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KILU Newsletter, week 16, 2017-04-20

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

In memoriam

Tragically, Per Linse, Professor of Macromolecular Chemistry at the Division of Physical Chemistry at KILU, passed away on March 24 after an extended period of illness.

Throughout his professional career, except for his postdoc at Stanford University, Per was a member of the Physical Chemistry division. Per began there as a graduate student in 1979 and rapidly developed into a prominent and independent researcher. Having initially worked experimentally he soon decided to devote himself to theory, where he became one of the pioneers in Sweden on statistical-mechanical computer simulations. For his colleagues at Physical Chemistry, who were mainly engaged in experimental research, access to Per's deep theoretical knowledge and advanced software tools was invaluable.

Per became a highly regarded researcher with a global reputation and an extensive network of collaborations, but he was equally appreciated on his home turf as a friendly, patient and systematic teacher and mentor to numerous undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students. In addition to his own students he provided many experimental scientists, young and old, with theoretical and modeling tools that gave them a deeper understanding of their experimental findings.

A collaboration with Per was always based on mutual respect, and he found no problems unworthy of his attention, whether they concerned programming complex algorithms or estimating the number of people that can fit on the surface of Gotland. To keep pace with Per was difficult not only on the intellectual arenas: also in the running and ski tracks he left most others behind. He loved to spend his leisure time outdoors, on a hiking trail, on a bicycle or in a canoe.

We will remember Per for his sharp intellect, enthusiasm, curiosity and passion for research but equally for his genuine concern for his colleagues and friends. His untimely death was a tremendous loss for theoretical physical chemistry, but above all, we will miss him greatly as a friend, mentor and colleague.

Gunnar Karlström, Lennart Piculell, Marie Skepö and Joakim Stenhammar for colleagues and friends at KILU.

In memoriam

It was with deep regret and sadness that we received the news of the sudden death of our good friend and colleague Francesco Manzoni, of natural causes, on 12th March 2017, at the age of 27. Francesco came from the small town of Gorgonzola, outside Milano. He first came to Lund in September 2012 as an Erasmus student. As his Master’s project, he made a thorough study of how polarizable force fields perform for the calculation of solvation free energies by free-energy perturbations in the SAMPL 4 blind-test completion, with Pär Söderhjelm as supervisor. The results were of such good quality that they were published already in 2014.

In September 2013, Francesco was admitted as a PhD student, shared between Biochemistry and Structural Biology and Theoretical Chemistry, supported by the ESS and with Derek Logan, Ulf Ryde, and Esko Oksanen as supervisors. The aim was to develop and apply neutron crystallography methods, which were quite new for most of us. Throughout his PhD, Francesco worked on the protein galectin-3, which is implicated in cancer growth and metastasis. Thereby, he was also closely involved in the Wallenberg-financed project “Rationalizing Drug Design”. Francesco developed methods for making large crystals of galectin-3C for neutron work, collected many datasets at neutron sources around Europe and the USA, and diligently solved at least five neutron crystal structures. In this way, Francesco was one of the young pioneers of neutron protein crystallography in Sweden.

Just as importantly than any of the above, Francesco was a good friend and colleague to everyone that he worked with. He had a warm and humorous personality and a great curiosity for everything around him, with a desire to understand everything from “first principles”. He engaged in many extracurricular activities with the other PhD students and friends from outside the University.

We will all miss Francesco, who has been taken from us far too young. Our thoughts are with his family in Italy at this difficult time.

Derek Logan, Ulf Ryde and Esko Oksanen, on behalf of all Francesco’s friends colleagues at CMPS, Theoretical Chemistry, the European Spallation Source, and everyone in the DECREC network.
Read the complete obituary (pdf)


Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules

Kenneth Wärnmark (CAS), Villy Sundström (Division of Chemical Physics) and Petter Persson (Division of Theoretical Chemistry) have together with colleagues at Copenhagen and Uppsala University made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. This could contribute to the development of affordable and environmentally friendly materials for e.g. solar cells, light sources and displays. Read more

Nanotubes that build themselves

Researchers from Lund University (Kenneth Wärnmark and others) together with colleagues from Vilnius University in Lithuania have succeeded in producing nanotubes from a single building block using so-called molecular self-recognition. The tube can also change shape depending on the surrounding environment. The results can contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane.
Read more

Eva Unger is leading a Young Investigator Group

Eva Unger from the the Division of Chemical Physics is starting a Young Investigator Group (YIG) at Helmholtz-Center Berlin (HZB), co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF). The new Young Investigator Group Hy-Per-FORME led by Eva Unger is working on scaling all processing steps to enable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells on larger areas. Eva Unger will be co-affiliated with Lund University and aims to strengthen cooperations with Lund University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Universities in Berlin and Brandenburg. Read more

The Department of Chemistry receives University-wide funding for gender equality investments

The Department of Chemistry have received SEK 245 000 for anti-discrimination training at the department level.

New discovery about Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at Lund University (Per Uvdal among others) have published new discovery about Alzheimer’s disease. Read more (in Swedish).

New publication in Nature

A group of researchers led by Pavel Chábera from the Division of Chemical Physics has published a new article in Nature entitled "A low-spin Fe(III) complex with 100-ps ligand-to-metal charge transfer photoluminescence".

Highlighted article in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A

Eva Unger has published a new article “Roadmap and roadblocks for the band gap tunability of metal halide perovskites” that will be highlighted in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. The article will be published soon and the pre-publish version is available online.

New publication in Nature Plants

The Zigmantas Group from the Division of Chemical Physics in collaboration with Roberto Bassi's group at University of Verona has published a new article in Nature Plants entitled "Two mechanisms for dissipation of excess light in monomeric and trimeric light-harvesting complexes".

Researchers in media

Kenneth Wärnmark was interviewed about that he has made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. Read about it here (in Swedish): Skånska Dagbladet,

Daniel Strand (CAS) was interviewed in Kemivärlden Biotech about the meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society that will take place in Lund in 2018. Read the article (in Swedish).

Per Uvdal was interviewed in Kemivärlden Biotech about new research into the protein fragment beta-amyloid which is believed to be the root of Alzheimer’s disease. Read the article (in Swedish).

Ulf Ellervik has written an article in Kemivärlden Biotech with the title “The gut feeling - much more important than we thought”. Read the article (in Swedish).

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed on Sveriges Radio about why it is easier to fall in love in the spring. Listen here (in Swedish). Listen here (in Swedish).

Bärbel Hahn Hägerdal (The Division of Applied microbiology) was interviewed about having new yeast species named after herself (Spathaspora hagerdaliae) and after Marie Gorwa-Grauslund (Spathaspora gorwiae). Also Marie Gorwa-Grauslund was mentioned in the article. Read the article (in Swedish).

Kenneth Wärnmark was interviewed (SVT Nyheter, in Swedish) about his success in producing nanotubes from a single building block using a process known as molecular self-recognition. The result could contribute to the future development of transport channels for drugs through the cell membrane.

Don't miss..

Lecture: "Physical chemistry of skin - Relating molecular characteristics to macroscopic material properties"

Lecture given by Professor Emma Sparr from the Division of Physical Chemistry.
Time and place: April 20 at 18.00, Kemicentrum, lecture hall C.

More information at:

Medtech Bridging Event - 2 maj 2017

Den 2 maj kommer gå i medicinteknikens tecken! Det är premiär för ett matchmaking-event arrangerat av Medicon Bridge, en ny centrumbildning mellan Lunds Universitet och Region Skåne. På förmiddagen träffar du spännande medicinteknikbolag och hör deras framgångshistorier. På eftermiddagen blir det förbokade personliga samtal mellan nystartade medtechbolag (finns enstaka platser kvar) och en expertpanel.
Plats: Gamla Gästmatsalen, Medicon Village. Mer information och program

Anmälan sker till

Den 6:e utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar

Utvecklingskonferensen för Sveriges ingenjörsutbildningar är en nationell konferens för ingenjörsutbildning på högskolor och universitet.
Tid och plats: Chalmers tekniska högskola, 22-23 november 2017.
Mer information och anmälan

Information from the library

Seminar on research data management in practice, 4 May

The libraries at the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering are organising a seminar on data management. At the seminar you will learn about:

•Data management plans (DMPs)
•Describing the data with high quality metadata
•High performance computer processing
•Choosing a trusted repository for data publishing

The seminar is intended for doctoral students and researchers. 

Time and place: 4 May at 13.15 – 15.00, Pepparholm, LTH study centre, John Ericssons väg 4. Registration deadline 2 May.
More information and registration

Speech synthesis - listen to text instead of reading

Listen to any text on a screen, even e-books, locked pdf-files and text within images. The Tortalk reading tool is available for all students and staff at Lund University.

Download and install Tortalk

Do you need help with sharing research data?

Here comes an opportunity to get support on sharing research through the project e@LU. The University Library who is part of e@LU offers help on the following:
• Documentation and metadata
• Sharing and archiving
• Persistent identifiers
• Data management plans

Maria Johnsson, e-mail: and Monica Lassi, e-mail: , University Library. More information about e@LU

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:


Message from the Information desk and the Library

The 9th of May the Information desk at Kemicentrum will be closed and the Library will be unmanned parts of the day.

Election for the term 2018–2020 at the Department of Chemistry

In 2017, the head of department, assistant head of department and members of the department board for the term 2018-2020 are to be appointed. The election involves electing teaching staff and other staff of the department board, and proposing the head of department and assistant head of department.

Also members of the board of undergraduate studies (GU-nämnd) are to be elected, which concerns only the part of the department that belongs to the Faculty of Science.

Read more (in Swedish)  

At Lund University

New presentation material about Lund University

Lund University has produced new presentation material to help you speak about the University at conferences and on study visits, for example.

Read more on the Staff Pages

View the new presentation video about LU

Invitation to ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants workshop, June 12

Research Services are organising a workshop for those planning to apply for an ERC Starting Grant or ERC Consolidator Grant, with Lund University as host institution.
Time and place: 12 June at 09.00 – 16.00, Lundmark Room, Astronomihuset, Sölvegatan 27.
The workshop will be held in English. Registration deadline 22 May.

More information and registration

March for Science, 22 April

March for Science is a citizens’ initiative launched by private citizens and researchers who want to stand up for the importance of using science and research-based knowledge in society. Lund University supports the March for Science. On 22 April, marches will be held in more than 500 cities around the world. The closest March for Science will take place in Copenhagen. More information




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