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KILU Newsletter, week 39, 2018-09-27

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


Peter Spégel has been awarded funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation

Peter Spégel, associate professor in analytical chemistry, has been awarded SEK 2.2 million from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The money will go to link findings from biomarker discovery studies to metabolic processes and their perturbation in diabetes.

On the cover: Highly Sensitive Membraneless Fructose Biosensor Based on Fructose Dehydrogenase Immobilized onto Aryl Thiol Modified Highly Porous Gold Electrode: Characterization and Application in Food Samples

The article “Highly Sensitive Membraneless Fructose Biosensor Based on Fructose Dehydrogenase Immobilized onto Aryl Thiol Modified Highly Porous Gold Electrode: Characterization and Application in Food Samples” will be on the cover of the journal Analytical Chemistry. One of the authors is Lo Gorton from the Division of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Read the article (pdf)

On the cover: Micropatterned Carbon-on-Quartz Electrode Chips for Photocurrent Generation from Thylakoid Membranes

The article “Micropatterned Carbon-on-Quartz Electrode Chips for Photocurrent Generation from Thylakoid Membranes” which is written by researchers at the Department of Chemistry (Lo Gorton - CMPS, Hans-Erik Åkerlund – CMPS & Mikael Lund - Division of Theoretical Chemistry) together with researchers from DTU, will be on the cover of the journal ACS Applied Energy Materials. Read the article (pdf).

Intestinal bacteria produce electric current from sugar

Intestinal bacteria can create an electric current, according to a new study from Lund University. The results are valuable for the development of drugs, but also for the production of bioenergy, for example. One of the researchers behind the discovery is Lo Gorton from the Division of Biochemistry and Structural Biology.

Link to publication: Extracellular Electron Transfer by the Gram-Positive Bacterium Enterococcus faecalis

ECIS-Substantia 2018 Young Scientist Award to Axel Rüter

Axel Rüter, PhD student at the Division of Physical Chemistry, received the ECIS-Substantia 2018 Young Scientist Award at the annual meeting of the European Colloid and Interface Society, in Ljubljana. The prize is awarded annually, with start 2018, to acknowledge the top level scientific activity of young researchers in the field of colloid and interface science.

Wolfram-Prandl-Prize 2018 to Felix Roosen-Runge

Felix Roosen-Runge, researcher at the Division of Physical Chemistry, has received the Wolfram Prandl prize 2018 of the Committee Research with Neutrons in Germany. The prize is awarded “for his studies on the understanding of protein dynamics in solution and his contributions to the connection of scattering data with theoretical modeling“.

The Prandl prize is awarded every two years to outstanding young scientists in the field of neutron research.

Researchers in media

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed by Sveriges Radio on account of his new book about breakfast from a chemical perspective. 

Ulf Ellervik participated in the TV program “Fråga Lund”. Watch the program at SVT Play

Don't miss..

KILU DAY 2018, October 11 – register by September 28

Welcome to an inspiring department day. The theme this year is “KILU´s future in Science Village Scandinavia”. We already know that parts of the Department of Physics will move to Science Village Scandinavia. Should the entire Department of Chemistry also move or merely parts thereof?

The KILU day will take place in the afternoon of October 11, starting at 13.15 in lecture hall A and ending with dinner at Café Ester. The day includes lectures from invited speakers on the theme and before dinner there will be a panel discussion.

Time and place: 11th of October, 13.15, Kemicentrum, lecture hall A. The lectures and panel discussion will be followed by mingle at 17.30 and dinner at 18.00 at Café Ester.
See program and register here by September 28

Seminar & workshop by MalvernPanalytical and Lund University OMNISEC for Protein characterization

This seminar will provide an introduction to the basics of UV, dRI, MALS, and intrinsic viscosity detection for size exclusion chromatography (SEC). Application examples will include oligomeric and aggregation state of proteins such as immunoglobulins; conformational changes in intrinsically disordered proteins; and compositional measurements of protein conjugates such as PEGylated proteins and membrane proteins.
Time: Tuesday 2/10 11:00-12:00
Place: BMC C1241a, next to the C12 lunch room
No registration necessary for the seminar.

The workshop offers introduction and hands-on demonstration of the OMNISEC system, and sample analysis. Participants are invited to bring their own samples to be analysed. There is no fee for the workshop. All are welcome, with or without sample, but for space reasons please sign up.
Time: Tuesday 2/10 at 13:00, Wednesday 3/10 at 9:00, Thursday 4/10 at 9:00
Place: BMC C1235a, in the “Lung Biology” lab

For workshop registration and further information, please contact: or

Sparks lecture/debate: Lowering the climate impact of plastic materials, October 11

There will be a Sparks lecture/debate in Lund, on the 11th of October. The theme of the event is sustainable plastics and lowering the environmental impact. This event is organized by EIT Climate-KIC, and locally coordinated by researchers from The Department of Chemistry and people from the Center for Environmental and Climate research (CEC).

Time and place: October 11, 15.00-17.00, Plaestra.

Read more and register

Protein Science Day 2018 – Proteins: from modelling to manufacturing, October 16

The event is hosted by Molecular Recognition in Life (MoReLife), ESS, and MAX IV.
When: 16 October 2018
Where: Belfragesalen, BMC

Program (pdf)

Registration (no later than 8th of October).

LINXS: First symposium - Integrative Structural Biology, November 19-21, 2018

The first symposium, which is the kick-off event for the new LINXS theme, will focus on advanced, cutting-edge research in the fields of macromolecular crystallography, Cryo-EM, small angle scattering, electron diffraction, mass-spectroscopy, NMR, and use of XFELs etc, and how these and other experimental approaches can be efficiently combined to resolve structure/function relationships in life science and medicine.  The target group is academic researchers as well as researchers from large-scale facilities (MAX IV, ESS, etc), health care and industry.

The program is centered around invited internationally leading keynote speakers, that will be mixed with shorter invited talks, TechTalks, as well as Clip-session presentations and round table discussions, and will be an excellent platform for national and international networking. Both experienced specialists and researchers with more recently established interests in integrative structural biology are expected to greatly benefit from the symposium. The meeting is free of charge and the number of participants is limited to 120. The registration is open until October 25.

Time and place: Lunch-to-lunch workshop from Monday (Nov 19th) to Wednesday (Nov 21st), noon to noon, Elite Ideon Gateway, Lund.

Read more and register  (The registration is open until October 25).

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

The Information desk at Kemicentrum closes at 12.15 on the 11th of October.

At Lund University

Message from INLU (Internationella nätverket vid Lunds universitet)

We are aware of dilemmas you experience when it comes to the Swedish Migration Agency and we really do all we can to make it clear to the agency, which actual consequences certain decisions – or lack of decisions – have on you, on Lund University as your employer and on Sweden as a research nation.

The latest news:
If you’re here on a study permit (being a PhD-student) and you received another job at LU (congratulations!), needing another permit, you may be forced to “go home” and apply and wait for this new permit there. If you’re here on a spouse-permit, wanting to change to a working permit: same thing. If you’re here on guest researcher permit and need to change to permanent permit – guess what. There is a tiny chance that you don’t need to leave Sweden, but since this is a new thing no one really knows exactly which things the Agency deem being “circumstances out of the ordinary”.

Our recommendations when changing the status of a permit:
Apply for another permit as soon as you possibly can before your current one expires, you can apply from Sweden as far as we understand – maximum 6 months in beforehand (application must be complete when you send it in, preferably on-line, including documentation from LU etc);
Write clearly, specifically, why you can’t wait for the decision outside of Sweden. Name all circumstances you can think of (keeping it honest, of course). Also, name circumstances due to your previous stay here – have you extended your former permits (how many times), how many years you have been here in Sweden etc.
If you realise that you need to travel, to for example re-new your passport (a permit can only last as long as your passport is valid, the same goes for family members) and see that you'll be needing a new permit in near future, contact the Migration Agency and ask for their advise on how to go about it.

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