Continuous work aiming for a national semiconductor agenda • PhD and Post Doc Projects funded by WISE, the Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability • Study of nanoplastics surprised researchers • First steps taken to controlling photosynthesis with mirrors • The NanoLund Distinction Prize
NanoLund at the Forefront of NanoScience
December 2022 • Newsletter from the Center for Nanoscience, Lund University
Strategic Research Area NanoLund
Photo of fluorescent microparticles migrating in a sound field by Per Augustsson
Wishing you all a happy holiday season

Merely weeks are left of 2022 – a truly strange and remarkable year in which we all have experienced things we might not have expected.

Before it is time to wrap it up, we would like to wish you all a peaceful holiday with those close to you, by bringing you this somewhat christmassy picture of “Fluorescent microparticles migrating in a sound field. Overlay of six consecutive frames” by Per Augustsson, one of our principal investigator at NanoLund.

We want to wish all of you a well-deserved rest from work, and hope to see all of you again, soon,
Maria Messing, Anneli Löfgren and Anders Mikkelsen,
for the leadership of NanoLund

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Top meeting next week

Sweden has a big opportunity to contribute with competitive semiconductor technologies needed for the digital and green transition. But national coordination is crucial.

Next week, Lund University is hosting a meeting at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) – where a team from NanoLund and LTH together with partners will present a report on the need for a national agenda and competence centre for semiconductors – stay tuned.
Photo of hands and computers
First WISE PhD
and postdoc projects approved

193 applications were submitted in the first PhD and postdoc project call from which 90 projects have been granted funding. The projects are awarded in total 260 million SEK by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) for a period of up to four years. Awarded projects are distributed broadly across seven universities.

“The granted projects are of very high quality and relevance for sustainability and are carried out by prominent researchers in each project's research area,” says Magnus Berggren, WISE Program Director – the Wallenberg Initiative Material Science for Sustainability.

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Study of nanoplastics surprises scientists

There is still much we don’t know about the tiny plastic particles thought to be all around us. In a new study, Tommy Cedervall and his research group show that the rate of degradation may be faster for nanoplastics than for larger plastic debris. The reason is that UV radiation plays a role in the degradation process, and the radiation seems to have a greater effect on smaller particles.

“This is because the particles have so much surface area in relation to their mass. It is a large fraction of the particles that are hit by the UV rays,” says biochemistry researcher Tommy Cedervall, who is leading the project “Environmental impact of nanoplastics from degraded ordinary plastic articles” funded by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Photo of laser sessions.
Researchers take first step towards controlling photosynthesis using mirrors

With the help of mirrors, placed only a few hundred nanometers apart, a research team led by NanoLundian Tönu Pullerits has managed to use light more efficiently. The finding could eventually be useful for studying solar energy conversion during photosynthesis, or other reactions driven by light. One application could for example be converting carbon dioxide into fuel.

The research team has previously been able to show that with ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and the help of advanced materials, it would be possible to reduce the levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in the long term. In their latest study, the team has made new progress when it comes to taking advantage of the light.

Photo collage from the database Lucris

Recent articles from NanoLund researchers
Engaging researchers 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. 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.

Photo of Yen-Po Liu, Lukas Hrachowina, and Sven Dorsch
First three to receive the NanoLund Distinction Prize 

Yen-Po Liu, Lukas Hrachowina, and Sven Dorsch are the first receivers of the NanoLund Distinction Prize. It is awarded to PhD students within the NanoLund environment who have shown particular dedication to research, education, and outreach activities, have acquired broad knowledge within nanoscience research and its societal relevance and impact, and have demonstrated research independence and leadership.

– We are proud to announce that the first students now have passed this challenge and acknowledge their efforts with the first NanoLund distinctions, says Jens Uhlig, NanoLund Education coordinator and head of the committee who reviews all applications.

Photo from the NanoLund Career workshop

How to develop your career
– the first event facing the mentor program was held
As a gateway into the NanoLund Mentoring program, a career development workshop for PhD students was held with the aim to teach transferable skills that non-academic employers value from people with an academic background – and how to use them to describe your drives and motivation.
Students crossing the street on their way to the retreat
Biggest NanoLund student retreat ever

“Industry versus Academia” was the theme for this year’s NanoLund student retreat. It took place in Höllviken with more than 85 participants attending the exciting program.

This year’s Nanolund student retreat in Höllviken had more than 85 student members, PhD students, and postdocs participating, taking the prize of the most attended retreat so far! The theme of the retreat was “Industry versus Academia”, and included speakers sharing their expertise, personal experiences, and different perspectives from both worlds of academia and industry.  
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For students:
inspiration for finding master thesis projects

Research groups within NanoLund describe their research as inspiration and invitation to contact them about master thesis projects. Methods and research subjects are listed as short tags to facilitate a quicker orientation.

The topics for master/diploma projects include a large variety, e.g. materials science, quantum physics, and nanobio.  
Welcoming new NanoLund members
NanoLund keeps growing and has more than 100 research groups at the end of 2022. We currently have 58 faculty members and 48 affiliated faculty members. In 2022 we welcomed more than a dozen new members.

New faculty members:
New affiliated faculty members:
The Euro Nano Forum
The EuroNanoForum is a conference held every other year in the country currently holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union. This conference provides a forum for representatives from academia, industry, and policy to engage in comprehensive discussions.

In 2023, the EuroNanoForum will be held in Sweden, 11–13 June in Lund, and our ambition at NanoLund is to organize a high-level, international conference and networking arena in nanoscience and nanotechnology with a Swedish flavor. The event will be held in a hybrid format, with room for 400 participants in place. Registration will open in February.

NanoLund Introduction Event
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?

Twice a year, typically in February and September, we organize introduction events to greet newcomers to NanoLund. The introduction meeting is open to anyone who has joined NanoLund recently and everyone who always wanted to know more. Invitations will be sent by email to newcomers a few weeks before the event.
The next Introduction meeting will be held on 15 February 2023.
Did we miss anything?
Do you have a story, a discovery or an event we should include in our newsletter? We are curious to know – please write to us.
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