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KILU Newsletter, week 13, 2018-03-29

KILU Newsletter is the Department of Chemistry's internal newsletter.

Talking heads

Easter is ahead of us with some well deserved days off. For many of us this means friends and family gatherings. On top of this it may also involve grant proposal writing. Then it is important to do other things as well, I strongly recommend some reading. One of my personal favourites is Hans Rosling. He was one of our most famous physicians and was internationally very well recognized. His biography "Hur jag lärde mig förstå världen" is a fascinating story about his life. A new book will appear very soon, "Factfulness" that most likely will be a global bestseller. Enjoy.

En riktigt Glad Påsk



Viveka Alfredsson and Jörgen Nilsson are awarded gender equality promotion prize

Viveka Alfredsson from the Division of Physical Chemistry and Jörgen Nilsson from the Administrative unit, have received the Gunilla Jarlbro Award for their gender equality work at the department. Read more (in Swedish)

Charlotta Turner receives LU funding for collaboration initiative – LU Food Faculty

Charlotta Turner, from CAS, has been awarded a total of SEK 1.5 million for the thematic collaboration initiative “LU Food Faculty – an interdisciplinary forum for future food studies”. Read more (in Swedish)

Charlotta Turner appointed member of IVA

Charlotta Turner, from CAS, was made member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

New nominating committee appointed at the Faculty of Science

Those who are eligible to vote at the Faculty of Science have elected a new nominating committee for the term of office 1 April 2018 – 31 March 2021. Cajsa Andersson at the library at Kemicentrum and Kenneth Wärnmark from CAS, were elected.

Håkan Wennerström has received the 2018 ACS award in colloid chemistry from the American Chemical Society

Håkan Wennerström, professor emeritus, is the recipient of the 2018 ACS award in colloid chemistry: For his outstanding contributions to our understanding and applications of the fundamental molecular interactions and forces in complex colloidal, soft-matter, and self-assembling systems

Researchers in media

Sven Lidin was interviewed in many media outlets about why mobile telephones work poorly in cold weather. For example: SVT Nyheter, DN, AftonbladetSydsvenskan, Göteborgs Posten. 

Ulf Ellervik was mentioned in Kemivärlden Biotech on the subject of his work on developing a digital teaching support for chemistry students at the upper secondary school level.

Ulf Ellervik has written an article about ice cream in Kemivärlden Biotech.

Don't miss..

Seminar: Alpha Cyclodextrin-SDS Self-Assembled Viscoelastic Films at the Liquid/Air Interface, April 4

A seminar by Dr. José Campos Terán, Departamento de Procesos y Tecnología, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Cuajimalpa, México.
Time and place: April 4 at 14:15 in lecture hall F, Kemicentrum.

Physical Chemistry Seminar, April 18

A seminar by Associate Professor Tobias Ambjörnsson, Computational Biology and Biological Physics, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University.
Time and place: April 18 from 14:15 to 15:00 in lecture hall G, Kemicentrum.

Lecture: Assembling responsive nanoparticles, April 19

Lecture by Peter Schurtenberger, Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of Lund Institute of advanced Neutron and X-ray Science LINXS.

Time and place: April 19 from 18:00 to 19:00 in lecture hall C, Kemicentrum.
The lecture is arranged by the Chemical Society in Lund.

Lecture: The thermodynamics of bird flocks, April 20

Public readership lecture / "Docentföreläsning" with Dr Joakim Stenhammar, Associate Senior Lecturer at The Division of Physical Chemistry.
Time and place: April 20 from 13:15 to 14:00 in lecture hall B, Kemicentrum.

Seminar: Cell membranes in the cold and dry - maintaining the fluid lamellar phase, June 7

A seminar by Dr. Chris Garvey, Ansto, Lucas height, Australia.
Time and place: June 7 from 14:15 to 15:00 in lecture hall F, Kemicentrum.

1st national meeting of the Swedish chemical society SCS2018, June 17-20

Svenska Kemisamfundet / The Swedish Chemical Society welcome you to the first national chemistry meeting in Lund, 17-20 June 2018. The meeting brings together all directions of chemistry represented within the society and offers a program of top plenary lectures, exciting specialized parallel sessions and plenty of room for interactions with meeting participants and exhibitors between scientific sessions. We are also celebrating the 150 anniversary of Kemiska Föreningen in Lund. Last day to register: May 15.
More information and registration:

KILU DAY 2018 – Save the date!

This year´s department day, The KILU day 2018 will be October 11th.

Information from the library

American Chemical Society partners with leading Societies to support ChemRxiv™ -American Chemical Society

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced its partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the German Chemical Society (GDCh) to support the financial and strategic development of ChemRxiv, the premier preprint server for the global chemistry community. This strategic partnership among three of the largest scientific societies in the chemical sciences will enable researchers to rapidly disseminate their findings in a forum that is free and globally accessible.

The library is temporary located in building 4 at Kemicentrum

You find the library in a temporary location in building 4 due to a renovation project. Map

PhD Information

Course: Research ethics for chemists, 2 credits

Duration: 16/4 - 8/5 2018
Deadline for applications: 6th April,  2018
Registration to:
Please use “Ethics course” in heading.
Please note that members of QDETAILSS have priority to this occasion provided registration no later than 6th April. Next ethics course which is open for everyone will take place in Nov/Dec 2018.
More information

Chemistry Together, spring workshop, April 24

This year ́s Postgraduate studie ́s day will be April 24 between 10:00 – 16:30 in lecture hall B at Kemicentrum. The aim of the workshop is to provide PhDs an opportunity to present research and get feedback, either by giving a talk, or presenting and reviewing posters. This year, we extend our invitation also to students who are in the process of preparing for the “half-time seminar” and/or NMT-days. Active participation, either by poster or talk, generates 1.5 ECTS. For speakers, presence during 2 preparation talk sessions will be required.

Schedule for preparation talk sessions, April 20 & April 23

(To prepare and train: ca 15 min talks):
April  20th  13.15  – ca 16.30 Preptalk#1 with feedback, location to be announced
April 23rd  13.15 – ca 16.30 Preptalk#2 with feedback, location to be announced

Workshop schedule, April 24

10.15 – ca 11.30: Talks, session 1
11.30  - 13.30: Lunch & Poster session 1, with visits to Mediatryck
13.30 – 14.30: Talks, session 2 with invited guest
14.30 – 15.30: Coffee & Poster session 2, hand in of Reviews
15.30 – 16.30: Talks, session 3

Registration (deadline April 13)

Please send email to and provide information as outlined below.

USE as SUBJECT in email: CHEMistryTOGETHER-2018
Please also provide information concerning:
a) Name:
b) I want to participate with TALK – indicate YES or NO
c) I want to participate with POSTER including revision – indicate YES or NO
d) FOOD REQUIREMENTS: Please inform us! 

Apply for doctoral student summer school

Doctoral students can now apply for the RACIRI summer school in Rügen, Germany. The summer school will run from 25 August to 1 September. This year’s theme is “From basic science and applications to technologies inspired by nature”. Students who are admitted will receive a scholarship to cover the costs of food and accommodation. The application deadline is 25 May.
Read more and apply

Research funding

On the Department of Chemistry website we have gathered information about research funding on a specific page. Here we publish calls for proposals that come to the attention of the department. Visit the page:


Opening hours at Kemicentrum during Easter

Maundy Thursday/ Skärtorsdag 29/3: 08.00 - 12.00.
Good Friday/Långfredag 30/3 - Easter Monday/Annandag Påsk 2/4: CLOSED
Regular opening hours from the 3rd of April.

Maundy Thursday/ Skärtorsdag 29/3: CLOSED
Good Friday/Långfredag 30/3 - Easter Monday/Annandag Påsk 2/4: CLOSED
Regular opening hours from the 3rd of April.

The 29th of March (Maundy Thursday) from 14.00 the entrances are open only for those with an entrance card. Between 30/3 (Good Friday) - 2/4 (Easter Monday) only entrance A, B and
E are open for those with an entrance card.

At Lund University

Apply to the faculty’s “Mentoring for change” programme

PhD-holding researchers who are at the start of their careers can now apply to “Mentoring for change” – a different kind of mentoring programme for careers in academia. The programme will start in the spring and run for 15 months. The application deadline is 7 May. The programme is open to employees at the Faculty of Science and to all employees at the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Physics, the Centre for Mathematical Sciences and the Division of Medical Radiation Physics, regardless of their faculty affiliation.
Read more and apply

Meet one of the editors of The Conversation, 10 April

Lund University is a member of The Conversation, a British news site where researchers write articles about current events in the world. This represents an opportunity for LU researchers to disseminate knowledge to a global audience of many millions. In the morning of 10 April, Miriam Frankel, one of the editors of The Conversation, will be visiting the Faculty of Science. Take the opportunity to discuss your ideas for articles with her during an individual 25-minute meeting in Astronomihuset. Book an appointment by contacting the  faculty’s press officer,

Welcome day for new employees, 30 May

Lund University’s welcome day for new employees will be held in English on 30 May from 08:30 to 14:00 at Skissernas museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art. Read more and register in Kompetensportalen by 16 May at the latest.

Välkomstdag för nya medarbetare, 9 maj

Lunds universitets välkomstdag för nya medarbetare hålls 9 maj kl. 08.30–13.30 på Skissernas museum. Läs mer och anmäl dig i Kompetensportalen senast 25 april.

Inbjudan till informationsmöte - från biträdande universitetslektor (BUL) till universitetslektor (UL), 21 maj

Välkommen på ett informationsmöte riktat till dig som är anställd som biträdande universitetslektor vid LTH.  Syftet är att du som biträdande universitetslektor (BUL) ska få information om de regelverk och riktlinjer som påverkar dig. Du kommer också att få veta mer om kompetensutvecklingsplaner, kraven för befordran och hur ansökningsprocessen från BUL till UL ser ut. Presentationen kommer att hållas på svenska.

När: Måndagen den 21 maj 2018, kl. 10.15-12.00
Var: Pepparholm, Studiecentrum LTH
Anmälan: Du behöver inte anmäla dig. Det är bara att dyka upp.

Inbjudan: Forskare Sommarpratar på Vattenhallen

Vattenhallen anordnar sommarprat med forskare 20 juni – 10 augusti. Är du intresserad av komma dit och berätta om dig själv och din forskning? Anmäl ditt intresse till senast 20 april. Läs mer (pdf)

In memoriam

Professor Kåre Larsson har gått bort. Kåre Larsson var professor i Livsmedelsteknologi och under sin tid där drev han många dammarbeten brett inom Kemicentrum. Han var en mycket omtyckt föreläsare och lärare. Det som kanske mest av allt kännetecknade Kåre var hans generositet mot yngre forskare och många vitnar om hur mycket Kåre har betytt för dem. Kåre var också en sann entreprenör och varit med i många olika projekt som så småningom lett till nya företag t ex Prodi och Camurus. Läs mer om Kåre Larsson (hämtat från KC-kalendern, 1997:3).

Marie Wahlgren, Institutionen för Livsmedelsteknik



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