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Organizing Molecular Matter

OMM Annual Report 2013



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.

November 2013: OMM scientist awarded Future Research Leader grant
Mikael Lund received an individual grant (SEK 10 million) for "Future Research Leaders" from The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF). The grant is intended for innovative research and given young scientists who have the potential to and are prepared to become future leaders of academic and industrial research in Sweden. More information

October 2013: Professor awarded for skin research
Professor Emma Sparr has been awarded the Sven and Ebba-Christina Hagberg Foundation 2013 personal prize. The prize includes research funding of SEK 300.000. Professor Sparr receives the prize for her biophysical studies of protein-lipid systems and properties of skin. Her research has relevance for drug development and cosmetics.

September 2013: ERC Advanced grants to 2 OMM scientists
Last week the European Research Council announced the 2013 ERC Advanced Grants. Two OMM partners received this very prestigious grant: Sara Linse, professor in physical chemistry and molecular protein science,  with the project "Molecular mechanism of amyloid beta aggregation”; and Peter Schurtenberger, professor in physical chemistry, with the project “Colloids with complex interactions: from model atoms to colloidal recognition and bioinspired self assembly”.
The ERC Advanced grants are awarded to well-established top researchers of any nationality/age, scientifically independent and with a recent research track-record and profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s). Of a total of 2408 applications 284 were granted and 3 of those come from Lund University. More information can be found in the press release from the ERC, on webpages of Lund University homepage and the Swedish Research Council.

September 2013: Valuable formulation research. Fredrik Tiberg, President and Head of Research for the pharmaceutical company Camurus and Adjunct Professor at Physical Chemistry, reports that Novartis has acquired an exclusive worldwide license to develop and commercialize CAM2029, a long-acting peptide drug developed by Camurus for the treatment of patients with acromegaly and neuroendocrine tumors. The aquisition triggers an undisclosed milestone payment to Camurus from potential payments of up to US$ 700 million. Read more here.

August 2013: The Aug 20 issue of Langmuir features an Invited Feature Article by Lennart Piculell on "Understanding and exploiting the phase behavior of mixtures of oppositely charged polymers and surfactants in water". The article is also highlighted on the cover of the issue. Read the article here.

June 2013: The master program "Organizing Molecular Matter" in nanochemistry, taught by teachers from the OMM environment, was the only one to receive the top grade in a national evaluation of all 29 bachelor and master chemistry programs offered by the science faculties at Swedish universities.

June 2013: Daniel Topgaard was promoted to Professor.

May 2013: Our former PhD student Joakim Stenhammar has received 2013 year's Inga Fisher-Hjalmarsons Award for his thesis Theoretical Studies of Simple Polar Fluids. Read more here.

April 2013: A recent work dealing with fundamental questions of how nearly spherical viruses are formed through a co-assembly process was highlighted on the cover of Journal of Chemical Physics. The study was made by Ran Zhang and Per Linse.

January 2013: The confocal microscopy study of structural ordering, dynamics, and phase behavior of dense microgel suspensions by Divya Paloli, Priti Mohanty, Jérôme Crassous, Emanuela Zaccarelli, and Peter Schurtenberger was highlighted on the cover of Soft Matter.

December 2012: The latest diffusion NMR pulse sequence by Stefanie Eriksson, Samo Lasic, and Daniel Topgaard was featured on the cover of Journal of Magnetic Resonance. Read the article here.

October 2012: Anna Stradner was appointed Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry - Biocolloids and Scattering Methods.

June 2012: OMM received excellent reviews in the Swedish Research Council's midterm evaluation of its Linneaus Centers. The financial support of OMM will remain unchanged for the final years until 2016. The full report can be found here.

December 2011: Viveka Alfredsson was promoted to Professor.

October 2011: The recent article about measuring water exchange with diffusion MRI by Daniel Topgaard and colleagues was highlighted in the Spinsights NMR blog.

October 2011: Daniel Topgaard was granted SEK 2,500,000 by the Faculty of Science for the formation of an NMR-center including most of the current NMR spectrometers at the Department of Chemistry. 

September 2011: During 2011 there has been a debate on Swedish television about the adhesion of fermented dairy products to packages. Because of that, in Sweden alone, approximately 2000 tones of top-quality yoghurt, goes directly into the waste bin. In collaboration with department of Theoretical Chemistry at Lund University, and the division of New Material Design at Tetra Pak, a master thesis project was set up, with focus on why fermented milk products stick to packaging materials.

September 2011: Emma Sparr reports from the World Economic Forum of the New Championship - read the article (in Swedish)

August 2011: Sara Snogerup Linse received the EuCheMS Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Award. Together with 22 other eminent women re-searchers in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from all over the world Sara Snogerup Linse received an award for Distinguished Women in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering at the IUPACs World Chemistry Congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is part of the ACS Challenge Grant-Interational Year of Chemistry Celebration.Read more 

June 2011: Södra's Research Foundation funds Theoretical Chemistry with SEK 2.000.000. The project, lead by Mikael Lund and Gunnar Karlström, focuses on dissolution of cellulose molecules and is part of the CelluNova project

May 2011: Emma Sparr becomes Young Academy member. The Young Academy of Sweden has been founded. The initiative comes from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA). The academy is an independent organization for young researchers from all scientific areas. It´s aim is to strengthen Sweden as a nation of knowledge.  More information

March 2011: Emma Sparr was appointed Professor in Physical chemistry - Colloidal Biology

February, 2011:
News article.
 The new article about magnetic nanoparticles by Peter Schurtenberger and colleagues was featured in the  news section  of J. Phys.: Condens. Matter:
“Magnetic properties of silica coated spindle-type hematite particles ”, M Reufer et al.  J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23, 065102 (2011)

February, 2011:
Hot article in Soft Matter.
 A new article from researchers at Physical Chemistry has been highlighted on the Soft Matter blog:
“Work hardening of soft glassy materials, or a metallurgist’s view of peanut butter”, Romaric R. R. Vincent and Peter Schurtenberger,  Soft Matter, 2011

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