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KILU Newsletter, week 17, 2018-04-26

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

Talking heads

Summer is approaching and with that the conference season. This year we have an exciting event taking place in Lund, which should be of interest to all our co-workers at KILU. The National Meeting of the Swedish Chemical Society is scheduled for 17-20 June and will take place at our campus. It is a new institution that builds on a more than 60-year tradition of the Swedish analytical chemistry days and organic chemistry days. However, the new National Meeting will involve not only two, but all the member divisions of the Swedish Chemical Society. This new inclusive approach is aimed to reduce physical and mental barriers for communication and collaboration across chemistry branches, and this fits snugly into a development we would like to see more of at KILU and we therefore encourage everyone to attend the meeting and learn and get inspired from colleagues from all disciplines of chemistry.

We also proudly note that The Chemical Society in Lund (Kemiska Föreningen i Lund) celebrates its 150 years anniversary making it the oldest society in Sweden and at the national meeting there will be activities related to this.

/Leif & Ola


Watch nanowires growing in real time

A new microscope with ultra-high resolution – the image can be magnified up to 50 million times – has moved to Kemicentrum. During the first stage, it will be used by nano researchers, who will gain full control of the production of their floating, semiconductor, nanowires. In the long run, the electron microscope will be available for other researchers, too. Read more (in Swedish).

The University’s honorary prize for future innovations to Niels Boon

Niels Boon at the Division of Physical Chemistry, has received the University’s honorary prize for future innovations. The prize, amounting to SEK 35,000, is awarded for the project “Total electric desalination without pumps or valves”. Read more (in Swedish).

New publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry letters

The Zigmantas Group from the Division of Chemical Physics, has published a new article in the Journal of Physical Chemistry letters entitled "Origin of the Two Bands in the B800 Ring and Their Involvement in the Energy Transfer Network of Allochromatium vinosum".

Exploration of Brazilian biodiversity for new biosynthetic pathways applied to lignin valorization

Magnus Carlquist at the Division of Applied Microbiology has received a STINT grant for a 3-year project together with Nádia Skorupa Parachin at the University of Brasilia in Brazil. The project aims at establishing an active and long-term collaboration between the Division of Applied Microbiology at KILU and the Department of Cell Biology of the Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade de Brasília (UnB), on research and education with focus on development of novel technologies for isolating new microorganisms and genes with potential for bio-catalytic valorization of lignin. The collaboration will include joint research projects and exchanges of technology, teaching staff and students pursuing PhD and MSc degree. For those interested to hear more about the collaboration, please contact:

Researchers in media

Reine Wallenberg, from CAS, was interviewed about the new microscope ETEM (Environmental transmission electron microscope) at Kemicentrum. Read about it here:, Ny Teknik (subscription required).

Cathrine Paul, at the Division of Applied Microbiology, was interviewed in Lundagård on how our perception of "cleanliness" has changed and about her research on drinking water. Read the article (in Swedish).

Ulf Ellervik, from CAS, was mentioned in Falkenbergposten on account of his popular science talk entitled “Den svåra konsten att leva” (The difficult art of living).

Ulf Ellervik, from CAS, was interviewed by Sveriges Radio about spring fever. Listen here (in Swedish).

Hafiz Abdul Azeem, from CAS, was interviewed in the magazine Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) about his research, which is a collaboration between CAS (Hafiz Abdul Azeem & Margareta Sandahl) and The Division of Fire Safety Engineering, LTH (Dan Madsen & Bjarne Husted). Read the article.

Don't miss..

Seminar: Colloidal stability in the living cell, April 26

A seminar by Professor Håkan Wennerström, from the Division of Physical Chemistry.
Time and place: April 26 from 14:15 to 15:00 in lecture hall F, Kemicentrum.

Workshop: From idea to market – Turning those brilliant research ideas into commercial applications, May 2

This workshop will provide various successful examples of how to turn research ideas into commercially viable products. Representatives from the ScanOats industrial partners, as well as a few selected other companies with oat products in their portfolio, will provide their perspectives and present challenges and opportunities when turning research into application. Time and place: 2 May 2018, 12:00-17:00, Lund, Ideon Alfa-huset, Forum. More information and registration.

Seminar: Respiration without Oxygen. On the Mechanism of Extracellular Electron Transfer, May 7

A seminar by Professor Bernd Giese, University of Fribourg and University of Basel.
Time and place: May 7 at 15:00 in lecture hall F, Kemincentrum.

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.

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:


New employee at the administration

The administration at KILU welcomes Hai Nguyen Ngoc, new caretaker. Hai will work together with Danne Asp, caretaker.

Building work at Kemicentrum

Parts of building 1 are going to be rebuilt so that the library, student spaces and lecture halls S and T will get new locations and there will also be an expansion of group rooms. The work will begin in May. Disturbances may occur. If you have any questions, contact building coordinator Tommy Ljungdell.

What to do if you have comments on the University’s purchase agreements?

If you have any comments or suggestions for improvement on one of the University’s purchase agreements/supplier you can contact the Purchasing and Procurement office at Lund University. Please contact them by e-mail and give them your view and suggestions for improvement. E-mail address:

Information regarding student email addresses in Ladok

In the new version of Ladok, launched on 9 April, students can enter their own email addresses. This means that, from now on, employees who want to send emails to students should retrieve the emailing lists from Ladok. Read the information that was sent out to the students.

Message from the Information desk and the Library

  • The Information desk and the Library at Kemicentrum will be closed the 30 of April – 1 of May and the 10-11 of May.
  • The Library at Kemicentrum closes at 12:00 on the 18th of May.
  • The 24th of May the Information desk at Kemicentrum will be closed and the Library will be open 13:00-16:30.

FAQ about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the old Personal Data Act (PUL). The project “Managing personal data within Lund University” has published a list on its blog with FAQs about the new regulation.
Read more

Lundakarnevalen’s Information desk and Parade section are located in building 4 at Kemicentrum

Lundakarnevalen 2018 will be celebrated 18th to 20th of May and The Information desk and the Parade section will until the end of May be located in building 4 at Kemicentrum (both on floor 0 and floor -1). The Parade section will also be located in tents at the parking lot outside entrance D.

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

KLARA day, May 25

During the KLARA day, Anders Thorén from Nordic Port will join us to talk about various features and applications in KLARA. The main goal of the KLARA day is to inform about benefits from KLARA in the daily laboratory work with regard to risk assessments, safety information about chemicals, chemical storage and legislative compliance with regard to chemicals and purchases. The majority of seminars during the KLARA day will be given in English.
Time and place: May 25 from 09:00 to 16:30 at Kemicentrum, lecture hall F.

Please note the KLARA day is separated into six different seminars and you can select which of the seminars that you wish to attend by registering for a specific seminar. To register for the seminars during the KLARA day, please log on to “Kompetensportalen” using your LUCAT-ID. Thus, if you wish to attend during the whole KLARA day you need to register for each seminar as there is no single registration for the whole day (the system does unfortunately not allow for it).

Follow-up meeting on #metoo, 22 May

The Faculty of Science’s gender equality and equal opportunities committee invites you to a follow-up meeting on #metoo and #akademiuppropet. Among other things, Anette Agardh will give a presentation on the new LU project Tellus which is intended to reinforce the preventive work against sexual harassment at the University. Time and place: 22 May at 15:30 in the Rydberg room at Fysicum.
Read more



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