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June 2015: Sara Snogerup Linse was ranked as one of Sweden's 30 most influential inspirers by "Ny Teknik". link

June 2015: Professor Ulf Olsson has received LUNA's Pedagogical Prize
The pedagogical prize of LUNA is given to an outstanding lecturer, who understands that different students learn differently. The lecturer shall be there for the students, make them enthusiastic about the subject and take into account the students' opinions about the course.

May 2015: Björn Lindman, Professor Emeritus, is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the IACIS Conference in Mainz, Germany in May. Every third year the Lifetime Achievement Award is given by the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS) to a meritorious receiver. This year the award will be presented to Professor Emeritus Björn Lindman, of the Division of Physical Chemistry at Lund University, at the IACIS Conference in Mainz, Germany in May.

April 2015: Dr. Aleksandra Dabkowska is the B T M Willis prize winner for 2015
This prestigious prize is given by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, for neutron scattering. The prize that Dr. Aleksandra Dabkowska of Lund University has received is awarded to an individual in recognition of a single outstanding piece of work, or a longer term coherent body of work, in the application of neutron scattering to a significant problem in physics, chemistry, materials science, earth science, the life sciences, or engineering, or alternatively in recognition of a major development in neutron scattering instrumentation or techniques. The recipient of the prize will normally be an early career scientist, i.e. in the first 12 years of a research career (allowing for career breaks) e.g. following an award of a first degree, who has made a substantial contribution to the development or reputation of physics/chemistry/biology in the UK or Ireland.

February 2015: Professor Peter Schurtenberger has been elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)

January 2015: Sara Snogerup Linse became chairman of the Nobel committee for chemistry

January 2015: An article by OMM scientists is the ACS Editors' Choice in the Journal of Physical Chemistry. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors have chosen this article to be published online and available through open access.
Ref: "Charge-Induced Patchy Attractions between Proteins". Weimin Li †, Björn A. Persson ‡, Maxim Morin †, Manja A. Behrens †, Mikael Lund *‡, and Malin Zackrisson Oskolkova *†?†Division of Physical Chemistry and ‡Division of Theoretical Chemistry, Lund University

November 2014: The formation of tubular structures through self-assembly requires much less geometrical and interaction specificity than previously thought. Existing consensus of successful models are challenged and presented in Nature.com article.
The design and production of future materials would enormously benefit if we were capable of self-assembling nanostructures with the precision and reliability found in biological self-assembly, and considerable efforts are thus made to better understand these processes. Currently there seems to exist a consensus that a successful model for the formation of biological nanostructure such as microtubules or tubular viruses through self-assembly requires a monomer geometry that already has a preferred curvature explicitly built in. In a recent article in Nature Communications researchers from the division of physical chemistry at Lund University together with colleagues from the University of Konstanz and the ETH Zurich now challenge this view. They show that simple ellipsoidal colloids can form well-defined tubular structures in the presence of an alternating electric field (Fig. 1). Supported by computer simulations, their experimental findings demonstrate the existence of a new and simpler path than previously expected towards to fabricate of regular tubular virus-like structures.

October 2014: Sara Snogerup Linse received 2014 KTH Great Prize. The award places her in the same company as Robyn, Hans Rosling och Niklas Zennström. link

September 2014: A group of nine researchers at Physical Chemistry, coordinated by Peter Schurtenberger, have been granted has been granted 42 398 000 SEK by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for the research project Anisotropic Forces in Colloid Chemistry. The Foundation has granted a total of SEK 810 million to 24 research projects that they believe have the ability to lead to scientific breakthroughs.

September 2014: Nanowire forests used for precise control
Nanowire forests can be used to precisely control the nano- and micro-topography of lipid bilayers over millimeter-sized areas. A recent article describes how the bilayers follow the contours of the nanowires to form continuous model membranes that are locally highly curved. The work is part of a collaborative project between researchers from the Divisions of Physical Chemistry and Solid State Physics at the Nanometer Structure Consortium, Lund University.
Participating researchers: Aleksandra Dabkowska, Cassandra Niman, Gaelle Piret, Henrik Persson, Hanna Wacklin, Heiner Linke, Christelle Prinz, Tommy Nylander.

June 2014: Peter Schurtenberger elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Professor Peter Schurtenberger has been elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. At the General Meeting on 11 June, Peter Schurtenberger was elected alongside Professor Jens Nielsen of Chalmers University of Technology.

May 2014: Redefining moisturizer
The recent article by Emma Sparr and Daniel Topgaard and colleagues showing how small polar molecules ("mosturizers") influence the molecular components in skin was highlighted in an article with the title "Redefining moisturiser" in Chemistry World, and as an "Hot Article April" at the Soft Matter Blog.

May 2014: Students debate: "MAX IV and ESS, what for and are both needed in Lund?"
Master Students from Lund University were debating MAX IV and ESS in the presence of high school technique students from Polhemsgymnasiet, a school in Lund. What does it mean for Lund that these two large researche plants are built here, and what will it mean for research and scientists in the future?
The debate aimed at creating interest for the research plants among the high school students, and the Master Students practiced presentation techniques and to debate science - an important knowledge for working life.
- Our Master Students shall practice in communicating natural science to reach the next generation of natural scientists. When working, you are expected to present and defend your research findings, and it is therefore important to train to argue, says Malin Zackrisson Oskolkova, the Master Students' teacher in Nano Chemistry at Lund University, who initiated the debate.

March 2014: Björn Lindman: Fifty years in science and technology
Professor Håkan Wennerström has published an article in Advances in Surface and Colloid Science, vol. 205 pages 1-8 (2014), in honour of Professor Björn Lindman.
Abstract: Björn Lindman has for fifty years had an active role in science and technology. His main contributions are briefly described. In the science part particular emphasis is put on his studies of ion binding, of amphiphilic self-association, of molecular diffusion in solution and of polymer–surfactant systems. Furthermore we describe his role in introducing scientific areas, his role in scientific collaborations and his contributions to scientific organizations. The text is concluded by some personal reflections by the author.

February 2014: SSF framework grant for MRI methods development
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) awards a 20 MSEK framework grant for the development of Multidimensional Diffusion MRI. The research group includes members from Harvard Medical School, Linköping University, Lund Bioimaging Center, and Professor Daniel Topgaard from Physical Chemistry.

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