Highlights from the Annual Meeting • Lars Samuelson receives the IVA’s Great Gold Medal • Sparbanken Skånes Research Prize to Louise Gren • Millions from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation to research projects connected to NanoLund • Working towards a semiconductor strategy for Sweden
NanoLund at the Forefront of NanoScience
Fall 2022 • Newsletter from the Center for Nanoscience, Lund University
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Building the world – celebrating the good work

Once a year, NanoLundians gather in Lund for an annual meeting: An entire day full of scientific talks, microphone tossing, poster mingling, and plenty of opportunities to discuss all varieties of playing with the energies inside materials.

This year’s theme was “Materials – building the world” and the exciting program was put together by Maria Messing and Mattias Borg at NanoLund. Together with chairs Kimberly Thelander, Martin Leijnse, and Sara Blomberg they guided us all through the topics: Organic and earth-abundant materials, Quantum Materials, and Synthesis and Integration. Also, we had the pleasure to listen to several pitches of the posters.

After dinner was enjoyed, several prizes were distributed. Mikelis Marnauza and Robin Sjökvist, Rubén Seoane Souto, Tania Lima, Linnéa Jönsson, Linnea Lindh, Jennifer Gilbert, Morten Ib Kjӕrgaard Munk, Yen-Po Liu, Simon Wozny, Patrik Wirgin, Sungyoun Ju, and David Alcer were the awardees.

We want to extend our warmest congratulations to all of the awardees, and express our gratitude for all the good work done through the entire organization,
Maria Messing, Anneli Löfgren and Anders Mikkelsen,
for the leadership of NanoLund

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Lars Samuelson receives the IVA’s Great Gold Medal
Lars Samuelson, professor of nanotechnology and semiconductor electronics at LTH and founder of NanoLund, is awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ (IVA) Great Gold Medal for significant contributions to the Academy’s field of activity. The award is presented by IVA’s patron, HM The King.

On being awarded the prestigious gold medal, Lars Samuelson says:
“I am incredibly pleased and honored to be considered for the unique award of the IVA Great Gold Medal. I see this as a collective award to the amazing environment of talented students and researchers that I have had the privilege to lead and work with.”

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The work continues:
a Swedish semiconductor strategy

After the panel discussion during “Politics Week” in Almedalen, Lund University and partners continue working towards forming a national agenda and a competence center for semiconductors in Sweden.   
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Diligent participation
in “Culture Night”

Able to fully celebrate the annual ”Culture Night” on location in Lund again after a couple of pandemic years of digital versions, NanoLund and the Department of Physics contributed by showing the amazing world of physics – covering topics from the smallest elements to the deepest mysteries of the universe.

“To me, participating in Kulturnatten is something that we should eagerly continue with, because it’s a wonderful chance to open our doors to the community, share what we are so passionate about and get to see that same excitement and passion in our visitors – young and old alike,” says Adam Burke, outreach coordinator at NanoLund.
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Disease-preventing proteins and more temperature-resistant quantum computers

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is awarding SEK 700 million to 23 innovative basic research projects at Swedish universities. Four of them are based in Lund – and two are connected to NanoLund. Sara Linse, NanoLund faculty member, will study disease-preventing proteins – and Mathieu Gisselbrecht will study the quantum mechanical phenomenon entanglement together with members of NanoLund.

“If we understand the principle of how the chaperones work, we might be able to create a drug molecule based on the same principle that could be used in new treatments for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes,” says Sara Linse.

“If we succeed, this could become a method that could help find materials to build quantum computers that can withstand higher temperatures, with the possibility of fast operations,” says Mathieu Gisselbrecht.

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Master equation
to boost quantum technologies

NanoLund researchers Björn Annby-Andersson and Peter Samuelsson have developed a “master equation” that will help engineers understand feedback at the quantum scale.

Many everyday technologies make use of feedback control routinely in order to manage the operations of devices and processes. But physicists do not yet have an equivalent understanding of feedback control at the quantum level.
Annby-Andersson and his colleagues have now developed a master equation, called a “Quantum Fokker-Planck equation”, that enables physicists to track the evolution of any quantum system with a feedback control over time.

“The equation can describe scenarios that go beyond linear feedback,” says Annby-Andersson.
“In particular, the equation can be solved with pen and paper, rather than having to rely on computer simulations.”
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Nanowires promise high-efficient, economical solar cells

“Our main conclusion is that nanowires are promising building blocks for the next generation of high-efficiency solar cells at an economically viable cost that are sustainable, flexible, and radiation hard,” says NanoLund researcher Lukas Hrachowina.
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ERC grant to NanoLundian for research
on separating cells using ultrasound

Per Augustsson, Associate Professor at the department of Biomedical Engineering at Lund University, has been awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Grant for his work on how liquids and cells behave in a sound field.

“Blood consists mainly of red blood cells, but also contains white blood cells that are part of the immune system. In the blood of people affected by cancer, there may also be circulating tumor cells, which are believed to play a role in how cancer spreads between different organs in the body. In order to understand the role of different types of blood cells in healthy and sick individuals, it is of interest to medical researchers to be able to separate different types of cells from the blood so they can be studied in detail. We believe that ultrasound-based separation can give them a powerful tool to achieve this”, says Per Augustsson.
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Recent articles from NanoLund researchers
Engaging 400 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.

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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Louise Gren receives Sparbanken Skånes Research prize 2022

The Sparbanken Skåne Prize to a new doctor at LTH for particularly outstanding doctoral thesis is in 2022 awarded NanoLundian Louise Gren for her thesis in Aerosol Technology: “Renewable Diesel Fuels and Emission Control Strategies – Implications for Occupational Exposure, Human Health, and the Environment”.

Sparbanken Skåne's CEO Andreas P. Nilsson presented the award to Louise Green at LTH’s graduation ceremony.

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Two Nobel Symposia held in Southern Sweden within one month

Normally, Nobel Symposia are quite rare, therefore it is quite remarkable that NanoLund researchers were the main organizers of two symposia that took place nearly at the same time. The Nobel Symposium NS 173: “Exploring complex molecular and condensed phase processes and functions by multidimensional spectroscopy from THz to X-rays” was held August 7–11 in Båstad. The Nobel Symposium NS166: “Emerging Quantum Technologies” was held August 25–28 in Malmö.

“There are strong reasons to believe that we now, during the beginning of the 21st century, are at the brink of a second quantum revolution”, says Martin Leijnse from the organizing committee of the Nobel Symposium on Emerging Quantum Technologies.
The EuroNanoForum
Euro Nano Forum takes place at Malmö Live, June 11–13, 2023. It is a conference of major strategic nature, focusing on identifying policy options and priorities, planning future actions regarding European activities on nanoscience and -technology, advanced materials, innovation, sustainability, circular economy as well as materials and energy sovereignty. Among the topics: Green Energy, Nanomedicine, ChipACT, Nanosafety, Quantum Technologies, Green sustainable production, and European infrastructures.

Starting a Mentoring Program for PhD-students
All PhD students at NanoLund are invited to a full-day Career Development Workshop on 17 November to learn how to identify their skills and personal drivers. And how to make use of these skills for a future career. They will also be invited to apply for the NanoLund Mentoring Program Spring 2023. Through the program, they will have the opportunity to discuss their professional ambitions and challenges with an independent mentor from outside our organization, and often outside academia.
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