Minister of EU Affairs visited Lund Nano Lab • The annual meeting and all awardees • New podcast about Covid-19 • Pain relief without side effects • Novel nanostructure growth with atomic-scale precision • Important dates 2022 • Spin-off company Spermosens royally awarded • Microwave photon detector Web version
NanoLund at the Forefront of NanoScience
Newsletter from the Strategic Research Area NanoLund – Center for Nanoscience, Lund University
December 2021
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Bringing brighter futures with sustainable materials
The season just got brighter with the news that the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation will spend 3 billion Swedish kronor on material research for a sustainable world over the coming years. Many NanoLund researchers have an excellent track record in fundamental and applied research related to materials and will surely participate. Further, Lund University overall and The Faculty of Engineering, LTH, have started to identify profile areas and NanoLund will be involved in both processes. Developing all of these initiatives is a considerable effort, but working together we can hopefully use it to grow new plans and ideas for our science, teaching, and engagement with society. We will create open opportunities for all of us to engage, and we really encourage you to come with any ideas or questions – the door (or zoom office) is always open for discussions.

Wishing all of you a relaxing break and happy holidays,
Anders Mikkelsen, for the leadership of NanoLund
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Swedish minister of EU Affairs
got the grand tour of Lund Nano Lab
While in Skåne, Swedish Minister of EU Affairs Hans Dahlgren and his entourage particularly asked for visiting NanoLund – and had a close look at the Lund Nano Lab. The semiconductor shortage was, of course, one reason.
– We’ve been given a very fascinating description of how far ahead we are in Sweden and here in Lund when it comes to research and development of the most valuable technologies we currently have: those of nano-scale components in semiconductors and other aspects of modern technology. If there is anything that can lead us forward – it is this research, there’s no doubt about that, says Hans Dahlgren.

He and his entourage took a good look at the Lund Nano Lab alongside Jonas Hafström, chair of University Board, and Lena Eskilsson, deputy vice-chancellor Lund University – and of course NanoLund’s director Anders Mikkelsen, co-director Anneli Löfgren, head of Lund Nano Lab Luke Hankin and professor of Nanoelectronics Lars-Erik Wernersson.
– I’m so happy that the research here in Lund receives quite an amount of EU money because that’s proof of what we think is important – to invest European money in joint solutions not least in terms of research – is a very good start, says Hans Dahlgren.

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Together at last – at NanoLund’s annual meeting

Finally, the NanoLund community could arrange for an annual meeting together at the same venue. The theme of the meeting was ”Light for Nano – Nano for Light”, including 27 speakers, poster pitches, presentations of Seedling Projects – also known as the Junior Scientist Ideas Awards. There were 47 posters. After the talks, awards and prizes were delivered.
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And the awardees are...
The Junior Scientist Ideas Award was given to Anurag Kawde, Postdoctoral fellow, Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science for the project Towards more efficient water splitting: Charge carrier dynamics in CdSe functionalized Si nanowire photoelectrodes, Yen-Po Liu, PhD student, Synchrotron Radiation Research & Zhaojun Zhang, Postdoctoral fellow, Synchrotron Radiation Research for the project Temperature dependent optoelectronic properties studies on the suspending single CsPbBr3 device, and Carina B. Maliakkal, Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Analysis and Synthesis for the project In-situ TEM investigation of Stranski-Krastanov growth dynamics.

The Young Teacher Awards were given to Jonatan Fast, Ph.D. student, Solid State Physics, Linnéa Lindh, Ph.D. student, Chemical Physics. The Excellent Support Award was given to Anastasiia Anastasis, Research administrator, Solid State Physics, and Daniel Madsen, Research engineer, Centre for Analysis and Synthesis.

Poster Awards were given to Anette Löfstrand, PhD student, Solid State Physics for Bottom-up meets top-down: directed self-assembly for III-V nanowire devices, Lukas Wittenbecher, PhD student, Synchrotron Radiation Research, Imaging the ultrafast hot electron relaxation in InAs nanowires, and Rousan Debbarma, Postdoctoral fellow at Solid State Physics, Effects of parity and symmetry on the Aharonov-Bohm phase of a quantum ring.
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640x640transp The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is investing in research that creates the conditions for a sustainable society. This will be done by developing new and improved materials and manufacturing processes.

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Novel nanostructure growth
with atomic-scale precision
Scaling down material synthesis to crystalline structures only a few atoms in size and precisely positioned in device configurations remains highly challenging, but is crucial for new applications, as quantum computing. A recent study was published in Nature Communications. 
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Pain relief
without side effects
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a completely new stimulation method, using ultra-thin microelectrodes, to combat severe pain. This provides effective and personalised pain relief without the common side effects from pain relief drugs. The study, which was conducted on rats, has been published in the research journal Science Advances.
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Successful experiment with microwaves could result in better quantum computers

In a pioneering nano experiment, a research team in Lund has successfully constructed a new and very efficient microwave photon detector. The discovery could accelerate the development of future quantum computers.
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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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NanoLund podcast has premiered!
Since the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of detecting viruses, research has moved at an incredible pace. It has led to new breakthroughs in methods for detecting particles down to the nano level that will be useful in the next epidemic of a similar kind. Hear Jacob Löndahl and Sara Hallberg discuss (in Swedish) how the fight against a virus put research on the agenda.

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Swedish Research Council Grants awarded 2021

Fourteen NanoLund Faculty and Affiliated Members received new grants from the Swedish Research Council (VR, Vetenskapsrådet). This comprises Natural and engineering sciences, Medicine and health, the Röntgen-Ångström Cluster, as well as funding for instrumentation at ESS (two grants). The total awarded funding amounts to almost 70 MSEK for all grants.

Awardees of grants are: Pablo Villanueva Perez, Knut Deppert, Petter Persson, Tönu Pullerits, Rainer Timm, Jesper Wallentin, Andreas Walther, Kaibo Zheng, Donatas Zigmantas, Oxana Klementieva, Merab Kokaia, Jakob Löndahl, Tommy Nylander and Elizabeth Blackburn.

Read more about the grants at the homepage of the Swedish Research Council (below), and here:
New instruments to help researchers gain unique knowledge about cell wall surfaces.

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Finally – a NanoLund student retreat again!
After having been postponed last year due to the pandemic, the annual NanoLund retreat for student members, PhD students and postdocs did a well-received return in October. With a focus on networking, attendants from across NanoLund disciplines enjoyed two days filled with activities at Backafallsbyn on Hven island.
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Seminar on the global shortage
of semiconductors

The EU Day Lund, a conference highlighting the major societal trends that affect the future of Lund, Skåne, and Europe, as well as how to deal with common challenges that can contribute to making both Swedish businesses and research globally competitive and attractive.

NanoLund hosted an appreciated seminar: European semiconductor initiatives and their Lund perspective, featuring Dr Colette Maloney, Head of Unit “Microelectronics and Photonics Industry” European Commission – DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Igor Tasevski, Vice President and Head of Product Development Unit Radio, Ericsson, Lars-Erik Wernersson, Professor Nanoelectronics EIT, LTH and Anders Mikkelsen, Director NanoLund.
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Participating in the first European Tech Connect

TechConnect Europe was arranged in Malmö, the first one outside the US. Researchers from NanoLund were engaged as key-notes speakers and chairs aiming to connect research and early-stage technologies with industry and investors. The conference was organized in collaboration with Region Skåne, The City of Malmö, and Business Sweden and attracted 500 registered delegates.
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NanoLund alumni Kush
Punyani royally awarded

Our warmest congratulations to Kush Punyani, founder of Spermosens AB and Diagonal Bio, for receiving H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf Award as Newcomer of the Year 2021 in the category Region South Young Pioneer.
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14 NanoLund PhD students kick off nanoscience research for sustainability
The Generation Nano PhD students funded by Horizon 2020, recruited internationally during the pandemic, have now met and presented their exciting research.
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Sara Linse remains
among the world’s most-cited researchers
Each year, the analysis company Clarivate Analytics identifies the world’s most influential researchers ─ the select few who have been most frequently cited by their peers over the last decade. The list includes four names from Lund University, and Sara Linse, principal investigator at NanoLund, is one of them.

The list is based on the most cited scientific articles worldwide from the years 2010 to 2020. The list identifies researchers who have had a significant influence in their respective research areas over the past decade. The full list of the most cited researchers on the website below.
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Last performance
of The right way
The team behind the tour of the theatre play The right way recently gave their last performance for researchers and staff at Lund University. The right way has been part of an outreach activity for high school students focusing on how we handle new research findings in our everyday lives.
The annual NanoLund Season’s Greetings card
The Annual NanoLund Season’s Greetings card is here! This year, we owe it to PhD student Klara Suchan, who gave us this picture of a result from aligning the crossection of a potassium doped CsPb(I,Br)3 sample in a nano X-ray beam in order to measure the distribution of potassium in the sample by nano-XRF. The different lines are linescans over the crossection, while each line was measured at a different angle between the X-ray beam and the sample.
Annual Meeting 2022
Next year’s NanoLund Annual Meeting will take place in Lund, on October 11. More info about the topics and the venue will follow further on!
Introduction meeting
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How to meet media
How do you get news media to pay attention to your research results? A short introduction (in Swedish) will be given on February 17.

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