NanoLund News: Tackling the pandemic year • NanoLund at Amledalen • The annual report is out • Twelve PhD:s graduated in sustainable energy • Annual meeting October 12 • Spin-off company Glo AB acquired by Nanosys  Web version
NanoLund at the Forefront of NanoScience
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Real and virtual – an unexpected year
Our annual report of 2020 is a reminder of how the pandemic year did not turn out the way anyone imagined, presenting challenges for all of us. We have learned a lot about working together using virtual meetings, remote experimentation, and data sharing. However, it also demonstrated the limits of such technology; we need real-life meetings that can lead to new ideas, create enthusiasm, and allow another level of openness. With this in mind, the importance of creating new great physical spaces such as in Science Village becomes even clearer.

This also shows that controlling, understanding, and sensing nanoscale objects (such as a virus) can be extremely important for our society. NanoLund researchers have contributed directly with knowledge and solutions. Even in difficult times, it has been gratifying to see how researchers in NanoLund created excellent fundamental and applied science and worked to impact society.

In this newsletter, you will find that we are still living in a half virtual and half-real world: We will participate in the virtual Almedalen meeting in July explaining and promoting the new NanoLab Science Village. However, on the 12th of October, we hope to see you all in real life at our annual meeting entitled “Light for Nano – Nano for Light”.

As we look forward to easier times, we would like to give warm thanks to all of our staff, students, and partners, inside and outside the University, for your ongoing support, understanding, and contributions through 2020/2021.

Wishing you all a happy summer,
Maria, Anneli, and Anders, for the leadership of NanoLund
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See NanoLund’s digital event at Almedalen

The need for high technology for, among other things, precision medicine and sustainable, renewable energy is growing. To achieve a healthier and more sustainable society, we need to strengthen research resources and infrastructure. But how do we do this in the best way, to achieve maximum synergy effects and attract the best researchers?

Nanotechnology can place Sweden at the forefront of sustainable energy and new ways of finding and curing diseases. Welcome to see a short movie with NanoLund’s deputy director Maria Messing and Johan Wester, followed by a talk with Kerstin Jakobsson, former CEO of Medicon Village, Anders Mikkelsen, director of NanoLund, Camilla Modéer, member and senior adviser, Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and Viktor Öwall, pro-vice-chancellor for infrastructure and digitalization, Lund University.

The talk is held in Swedish but will be texted in English later on. It is part of Lund University’s contribution to “Almedalsveckan”, an annual democratic place for dialogue, exchange, and unexpected meetings.

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640x640transp Time and place: October 12 at the Scandic Star Hotel, Glimmerv 5 in Lund. The program features invited and contributed talks, posters covering all areas of nanoscience, and dinner. Topics: Radiation from microwaves to visible light and X-rays to study the nanoworld • Generation and detection of radiation by nanodevices • Systems from semiconductors to nanoparticles and nanowires and biologically related objects. We hope to see you all!

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Read all about 2020!
2020 turned out to be a year like no other. It challenged us, but we found ways to keep up our good work. We have compiled NanoLund’s performance this special year in our annual report.

Not only did NanoLund find ways to continue forwards despite ever-changing restrictions – but we also did our best to contribute with research on covid-testing, mapping the way viruses spread, and much more.

Our publications show a wide range of interesting topics from fundamental quantum phenomena, measuring and mimicking neural structures, extreme materials control, and industrially relevant processes. Sustainability has been in focus in much research, dealing with the world’s energy challenges as well as use for medical sensors and diagnostics with an impact for the many people.

In the Annual Report for 2020, which just arrived from the print shop, you can see our new stats, and read about some of the highlights.

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Twelve PhD students graduate in the use of nanomaterials for sustainable energy

In 2014, NanoLund was awarded in total 3.2 M€ by the European Commission to train as many as twelve PhD students in the area of nanoscale materials for sustainable energy applications. After the graduation of Hailiang Xu, we proudly report that all twelve have graduated, and have produced a vast amount of new scientific findings on the way.

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Lead halide perovskites –
a horse of a different color

Researchers from NanoLund, the Russian Academy of Science, and the Technical University of Dresden in Germany have developed a new methodology for the study of lead halide perovskites.
“Mapping a perovskite film using our new method is like taking its fingerprints – it provides us with a great deal of information about each individual sample,” says Ivan Scheblykin.
“Interestingly, each map resembles the shape of a horse’s neck and mane, leading us to fondly refer to them as ‘perovskite horses’, which are all unique in their own way.”
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Solved nano mystery aiming to help achieving sustainability goals
In a new study presented in the research journal Chem, the Swedish-Turkish research team has presented revealing results.
“We have studied behaviour of the plexcitons all the way from absorption of photons until their energy is dissipated as heat”, says Donatas Zigmantas.
Recent articles from NanoLund researchers
Engaging more than 50 research groups in the faculties of engineering, science, and medicine, NanoLund is a strategic research area funded by the Swedish Government and Sweden’s largest research environment for nanoscience and nanotechnology.

We contribute to societal and sustainability challenges, for example in health and clean energy, using the tools of nanoscience and nanotechnology. To this end, our research topics range from materials science and quantum physics to applications in energy, electronics, photonics, personalized medicine, and nanosafety. In the research portal, our recent scientific articles from NanoLund researchers are found – most recent articles on tops.

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Introduction meeting
What is NanoLund? What are the scientific possibilities? What does it mean to be involved in NanoLund? How is it organized? What are the benefits? How can I find collaborators? How can I use equipment in other labs? Tips and tricks for PhD students and postdocs?
September 20, we greet newcomers to NanoLund. The events are open to anyone who has joined NanoLund recently and all who always wanted to know more.
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NanoLund members currently recruiting
Wanted: five post-docs/researchers and one doctoral student. Topics range from microfluidics and separation of extracellular vesicles, interaction of antimicrobial peptides with bacteria, modeling of molecular motors to ultrawide bandgap semiconductor materials. Work in an international, highly visible nanoscience center, exceptional scientific opportunities, and career development as well as state-of-the-art infrastructure!
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The NanoLund spin-off company Glo AB acquired by Nanosys
Leading California-based company within quantum dot light-emitting materials and technology, Nanosys, has acquired the NanoLund spin-off company Glo AB – thus forming one of the world’s leading companies in the field of displays.

Did we miss anything?
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