physics' Best Thesis Award for the academic year 2020/2021 goes to Dr. <span style="font-weight:700">Magnus Rahm</span>, for his dissertation entitled &quot;There is an Alloy at the End of the Rainbow: Structure and Optical Properties From Bulk to Nano&quot;.</span><span></span><div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The award committee's motivation for the award is:</div> <div><em>&quot;This year's award for the best PhD thesis goes to Magnus Rahm. The committee selected his thesis for its strong scientific impact as well as its pedagogical qualities. The thesis reflects Dr. Rahm's ability to solve complex problems requiring not only a profound and comprehensive understanding of physics and materials science, but also advanced technical skills in data analysis and software development. The thesis is easy to read and succeeds to introduce a complex subject to readers not familiar with the field. The committee also appreciated the author's personal touch throughout the thesis and in the cover art.”</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">How does it feel to receive this award?</span></div> <div>”I’m of course very happy. You put a lot of time and energy into your thesis so the fact that someone has read and appreciated it is of course delightful. I was a little surprised, there were many good theses this year,and it almost feels a bit unfortunate that not everyone can get an award. But I was very happy with my own thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What do you examine in your thesis?</span></div> <div>“I have done simulations of materials, it is about material physics so they always start on the atomic or electron scale. I have looked at several different materials, but the common denominator is that there is some connection to nanoparticles and alloys, ie a mixture of metals. There is also a connection to hydrogen, as my project is partly funded by a larger project run by Professor Christoph Langhammer, which deals with hydrogen sensors made of nanoparticles.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Why did this topic attract you?</span></div> <div>”Doing physics through computer simulations appealed to me very much. Partly because I am clumsy in the lab, partly because this is the perfect way to do experiments as you have a precise view of what is happening. I also like data analysis and programming, so it was probably the combination of things I was drawn to.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your thesis is called &quot;There is an alloy at the end of the rainbow&quot;. What is it at that you find at the end of the rainbow, more precisely?</span></div> <div>“It’s those fantastic materials that you can only imagine before you have them. Through simulations you can search for materials in a simpler way than through physical experiments. You can test more variants and you do not have the same limitations, it does not cost time or money to change an element, so you are free to search the entire periodic table. In terms of results, it is difficult to point to one single thing because the thesis consists of several different articles with quite different orientations, but what I think will perhaps have the biggest impact in the long run is the software we developed in the group during the time of my thesis.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">In their motivation, the award committee writes that your thesis is easy to read and succeeds in introducing the reader to a complex subject. How was your writing process?</span></div> <div>”It is a fairly scattered thesis - my challenge was to turn it into a whole. The thing that tied it all together at the end was the explanation for why I chose the subject from the beginning. I spent a lot of time writing an introduction that would tie everything together. I also think it's fun to write and to articulate, and I had a lot of help from discussions with my supervisor Professor <strong>Paul Erhart</strong>.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What did you find difficult during the writing process?</span></div> <div>”In addition to getting the whole thing together, I could sometimes have a writer’s block and difficulty getting started, but the most important thing then was to just start writing about what felt motivating for the moment, instead of thinking that I had to write it from the beginning to the end.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Your dissertation also has a very special cover. Tell us more about it!</span></div> <div>“In the world of physics for the past 10–20 years, it has been popular with photorealistic 3D renderings of nanoparticles, small atoms, and so on. I have made these types of illustrations myself and wanted to do something else. I googled around and stuck to an illustration with video game aesthetics that I was inspired by. That way I could get all the different parts and details in the same picture. In addition, the cover indicates that the thesis is about something digital, simulations with ones and zeros. I put way too many hours on the cover!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">What are you doing now?</span></div> <div>”I'm still in Paul Erhart's group, now as a postdoc. So I now do research on other materials, but in the same place.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700">Last but not least, do you have any good advice for those about to write a thesis themselves?</span></div> <div>”That you should not be afraid to be personal. In everything else you write within academia, several names appear as the sender and you write for scientific journals with strict guidelines. In a thesis, it is not quite the same. The product of five years of doctoral studies is not only the articles, but also yourself – you have become a doctor. I think that the thesis to some extent can reflect who you are, so if you think that sounds like a good idea, you should not be afraid to be a little bold. I tried to put my personal stamp on the thesis by having a twinkle in the eye where it suited, especially in the introductory chapter, but also in the introduction of each chapter. Everything does not have to be bone dry!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="https://research.chalmers.se/en/publication/?id=523675" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read Magnus Rahm's thesis via research.chalmers.se</a></div> <div style="font-size:15px"><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">About the Best Thesis Award</div> <div>The Best Thesis Award was founded in 2013, as one among several initiatives at the Department of Physics, to maintain and improve the research quality, as well as to show appreciation for the PhD students' hard work.</div> <div>The management of the department also hopes that this award can help doctoral students receive an extra boost in their careers after the defence. These particular theses can serve as good examples for doctoral students in the early stages of their own thesis writing. Besides the honour, the award consists of a diploma and a monetary prize of SEK 10.000.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Members of the Best PhD Thesis Award Committee: Riccardo Catena, Hana Jungová, Yasmine Sassa, Philippe Tassin (chairman), Paolo Vinai, Björn Wickman, Julia Wiktor.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>For more information, please contact:<br />Magnus Rahm</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Magnus Rahm (illustration), Lisa Gahnertz (portrait photo)</div> <div><br /></div> ​Wed, 02 Mar 2022 16:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Students-pedagogical-award-given-to-Tünde-Fülöp-.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Students-pedagogical-award-given-to-T%C3%BCnde-F%C3%BCl%C3%B6p-.aspxStudents’ pedagogical award given to Tünde Fülöp<p><b>​Tünde Fülöp, Professor at the Department of Physics, receives the students' pedagogical award Guldäpplet (“the Golden Apple”) for her course Vector Fields and Classical Physics. The purpose of the award is to draw attention to outstanding contributions for students in applied physics and applied mathematics at Chalmers.</b></p><strong>​</strong><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>What does it mean for you to receive this prize?</strong></span><div>“I am very happy and honoured. It is great to know that the students appreciated my lectures. As a former Engineering Physics student (enrolled 1991) I feel a strong connection with the students. I got lots of positive energy from them during the whole course. And that they even nominated me for this fantastic prize, it is unbelievable!”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>How did you set up the course to make the students feel committed, and what do you think of as success factors in your teaching?</strong></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/F/Blandade%20dimensioner%20inne%20i%20artikel/Tunde%20Fulop.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Tünde Fülöp" style="margin:5px;width:215px;height:284px" />“Above all, I really enjoy teaching. It feels a bit like walking on clouds, and I suspect that feeling may be contagious. I do my best to create a relaxed atmosphere, so that the students can feel that they can ask any questions, like in a happy family. My aim is that it should feel like a dialogue between me and the students. It does not always work out like that, but this group of students was really fantastic.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div>“One way to make my lectures more personal is to tell anecdotes about the scientists that are relevant for the material. I am a bit of a science history nerd, knowing about how the subject developed and who have been involved is a way for me to understand the big picture. But beyond the pedagogical value, I think it is a lot of fun to share such information. <span style="background-color:initial">To become a physicist is a journey and it is much more fun if you get to know your travel companions, whether they are dead or alive.”</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Were there any challenges in teaching the course during the pandemic, and if so, how did you address them?</strong></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">“</span><span style="background-color:initial">We were lucky in that sense. Almost all the restrictions were lifted during that period. I chose to have all activities on campus and booked the largest lecture halls available. In some cases, when students could not attend due to illness, we tried to help them by sending them notes. </span><br /></div> <div>As far as I know, there were no major issues, and the examination showed that the students managed to learn the material.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>What does teaching and meeting with the students give back to you?</strong></div> <div>“It gives me a lot of joy and strength. There is not much that can compete with the energy that comes from a classroom full of interested students. Something magical happens there and it is hard to explain that to outsiders. As a physicist, I think of resonance phenomena, but it is better than that, it is not something that happens just then and there, the feeling remains for a longer time. I still feel happy when I think back to the lectures and students from the fall term.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Last but not least, how are you going to celebrate?</strong></div> <div>“I will go to the section dinner on Saturday and celebrate together with the students.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div style="font-size:15px">The motivation for the award Guldäpplet 2022 by the Student Board of Physics:</div> <div><em>With her burning interest and inspiring lectures, Tünde has made the course &quot;Vector fields and classical physics&quot; a favourite among many students. By responding to students' questions with kindness together with a great commitment to the course content, the course has maintained a high quality and a good structure throughout the study period. In addition to this, Tünde has also taught in a way that made it very entertaining to follow the lectures.</em></div> <span style="background-color:initial"><em>This is why Tünde Fülöp is awarded Guldäpplet 2022.</em></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><em><br /></em></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>For more information, please contact:</strong><br /><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Tünde-Fülöp.aspx">Tünde Fülöp</a></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Lisa Gahnertz</div> <div>Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist</div>Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/the-allwise-alvis.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/ict/news/Pages/the-allwise-alvis.aspx​Time to inaugurate all-wise computer resource<p><b>​Alvis is an old Nordic name meaning &quot;all-wise&quot;. An appropriate name, one might think, for a computer resource dedicated to research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. The first phase of Alvis has been used at Chalmers and by Swedish researchers for a year and a half, but now the computer system is fully developed and ready to solve more and larger research tasks.​</b></p><br /><div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/300x454_Alvis_infrastructure_1.png" alt="A computer rack" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" style="margin:10px;width:270px;height:406px" />Alvis is a national computer resource within the <strong><a href="https://www.snic.se/">Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing, SN​IC,</a></strong> and started on a small scale in the autumn of 2020, when the first version began being used by Swedish researchers. Since then, a lot has happened behind the scenes, both in terms of use and expansion, and now it's time for Chalmers to give Swedish research in AI and machine learning access to the full-scale expanded resource. The digital inauguration will take place on <span style="font-weight:normal"><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">February 25, 202</a>2.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>What can Alvis contribute to, then? </b>The purpose is twofold. On the one hand, one addresses the target group who research and develop methods in machine learning, and on the other hand, the target group who use machine learning to solve research problems in basically any field. Anyone who needs to improve their mathematical calculations and models can take advantage of Alvis' services through SNIC's application system – regardless of the research field.</div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">&quot;Simply put, Alvis works with pattern recognition, according to the same principle that your mobile uses to recognize your face. What you do, is present very large amounts of data to Alvis and let the system work. The task for the machines is to react to patterns - long before a human eye can do so,&quot; says <b>Mikael Öhman</b>, system manager at Chalmers e-commons.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">How can Alvis help Swedish research?</h3> <div><b>Thomas Svedberg</b> is project manager for the construction of Alvis:</div> <div>&quot;I would say that there are two parts to that answer. We have researchers who are already doing machine learning, and they get a powerful resource that helps them analyse large complex problems.</div> <div>But we also have those who are curious about machine learning and who want to know more about how they can work with it within their field. It is perhaps for them that we can make the biggest difference when we now can offer quick access to a system that allows them to learn more and build up their knowledge.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The official inauguration of Alvis takes place on February 25. It will be done digitally, and you will find all <a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">information about the event here.</a></div> <div><br /></div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Facts</h3> <div>Alvis, which is part of the national e-infrastructure SNIC, is located at Chalmers. <a href="/en/researchinfrastructure/e-commons/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers e-commons</a> manages the resource, and applications to use Alvis are handled by the <a href="https://www.snic.se/allocations/snac/">Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC</a>. Alvis is financed by the <b><a href="https://kaw.wallenberg.org/">Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation</a></b> with SEK 70 million, and the operation is financed by SNIC. The computer system is supplied by <a href="https://www.lenovo.com/se/sv/" target="_blank">Lenovo​</a>. Within Chalmers e-commons, there is also a group of research engineers with a focus on AI, machine learning and data management. Among other things, they have the task of providing support to Chalmers’ researchers in the use of Alvis.</div> <div> </div> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3">Voices about Alvis:</h3> <div><b>Lars Nordström</b>, director of SNIC: &quot;Alvis will be a key resource for Swedish AI-based research and is a valuable complement to SNIC's other resources.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Sa</strong></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>ra Mazur</strong>, Director of Strategic Research, Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation: &quot;</span>A high-performing national computation and storage resource for AI and machine learning is a prerequisite for researchers at Swedish universities to be able to be successful in international competition in the field. It is an area that is developing extremely quickly and which will have a major impact on societal development, therefore it is important that Sweden both has the required infrastructure and researchers who can develop this field of research. It also enables a transfer of knowledge to Swedish industry.&quot;<br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><b>Philipp Schlatter</b>, Professor, Chairman of SNIC's allocation committee Swedish National Allocations Committee, SNAC: &quot;Calculation time for Alvis phase 2 is now available for all Swedish researchers, also for the large projects that we distribute via SNAC. We were all hesitant when GPU-accelerated systems were introduced a couple of years ago, but we as researchers have learned to relate to this development, not least through special libraries for machine learning, such as Tensorflow, which runs super fast on such systems. Therefore, we are especially happy to now have Alvis in SNIC's computer landscape so that we can also cover this increasing need for GPU-based computer time.&quot;</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Scott Tease</strong>, Vice President and General Manager of Lenovo’s High Performance Computing (HPC) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) business: <span style="background-color:initial">“Lenovo </span><span style="background-color:initial">is grateful to be selected by Chalmers University of Technology for the Alvis project.  Alvis will power cutting-edge research across diverse areas from Material Science to Energy, from Health care to Nano and beyond. </span><span style="background-color:initial">Alvis is truly unique, built on the premise of different architectures for different workloads.</span></div> <div>Alvis leverages Lenovo’s NeptuneTM liquid cooling technologies to deliver unparalleled compute efficiency.  Chalmers has chosen to implement multiple, different Lenovo ThinkSystem servers to deliver the right NVIDIA GPU to their users, but in a way that prioritizes energy savings and workload balance, instead of just throwing more underutilized GPUs into the mix. Using our ThinkSystem SD650-N V2 to deliver the power of NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs with highly efficient direct water cooling, and our ThinkSystem SR670 V2 for NVIDIA A40 and T4 GPUs, combined with a high-speed storage infrastructure,  Chalmers users have over 260,000 processing cores and over 800 TFLOPS of compute power to drive a faster time to answer in their research.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" /></a><a href="/en/areas-of-advance/ict/calendar/Pages/Alvis-inauguration-phase-2.aspx">SEE INAUGURATION PROGRAMME​</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Jenny Palm</em></div> <em> </em><div><em>Photo: Henrik Sandsjö</em></div> <div><em>​<br /></em></div> <div><em><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Areas%20of%20Advance/Information%20and%20Communication%20Technology/750x422_Alvis_infrastructure_3_220210.png" alt="Overview computor" style="margin:5px;width:690px;height:386px" /><br /><br /><br /></em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> ​Sun, 13 Feb 2022 00:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Competence-centers-in-Catalysis-and-Nuclear-technology-receive-support.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/chem/news/Pages/Competence-centers-in-Catalysis-and-Nuclear-technology-receive-support.aspxCompetence 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="http://www.chalmers.se/en/centres/KCK/Pages/default.aspx" 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 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Materials-for-Tomorrow-2021.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/areas-of-advance/materials/news/Pages/Materials-for-Tomorrow-2021.aspxWatch 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="https://youtu.be/IRYEoZODNF4"><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="https://youtu.be/oXJRvHZldAw"><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="https://youtu.be/jWbuZs24WE4"><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="https://www.psi.ch/en/lsc/people/helena-moens-van-swygenhoven">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="https://youtu.be/0UzY7B9Ql_A"><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="https://youtu.be/SAb5Xo3Jss0"><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="https://www.gu.se/en/about/find-staff/anderspalmquist"><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="https://youtu.be/fLasnAD8vZ0"><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="https://youtu.be/kJnxFs5t5rY"><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="https://youtu.be/Ioo5EjU0vSo"><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="https://www.cellink.com/global/faces-bioprinting-meet-cellink-scientific-officer-bite-team-leader-itedale-namro-redwan/"><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="https://youtu.be/Ioo5EjU0vSo" 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="https://youtu.be/w_x8jJmIJwY">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="https://youtu.be/t3ivaiMQPGc"><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="https://matse.illinois.edu/people/profile/n-sottos"><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 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Professor-Imre-Pazsit-receives-Wigner-Award.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Professor-Imre-Pazsit-receives-Wigner-Award.aspxProfessor 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="https://www.ans.org/honors/award-wigner/">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,  imre@chalmers.se, +46317723081</div>Thu, 16 Dec 2021 12:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Material-that-can-both-move-and-block-heat-opens-new-doors.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Material-that-can-both-move-and-block-heat-opens-new-doors.aspxMaterial 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="https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03867-8"> 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="https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03867-8" target="_blank" style="outline:currentcolor none 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="https://news.uchicago.edu/story/uchicago-scientists-create-material-can-both-move-and-block-heat" 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="mailto:erhart@chalmers.se">erhart@chalmers.se</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: Neuroncollective.com (Daniel Spacek, Pavel Jirak), Chalmers​</div>Thu, 16 Dec 2021 08:00:00 +0100https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspxhttps://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/physics/news/Pages/Batteries-of-the-future-in-focus-for-Distinguished-Professor-grant.aspxBatteries 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="https://www.vr.se/english/applying-for-funding/decisions/2021-10-10-distinguished-professor-grant-within-natural-and-engineering-sciences.html">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="mailto:patrik.johansson@chalmers.se">patrik.johansson@chalmers.se</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