Finding the bright lights of 2023 • Spin-off companies on prestigious listing • Temperature increase triggers viral infection • The effect of symmetry on the DNA waves • Vacuum cleaner effect in fungi can hold nanoplastics at bay • Join the mentoring programme
NanoLund at the Forefront of NanoScience
December 2023 • Newsletter from the Centre for Nanoscience, Lund University
Strategic Research Area NanoLund
NanoLund Season Greetings Card 2023

Finding the bright lights of 2023
As we reach the end of the year it is good to look back at some bright lights of the last months. The Nobel Prize awarded to Anne L’Huillier lifted the spirits across the University. The enthusiasm and joy of students and employees in this celebration of pioneering research is wonderful to experience and highlights the value of science worldwide.
  Many researchers in NanoLund work to solve the challenges of our society in collaboration with industry. We are happy that collaborations will see a further boost as we now have NanoLund researchers coordinating no less than three of the Vinnova competence centers: C3NiT, ACT, and SENTIO.
  We have also taken important steps towards our establishment in Science Village, with a long-term, strategic collaboration with the Olle Engkvist Foundation, and important donations from The Crafoord Foundation and Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn. The ability to tailor nanomaterials and devices is crucial for our research and societal impact. The process for procuring and developing our lab at Science Village continues as well as getting the maximum effect of the incredible resources of NanoLab. Combining excellent fundamental research and work towards a more sustainable world has seen much development, not least with the support of the Wallenberg Initiative Materials Science for Sustainability – WISE, involving many of our researchers.
  Getting researchers together across divisions, departments, and faculties is among our most important goals. The annual meeting held in the form of the Light & Materials Synergy Day together with Lund Laser Centre (LLC), Lund University and LTH profile areas was a huge success with 250 participants meeting across disciplines, fundamental and applied research interacting.
  All three of us have been asked to continue as directors for three more years and have gladly agreed. It is exciting to help develop an environment for all of us to thrive in and see all the excellent work and results even in a challenging world.
  You have all contributed to this, and we want to thank all of you for the work you have done, and wish you happy holidays and well-deserved rest,

Maria Messing, Anneli Löfgren and Anders Mikkelsen,
for the leadership of NanoLund
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Participate in our image competition!

NanoLund is always in need of attractive and informative images and photos for use in reports, on our website, in presentations, and other external and internal communication. Whether it is a new Annual Report or a Christmas card, it is always appreciated with pictures from the actual activities in our organisation. For this reason, we hereby announce an image competition for the best images and photos related to research performed by NanoLundians.

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Fungi vacuum cleaner-effect can hold nanoplastics at bay

Using micro-engineered soil models, researchers have investigated the effect of tiny polystyrene particles on bacteria and fungi. While these nanoplastics reduced both bacterial and fungal growth, the fungus actually managed to “clean up” their surroundings, thereby easing the effect of the plastics.

Illustration of virus and their surroundings.
Temperature increase triggers viral infection

Researchers at Lund University, together with colleagues at the NIST Synchrotron Facility in the USA, have mapped on an atomic level what happens in a virus particle when the temperature is raised.
  “When the temperature rises, the virus’s genetic material changes its form and density, becoming more fluid-like, which leads to its rapid injection into the cell,” says Alex Evilevitch who led the study.

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On the effect of symmetry on the DNA waves

First, they discovered how DNA can move in wavelike patterns on the millimeter scale in microfluidics devices – now they also have found a way of controlling the behaviour. Four researchers connected to NanoLund have presented results that may be useful in several ways: to enhance or suppress the mixing of microfluidics, relevant for medicine and food industry as well as water treatment.
  In the journal RSC Advances, they present the basic idea: while the DNA waves occur in two types (LEFT and RIGHT) for arrays with round pillars, breaking the lateral symmetry in the shape of the pillars, the researchers only see one of the types (LEFT or RIGHT).
  “We can thus control the behavior of the DNA waves on the millimeter scale by changing details on the 10μm scale in the array,” says Jonas Tegenfeldt.

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The celebrating continues

Professor Anne L’Huillier, Atomic Physics at LTH, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2023, jointly with Pierre Agostini and Ferenc Krausz, for their experiments, which have given humanity new tools for exploring the world of electrons inside atoms and molecules. LTH has gathered all the stories you might be curious about, regarding this.

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Spin-off companies NordAmps and AlixLabs on prestigious list

NanoLund wants to congratulate NanoLund spin-off companies AlixLabs and NordAmps for making it to the magazine NyTeknik’s list of Sweden’s 33 best, most innovative, and promising young technology companies in 2023.
  For the sixteenth year in a row, the magazine Ny Teknik has chosen Sweden’s 33 best, most innovative, and promising young technology companies. Two of NanoLund’s spin-off companies have made it to the list – for the second year.

Welcome to our new NanoLund members!
NanoLund keeps growing and currently has more than 100 research groups, some 60 faculty members, and over 50 affiliated faculty members. Since the summer break, we welcomed three new members.

New faculty members:
Matias Kagias, Synchrotron Radiation Research

New affiliated faculty members:

Maning Liu, Centre for Analysis and Synthesis
Filip Lenrick, Production and Materials Engineering
Save the date for Compound Semiconductor Week (CSW)
CSW is the premier conference in the areas of science, technology, and applications of compound semiconductors. CSW addresses compound semiconductors from fundamentals to applications in a wide perspective. CSW covers new developments in materials and physics while simultaneously addressing applications in electronics, optoelectronics, and new fields. With its annual coverage, CSW is a forum for the latest developments in this important field.
  • Time and place: 3–6 June 2024, Lund University
  • Deadline abstracts: February 15th 2024
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Join the NanoLund mentoring programme

The NanoLund mentoring programme focuses on professional development for PhD students and postdocs. The programme aims to provide a flexible and tailored approach, allowing the mentees to discuss professional ambitions and challenges with mentors from outside their research group. The mentor plays an important role as an independent resource to guide and help the mentees to develop their full potential, beyond a supervisor’s perspective. In spring 2024, PhD students and post-docs will be welcome to join for an opportunity to reflect on future career choices with an external mentor. The date of the first workshop, which is open to anyone curious, is 13 February.
  On 19 April, the programme kicks off for those who applied and were accepted. Are you interested in becoming a mentor? Please contact us!

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Introduction meeting

Welcome to an introduction to NanoLund, Thursday 15 February 2023, 9:00–12:00. During this event, you will learn what NanoLund is, what it means to be involved in NanoLund, and how it is organized. We will tell you about the benefits of being part of NanoLund and how to use equipment in other labs and give general tips and tricks for PhD students and postdocs.
  The event is open to everyone who has joined NanoLund: PhD students, postdocs, administrative and technical staff, Faculty Members, and Affiliated Faculty Members – and all who always wanted to know more.

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Find inspiration for your master thesis

Topics available for master thesis projects within NanoLund are found here. Students are invited to contact the supervisors for the projects they find interesting directly.

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Support in high-impact publishing

Did you know that there are several support and funding opportunities for NanoLundians? NanoLund offers our members support in high-impact publishing. As a member of NanoLund, you can get hands-on help from experienced editors to achieve the highest impact and visibility of your work. If you have an important result that you think should be published in one of the top journals in your field, contact Anna-Karin Alm.

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Recent articles from NanoLund researchers
Engaging researchers, students, and staff in the faculties of engineering, science, and medicine, NanoLund is Sweden’s largest research environment for nanoscience and nanotechnology and a strategic research area funded by the Swedish Government. We contribute to societal and sustainability challenges, for instance in health and clean energy, using the tools of nanoscience and nanotechnology. To this end, our research ranges from materials science and quantum physics to applications in energy, electronics and semiconductors, photonics, life science, and nanosafety. In the research portal, scientific articles from NanoLund researchers are found – most recent articles on tops.

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