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KILU Newsletter, week 51, 2017-12-21

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

Talking heads

3 years, 1000 days. Wow!
That is the average lifespan of a honey bee queen.
It sounds like a long time, but it has passed very quickly.
Thanks to all of you, it has been three enjoyable years.
There have been downs as well as ups, but far more ups than downs.
We want to thank all of you for making our years as heads enjoyable and rewarding.

2017 is coming to an end and it is time for a winter break - we hope you will all enjoy a well-deserved vacation.

Happy holidays!

/Sven and Viveka

News

Ingemar André receives ERC Consolidator Grant

Ingemar André, senior lecturer at the Division of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, has been awarded approximately SEK 20 million from the European Research Council.

Ingemar André is awarded ERC funding for a research project on designing sealed capsules at the molecular level. These capsules could be used to transport drugs into the cells of the human body. The capsules will be made up of protein-based nanostructures that imitate nature’s own self-assembling ability. This means that the proteins spontaneously bind to one another in order to build more complex structures. Read more

Highly charged molecules behave paradoxically

Chemistry researchers have now discovered how certain small biomolecules attach to one another. The researchers’ study also overturns the standard picture – particles with the same electrical charge appear to be drawn together and not vice versa. The results may be important for the development of new drugs.

A number of chemistry researchers from several institutions including The Department of Chemistry, have managed to identify a new mechanism that makes certain charged biomolecules attach to each other. The biomolecules in the present study serve as models for antibacterial peptides, that is, protein-like molecules that fulfil important functions in the body.

“Antibacterial peptides are important for our immune system. If we can figure out how they work, it may be of value in the development of new drugs”, says Mikael Lund, at the Division of Theoretical chemistry. Read more

Ulf Nilsson is rewarded by The Royal Physiographic Society of Lund

The Royal Physiographic Society of Lund has awarded Ulf Nilsson (CAS) The Engeström Medal. The Engeström Medal is awarded every third year to a person for outstanding work within the applied sciences that pertains to Scanian agriculture and its subsidiary industries. Ulf Nilsson was awarded the medal for his research on and applications of how proteins on a molecular level interact with carbohydrates and small molecules.

The Fabian Gyllenberg’s Prize 2017

The Royal Physiographic Society of Lund has awarded former PhD graduate, Svante Hedström, The Fabian Gyllenberg’s Prize 2017. The Fabian Gyllenberg’s Prize is awarded every third year to a young chemistry student at the Department of Chemistry in Lund who has successfully promoted scientific teaching and research at this institution. The prize amount is SEK 90 000. Svante Hedström, former PhD graduate at the Division of Theoretical Chemistry, was awarded for his thesis “Computational Predictions of Conjugated Polymer Properties for Photovoltaic Applications”.

New publication in the journal Esperluette

Federica Sebastiani`s post doc project "BIBAFOODS ITN networkat" at the Division of Physical Chemistry, was the topic for an issue of the journal Esperluette (the journals mission is to do outreach about current cool research topics done around Europe). The article “Super-secret chemical dancers" is available on the website: https://www.esperluette-research-outreach.com/single-post/2017/12/06/SUPER-SECRET-CHEMICAL-DANCERS and the hardcopies will be distributed at the beginning of January.

New publication in Nature Communications

Cedric Dicko at the Division of Pure and Applied Biochemistry and colleagues from Reading university, Bath university and the MaxVI laboratory had an article published in Nature Communications on atmospheric aerosols. The research results have been presented in an article on BBC.com.

Petter Persson is co-writer to a new book: ”Liv: Utomjordiskt, Syntetiskt, Artificiellt”

The book “Liv: Utomjordiskt, Syntetiskt, Artificiellt” (Life: Extraterrestrial, Synthetic, Artificially) is written by The Pufendorf IAS' previous theme A Plurality of Lives and based on their research work as a theme at the Institute. Petter Persson from the Division of Theoretical Chemistry was one of the theme members. Read more about the book (in Swedish)

Kenneth Wärnmark’s research on luminescent iron molecules is listed among the best research of the year

Kenneth Wärnmark’s research on luminescent iron molecules has been included in the list, produced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, of the best research of the year.

Lund University´s IGEM team returned from the competition with a bronze medal

This November, students from LTH participated in the international iGEM competition representing Lund University. The iGEM competition is an annual event where students from all over the world design and conduct a research project in synthetic biology. The project is then presented in Boston (USA). This year the Lund iGEM team decided to engineer E. coli to sense water-bound microplastics and Leif Bülow and Nélida Leiva Eriksson where supervisors. The IGEM team returned from the competition with a bronze medal and a nomination for best mathematical model.

The iGEM competition offers students the opportunity to partake in a multifaceted research project where they get to design and implement a microbial synthetic system that can be used to solve problems and difficulties in technology, environment, medicine and much more. You can read more about the iGEM competition here and find a summary of the 2017 iGEM team’s work here.

Researchers in media

Mikael Lund, from the Division of Theoretical Chemistry, was interviewed about the discovery of a new mechanism that makes certain biomolecules attach to one another. Read the articles (in Swedish): Kemivärlden Biotech, Forskning.se, LUM (p. 29).

Charlotta Turner has written an opinion piece in Universitetsläraren about abuse of power and gender inequality within academia. Read the opinion piece (in Swedish).

Ulf Ellervik has written an article about the first Russian Nobel Prize. The article has been published in Sydsvenskan

Don't miss..

Seminar on biofilms in the drinking water system, January 18, 2018

Lund University (Catherine Paul & Kenneth M. Persson) will host a one-day seminar on biofilms in the drinking water supply system. The date is January 18th, 2018 and registration is via the Swedish Water and Waste Water Association (Svenskt Vatten).
More information and program

Financial information

Financial report- Budget 2018

The budget for 2018 for the Department of Chemistry is now submitted to the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and was accepted by our department board last week. The budgeted financial result for the Department of Chemistry as a whole, including the board of joint services at Kemicentrum (husstyrelsen), is -3,9 MSEK, compared to the financial result forecasted for the year 2017 of -3,3 MSEK.

Education is budgeted at a financial result of  -0,6 MSEK which is an improvement compared to 2017, as the budgeted revenue increase consisting of government grants is higher than the budgeted cost increase. Research is budgeted at a deficit of -3,4 MSEK, i.e. 1,7 MSEK higher deficit  compared to the latest forecast for 2017 (P3 2017). 

For Research the government grants are increasing by 3,2 MSEK, whereas the external income, consisting of both grants and external research assignments, is 3,4 MSEK higher, when accruals for grants paid retroactively and in advance are considered. It should be noted that the budget 2018 only includes external financing that has already been approved, whereas historically researchers also receive new grant approvals during the year, as they submit their applications continuously.

This means that there is potential for the Department of Chemistry to deliver financial results, that are not fully as negative as the budget for the coming year. As can be seen in the table below, there is correlation between revenues and expenditures as the increased inflow of funding enables higher costs for personnel and investments compared with the forecasted values for this year.  

Due to the negative financial results as per latest forecast, i.e. P3 2017, and as per budget 2018, the equity (myndighetskapital) of the Department of Chemistry as a whole, including the board of joint services at Kemicentrum (husstyrelsen), is expected to decrease from 70,7 MSEK at the end of 2016 to 63,4 MSEK at the end of 2018 corresponding to 17% of the total costs.

If you have any questions contact Karolina Isaksson, Head of Finance at the Department of Chemistry.

Budget 2018

Information from the library

Springer’s MyCopy - eBooks Printed

MyCopy lets users order their own personal softcover edition of Springer eBook titles for a fraction of the price of a traditional print copy: 24.99 EUR including shipping and handling. Available to registered patrons of libraries that have purchased Springer eBooks, MyCopy includes tens of thousands of titles. Since its launch in 2008 the print-on-demand service has proved popular with students and researchers. Please note that the Library at Kemicentrum cant´t order softcover editions, only students and researchers can use MyCopy.
More information about MyCopy (pdf)

PhD Information

Two intensive courses in Statistical Thermodynamics in the spring of 2018

The Division of Theoretical Chemistry announces two intensive courses in Statistical Thermodynamics from beginning of April to beginning of June.

The two courses will be in the form of a Master course and a PhD course. One can choose to either take both of them or just one of them (depending on your prior knowledge). They will be given in an intensive format with lectures and exercises concentrated over a total of three weeks (two weeks in April for the Master course and one week in May for the PhD course) and individual studies in-between these weeks.

Registration as a PhD student can be done by sending an email to course coordinator Martin Trulsson at martin.trulsson@teokem.lu.se

More information about the PhD course

More information about the Master course KEMM38

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: www.kilu.lu.se/internt/forskningsfinansiering/

Messages

Opening hours during the Christmas holiday

THE INFORMATION DESK
Friday 22/12: 10.00-12.00
Monday 25/12 – Wednesday 27/12: CLOSED
Thursday 28/12 - Friday 29/12: 10.00-12.00
Monday 1/1: CLOSED
Tuesday 2/1 – Friday 5/1: 10.00-12.00

Regular opening hours from the 8th of January.

THE LIBRARY
Friday 22/12- Monday 1/1: CLOSED
Tuesday 2/1 – Thursday 4/1: 10.00 – 12.00
Friday 5/1: CLOSED

Regular opening hours from the 8th of January.

THE ENTRANCES
Work days between 23/12-1/1 the entrances are open for those with an entrance card. Weekends and holidays during this period only entrance A, B and E are open for those with an entrance card.

Between 2/1 – 4/1 the entrances are open 07.30-14.00. Between 14.00-07.30 the entrances are open only for those with an entrance card.

The 5th of January from 12.00 only entrance A, B and E are open for those with an entrance card.
The lecture halls are locked between 22/12-7/1 (employees can open the lecture halls with an entrance card). Regular opening hours from the 8th of January.

The holidays are approaching and 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

Welcome to the grand finale of Lund University’s 350th anniversary celebrations, January 28, 2018

Welcome to the grand finale of Lund University’s 350th anniversary celebrations on 28 January 2018! The event will be a kick-off for the future in the main University building, offering tours of the King’s House, a concert in the cathedral, a ceremony in the main University building and a jubilee dinner in the evening. All activities are open but some require registration and some will be held in Swedish. Learn more: www.lu.se/event/avstamp-for-framtiden-kick-off-for-the-future

Workshop in preparation of applying for ERC Advanced Grants

Research Services are inviting you all to a workshop to prepare you for applying for an ERC Advanced Grant (application period 17 May–30 August 2018). The workshop will take place on 26 April 8:30–12:30 in the auditorium at the Pufendorf Institute, Biskopsgatan 3. There will also be opportunity for individual consultations.
Read more and register for the workshop

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