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KILU Newsletter, week 25, 2018-06-21

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


Seaweed on the plate in the future

Seaweed is not something we usually eat in our part of the world, but maybe in the future. Seaweed is nutritious and contains other fibers than land plants. As part of the European collaboration project ProSeaFood, Eva Nordberg Karlsson from The Division of Biotechnology, is studying how its carbohydrates affect the intestinal flora and, in turn, the immune system. ProSeaFood also aims to develop new food products and ingredients based on seaweed, which can be used by the food industry. Read more (in Swedish).

Per Söderhjelm receive teaching prize from The W-guild (W-sektionen)

Per Söderhjelm from CMPS was awarded The W-guild´s teaching prize for 2018 for his work with the course “Thermodynamics and Surface Chemistry”. Per Söderhjelm is awarded for "His amazing effort and hard work to make this heavy course inspiring, informative and fun. He has made the course material available on a variety of platforms, managed to explain a difficult and complicated subject in an easy-to-understand manner and he cares about that all students understand".

New publication in Nature Chemistry

The Zigmantas Group, from the Division of Chemical Physics has published a new article in the journal Nature Chemistry entitled “Identification and characterization of diverse coherences in the Fenna–Matthews–Olson complex".

Highlighted research presented on the back cover of Soft Matter

Martin Trulsson and co-workers from The Division of Theoretical Chemistry have formulated a new strong-coupling theory for strongly Interacting charged planar interfaces with counterions. The new analysis covers both various crystalline structures as well as fluid structures of the counterions. An artistic view of the work was published on the back cover of the themed collection: "Electrostatics and Soft Matter” (May 2018) of Soft Matter

Ulf Ellervik was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA)

Ulf Ellervik was elected to KVA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) to the Class for humanities and for outstanding services to science. Read more

Researchers in media

Tommy Cedervall from CMPS was interviewed about how nanoparticles affect people and the environment. Read about it here (in Swedish): Vetenskapsradion, Vetandets värld

Eva Nordberg-Karlsson was interviewed in several media outlets on new research about seaweed and its health-promoting effects. Read about it here (in Swedish): SVT Nyheter, Skånska Dagbladet, Lokaltidningen.

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed in the latest issue of LUM about the University’s participation in the annual book fair in Gothenburg and his new book “Magnifika frukostar: för kemister och andra livsnjutare” (Magnificent breakfasts: for chemists and other bon vivants).

Petter Persson from The Division of Theoretical Chemistry was interviewed in Aftonbladet about a theory that life on Earth may have arrived from the planet Venus.

Reine Wallenberg and Kimberly Thelander from CAS was interviewed in the latest issue of LTH-nytt about the new microscope with ultra-high resolution - the image can be magnified up to 50 million times – that has moved to Kemicentrum.

Catherine Paul at the Division of Applied Microbiology was interviewed in the latest issue of LTH-nytt about new research on eco-friendly water treatment.

Don't miss..

LINXS workshop: Dynamics of membranes and their constituents, September 12-14, 2018

With this Dynamics workshop, our goal is to bring together leading experts in the field of membrane dynamics, with a particular focus on neutrons and X-rays, but also complementary techniques including NMR, single molecule spectroscope. The workshop is arranged by The Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science (LINXS).

Time and place: September 12, 12:00 – September 14, 2018, 13:00.
The conference will take place at two different venues. The first day, September 12, will be at the Palaestra auditorium (Paradisgatan 4) while the remaining two days (September 13-14) will be at Kulturen Auditoriet (Tegnérplatsen 6).

The event is free of charge and limited to 90 participants on a first come first serve basis. You are also invited to submit an abstract for a contributed 20 minutes talk or a poster presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is August 15 and the deadline for registration is August 25.

Read more and register

KILU DAY 2018 - Save the date!

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

Financial information

Financial report T1 2018

The financial result for the period January-April 2018 (T1) for the Department of Chemistry is 846 KSEK compared to a budget of -380 KSEK, i.e. 1225 KSEK better than budget.

In Education the result is 298 KSEK compared to a budget of 5 KSEK, there is an improvement versus budget which is caused by additional income from contracted teaching. In research the department have a result of 547 KSEK compared to a budget of –385 KSEK, this is mainly because the personnel cost is lower than expected.

The first forecast of the year, T1 2018, shows a slightly weaker financial result -2,8 MSEK compared to budget – 2,4 MSEK, this is mainly because the department are recruiting PhD students and postdocs in a strategic venture towards younger researchers.

Information from the library

Information about Interlibrary loans during the summer

The interlibrary loan service is closed from 16 July to 5 August, when the Library at Kemicentrum also is closed. Be sure to do your interlibrary loan orders in good time before 16 July. During the rest of the summer the interlibrary loan service is available as usual.

PhD Information

Time to apply for QDETAILSS! Application for the research school for all PhD students with chemistry related projects – is now open. Please apply before October 1.

QDETAILSS stands for "high Quality DETection and Analysis of Liquid and Solid Samples" and is a research school, financed by The Faculty of Science, dedicated for all PhD students working with experimental problems related to chemistry. The school offers a number of complementary skills /knowledge courses.

The research school starts in the autumn every year and students are enrolled for two years. The school is aimed for students in the beginning of their PhD studies and priority is given to students enrolled between August 2017 – October 2018.
You find more information about the school and how to apply at:

If you have questions please contact:
Viveka Alfredsson (coordinator of QDETAILSS)
+46 46 222 81 55

Sofi Elmroth (Head of graduate studies at KILU)
+46 46 222 36 92

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 the summer

The information desk
1 June – 22 June: 08.00 – 15.15 (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
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.

New employee at the administration

The administration at KILU welcomes a new employee, Kristel Ingvarsson, receptionist.

Message from the Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) coordinator

During the summer there will be fewer people at work so check if any doors are left unlocked unnecessarily. When you go on vacation do not leave things visible at your workplace that can attract attention from thieves. If possible, keep your computer locked in.

At Lund University

Information about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Information too employees regarding the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that took effect on 25 May 2018.

Lund University’s data protection officer

Employees and data subjects (persons whose personal data is registered) at Lund University who need advice and guidance about the processing of personal data can contact Lund University’s data protection officer Bo-Göran Andersson at you have questions regarding data processor agreements, please contact Legal Services.

Frequently asked questions

For practical advice on how to process personal data correctly:
Read the FAQs on the project blog

Employees who process personal data

The following applies to employees who:

• Process personal data within education:
Follow the general advice in the FAQs on the project blog

• Process personal data within research:
Researchers are not required to take any immediate measures. There are several ongoing inquiries, which means that many questions will remain unanswered until they have been completed and the Swedish Parliament and government have adopted new legislation and regulations. However, we expect that the rules will be similar to those that apply today, including the rules on ethical review. Research projects that process personal data must report this to the data protection officer. The online form for reporting is under development; information will be sent out when it is ready.

• Process personal data within external engagement (e.g. outreach activities, student and employee recruitment, public events):
The person who collects personal data is responsible for ensuring that consent is obtained from the data subjects when required, as well as to inform the data subjects of the processing. Templates with standardised information for employees, students and the public participating in conferences and public events are being drawn up and will be available on the Staff Pages shortly.

• Process personal data within image and film:
Detailed information about the rules that apply to the processing of personal data in the form of photos and videos and the relevant consent form to be used whenever required are available on the page Images and film – copyright and consent:
Go to the page Images and film – copyright and consent

Links to further information about processing personal data

• General advice in the FAQs on the Lund University project blog
• Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC



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