News: Global related to Chalmers University of TechnologyThu, 18 Jan 2018 19:35:54 +0100 laboratory for mechanical quantum device research<p><b>​From Vienna to Gothenburg. Since April 2017 Witlef Wieczorek, assistant professor at the Quantum Technology Laboratory at MC2, has been planning and building a new laboratory with equipment, researchers and doctoral students. &quot;The infrastructure and the people who do research here at Chalmers and particularly at MC2 are impressive&quot;, he says.</b></p> <div>Witlef Wieczorek was originally hired as an assistant professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboratory, but since 1 January 2018 he is a member of the newly established Quantum Technology Laboratory. He welcomes us to his new office in the MC2 building at Chalmers. The corridor on the fourth floor is the location of a brand-new research laboratory within Mechanical Quantum Devices in 2018, headed by Witlef. New instruments and machines are installed in the renovated facilities, which previously were used by Thorvald Andersson and his legendary MBE Group.</div> <div>&quot;Kaija Matikainen and Svante Pålsson from MC2 and Linus Andersson from Bength Dahlgren are important key persons for me, among many others. They help a lot with the lab space. Kaija was essentially in charge of the renovation of the office space. Mikael Fogelström and August Yurgens showed continued support for this renovation&quot;,  Witlef says.</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/witlef_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />Two PhD students have already started in his lab, and more people are yet to come to work on different projects related to mechanical quantum devices. Witlef also welcomes interested master students to the new environment. Lots of new instruments are ordered and installed during the previous and upcoming months:</div> <div>&quot;Yes, an optical table like what photonics people have, a cryostat, a laser, optical modulation equipment, and some electronics equipment such as a frequency generator, a spectrum analyzer, an oscilloscope... and much much more&quot;, Witlef mentions, counting on his fingers.</div> <div> </div> <div>To set up a new laboratory is a complicated process which can take up until a year before it's alive and kicking.</div> <div>&quot;When all the equipment is there,  we have to make it work: connect, test and programme everything and then order the small things which we might have forgotten. Most of the time I buy new equipment, but sometimes it's possible to buy used one. Overall, it takes a lot of time until a lab is running. The good thing is that MC2 has an excellent cleanroom, so you can always work on fabricating your samples! The support from the cleanroom people is really wonderful. I'm very happy about it.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Witlef Wieczorek was born in Berlin in 1979. </div> <div>&quot;I am born in the eastern side. If the Berlin wall hadn't fallen I wouldn't be here&quot;, he says.</div> <div>He now lives in a rented house in Västra Frölunda, together with his family; wife and two daughters, aged six and three years. The family has accustomed well to the new life in Gothenburg.</div> <div>&quot;We are all quite happy. My oldest daughter is going to preschool, and  she likes it very much. But in the beginning it was a bit hard, because of language and so on.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Do you like Gothenburg?</h5> <div>&quot;Yes! We like it very much. We have never lived close to the sea before and we currently really enjoy that. Every time the weather permits we take the ferries and go to the archipelago with the kids. We like to go and see nature, we use our bicycles quite a lot. Gothenburg is also a city that we can nicely explore with our kids, for example, all the family-friendly museums.  And, there's still a lot more to explore.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Witlef's father was a physicist in Berlin. In his childhood, Witlef became interested and started to study physics too.</div> <div>&quot;At some point I thought I had to move out of the city, so I decided to go to Munich to do a PhD. It also came along with my interest in quantum physics and quantum optics.&quot;</div> <div>In Munich, Witlef became a member of the well-known Weinfurter Group at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU University of Munich) and at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany.</div> <div>&quot;Then I started to do experiments on entangled photons, studying the weird predictions of quantum physics&quot;, Witlef tells us.</div> <div>He did his experiments at the Max Planck Institute.</div> <div>&quot;The idea of the research was essentially to study quantum information, to explore quantum information, to understand it a bit better by using the physical system of light or photons. It goes along at what Per Delsing and Göran Johansson are doing here; they're using superconducting qubits and now they want to build a quantum computer.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <h5 class="chalmersElement-H5">Tell us a bit about your PhD thesis!</h5> <div>&quot;My PhD was rather a bit more basic in the sense that I wanted to understand entanglement of multiple objects. We were quite successful in that respect, at that time it was really good to entangle six photons, and we could show that and analyze that.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/witlef_IMG_0353_350x305.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px" />One day Witlef attended a lecture with Professor Markus Aspelmeyer from the Aspelmeyer Group at the University of Vienna. He is a pioneer in studying quantum objects with mechanical systems. The talk was so inspiring that Witlef felt that he wanted to do his PostDoc in his group. He got approved and moved to Vienna. </div> <div>His years in Vienna awaken thoughts to some day start his own research group.</div> <div>&quot;I thought that I sometime in my life wanted to do my own experiments and pursue my own ideas. That brought me here!&quot;, Witlef says.</div> <div> </div> <div>In 2016, Witlef Wieczorek applied for a position at MC2, when he got aware of a call for an assistant professorship in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Area of Advance. And in April 2017 he began his new appointment. Recently he switched to the newly established Quantum Technology Laboratory at MC2. </div> <div>&quot;I am really happy to be here. Definitely because of the research. The infrastructure and the people who do research here are impressive, the possibilities to interact and collaborate are excellent, and everybody's is very open. Another reason to go here is to learn a new language, I have started to learn Swedish!&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>In his spare time, Witlef enjoys playing basketball, he was a skilled player once, and, of course, being with his family. He also likes beachvolleyball and literature. Among his favourite authors are Herman Hesse and José Saramago:</div> <div>&quot;Saramago has amazing sentences that go over one page, one has to get into that, and his books are really enjoyable, &quot;Blindness&quot; is very good for example. I also like &quot;The Gospel according to Jesus Christ&quot;, which is a very nice book.&quot;</div> <div> </div> <div>Text and photo: Michael Nystås</div> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100 researcher strengthens the quantum computer project<p><b>​The goal is to build a large quantum computer within ten years. But the task is extremely complicated and Chalmers University of Technology needs to recruit world-class expertise in a number of fields. First up is Giulia Ferrini – an expert in quantum computations in continuous variables.</b></p>The beginning of the year marked the launch of the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology – a SEK 1 billion initiative to set Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than the best supercomputers of today; read more in <a href="/en/news/Pages/Engineering-of-a-Swedish-quantum-computer-set-to-start.aspx">Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start</a>.<br /><br />Only a few days after the starting pistol was fired the theoretical physicist Giulia Ferrini is in place in her new university, Chalmers, where she is an eagerly awaited part in the quantum computer project.<br />“It’s amazing to become part of this adventure! Sweden is one of the places I would like to live. I like the culture and the society is advanced – it feels like living in the future”, says Ferrini, who was previously a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Mainz in Germany.<br /><br />As a physics student, she was amazed by the strange phenomena of quantum physics and this aroused her interest in quantum information. She is attracted by the potential of using the peculiarities of quantum physics to create practical benefits in the form of new technology, while this also gives her an excuse for exploring the fundamentals of quantum physics.<br />“I’m very curious. I like to start from an intuitive idea and then do the hard work required to formalise it and come up with proof or a model that others can test in the lab”, explains Ferrini.<br /><br />She is mainly interested in encoding quantum information in continuous variables such as in an electromagnetic field. The other main thrust in quantum computers is to encode information in what are known as qubits, with two quantum states representing zero and one. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but so far Chalmers has focused mainly on qubits.<br />“Nobody knows yet what will work best in the end, and we need to know both methods. With Giulia Ferrini we are acquiring completely new expertise which fits very well with our own,” says Göran Johansson, Professor of Applied Quantum Physics, and one of the principal investigators in the quantum computer project.<br /><br />First of all, Ferrini together with Johansson will investigate and evaluate a new proposal on how to design a superconducting quantum computer, published by researchers in Canada. In parallel with this she will study where the boundary lies between what a standard computer and a quantum computer can do. The aim is to develop a criterion for what the minimum requirements are to achieve what is known as quantum supremacy, in other words to reach the point at which a quantum computer outperforms a standard computer.<br /><br />Two doctoral students are on their way in and Ferrini is looking forward to starting to build a research team, as well as collaborating both with the experimentalists at Chalmers and with other groups.<br />“Collaboration is fun and important for getting new ideas so that you can do relevant research,” says Ferrini.<br /><br />Beyond research, dance – in different styles – is her great interest. She describes herself as distinctly a city person, but has noticed that she appreciates the green space outside her new home in Gothenburg. In addition to finding a good place to dance, exploring the Swedish countryside is now also high up on her list.<br /><br />Text: Ingela Roos<br />Photo: Johan Bodell<br /><br />Read more about quantum computers in <a href="/en/news/Documents/quantum_technology_popdescr_171114_eng.pdf">Quantum technology – popular science description</a><br /><br />Read more about the <a href="/en/centres/wacqt/Pages/default.aspx">Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology</a><br />Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100 Micromasters programme on electrified and autonomous vehicles<p><b>​Chalmers University of Technology launches Micromasters programme: A digital master’s-level credential to advance careers in the most in-demand fields of automotive engineering.</b></p><p>​Together with EdX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, Chalmers University of Technology today announced the launching of a flexible, affordable credential for career advancement and an accelerated Master’s degree. Scandinavia’s first MicroMasters® programme will be <em>Emerging Automotive Technologies</em>. <br /></p> <p>The programme is a result from Chalmers long term close collaboration with industry. Micromasters programmes offer a modular credential with a pathway to credit and are designed for learners looking for in-demand knowledge to advance their careers or follow a path to an accelerated on-campus programme.</p> <p>Chalmers is offering a Micromasters programme in Emerging Automotive Technologies, which provides learners with a holistic perspective on emerging technologies fostering sustainability and digitalization within the automotive industry through seven courses and a final capstone exam. This is an advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in automotive engineering. It represents the equivalent of ca 20 credits of coursework at the Chalmers Masters programmes <em>Automotive Engineering or Systems, Control and Mechatronics.<br /></em></p> Chalmers University of Technology's Micromasters programme in Emerging Automotive Technologies is developed in cooperation with Volvo Cars, Volvo Group and Zenuity and designed to prepare learners for the careers in-demand today. <p>“Volvo Cars is facing a comprehensive competence transformation challenge to stay competitive in the automotive market. Electrification, connectivity and automation is driving a paradigm shift. We believe the ChalmersX Emerging Automotive Technologies Micromasters programme is a valuable complementary tool for both internal training as well as the external recruitment base capabilities” says Mats Moberg, Vice President Complete Vehicle Engineering, Volvo Cars R&amp;D.</p> <p>.</p> <p>Since </p> <p>September 2016, EdX and 25 international partners have launched 46 Micromasters programmes, offering courses in popular subjects, such as cybersecurity, business analytics, data science, artificial intelligence and user experience design. Chalmers University of Technology joins EdX and top global university partners in expanding the initiative, offering learners everywhere access to high-quality, career-focused education.</p> <p>“We are honored to work with Chalmers University of Technology to launch a Micromasters programme in Emerging Automotive Technologies. This offering marks an exciting step toward furthering our shared mission to expand access to high-quality education,” says Anant Agarwal, CEO at EdX and professor at MIT. “The Micromasters programmes on EdX empower learners everywhere to improve their lives and advance their careers. Signaling the next level of innovation in learning, Micromasters programmes are designed to meet the needs of both universities and employers, by providing learners with the in-demand knowledge and skills needed for success in today’s rapidly-evolving and tech-driven world</p> <p>.”</p> <p>Emerging Automotive Technologies begins on March 1st 2018 and is open for enrollment today.</p> <p><br />Watch a <a href="">video </a>about the Emerging Automotive Technologies programme</p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href=""><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more and r</a><span>egister</span> (External website)</p> <p><br /></p> <p><a href="/en/education/moocs/MicroMasters/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about Micromaster programmes at Chalmers University of Technology</a><br /></p>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:00:00 +0100 Meaney elected Fellow of IEEE<p><b>​From January 2018 Paul Meaney, Professor in microwave imaging for biomedical applications, is elected IEEE Fellow for his contributions to microwave tomography and its translation to clinical use.</b></p>​IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the world’s largest technical professional organization, given to persons with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.<br /><br />Professor Paul Meaney was recruited to Chalmers and the research group Biomedical electromagnetics in 2015. He also holds a position as Professor of Engineering at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. <br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/Paul%20Meaney%20elected%20Fellow%20of%20IEEE/Paul_Meaney.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:280px" />“To be appointed Fellow of IEEE is for me a nice validation that microwave tomography is for real and can be applied in real world situations”, says Paul Meaney.<br /><br />While the field is generally dominated by numerical modelers, translation to a working system has been a huge stumbling block.<br /><br />“Our work draws from a variety of imaging fields outside of the microwave domain. We previously collaborated with groups working in near infrared imaging, electrical impedance imaging and MR elastography. In depth discussions with these groups formed many of our design choices. From a classical microwave antenna standpoint, many of our design concepts often appear counterintuitive. However, when taking into account a broader array of ideas, it becomes clear that our synergism of various techniques is well grounded in classical mathematics and physics. These methods have been crucial in translating the technology to the clinic”, Paul Meaney comments.<br /><br />Developing a microwave imaging system has required inputs from multiple disciplines.<br /><br />“We have become experts in designing and building custom microwave electronics systems that achieve higher dynamic range, along with excellent cross channel isolation, than what is available in most commercial measurement systems. The monopole antenna concept is remarkably simple and counterintuitive yet most closely meets all of our system requirements. We have also delved heavily into numerical modeling and parameter estimation theory to devise algorithms which interact optimally with our physical illumination chamber concept. Being able to draw conclusions from these different cross-disciplinary areas of expertise has been crucial in our success”, Paul Meaney concludes.<br /><br /><a href="/en/departments/e2/news/Pages/Chalmers-recruits-leading-Microwave-Imaging-Professor.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about Paul Meaney and his research</a><br /><a href="/en/departments/e2/research/Signal-processing-and-Biomedical-engineering/Pages/Biomedical-electromagnetics.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />The research group Biomedical electromagnetics</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Information about the IEEE program</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br />Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0100 take the chance to be guest researchers in industry<p><b>​The Chalmers researchers Giuseppe Durisi and Tomas Bryllert receive the 2017 Strategic Mobility contribution from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. The aim is to increase the mobility between business and academia and thus enriching both environments.</b></p>​In total, 15 million SEK is distributed among 14 applicants. The Strategic Mobility contribution covers the costs corresponding to one year’s full-time work for a person who wishes to do research at a different workplace than his or her regular.<br /><br /><strong>Research on connectivity solutions for the internet-of-things</strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/E2/Nyheter/De%20tar%20chansen%20att%20gästforska%20inom%20industrin/Giuseppe_Durisi_200x245px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Information theory is the area of research in which Giuseppe Durisi, Professor at the department of Electrical Engineering, is active. It is a mathematical discipline that deals with optimal methods for representing, communicating, and storing digital information. His mobility grant project “Low-Latency Wireless Random Access for IoT connectivity” will be carried out at the company Qamcom in Gothenburg.<br />“One of the most critical research challenges in my field right now is how to provide secure, reliable, and low-latency wireless connectivity to a massive number of devices that want to exchange data”, says Giuseppe Durisi. “Such devices may be traffic and energy monitors, thermostats, smart watches, or other Internet of Things (IoT) sensors.”<br /><br />“I want to identify and test novel promising connectivity solutions”, Giuseppe Durisi continues. ”At Qamcom, we plan to identify the most relevant use-case scenarios together with selected Swedish municipalities. They are the natural stakeholders of my project, because municipalities may benefit significantly from the deployment of IoT solutions in terms of increased efficiency and cost reductions for the society.”<br /><br />Sweden has the ambition of becoming world-leading in using the opportunities brought by digitalisation. Exploiting IoT connectivity is one of the crucial first steps.<br />“Qamcom is a prominent player in the Swedish IoT landscape, and thus a natural partner to team up with, especially given their long history of successful collaboration with Chalmers. I appreciate their holistic system-level view, which complements my academic orientation”, he concludes.<br /><br />Giuseppe Durisi will be working part time for the project for 18 months, starting in June 2018.<br /><br /><strong>Radar systems at very high frequencies</strong><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/tbryllert_anna-lena_lundqvist_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Tomas Bryllert is a researcher at the Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory at the Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience – MC2. He works very broad with anything from device- and circuit technology all the way up to operating systems.<br />&quot;The last few years I have worked a lot with radar systems at very high frequencies (220 GHz, 340 GHz). These radar systems are then used to take high resolution 3D images and to do spectroscopy. We are interested in several applications of these radar systems – including process control in industrial reactors, security and atmospheric science,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert. <br /><br />He gets a one year’s full-time salary to be a guest researcher at the defence and security company Saab, and is looking forward to this opportunity: <br />&quot;I’m very glad and excited about taking on a new research area and a new workplace, at the same time I’m a bit worried about if I will have enough time for my commitments at Chalmers and for life outside of work.&quot;<br /><br /><strong>Combine Chalmers knowledge with Saab’s expertise in radars</strong><br />At Saab, Tomas Bryllert will investigate the possibilities with MIMO radar, that is, radar systems that consist of several transmit- and receive elements with individual control of each element. This is a continuation of the development of radars from systems based on mechanically scanned reflector antennas to electronically steered arrays. <br />&quot;There are many similarities with the next generation base stations for mobile networks that will also include electronically steered antennas. We hope to combine Chalmers knowledge in experimental radar systems and communications research with SAAB’s expertise in radars to demonstrate, and better understand MIMO radar,&quot; says Tomas Bryllert. <br /><br />Text: Yvonne Jonsson and Michael Nystås<br />Photo: Oscar Mattsson and Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about the Strategic Mobility contribution</a><br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />Read more about Qamcom</a><br /><br /><a href=""><span></span></a><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span style="display:inline-block"></span></a><span>Read more about Saab</span><br /><br />Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100’s-best-start-of-your-career.aspx gives your career Scandinavia’s best start<p><b>​A Master&#39;s at Chalmers University of Technology is a really good investment in your future career. One strong indication is QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017, which ranks Chalmers University of Technology highest among Nordic universities.</b></p>​Can I get a good job? Which employers will I get in touch with through the university I choose? Do they employ international students?<br /><br />Questions like these weigh very strongly when considering higher studies abroad. They effectively boil down to one factor: Employability.<br /><br />When QS evaluates how employable students from different universities are, <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers University of Technology is top-ranked in the Nordic region</a>, and placed in position no 67 globally. QS is following five factors.<br /><br /><ul><li>Chalmers University of Technology comes out strongest among the Nordic universitites (and no 7 in Europe) in terms of how many employers students meet on campus. Such connections build networks and can lead to internships and project opportunities. There are plenty of such occasions every year at Chalmers’ campus.</li> <li>The second success factor is how closely industry partners cooperate with Chalmers researchers and teachers. Here Chalmers University of Technology also reaches seventh position in Europe, and top 20 globally in the QS ranking. Other measurements, by for instance <a href="" target="_blank">Times Higher Education</a>, show that <a href="/en/news/Pages/One-of-the-strongest-links-to-industry-in-the-university-world.aspx" target="_blank">Chalmers belongs to top-ten in the world in co-publishing with industry</a>. Chalmers University of Technology has close relationships with players in more industries than other universities at the top tier of the same lists, such as world-leading companies in the automotive industry, life science, telecom and the power sector.</li> <li>Reputation is also important. In the QS employer reputation survey Chalmers University of Technology turns out second in the Nordic region. In Swedish surveys among the public, <a href="" target="_blank">Chalmers has been Sweden's highest-rated institution for six consecutive years</a>. Many Swedes have the opinion that an education at Chalmers is the best start on a good career.</li> <li>More than half of Chalmers’ students get their first job before graduation, shown by internal statistics. Over 90 percent have a relevant job within six months.</li> <li>Some become high-performers and get top positions later in their career. Alumni <a href="" target="_blank">Jesper Brodin is CEO of Ikea</a>, Ludwig Strigeus and <a href="/en/collaboration/alumni/chalmersprofiles/Pages/Martin-Lorentzon---Founder-of-Spotify.aspx" target="_blank">Martin Lorentzon belong to Spotify's founders</a> and owners. <a href="" target="_blank">Martin Lundstedt</a> is CEO of Sweden's largest company, the Volvo Group. These are some examples. International graduates Aiden Taghizdeh work for Tesla and Grannaz Amirjamshidi for Jabil, both in the San Francisco Bay area. In Denmark alumnus Ning Tan is making a career in life science. Others make a brilliant research career. <a href="/en/departments/e2/news/Pages/Swedish-robotic-arm-interested-the-President-of-France.aspx" target="_blank">Max Ortiz Catalan</a> came to Chalmers as a Masters student from Mexico and has now presented the world's first mind-controlled arm prosthesis for the French President Emmanuel Macron.</li></ul> All above is linked to factors weighed into the QS employability index.<br /><br />As an international student you may also enjoy the unique living environment that Sweden and other Nordic countries offer. Many studies show that the <a href="" target="_blank">Nordic region is innovative, modern and offer gender equality and great individual freedom</a> – and therefore a very attractive part of the world to settle down or evolve from.<br /><br />If Sweden is attractive to you, Chalmers should be a natural choice for starting an international career, being <a href="/en/news/Pages/Chalmers-is-one-of-Swedens-most-international-universities.aspx" target="_blank">one of Sweden's most international universities</a>. In addition, if you want to start a tech business, or strengthen your <a href="/en/research/society-industry/venturecreation/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">entrepreneurial ability</a>, Chalmers offers opportunities like few other universities in the world.<br /><br />Read more about: <a href="/en/education/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Education at Chalmers</a><br />Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 for the Master&#39;s programme in Nanotechnology<p><b>​Erasmus Mundus international Nano+ programme – of which Chalmers Master&#39;s programme Nanotechnology is a part – has been granted three million euros for the period 2018-2022. At the same time, the programme has received the prestigious stamp &quot;Success Story&quot; by the European Commission. &quot;We are very proud and happy about it,&quot; says Thilo Bauch, local coordinator for the Erasmus students.</b></p>Thilo is an associate professor at the Quantum Device Physics Laboraory at MC2. We meet him and his colleague Elsebeth Schröder, who is professor at the same laborary and since 2013 also coordinator of the Master's programme Nanotechnology.<br /><br />Erasmus Mundus Nano+ (EMM-Nano+) is the name of a collaboration between Chalmers, KU Leuven in Belgium, University Grenoble Alpes in France, TU Dresden in Germany and University Barcelona in Spain. The higher education institutions cooperate with their respective Master's programmes in Nanotechnology. The collaboration has been in effect since 2005. Chalmers has been involved since the start of the its own Master's programme Nanotechnology. At most, 19 Erasmus students have been in studying in Gothenburg, a record achieved two years ago.<br /><br />The arrangement means that the students study their first year at KU Leuven in Belgium, and the second year at one of the other four co-operating universities. A number of students then choose to come to Chalmers. At the Nanotechnology program they read together with the existing students. Course packages are also tailored partly because the students also study some courses normally given during the first year of the programme.<br />Internal evaluations show that the teachers are very pleased with the Erasmus students:<br />&quot;The students who choose Chalmers handle the courses very well. They have a good height in their knowledge. It is of course pleasing that some of them choose to come here,&quot; says Elsebeth Schröder.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/tbauch_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" />Thilo Bauch acts as local coordinator for the Erasmus students. This means that he has a special responsibility for taking care of them on site, giving them scientific advice and keeping in touch with KU Leuven, who coordinates the programme.<br />&quot;The assignment is 15%. There is a lot of administration, but also teaching. I am attending the Erasmus Nano Board, which meets three times a year. I am also co-arranging a workshop for the Chalmers students every three years, most recently in 2016,&quot; Thilo says.<br />The workshop is ongoing for five days and one important feature is the display of the Nanofabrication Laboratory, which is usually handled by Ulf Södervall.<br /><br /><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/eschroder_220x180.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" alt="Link to news article." style="margin:5px" /></span>Now that the European Commission grants additional funding of three million euros, it is a larger amount than before. The money goes to scholarships and pays tuition fees and accommodation for 58 students, distributed on the four partner universities and three rounds.<br />&quot;It feels really good that we can continue. The international students are a good addition to the local nanostudents. They add very much and are really aware of what they want, because they have made an active choice to come here. It's no random choice. It's good that they come into the environment here,&quot; Elsebeth says.<br /><br />The students come from all over the world. Thilo Bauch has an active part in the selection. Together with colleagues from all partner universities, he reviews all applications during a two-day marathon session in Leuven every year. A sweaty job that involves accepting students already for the first grade in Belgium.<br /><br />The Commission also shows its appreciation by giving the EMM Nano+ the stamp &quot;Success Story&quot;, as one of only six designated success programmes, of a total of 376, in the last ten-year period. The stamp embraces programmes  that &quot;have distinguished themselves by their impact, contribution to policy-making, innovative results or creative approach, and can be a source of inspiration for others.&quot;<br />In addition, the Commission also has assigned the program the rating &quot;good practice&quot; to &quot;particularly well managed and inspiring&quot; programmes.<br />&quot;Not only did you assess the actual education, but also everything from the application process, how we choose the students, what activities are offered locally, to how we work with integration, are being examined. Chalmers contributes a lot to this success stamp,&quot; says Thilo Bauch.<br /><br />The new grant and quality stamp increase the attractiveness of the programme.<br />&quot;It also gives us many good candidates for our PhD positions. Many students remain and begin a postgraduate education,&quot; says Thilo Bauch.<br />Since its inception, approximately 350 students from 55 countries have been examined in the EMM Nano+ programme.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the EMM Nano+ programme</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the Nanotechnology Master's programme at Chalmers</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Wed, 20 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0100 IT solutions can improve the lives of dementia patients<p><b>​When falling into forgetfulness, many patients affected by cognitive impairment become isolated and depressed, gradually losing their quality of life. But there are ways to improve the situation. The large, EU-project DECI, partly led by Centre for Healthcare Improvement at Chalmers, examines how smart IT solutions and new ways to organize care can help the patients maintain a good life.</b></p><div>​Imagine not being able to trust yourself. Imagine suddenly forgetting where you are, what you were talking about, or the fact that you recently turned on the stove.</div> <div>This is the reality for many patients diagnosed with cognitive impairment or dementia.</div> <div>– This disease creates lack of self-confidence. When you realize that you can´t trust your memory anymore it often leads to less social interaction, isolation and depression, Monika Jurkeviciute, PhD student at Chalmers, says.</div> <div> </div> <div>Together with Patrik Alexandersson, director for Centre for Healthcare Improvement at Chalmers, she has spent the last years working with the large EU-project DECI. The aim: to improve the ability of patients and their families to maintain a good life.</div> <div>– We need to help these individuals to stay part of society for as long as possible, and increase their control of the disease with non-invasive tools, Jurkeviciute says. </div> <div>– We want to help the patients stay independent longer, Alexandersson says. We hope to prolong the time they can stay in their home, avoiding hospitalization or having to move to a dementia home. </div> <div><div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">IT platform and new care solutions </h2></div> <div>DECI is unique in its scale. Over 600 patients in four countries participate in the project, which includes an IT platform for physical and cognitive training, an activity monitoring device and innovative organizational solutions for the care.</div> <div> </div> <div>The digital tools are simple and effective. The patient wears a watch that monitors activities, counts steps and detects time spent inside and outside the home. In addition, the patient has access to two web-based programs, offering exercises for cognitive stimulation and video instructions of physical training activities. </div> <div>– Some of these patients would never have exercised if it wasn´t for these digital tools. Also, they make the patients, the families and the caregivers more informed, and create a good platform for encouragement and fact-based discussions on the patients´ activities, Jurkeviciute says. </div> <div><div> </div> <div><img src="/en/departments/tme/PublishingImages/News/800x600%20(bildkarusell)/DECI_750x400enkel.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px" /> </div> <h6 class="chalmersElement-H6"><span>Chalmers researchers Monika Jurkeviciute<span></span></span> and Patrik Alexandersson <span>hope the results from the DECI-project can help </span><span>patients affected by cognitive impairment<span></span></span><span> to stay independent longer.<br /><span></span></span> <br /></h6> <h3 class="chalmersElement-H3" style="text-align:center">&quot;We need to help these individuals to stay part of society for as long as possible, <span>and increase their control of the disease<span></span></span>&quot;</h3> <div><h6 class="chalmersElement-H6" style="text-align:center"> <span>Monika Jurkeviciute,  Chalmers<span></span></span></h6><div> </div></div></div> <div>New ways to organize care is also an important part of the project. Patients participating in the intervention get a case manager assigned to them, handling all contacts necessary in the patient care process.</div> <div>– These patients pass through a complex healthcare system on different levels. Therefore, someone coordinating the care is important, Alexandersson says.</div> <div> </div> <div>In the Swedish site, connected to Skaraborgs sjukhus, another pro-active approach is used in the care: network-based mobile teams, visiting the patients in their home.</div> <div>– The meeting in the home is important, Alexandersson says. It demolishes power structures and makes the dialogue with the patients better. Supporting the patients in their daily life is a difficult challenge, and it´s even harder to succeed in a hospital environment.</div> <div> </div> <div>Evert Larsson, 84, is one of the patients in the project who values the care visits in his home. He suffers from mild cognitive impairment, and signed up immediately when he saw the newspaper ad for the study.</div> <div>– This has been good. I thought I would have to go somewhere to meet the doctor, so this was very nice and interesting. It always feels safer to be in your home, Evert Larsson says.</div> <div><div> </div> <h2 class="chalmersElement-H2">Hope to reduce hospitalization</h2></div> <div>The project will be concluded in the summer of 2018. Monika Jurkeviciute and Patrik Alexandersson believe it can have an impact on how hospitals organize their care, and hope it will reduce hospitalization, improve patient involvement and create better contact between caregivers and patients.</div> <div> </div> <div>Monika Jurkeviciute wishes for the patients to feel that they are more in control of their situation. </div> <div>– I think this has a potential to become a regular way of treating these patients, working with them and offering a program instead of just handing out a leaflet, she says. </div> <div> </div> <div>Patrik Alexandersson points out that this patient group hasn´t been very prioritized. Perhaps, the DECI-project may help to change this.</div> <div> </div> <div>– I hope this project will stress the importance of dealing with the huge social problem of cognitive impairment, and provide arguments to prioritize these patients, he says.</div> <div> </div> <div><strong>Text: Ulrika Ernström</strong></div> <div> </div> <h4 class="chalmersElement-H4">FACTS, RESEARCH AND MORE INFORMATION</h4> <ul><li><a href="">DECI, Digital Environment for Cognitive Inclusion,</a> is an international project within the EU Horizon 2020 initiative. </li></ul> <div> </div> <ul><li>The project aims to improve the ability of dementia and cognitive impairment and their families to maintain a good life - with help of innovative IT solutions and new ways of organizing care.</li></ul> <div> </div> <ul><li>DECI is partly led by CHI, Centre for Healthcare Improvement at Chalmers, and involves over 600 patients in four countries. For more information, contact Patrik Alexandersson, CHI at <a href=""></a> </li></ul> <div> </div> <ul><li>DECI will go on between 2015-2018 and besides CHI the following partners are involved:</li></ul> <div>           -Condazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy)</div> <div>          -ConSoft Sistemi SpA (Italy);</div> <div>          -Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus (Italy)</div> <div>          -Västra Götaland, Skaraborg Hospital (Sweden)</div> <div>          -Servicio Madrileño de Salud - Hospital Universitario the Getafe (Spain)</div> <div>          -Maccabi Healthcare Services (Israel)</div> <div>          -Roessingh Research and Development (Netherlands)</div>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:15:00 +0100,-cheap-to-produce-and-easy-to-transport,-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-project.aspx,-cheap-to-produce-and-easy-to-transport,-new-Wallenberg-Academy-Fellow-project.aspxPolymer solar cells, new Wallenberg Academy Fellow project<p><b>Solar cells are predicted to play an important role in reaching a sustainable energy production, but a problem with the silicon based is their complicated manufacture process. Associate Professor Ergang Wang receives funding as a Wallenberg Academy Fellow to develop polymer solar cells that are bendable and easy to produce.</b></p><div><div>Organic solar cells, OSCs, normally consist a polymer as donor and a fullerene derivative as acceptor in the active layer. However, the fullerene derivate, which is the most common acceptor, cannot guarantee high enough efficiency and stability of OSCs to change the solar power market. As a Wallenberg Academy Fellow <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/ergang.aspx">Ergang Wang </a>will explore another, fullerene-free path for the OSC. </div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“This fellowship gives me freedom to explore the fields where I believe a solution may exist. It is of course an honour to become a Wallenberg Academy Fellow and a great feeling to finally get it. You should never give up!” he says.</span></div></blockquote> <div>OSCs have the advantages of light-weight, low cost and fast high-volume production. They are also believed to have little environmental impact. Due to the promise of OSCs, many countries have invested heavily in the research and development of OSCs with the aim of commercializing them. As a result, the development of OSCs has been significant with efficiencies improving from 1 percent to over 14 percent in the last two decades. Still the technology is not yet ready for practical applications.</div> <div><br />Fullerenes are football shaped molecules that have many good characteristics in many applications. In many OSCs of today they are used as acceptors in the cell’s active layer. The problem, however, is low stability caused by molecular diffusion, weak absorption in solar spectrum region, high cost and high-energy consumption required to produce fullerene derivatives themselves. Therefore, in order to boost the efficiency and stability of OSCs, there is a strong need to replace fullerenes as the acceptors in OSCs.</div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“For long researchers have tried to improve the fullerenes to be optimised for the OSCs. I want to try a different path. I want my OSCs to be independent from the limitations of fullerenes,” says Ergang Wang.</span></div></blockquote> <div>Ergang Wang and his group have already come far in the development of solar cells only consisting of polymers in the active layer. They have reached an efficiency of nine percent with a blend based on three polymers. They are very light and easy to produce in big roll-to-roll printing machines, kind of like the ones than newspapers are produced in. The major issue now is to get a better stability and efficiency.</div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“I believe that we are on the right track and my vision is that we, because of the funding, may be able to create a prototype with the right efficiency and stability to be able to start collaborations with industry.”</span></div></blockquote> <div>Ergang Wang thinks there is a great interest for breakthroughs in this kind of technology since it is sustainable both ecologically and economically. His goal is to reach towards an efficiency of around fifteen percent, which is a figure he says may make OSCs profitable and competitive in the market. </div> <blockquote dir="ltr" style="font-size:14px;margin-right:0px"><div style="font-size:14px"><span style="font-size:14px">“The silicon cells will be more efficient for a long time forward but OSCs will be more cost effective in the long run. In ten years we may have reached far enough to have the technology on the market with for example polymer solar cells that you may put on your window or at the roof top,” says Ergang Wang.</span></div></blockquote> <div>The funding for the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship is SEK 7.5 million over five years with a possible extension of five more years. In addition Chalmers will fund the fellowship with another SEK 5 million for five years. <br />     </div> <div>    </div></div> <div><div>Text: Mats Tiborn</div></div> ​Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 can be engineered to create protein pharmaceuticals<p><b>​It took several years, but a research team headed by Professor Jens Nielsen at Chalmers University of Technology has finally succeeded in mapping out the complex metabolism of yeast cells. The breakthrough, recently published in an article in Nature Communications, means a huge step forward in the potential to more efficiently produce protein therapies for diseases such as cancer.</b></p>​The market for pharmaceuticals that mimic the body’s own proteins – protein-based therapeutics – is exploding. Some of them are relatively simple to manufacture in yeast-based cell factories. Insulin and HPV vaccine are two examples that are already under production, but other therapies, such as antibodies to various forms of cancer, are significantly more difficult to manufacture.<br /><br /><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/news201712_JN.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatLeft" width="130" height="159" alt="" style="margin:5px" />“They are currently produced using a cell factory based on a single cell from a Chinese hamster. It’s an extremely expensive process. If we can get yeast cells to do the same thing, it will be significantly cheaper – perhaps 10% of what it costs today. Our vision is to eventually be able to mass-produce and supply the entire world with therapies that are too expensive for many countries today,” says Jens Nielsen, professor of systems biology.<br /><br /><span><span><span><span><span><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/Bio/SysBio/news201712_DP.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="130" height="160" alt="" style="margin:5px" /></span></span></span></span></span>In collaboration with Associate Professor Dina Petranovic and Mathias Uhlén’s<span><span></span></span> research<span><span><span></span></span></span> team at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Jens Nielsen has been mapping <span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span>out th<span></span>e complex metabolism of yeast cells for four years.<br /><br />“We’ve been studying the metabolism of a yeast that we already know is a good protein producer. And we found the mechanisms that can be used to make the process even more efficient. The next step is to prove that we can actually produce antibodies in such quantities that costs are reduced.”<br /><br />The discussion has mainly been about cancer, but there are many other diseases, for example Alzheimer’s, diabetes and MS, that could potentially be treated by yeast-based protein therapies. How distant a future are we talking about?<br /><br />“Our part of the process is fast, but pharmaceuticals always take a long time to develop. It could be a possibility in five years, but should absolutely be on the market in ten,” Nielsen says.<br /><br />Jens Nielsen has been making headlines the past few months. In addition to his publication in Nature Communications, he has recently received three prestigious awards.<br /><br />On 31 October he received the world’s biggest award for innovation in alternative fuels for transportation – <a href="" target="_blank">the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize</a>, in Israel. Alternative fuels? Yes, plain old yeast can be used for a lot, and Nielsen’s award was for his contribution to processes for producing hydrocarbons from yeast, which will advance new biofuels. Earlier in October he received the prestigious <a href="/en/news/Pages/Energy-award-to-Jens-Nielsen-for-biofuels-from-yeast.aspx" target="_blank">Energy Frontiers Award from the Italian oil company Eni</a> for the same type of research. And just a week before he left for Israel, he was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)’s gold medal for innovative and creative research in systems biology.<br /><br />“Yeast is a superb modelling system. Almost everything in yeast is also found in humans. We have complete computer models of the metabolism of yeast, and we use the same type of models to study human metabolism,” Nielsen explained when he received the IVA award. <br /><br /><strong>More about making the metabolism in yeast more effective</strong><br />The protein production of yeast cells comprises more than 100 different processes in which proteins are modified and transported out of the cell. Around 200 enzymes are involved, which makes it a very complex system to engineer. In order to optimize protein production, it is necessary to chart how these 200 enzymes function and work. In the study, this has been done by altering the genetic set of certain key genes, using advanced screening methods in combination with modern genome sequencing techniques.<br /><br />Read more about how in the scientific article in Nature Communications: <a href="" target="_blank">Efficient protein production by yeast requires global tuning of metabolism</a><br /><br />Text: Christian BorgMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Agrell elected Fellow of IEEE<p><b>​From January 2018 Erik Agrell, Professor in Communication Systems at Chalmers, is elected IEEE Fellow for his contributions to coding and modulation in optical communications.</b></p>​IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the world’s largest technical professional organization, given to persons with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.<br /><br />“I regard this honour as a recognition of the truly interdisciplinary research we have been pursuing for many years”, says Erik Agrell. “When I started to work on fibre-optic communications in 2003, other researchers with my background, which is communication theory, were very much focused on wireless applications, at Chalmers as well as worldwide. Conversely, progress in optical communications relied largely on photonic hardware improvements. There was practically no interaction between communication theory and photonics.”<br /><br />Nowadays, this picture has changed completely. The internet and our whole information-dense society relies on a backbone network of optical fibres, supporting several terabits per second on a single fibre. <br /><br />“It is now widely recognized that the demands for ever-increasing data rates can only be met by including advanced digital communication techniques in the fibre networks. My team and our collaboration partners in the research centre FORCE were among the first to push this development, and we still have a leading role. We are bringing the worlds of photonics and digital communications closer together!” Erik Agrell concludes.<br /><br /><a href="/sv/personal/redigera/Sidor/erik-agrell.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Read more about Erik Agrell and his research</a><br /><a href="/en/departments/e2/research/Communication-systems/Pages/Optical-communications.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Optical communications</a><br /><a href="/en/centres/force/Pages/default.aspx"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Fibre Optic Communications Research Centre, FORCE</a><br /><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/ichtm.gif" alt="" />Information about the IEEE program</a><br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0100 EU funding for photonic research<p><b>​Victor Torres Company, Associate Professor at the Photonics Laboratory at MC2, has been awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council. He is one of only 14 Swedish researchers and the only one at Chalmers who receives the award. &quot;It feels great of course! I will have the chance to devote more time and efforts to an exciting line of research,&quot; says Victor Torres Company.</b></p><img src="/SiteCollectionImages/Institutioner/MC2/News/victgor_torres_IMG_0316_300px.jpg" class="chalmersPosition-FloatRight" width="233" height="350" alt="" style="margin:5px" />ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the finest personal research grants available from the European Research Council (ERC). Competition is razor sharp. Of the 2 538 applicants from all over Europe, only 329 were successful in this round. They were granted a total of 630 million euro.<br /><br />Victor Torres Company receives a total of 2.2 million euro to lead the five-year project &quot;Dark Soliton Engineering in Microresonator Frequency Combs&quot;.<br />&quot;It is about understanding and developing a special type of laser called &quot;frequency comb” in a highly integrated nanophotonic platform. The scientific aim is reaching a performance suitable for the fiber-optic communication systems of the future&quot;, he explains.<br /><br />It's not the first time Victor has applied for the grant:<br />&quot;I had tried the ERC before and, although I was very close, I didn’t manage to get the funding. So, I'm very happy that my perseverance has given the expected results!&quot;, he says.<br /><br />Text and photo: Michael Nystås<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the ERC Consolidator Grant</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br /><br /><a href="">Read more about the 2017 application round</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;<br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +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 /> <a href="/en/Staff/Pages/Vincenzo-Palermo.aspx" target="_blank">Vincenzo Palermo</a> has for the last four years been the leader of activities on nano-composites of the <a href="" target="_blank">Graphene Flagship</a>. Since 2017 he is also the vice-director of the Graphene Flagship and professor at the <a href="/en/departments/ims/Pages/default.aspx">Department of Industrial and Materials Science​</a>. 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 have to talk about sexism on campus<p><b>​Sexism is a problem at Chalmers too and it has often been silenced. Help us put an end to the silence and create a transparent and open Chalmers where everyone is welcome – but not everything! say Chalmers’ President Stefan Bengtsson and student union president Carl Toller.</b></p>​We have woken up with a jolt. From if not sleep, at least a common view that sexual harassments and violations hasn’t been an extensive problem at Chalmers.<br /> <br />The statistics have looked promising.  Proud students and satisfied employees, both men and women. Violations have gradually diminished over the years. Four percent of our employees stated during 2017 that they have experienced some form of discrimination. That is below the national average of Swedish universities. Our student barometer indicated similar low levels among students. This would prove not to cover the entire truth.<br /><br />

Our awakening began early fall when brave female students broke the silence and told us their stories about sexism at one of our educational programs. We began to search and meet students, listen and started digging deeper into the survey comments. A radically different picture emerged. <br /><br />We saw chauvinism and misogyny, covering a spectrum from insults to harassments and abuse, both night and day. We wrote about it on our intranet. More women stepped forward. And then #metoo. Waves of stories from all industries grew by the day. At the end of October we asked our own students and employees to tell us directly, and share their experiences with us anonymously, via a web form.<br /><br />Stories of discriminatory behaviour have come in on a daily basis in recent weeks, mostly from students. Some about molesting, and even pure abuse from other students. Others about teachers using the power to diminish female students. Some witness about inapt nudity among students. Employees have testified about ruling men.<br /><br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_source=getanewsletter" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />A selection of stories are gathered here

!<br /></a><br />Behind each story we have one of our students, a friend, who have been the victim of sexist behavior from men here at Chalmers. Almost always a woman, who have been forced to defend herself, physically or verbally. This is absolutely unacceptable.  <br /><br />

We realize that the culture of silence has been part of the game at Chalmers when it comes to sexism on campus. That some men choose to act sexist – and have been allowed to do so by other men and women – without real consequences. That they have been given clearance, and their behavior silenced. Here as well as in the society in general.<br /><br />We have had it with the silence culture. Let us talk openly about sexism and listen to each other. This is an absolute necessity if we want to move forward towards equality.<br /><br />Chalmers’ management has great responsibility to act. The university and the student union have started a joint work towards these goals:
<br /><ul><li>All students and employees must know what discrimination is. What counts is the victim’s experience.</li> <li>All students and employees shall know where to turn to report incidents, and what happens after reporting them.
</li></ul> We are making it easier to tell, we are reviewing the support to those concerned and whether we can use our disciplinary statute and labour law more effectively when something happens. <br /><br />By various educational efforts and organized dialogues we have started to ramp up the work – against sexism, for equality. Between students, but also in the student to teacher relationship. This is where your stories matter the most – <a href="" target="_blank">continue to share</a>!<br /><br />The proportion of men increases for each step of the academic ladder. We have among the lowest amount of female professors in Sweden. Why is Chalmers not as attractive a workplace for women as for men?  Why do we seem to give women poorer career conditions? In our recruitment processes we are already actively working with these issues and homework is given if suggested nominees are of same gender. <br />
<br />We actively work against suppression techniques. From the university’s point of view we will be specifically observant if sexism can be an explanation in these situations. From the university side, we will be particularly aware of whether sexism can be an explanation in different situations.<br />
<br />We are approximately two thirds of men here at Chalmers, among student and employees. Men have a great influence over the current attitude and behavior. This we understand. But we feel, and are convinced, that the absolute majority of men at Chalmers welcome the #metoo movement and want their campus free from sexism. <br />
<br />That is why we are starting Chalmers against sexism. It adds on to and ramps up our ongoing work with equality integration, targeted specifically at sexism. We invite all who want to join, whether it is with competence, ideas or feedback.  <br /><br />

Together, students and employees, we want to talk about and understand what can be perceived as discriminatory in our setting. We want everyone to be brave and speak up of someone is treating others badly so that we together can stop this demeanor. We want the silence to end, here and now. <br />
<br />All students and employees should feel completely safe on our campuses and be themselves to the fullest. Every day, every night. <br /><br />We will not rest until we are there.

<br /><br /><em>Stefan Bengtsson, president and CEO of Chalmers
</em><br /><em>Carl Toller, president of Chalmers student union</em><br /><br />Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0100 scientists in sustainable energy gathers at Chalmers<p><b>​On 6-8 December, the Sustainable Energy Symposium is held at Chalmers, in collaboration with the Molecular Frontiers. The seminar brings together world-leading researchers from several science disciplines to present the latest advances within the field.</b></p>​ <br />The conference gathers distinguished researchers, industry representatives, decision makers and an engaged public for presentations and discussions on future energy solutions. Development of sustainable technologies for solar energy, batteries and energy storage is needed to make the necessary switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. During the conference, the latest advances in the field will be highlighted, and the content will be made available to the public. Through live broadcast at <a href="" target="_blank">Molecular Frontiers YouTube Channel</a>  you will be able to follow the conference even if you are not in place. <br /><br /><br /><strong>150 high school students participate</strong><br />Sustainable Energy Symposium is a unique event in several ways – about half of the conference participants are high school students. This is possible thanks to the Molecular Frontiers Foundation which offers a scholarship for students from all over the country to come. The Molecular Frontiers emphasize in particular the importance of being curious and asking good questions. Approximately 150 students from all over the country are given the opportunity to listen to and ask questions to world-leading researchers.<br /><br /><br />Among the speakers are noted:<br /><br /><strong>Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner in Physics 1997 and Obama's Energy Ministers 2009-2013.</strong><br />Steven Chu was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997 for his work on laser cooling of atoms. Since then, his research has increasingly been about solving the challenges of climate change and sustainable energy supply. In 2009, Barack Obama appointed him the United States Secretary of Energy, and became the first scientist in an American government. After his time as Energy Secretary, he returned to research but remains a prominent debater focusing on renewable energy and nuclear power. He emphasizes the importance of reducing fossil fuel use to address global warming and climate change. He has put forward a number of innovative and sometimes controversial proposals for action.<br /><br /><strong>Paul Alivisatos, University of California at Berkeley</strong><br />Paul Alivisatos is a pioneer in nanotechnology, focusing on inorganic nanocrystals. By controlling the size and surface of the nanocrystals, his research team can tailor their properties and produce materials for a variety of applications, including solar cells and materials to reduce carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons. He has developed quantum dots, small semiconductors that are isolated from the environment and are extremely effective in absorbing and transmitting light. These are already used in the most energy efficient and high quality television screens in market today.<br /><br /><strong>Daniel Nocera, Harvard University</strong><br />Two inventions of Daniel Nocera may be of great importance in the future. The artificial leaf, mentioned in Time magazine’s list of Inventions of the Year 2011, mimics the photosynthesis, and splits water into hydrogen and oxygen by using sunlight. A further development of the concept is the bionic leaf, which takes carbon dioxide from the air and combines it with hydrogen from the artificial leaf to produce biomass and liquid fuel. In this way, a cycle is achieved that is much more efficient than photosynthesis in nature, which can contribute to a green and cheap production of fuel and food.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Program</strong><br /><a href="/en/conference/sustainableenergy/Documents/Program_Sustainable_Energy.pdf" target="_blank">Here you will find the entire program for the conference &gt;</a><br /><br /><br />Plenary lectures 7-8 December:<br />• <strong>Steven Chu</strong> – <em>Climate Change and innovative paths to a sustainable future</em><br />Nobel laureate in Physics 1997, former United States Secretary of Energy. Stanford University, United States<br />• <strong>Dame Julia King</strong> – <em>Electric vehicles in a sustainable energy system</em><br />The Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE <br />• <strong>Sir Richard Friend</strong> – <em>How can molecules function as semiconductors?</em><br />University of Cambridge, United Kingdom<br />• <strong>Daniel G. Nocera</strong> – <em>Fuels and Food from Sunlight, Air and Water</em><br />Harvard University, United States<br />• <strong>Paul Alivisatos</strong> – <em>Quantum Dot Light Emitters: from displays to enabling a new generation of energy conversion systems</em><br />University of California, Berkeley, United States<br />• <strong>Josef Michl</strong> – <em>Singlet Fission for Solar Cells</em><br />University of Colorado Boulder, United States and Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic <br />• <strong>Katherine Richardson</strong> – <em>How do we transition an entire country’s energy system to renewables?</em><br />University of Copenhagen, Denmark<br />• <strong>Harry Atwater</strong> – <em>Fuelling Human Progress with Sunlight</em><br />California Institute of Technology, United States<br />• <strong>Susanne Siebentritt</strong> – <em>Thin film solar cells – achievements and challenges</em><br />University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg<br />•<strong> Jean-Marie Tarascon</strong> – <em>Materials science for electrochemical storage: Achievements and new directions</em><br />Collège de France, FranceMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100