News: Foundation Chalmers related to Chalmers University of TechnologyTue, 07 Dec 2021 00:47:14 +0100öran Wallberg Grant to Maria Siiskonen<p><b>​​
Congratulations to Maria Siiskonen, who was awarded a grant of SEK 50,000 from the Chalmers Foundation and Göran Wallberg's Memorial Fund in 2019, which will give funding for a four-month stay in Copenhagen, Denmark.</b></p><br /><div>
The Chalmers alum Göran Wallberg (VV-45) generously donated 2 million with the aim of helping students and younger researchers to gain international experience during their studies. The grant covers the areas of ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Production Technology and Environmental Technology.
</div> <div>&quot;It's a very nice Christmas present,&quot; says Maria Siiskonen, PhD student at the Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers. “I will use the grant for a research stay at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, to learn more about adaptable manufacturing systems for personalized medicines.”</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>
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</strong></div> <div>Maria Siiskonen's previous research has focused on product design and how different functionalities can be incorporated into medicines, for example in tablets. It makes it possible to adapt the medicine to the needs of the individual patient and thus optimize patients' treatments against a number of different diseases. 
</div> <div>A consequence from product customization is the accelerating number of product variants and previous studies indicate that current pharmaceutical production systems are not flexible enough to enable production of customized product in an economically feasible manner.
 </div> <div>“I want to take a closer look at how the production systems for individualized medicines to find how they should be designed, both from an economic and sustainable perspective. My focus will be on the adaptability and flexibility of the systems to meet the demand for patient-adapted product variants.”

 </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Strong research at DTU attracts
</strong></div> <div>Maria explains that DTU's research group has a good reputation in the research area, in terms of the field of product customization and strategic approaches to product portfolio design.</div> <div>“Being here for a couple of months, will give me excellent opportunities to get a first-hand insight into their methods, discover new tools and hopefully get optimized product development methods to bring home with me. I think this will be an excellent opportunity to develop as a researcher”, concludes Maria.

</div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="font-weight:700"><a href="" target="_blank" title="link to new webpage"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more of Maria Siiskonens research​</a></span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>Text: Carina Schultz / Maria Siiskonen
</em></div> <div><em>Photo: Carina Schultz</em></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div>Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 +0100 for advanced microscopy studies in the US<p><b>​Alexandra Paul, researcher at Chalmers specialised in molecular microscopy, receives a scholarship from the Barbro Osher Endowment to support her visit at the University of Texas at Austin. </b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">Alexandra Paul receives 90,000 SEK from the Barbro Osher Endowment, which supports Chalmers researchers who wish to develop their research in collaboration with prominent researchers at universities in the United States.</span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div> “I am very honored to receive the support to pursue my research at an exciting and world leading institution. I am sure, I will learn a lot during the upcoming year, and I am looking forward to an inspiring research environment at the Department of Biomedical Engineering,” says Alexandra Paul. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>In 2018 Alexandra Paul ended her doctoral studies on the involvement of lipids in the development of obesity related diseases at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering at Chalmers. In 2019 she received the Swedish Research Council’s grant for an International postdoc.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>In her new research project, Alexandra Paul will use an advanced microscopy technique to investigate if and how lipid droplets are involved in progression of neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease. </div> <div>This technique, coherent Raman scattering (CRS), is only available in approximately ten universities in the world, the University of Texas at Austin being one of them. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>The scholarship from Barbro Osher will provide for housing and travel during Alexandra Paul’s first year in the United States. </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text: </strong>Susanne Nilsson Lindh</div> <div><strong>Photo: </strong>Martina Butorac</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>About Barbro Osher</strong></div> <div><ul><li>Barbro Osher is the Swedish Consul General in San Francisco, and a well-known mecenate.</li> <li>She is founder of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, which supports cultural and educational projects with Swedish connection in Sweden and the U.S.</li> <li>Applicants for scholarships through Barbro Osher Endowment must be researchers employed at Chalmers. <a href="/en/foundation/scholarshipsandgrants/Pages/Osher.aspx">More information on how to apply for the scholarships</a></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Read more about Alexandra Paul’s research:</strong> <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Her-vision-Early-detection-of-Parkinsons-Disease.aspx)">Her vision: Early detection of Parkinson’s Disease</a></div> </div>Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0100 for scholarships from the Chalmers Research Foundation<p><b>The purpose of the Fund is to promote research at the University to the benefit of science and industry.</b></p><strong>​Grants are mainly in the form of support for young researchers, study trips for PhD students as well as international research and conference trips. A small part is allocated to senior researchers.</strong><div><strong>The Fund is one of the foremost funds at Chalmers and was established in 1929 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the University. </strong><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><div><strong>The Research Fund statutes state:</strong></div> <div>&quot;The purpose of the Research Fund is to expand the potential for research at the Institute to the benefit of science and industry&quot;.</div> <div> The available yield from the Fund may be used for a variety of purposes, including:</div> <div>-     acquisition of instruments and materials necessary for research work and which cannot be considered necessary for normal teaching; (...)</div> <div>-     grants to cover the cost of publishing the results of research conducted at the Institute</div> <div>-     support for teachers at the Institute or engineers who graduate from the Institute to make study trips that can be deemed necessary to complete certain research work.  </div> <div><br /></div> <div> <strong style="background-color:initial">The Fund is announcement on August 19, 2019</strong></div></div> <div><strong style="background-color:initial">More information and Application: </strong></div> <div><a href=";rmjob=p198" style="font-size:12px">;rmjob=p198​​​</a><strong style="background-color:initial"><br /></strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial;font-size:14px"><b><br /></b></span></div>Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:00:00 +0200 researchers receive the Chalmers Foundation Award<p><b>​No less than six people have been awarded the 2019 Chalmers Foundation Award. </b></p>​​<span>Three of them – Karin Jonsson, Rikard Landberg and Nathalie Scheers – come from the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, where they research food's impact on people and health.</span><div><br /></div> <div>From the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, come the award winners Christel Cederberg, Fredrik Hedenus and Stefan Wirsenius. They carry out research into how the Earth's climate and resources are affected by human food production.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>The award committee's justification reads:</strong></div> <div><br /></div> <div><em>“The Chalmers Foundation was established 25 years ago, in 1994, with the goal of helping guide Chalmers to conduct research and education at a top level internationally. Since then, Chalmers has developed in a positive direction and the vision, ‘Chalmers for a sustainable future’, permeates the entire organisation today. This is particularly evident when it comes to large social issues, which Chalmers addresses through multiple research areas, with different perspectives and grants. One area in particular is research into food, and its importance not only to us as individuals, but from a global social perspective .</em></div> <div> </div> <div><em>The Foundation's 2019 award is given to six people, all of whom have distinguished themselves in research areas related to food. The prize winners have all made a significant media impact with their research, and thus strengthened the image of Chalmers as a university that tackles sustainability through a multifaceted approach.</em></div> <em></em><div><em> </em></div> <em></em><div><em>At the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, research is conducted on how food affects us as individuals, especially our health. At the Department of Space, Earth and Environment, researchers study how food production and resource-use affects the climate.”</em></div> <div> </div> <div>The prize will be awarded at the doctoral conferment ceremony on 18 May, and consists of a personal award of SEK 15,000 (pre-tax) and SEK 50,000 to be used to finance a collaborative event in which Chalmers' various efforts in this area will be highlighted.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The laureates have been appointed by a prize committee that has been given the task of producing a winner by the Foundation Board. The committee contains representatives from the university, the student union, the CING and the Chalmers Foundation.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Chalmers Foundation Award has been handed out annually since 2006.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:18px"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>About this year’s winners:</strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></p> <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Karin-Jonsson.aspx"></a><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Karin-Jonsson.aspx"><p class="MsoNormal">Karin Jonsson</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Postdoc, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Division of Food and Nutrition Science</p></a><p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"></span> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Karin Jonsson's research area is carbohydrates and health, with a focus on utilization. She is project manager for the start-up of a public-private partnership for improved public health through increased whole grain intake. In parallel, she coordinates the Nordic Rye Forum, a platform for research and innovation in rye and health in the Nordic region. Karin Jonsson also leads a research collaboration with the Nobel Prize Museum where young people's perception of food, health and carbohydrates is studied. Her PhD thesis concerned early nutrition and allergy development.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Further reading: </strong><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Efforts-to-increase-Swedish-whole-grains-consumtion.aspx">New project to make Swedes eat more whole grain​</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p></div> <div><span><span></span><a href="/sv/personal/Sidor/rikard-landberg.aspx"><div>Rikard Landberg</div> <div>Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Head of Division of Food and Nutrition Science</div></a><div><span>R</span><span>ikard</span><span> Landberg is Professor of Food and Health. His group studies the effects of food and specific food components on health and disease risk, in observation and intervention studies and in various model systems. The role of plant-based, high-fibre foods in appetite, hormonal regulation and cardiometabolic risk factors are also of great interest, as well as the development of new techniques to measure what people eat and their effects on individual and group levels. The group is currently working on several studies to investigate new concepts for individual adaptation of diet.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div></span></div> <div><strong>Further rea</strong><strong>ding:</strong> <span></span><span><a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Wholegrains-important-for-preventing-type-2-diabetes.aspx">Wholegrains important for preventing type 2 diabetes​</a></span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/nathalie-scheers.aspx"></a><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/nathalie-scheers.aspx"></a><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/nathalie-scheers.aspx"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nathalie Scheers</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="display:inline !important">Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, Division of Food and Nutrition Science​</p></a><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Nathalie Scheers researches in the field of molecular nutrition. She and her team study the intra and extracellular effects of absorbed nutrients in the intestine such as metals, gluten and fish proteins. This can include regulating transport proteins and enzymes or stress that can lead to, for example, cancer, cell death, or oxidative damage. Human cell models are used as a working tool, and intervention and observation studies in humans will soon be used to translate the results.</span><span>​</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Further reading:</strong> <a href="/en/departments/bio/news/Pages/Certain-iron-supplements-may-influence-the-development-of-colon-cancer.aspx">Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer​</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> <a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/fredrik-hedenus.aspx"><div>Fredrik Hedenus</div></a><div><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/fredrik-hedenus.aspx">Senior Researcher  Department of Space, Earth and Environment and </a><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/fredrik-hedenus.aspx">Head of Division</a><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/fredrik-hedenus.aspx"><div style="display:inline !important"> Physical Resource Theory </div></a></div> <div> </div> <div>Fredrik Hedenus researches strategies to reduce the climate impact of food production and how renewable electricity systems should be designed. He has also co-authored a textbook on the concept of sustainable development, and is active as a teacher and lecturer in the field.</div> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>F</strong><strong>urther reading:</strong> <a href="/sv/institutioner/see/nyheter/Sidor/Hallbar-utveckling---nya-utmaningar-kraver-nya-kompetenser.aspx">New challenges demands new competences</a></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> <a href="/en/staff/Pages/stefan-wirsenius.aspx"></a><a href="/en/staff/Pages/stefan-wirsenius.aspx"><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stefan Wirsenius</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="display:inline !important">Associate Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory</p></a><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Stefan Wirsenius is Associate Professor in Environmental and Resource Assessments of Agriculture. He is an expert in environmental science, with a specialisation in land use, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and greenhouse gas emissions. His expertise also includes agricultural science, with a focus on the modeling of food, bioenergy and agricultural systems.</span><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Stefan Wirsenius's research interests are linked to the great challenge of meeting the growing demand for food from an ever-increasing and richer world population, while reducing the negative environmental impacts of agriculture, such as deforestation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><br /></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US"><strong>Further reading:</strong> <a href="/en/departments/see/news/Pages/Organic-food-worse-for-the-climate.aspx">Organic food worse for the environment</a></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p></div> <div><span></span><a href="/en/staff/Pages/christel-cederberg.aspx"><div>Christel Cederberg</div> <div>Professor, Department of Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory</div></a><div><span>Christel Cederberg researches in the field of sustainable food and bioenergy production. Current projects are focused on grass-based biorefineries, food systems with improved nutritional cycles and measures for increased carbon sinks in soil and forest. Christel Cederberg is active in the Energy Area of Advance at Chalmers.</span><br /></div></div> <div><br /><strong>Further reading:</strong> <a href="/sv/institutioner/see/nyheter/Sidor/Global-miljopaverkan-fran-svensk-konsumtion.aspx">Global environment effects from swedish consumption</a></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Erik Krå<span>ng</span></div> <div><strong>Photo/film:</strong> Johan Bod<span></span>ell</div> ​​Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:25:00 +0200 prepares students for the future<p><b>Chalmers’ new educational initiative, Tracks, offers interdisciplinary and individualised studies, starting this autumn. It will make students better prepared to solve future societal challenges, such as energy supply, transport and more efficient use of resources. </b></p><div>The name Tracks refers to just that – the students choosing their own track, and the tracks that will be created between the existing programmes.</div> <div>“It is about keeping our students’ high employability also in the future,” says Kristina Henricson Briggs, Vice Director for Tracks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Flexible and individualised education</strong></div> <div>Tracks is a ten-year investment from the Chalmers Foundation – one of the largest investments in the field of education in the University's 190-year history.</div> <div>A large part of the studies will be interdisciplinary, meaning that they will cross educational and subject boundaries. This offers the students great opportunities to broaden their knowledge outside of their chosen main area. Their studies take place mainly in project form, and the study plan can be adjusted and developed based on new circumstances.</div> <div>“We are creating an arena in which we train our students to address major global challenges,” says Mikael Enelund, Director of Tracks.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>And there is no shortage of global challenges that need addressing, in areas such as sustainability, transport and infrastructure, energy, global systems and vehicle safety.</div> <div>“These are all areas where Chalmers has cutting edge research,” says Mikael Enelund.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The preparations are in full swing, and during the academic year of 2019/2020 the first themes and projects within Tracks will start. More themes and projects will gradually be added.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The Tracks model consists of challenge-driven courses and projects, where students from different disciplines work together to understand and/or solve complex societal challenges, to develop, build, test and implement new processes, products and systems, in order to gain and develop interdisciplinary competences.</div> <div>This structure of education will give the students the opportunity for a more individualised study path, through which every student will be able to tailor their own educational profile.  Based on their interests, they can choose one or several Tracks courses, reflecting on which prerequisite competences they require, and attaining them through a supportive infrastructure.</div> <div>The intention is also that programmes and courses will be more flexible to be able to develop faster and include new technology and pedagogy. In the quality assurance process, only overall general learning outcomes will be specified for Tracks courses while specific content and outcomes are defined in connection with the course start.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Investment in learning environments</strong></div> <div>Tracks also includes a large investment in Chalmers' learning environments. To meet the needs of the Tracks courses, Chalmers will create outstanding modern learning environments with, for example, computer resources for machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as labs where students can build and test prototypes, and open, creative areas for group work.</div> <div>&quot;Since Tracks is modernising both the education and the premises, it is an exciting and important development. It will be of benefit to both our current and future students and is something that Chalmers is very proud to offer,&quot; says Kristina Henricson Briggs.</div> <div><br /></div> <div> </div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>Text:</strong> Erik Krång</div> <div><strong>Picture:</strong> Johan Bodell</div> <div><br /></div>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:00:00 +0200,000-in-travel-scholarship.aspx,000-in-travel-scholarship.aspxReceives 25,000 in travel scholarship<p><b>​Patric Holmvall, PhD student at the Applied Quantum Physics Laboratory at MC2, has received 25,000 in travel scholarship from Chalmersska forskningsfonden. The money gives him the chance to do a research visit for five weeks at two US universities.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/pholmvall_350x305.gif" alt="Photo of P Holmvall." class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" style="margin:5px" />Patric Holmvall (to the left) is happy for the scholarship from the research fund. It provides a significant contribution to the financing of the trip. Holmvall is already in place and meets researchers at Montana State University (MSU) in the US for three weeks. He has previously collaborated with Anton B. Vorontsov, professor at MSU, but now wants to develop it further in place.</span><br /></div> <div>&quot;Then I go to Northwestern University for two weeks to give a colloquium and explore the possibilities for a collaboration with professors James A. Sauls and William P. Halperin&quot;, says Patric.</div> <div>Sauls, professor of physics, and Halperin, professor of physics and astronomy, are both top names in their field and were awarded as late as 2017 with the Fritz London Memorial Prize of 10,000 USD each. The prize was awarded at the large low-temperature physics conference 28th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT28) in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Chalmersska forskningsfonden is one of the foremost funds at Chalmers and was established in 1929 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the University. The purpose of the Fund is to promote research at the University to the benefit of science and industry. </div> <div>Grants are mainly in the form of support for young researchers, study trips for PhD students as well as international research and conference trips.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo: Private</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="/en/foundation/scholarshipsandgrants/Pages/CFFeng.aspx">Read more about Chalmersska forskningsfonden</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:00:00 +0100 Fager receives scholarship from Barbro Osher<p><b>​Christian Fager, professor at the Microwave Electronics Laboratory (MEL) at MC2, has been awarded 37,000 SEK from the donor fund Barbro Osher Endowment, which supports Chalmers researchers' visits at US universities.</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial">Christian Fager has over the years profiled himself as a successful researcher with focus on investigating and developing new types of radio transmitters for mobile communication.</span><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>The support from Barbro Osher will now allow him to spend two weeks as a visiting researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA, in June 2019. It is one of the world's leading technical universities. Christian Fager will collaborate on site with Professor Hua Wang, who is a pioneer in the field of advanced radiosystems for communication at millimeterwave frequences.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Christian Fager has received a number of awards over the years. Most recently, he was honored with ​Chalmers Research Supervisor of the Year 2017/2018 Award. In 2010 he got the Areas of Advance Award.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>The purpose of the scholarships from Barbro Osher Endowment is to support research visits in collaboration with leading research environments and colleagues at prominent US universities, for Chalmers researchers who want to develop their own research by finding new inspiration or guiding it along new paths.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Barbro Osher is the Swedish Consul General in San Francisco and founder of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. She is a well-known philanthropist and mecenate.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a>Read more about Barbro Osher Endowment</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 09:00:00 +0100 Chalmers grant to support her postdoctoral studies in the US<p><b>​Postdoctoral researcher Nooshin Mortazavi at the Department of Physics, Chalmers, has recently been granted SEK 135 000 from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. The grant will cover research costs during her first year at Harvard University in Boston, USA. </b></p>Through this foundation, Chalmers can support researchers who spend some time at a University in the United States. The foundation is aimed at researchers who, in collaboration with leading research environments and colleagues at prominent universities in the USA, wish to develop their research by finding new inspiration or guiding it along with new paths.<br /><br /><div>Earlier this year Nooshin Mortazavi was awarded an international postdoctoral grant from the Swedish Research Council (VR) to carry out research on &quot;High-Temperature Thermoelectrics Based on Natural Superlattice Oxides&quot; in John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard. The project has an ambitious goal: conversion of large amounts of waste heat to electricity using an intriguing but poorly characterized class of still-developing high-temperature ceramics, known as natural superlattices (NSLs).</div> <br /><div>Nooshin Mortazavi will spend up to three years abroad before returning to Chalmers. </div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, <a href=""><br /></a></div> <div><a href=""><br /></a></div>  <span><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Nooshin-Mortazavi-Seyedeh.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about Nooshin Mortazavi’s research.</a><a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Nooshin-Mortazavi-Seyedeh.aspx"><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a></span><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.</a><br /><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Swedish Research Council.</a><br />Sat, 08 Sep 2018 00:00:00 +0200 Eriksson receives Arne Sjögren's Prize<p><b>​Martin Eriksson, former PhD student at the Department of Physics, is honored with Arne Sjögren's Prize, which is now awarded for the fifth time. The prize of SEK 30,000 goes to the most innovative dissertation in nanoscience, and was instituted in memory of the chalmerist Arne Sjögren (F68).</b></p><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/arne_sjogren_a_250px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />At his passing in 2012, Arne Sjögren (to the right) donated SEK 370,000 to Chalmers, the amount on which the prize was based. Martin Eriksson is rewarded for his dissertation &quot;There's Plenty of Room in Higher Dimensions – Nonlinear Dynamics of Nanoelectromechanical Systems&quot;, which he defended in September 2017. He received his award at a simple ceremony during the recent networking meeting with researchers in the excellence initiative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at Marstrand.</span><br /></div> <div>&quot;I feel very proud and honored! It's been very exciting to come back and see old colleagues again and to get the opportunity to share my research, since many hours have been spent struggling to achieve the results&quot;, says Martin Eriksson.</div> <div>In connection with the award ceremony, led by the excellence initiative director Bo Albinsson, Martin Eriksson also held a lecture in which he presented his dissertation.</div> <div>&quot;His analysis of nonlinear dynamics in small mechanical systems, has paved the road for new studies, experimental and theoretical, on this topic&quot;, the jury writes in the motivation.</div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/meriksson_IMG_5060_665x330.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><span style="background-color:initial">After his dissertation, Martin Eriksson had a postdoctoral service at Chalmers. Then he developed his research through various collaborations with researchers in the United States. The new results are expected to be published in the scientific journals Physics Review Letters and Nature Nanotechnology.</span><br /></div> <div>Martin Eriksson recently took office at the consulting company ÅF in Gothenburg.</div> <div><br /></div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/balbinsson_IMG_4901_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="" style="margin:5px" />The Excellence Initiative's director, Professor Bo Albinsson (to the left), is very pleased to be able to hand out Arne Sjögren's Prize, which is now awarded to a doctor in nanotechnology from Chalmers for the fifth time:</div> <div>&quot;The doctoral students are the bloodstream of Chalmers research, and awarding an annual prize to the best thesis in nanoscience is a very important task,&quot; he says.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> <div>Photo of Arne Sjögren: Hans Block</div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Read Martin Eriksson's doctoral thesis</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">About Arne Sjögren's Prize &gt;&gt;&gt;</h5> <div>​The prize has been founded to recognize an outstanding student in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology area, with the prime aim to boost a future career in academia or industry. It has been made possible by a generous donation by Chalmers alumnus Arne Sjögren (F68) who in his will donated part of his estate to be used for the benefit of research in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology at Chalmers.</div> <div><br /></div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Earlier Prize winners:</h5> <div>2013 (for best dissertation 2012) Samuel Lara-Avila</div> <div>2014 No prize was awarded</div> <div>2015 Jakob Woller</div> <div>2016 André Dankert</div> <div>2017 Jelena Lovric</div> <div>2018 Martin Eriksson</div> <div><br /></div> <div><a href="">Read more about Arne Sjögren and his will (in Swedish)​</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</div> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 08:00:00 +0200 Hansson awarded by Chalmers Foundation<p><b>​​Josef Hansson, PhD student at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory and chair of the MC2 PhD student council, has recently been awarded with a travel grant from &quot;Alice och Lars Erik Landahls stipendiefond&quot;. </b></p><div>The grant, 18 800 SEK, will be used for the 2018 IEEE 68th Electronic Components and Technology Conference in San Diego.</div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Susannah Carlsson</div> <div>Photo: Michael Nystås</div>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0200 Foundation Award presented to Lisbeth Olsson<p><b>​This year's Foundation Award goes to Professor Lisbeth Olsson at the Department of Biology and Biotechnology. She is one of the most prominent researchers at Chalmers and she has shown great commitment in many areas.</b></p>​Lisbeth Olsson has in a short time established a large research group in industrial biotechnology and her collaborative research, often around innovative ideas whose potentials are not yet known, leading to knowledge building and new practices for her partners which has a great potential for impact.<br /><br />She also shows great commitment in all levels of education, from basic to research level, and to strong leadership in various parts of the Chalmers organization. Already when Lisbeth was recruited to Chalmers, she started discussions with several other Chalmers researchers on cross-border research collaborations. These collaborations have, among other things, led to the creation of the KAW-funded center Wallenberg Wood Science Center, the strategic research program Chalmers Energy Initiative and the Formas-funded cooperation project BioBuF, which engages groups from four institutions at Chalmers and RISE. Her efforts as Area of Advance leader for Energy have been characterized by an engagement for all activities and areas regardless of Chalmers institutional boundaries.<br /><br />The Award comprises a personal payment of SEK 25,000 (before taxes) and an activity grant of SEK 100,000.<br /><br />An important task of the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation is to stimulate the development of the University's activities. For many years the Foundation has contributed to quality and renewal through funding within selected areas. The Foundation Award was established to highlight, in particular, the crucial importance of Chalmers employees to the success of the University and to focus on examples that act as a source of inspiration. The Award is presented once each year and was presented for the first time in 2006.Fri, 09 Mar 2018 08:00:00 +0100 Foundation invests in new 2D super materials<p><b>​To ensure Chalmers as key player for graphene based two dimensional (2D) composite materials research, Chalmers Foundation invests SEK 15 million into a new research group. 2D materials are only one-atom-thick and have the potential to become super materials to be used for health sensors, water filters, new cool electronics or better batteries.</b></p>​<span style="background-color:initial">The discovery of graphene allowed researchers to produce and process a wide range of two dimensional (2D) materials. The next step is to combine these one-atom-thick, large and flexible nanosheets with polymers, metals or molecules in order to become new innovative nano-composites – super materials. </span><div><br /><span style="background-color:initial"></span><div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>In order to empower Chalmers</strong> as a key player for the research on graphene-based 2D composites, the <a href="/en/foundation/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Chalmers University of Technology Foundation</a> will invest SEK 15 million in the next three years to finance laboratory equipment and to part-finance a research group under the supervision of Professor Vincenzo Palermo.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /> Vincenzo Palermo has for the last four years been the leader of activities on nano-composites of the Graphene Flagship. Since 2017 he is also the vice-director of the Graphene Flagship and professor at the Department of Industrial and​ Materials Science​. In his research, Vincenzo Palermo uses nanotechnology and supramolecular chemistry to create new materials with applications in mechanics, electronics and energy. In particular, he works with the production of carbon-based composite materials as graphene. </span></div> <div><br /><div><span style="background-color:initial"><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/IMS/Material%20och%20tillverkning/Graphene_270x200.png" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Graphene is a crystalline material consisting of one layer of carbon atoms, arranged in a hexagonal pattern. The material is <em>100 times thinner </em>than a human hair but <em>20 times stronger </em>than steel. At the same time, graphene is light and flexible, and also conducts both electricity and heat very well. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>As graphene has these properties</strong>, there are many potential uses. Improved batteries and touch screens for mobiles and tablets are some examples but if graphene is combined with layers of other materials, the possibilities are even bigger.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"> </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– Yes, the potential is enormous and now our imagination is put to a test. Graphene could be used for sensors for measuring of e.g. cholesterol, glucose or haemoglobin levels in the body, new antibiotics or cure for cancer, or perhaps for curtains that capture sunlight and heat up the house. Another thing is that graphene-based materials shall allow water to pass through it while blocking other liquids or gases. It could therefore be utilized as a filter of, for instance, drinking water. Also, because the material is so strong and weighs so little it can be used to produce new composites in aircrafts or other vehicles, in order to save weight and reduce energy consumption.</span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"></span><span style="background-color:initial"><strong>Thanks to the funding</strong> granted by Chalmers Foundation, Vincenzo Palermo will be able to expand his research team. </span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">– I am very happy for the opportunities this gives me. The funding will lead to the development of innovative composites of 2D materials with polymers and metals, the creation of new industrial collaboration with key partners and, last but not least, to the training of a new group of young researchers from Chalmers.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div><strong>FACTS</strong></div> <div>Vincenzo Palermo obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2003 at the University of Bologna, after working at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and at the Steacie Institute, National Research Council (Ottawa, Canada). Now Vincenzo Palermo holds a position as research professor at Chalmers <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Industrial and Materials Science​</a> in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is acting as vice-director of the <a href="">Graphene Flag​ship​</a>. </div> <div><ul><li><span style="background-color:initial">&gt; 130 scientific articles (&gt;4000 citations, h-index=35).</span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In 2012 he won the Lecturer Award for Excellence of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In 2013 he won the Research Award of the Italian Society of Chemistry (SCI). </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">He has published two books on the life and science of Albert Einstein (Hoepli, 2015) and of Isaac Newton (Hoepli, 2016). </span><br /></li> <li><span style="background-color:initial">In November 2017 he won a Research Project Grant for Engineering Sciences, assigned within the Research Grants Open call 2017 from Vetenskapsrådet.</span><br /></li></ul></div> <div><br /></div> <div><span style="background-color:initial">The donation from the <a href="/en/foundation/Pages/default.aspx">Chalmers University of Technology Foundation</a> comprises SEK 15 million divided over three years by SEK 5 million per year during the period of 2018-2020. The money is intended to part-finance a research group to Professor Vincenzo Palermo and to finance laboratory equipment. The research group is supposed to consist of two research assistants and two post-docs.</span></div> <div><br /></div> <div><br /></div> <div>Text: Nina Silow</div> <div>Photo: Graphene Flagship</div> ​</div></div> ​Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 Rahiminejad receives scholarship from Barbro Osher<p><b>​Sofia Rahiminejad, postdoctoral researcher at the Electronics Materials and Systems Laboratory (EMSL) at MC2, has been awarded 110,000 SEK from the donor fund Barbro Osher Endowment, which supports Chalmers researchers' visits at US universities.</b></p>Earlier this year, Sofia Rahiminejad was honored with the prestigious Wenner-Gren Foundation's fellow scholarship for postdoctoral education. She has now begun a visit as guest researcher at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), at California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, USA, and Stanford University, California.<br /><br />Sofia Rahiminejad's new scholarship will be used to finance additional costs during her stay in the United States. The purpose of the scholarships from Barbro Osher Endowment is to support research visits in collaboration with leading research environments and colleagues at prominent US universities, for Chalmers researchers who want to develop their own research by finding new inspiration or guiding it along new paths.<br /><br />Barbro Osher is the Swedish Consul General in San Francisco and founder of the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation. She is a well-known philanthropist and mecenate.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="/sv/stiftelse/stipendier/Sidor/osher.aspx">Read more about Barbro Osher Endowment</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/mc2/news/Pages/Sofia-Rahiminejad-new-Wenner-Gren-Fellow.aspx">Read more about Sofia Rahiminejad's fellow scholarship at Wenner-Gren Foundation</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0100 initiative in process engineering at Chalmers<p><b>​In order to provide new opportunities for research in process engineering, the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation invested SEK 32.2 million in new equipment and personnel. The purchased MRI equipment means unique opportunities for process research.</b></p><p>​<img class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/Bengt%20Andersson200.jpg" width="200" height="212" alt="" style="height:182px;width:170px;margin:5px" />During the 1990s process engineering was heavily invested in in Sweden, but lately the focus has been more on developing the product itself than its manufacturing process. With the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation’s initiative for process engineering, new knowledge and new possibilities will be made to streamline the chemical engineering processes. The investment made it possible for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering to purchase new powerful magnetic resonance imaging equipment, MRI, which can depict non-optically available processes, enabling analyse in detail of what happens when, for example, chemicals are mixed into pulp or when medicine dissolves in stomach acid. Chalmers is one of a handful of universities in the world with similar MRI equipment, and this now give companies like Alfa Laval, AstraZeneca, Tetra Pak, Valmet, SCA, several new opportunities for collaboration with Chalmers in process engineering. </p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><p style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">– With the facility, we will be able to contribute to more efficient use of today's process equipment because we will know more about what actually happens inside the device. We will be able to see what is relevant to improve. It may not be the mechanisms that we today think give effect that actually do, and process equipment can therefore be more expedient, says Bengt Andersson, responsible for the MRI infrastructure.</span></p></blockquote> <p>In multi-phase flow, ie process of material in multiple phases, for example emulsions or blends of liquids and fibres, using traditional methods, it is not possible to directly see what happens. The new MRI gives an opportunity to accurately follow the entire process. For example, in the case of paper pulp bleaching, it is difficult to see how the turbulent mixing occur, where it stands still and where it is most in motion. More knowledge can lead to better materials, but also better utilization of equipment in the process industry.</p> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><p style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">– The process industry has noticed that it is not enough only to buy new equipment to progress. They must also look at the equipment they already have and see if it can be used more efficiently. In addition, the materials are becoming so advanced that it is not enough to look at the final composition of the product. You also have to consider how the manufacturing process shapes it, says Professor Bengt Andersson.</span></p></blockquote> <p>In addition to the investment in MRI equipment of SEK 15.4 million over six years, the Foundation's commitment to process engineering also meant that both the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Maritime Sciences could employ a new research assistant each.</p> <p><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/KB/Generell/Nyheter/mri2700.png" width="750" height="199" alt="" style="margin:5px" /><br /><br />Text and image: Mats Tiborn</p>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0200 to William Hallberg and Evgenii Novoselov<p><b>​Congratulations to William Hallberg and Evgenii Novoselov, who are awarded scholarships from Solveig and Karl G Eliasson's Commemorative Fund.</b></p>​William Hallberg, PhD student at the Microwave Electronics Laboratory (MEL), was recently awarded a grant from Fredrik H Lamm's Fund. He is now receiving another grant, this time from Solveig and Karl G Eliasson's Commemorative Fund. The new grant of 30 000 SEK will be used for a field trip to the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado, USA.<br /><br />Evgenii Novoselov is a PhD at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory (TML), and defended his thesis on 31 May. He is now awarded a grant of 20 000 SEK, which he will use for a workshop in Kurume, Fukuoka in Japan on 17-21 July.<br /><br />The yield from the fund is to be used to promote work within electrical engineering in the form of grants for the purchase and installation of equipment, publication activities, educational visits, arrangement of lectures and similar purposes in the field of electrical engineering.<br /><br />Solveig and Karl G Eliasson's Commemorative Fund is managed by the Chalmers University of Technology Foundation, the sole owner of Chalmers University of Technology AB.<br /><br />Text: Michael Nystås<br />Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist (Evgenii) and Private (William)<br /><br /><a href="/en/foundation/scholarshipsandgrants/Pages/EliassonsMF.aspx">Read more about Solveig and Karl G Eliasson's Commemorative Fund</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0200