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KILU Newsletter, week 21, 2018-05-23

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


Eco-friendly water treatment works best with experienced bacterial flora

Sustainable, biological filters called slow sand filters have been used to filter drinking water since the 1800s. They don’t use any chemicals, create no waste and use very little energy. However, technologies that meet modern requirements for control, monitoring and time-efficiency have become popular, while biological water treatment has been less favoured, since little has been understood about how it works. New research conducted by Catherine Paul and Sandy Chan at the Division of Applied Microbiology shows that not only are the older filters more efficient cleaners – they could be making a comeback soon with the help of new technology. Read more

The Crown princess Victoria visited the national Center for High Resolution Electron Microscopy at the Department of Chemistry

On the 8th of May The Crown Princess Victoria made an unofficial visit at Kemicentrum, primarily to meet young female scientists at Lund University. The host for the visit was Kimberly Thelander at CAS, who presented her research topic and also gave a tour of the new ETEM microscope at nCHREM, where the hope is that many discoveries contributing to the field will be made.

Hanna Isaksson at the Department of Biomedical engineering and Kerstin Enflo at the Department of Economic History were also invited to inform about their respective research areas.


The Crown Princess Victoria on a tour at nCHREM, guided by Prof. Kimberly Thelander and Assoc. Prof. Hanna Isaksson. Photo: Reine Wallenberg.

Lo Gorton has received the DAC-EuCheMS Lecture award

Lo Gorton is the recipient of the 2017 DACEuCheMS Award. The award is given to a European individual who has demonstrated significant and sustained achievements in research or education in analytical chemistry throughout his or her career.

Karl-Gustav Wahlund has received an honorary prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of FFF (field-flow fractionation)

At the 19th International Symposium on Field- and Flow-based Separations, May 14-17 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina (USA) Karl-Gustav Wahlund, professor emeritus, was honored for his foundational work to establish and advance asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation. 

Researchers in media

Tommy Cedervall and Mikael Ekvall have been interviewed in the Norwegian TV series “Planet Plast” on research showing that small plastic particles can harm aquatic animals.  

Catherine Paul and Sandy Chan have been interviewed about research showing that eco-friendly water treatment works best with experienced bacterial flora. Read about it here (in Swedish): SVT Nyheter, Sveriges Radio, Kemivärlden Biotech,

Don't miss..

Lecture: "The amyloid β peptide in Alzheimer´s disease: molecular interactions and structure conversions studied by chemical and biophysical methods", May 24

A lecture given by Astrid Gräslund, Professor of Biophysics, Stockholm University.
Time and place: May 24 at 18:00 in lecture hall C, Kemicentrum.

Seminar: “Capturing the Dynamics of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins Using NMR Relaxation and Molecular Dynamics Simulations”, May 30

A seminar given by Nicola Salvi, Institut de Biologie Structurale, CEA, CNRS, University Grenoble Alpes, France.
Time and place: May 30 from 14:15 to 15:00 in lecture hall F, Kemicentrum.

Seminar: “Protein folding in the presence of macromolecular crowders”, June 7

A seminar given by Professor Andres Irbäck, Theoretical Physics, Lund University.
Time & place: June 7 at 15:15 in lecture hall C, Kemicentrum.

KILU DAY 2018 – Save the date!

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

Information from the library

New library system at the University

In June, a new library system, LUBcat, will replace our current system, Lovisa. Lovisa will be shut down the 7th of June at 12:00 am and LUBcat will be up and running before midsummer, the 22nd of June. During this period, the services for loaning and returning books will be limited and services will vary between the libraries. The library at Kemicentrum is open as usual. You can borrow and return books here.
More information

Sweden stands up for open access – cancels agreement with Elsevier

In order to take steps towards the goal of immediate open access by 2026 set by the Swedish Government, the Bibsam Consortium has after 20 years decided not to renew the agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier. The agreement will be cancelled 30th of June. LU:s Vice-Chancellor  Torbjörn von Schantz (in Swedish) fully support the decision to cancel the agreement with Elsevier.

Researchers and students from LU, and other participating organisations, will continue to have access to articles published during 1995–2017 according to the post termination terms in the current agreement, however the publisher will not give access to new subscription-based content that is published after June 30th on the publisher’s platform. The opportunity to publish in Elsevier's journals, or to do editorial work, is not affected. Information about alternative ways to access articles is found here. The library at Kemicentrum will assist you if or when you need access to articles published after this date as far as possible, please note that the negotiations will go on.

ICSD – the Inorganic Crystal Structure Database

This database can be used from a specific computer at the library at Kemicentrum. If you want to use the database at your office, please contact the library.

PhD Information

Apply for courses in Life Sciences

PhD courses in Life Sciences in the fall 2018 are announced at the website At this website applications can be made until May 31.

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 24th of May the Information desk at Kemicentrum will be closed and the Library will be open 13:00-16:30.

Opening hours at Kemicentrum during the summer

The information desk
1 June – 22 June: 08.00 – 15.15 (6 June & 22 June CLOSED)
25 June – 3 August: 10.00 – 12.00
6 August – 10 August: 10.00 – 14.00 (closed for lunch 12.15-13.00)

Regular opening hours from the 13th of August.

The library
1 June – 8 June: Monday – Thursday 09.00 – 16.30, Friday 09.00 – 15.30 (6 June CLOSED)
11 June – 13 July: 10.00 - 12.30 (22 June CLOSED)
16 July – 3 August: CLOSED
6 August - 17 August: 10.00 – 12.30

Regular opening hours from the 20th of August.

The entrances
Work days between 25/6 - 5/8 the entrances are open for those with an entrance card. Weekends during this period only entrance A, B and E are open for those with an entrance card.



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