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KILU Newsletter, week 8, 2017-02-23

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


100 million to new research center “ScanOat” at Lund University

A new research center at Lund University, ScanOat, receives SEK 100 million from SSF (Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research) for research about oat. Leif Bülow, at the Division of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, becomes coordinator for ScanOat. Read more (in Swedish) 

New yeast species named after Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal and Marie Gorwa-Grauslund

Two new yeast species Spathaspora hagerdaliae and Spathaspora gorwiae are named after Professor emerita Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal and Professor Marie Gorwa-Grauslund at The Division of Applied microbiology. The yeast species have recently been described in the international journal FEMS Yeast Research. The species were isolated from rotting wood in the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil by Professor Carlos A Rosa and his research team at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

The naming of the new yeast species honors Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal’s and Marie Gorwa-Grauslund’s contribution to the understanding of the fermentation of the pentose sugar xylose by yeast. Xylose is the second most common sugar in renewable straw and woody raw materials. In contrast to the more common sugar glucose which has six carbon atoms xylose has only five carbon atoms and is more difficult to ferment with high yield. The efficient fermentation of xylose is essential for the cost-effective utilization renewable raw materials. The new yeast species are expected to enhance the efficiency of the xylose fermentation. The species have been deposited in the collection of the Yeast Division of the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS) in the Netherlands.

Alicia Gil Ramírez has received Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2016

Alicia Gil Ramírez, postdoc at CAS, has recently received the grant Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF-2016) for the project “Supercritical carbon dioxide for delipidation of soft tissue -Suppressing transplant rejection” with the acronym “CriTiClean”. The project will be done in collaboration with The Lung Biology Group (The Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science at Lund University) and the Food and Biobased Research group (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). The goal of the project is to suppress the major cause of rejection associated with tissue transplantation under a novel approach. It is focused on the use of supercritical carbon dioxide to remove immune reactive cellular components such as lipid-protein complexes since the chemical and biological treatments currently used to clean the tissue before survey are not efficient.

Alicia Gil Ramírez is also since April 2016 supported by Sten K. Johnson Foundation.

On the cover: Engineering of Cellobiose Dehydrogenases for Improved Glucose Sensitivity and Reduced Maltose Affinity

The article “Engineering of Cellobiose Dehydrogenases for Improved Glucose Sensitivity and Reduced Maltose Affinity”, which is written by Lo Gorton at the Division of Biochemistry and Structural Biology will be on the cover of ChemElectroChem´s special issue "Electrochemical Biosensing special issue".

Researchers in media

Leif Bülow was interviewed about the new research center, ScanOat, at Lund University. Read about it here (in Swedish): Dagens Nyheter, Kemivärlden Biotech and ATL.  

Ulf Ellervik was interviewed about the chemistry of love. Read about it here (in Swedish).

Don't miss..

KILU DAY 2017 – Save the date!

This year´s department day, The KILU day 2017 will be October 12th.

Seminar: How to write a successful grant application, March 8

Future Faculty, WINGS and Career Centre Medical Faculty invite you to a seminar on how to write a successful grant application. Dr. Dan Csontos, who has experience with applications for funding from Swedish and European funders, such as Vetenskapsrådet (VR), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, European Research Council (ERC) and Horizon2020 will discuss three key aspects for writing successful grant applications – content, structure, and language. He will elaborate on the makeup of successful grant applications in general, and those aimed to the Swedish Research Council (VR) in particular, and provide guidance on how to structure grant applications to maximise the chance of a favourable review. We have also assembled a panel debate with experienced reviewers from VR and other major granting agencies representing LTH, Science and Medicine, who will discuss the ins and outs of what goes on in the selection of successful applicants.

Time and place:
 Wednesday 8th of March at 08.30-12.30, Belfragesalen BMC D15, Klinikgatan 32, Lund.

Free of charge and no later than March 3rd 2017. Register here

Seminar: Information about FORMAS yearly call 2017, March 8

Presentations on latest news from FORMAS, writing applications and the evaluation process. 1-2 representatives from FORMAS will present, an evaluator and researchers with successful applications will give advice. This seminar targets all researchers interested in the Formas calls, both within and outside of Lund University. The seminar will be held in English. The event is arranged by Formas, in collaboration with Lund University.

Time and place:
Wednesday 8th of March 8 at 13.15 – 16.00, LUX Aula, Helgonavägen 3, Lund.

Register here, before 5 March. Contact:

Seminar: "The ’problematic gender equality’ – on gender, power and possibilities for change”, March 2

The Equality board at Geology and INES hereby announces an afternoon seminar called "The ’problematic gender equality’ – on gender, power and possibilities for change” with Jesper Fundberg and Malin Rönnblom.
Gender equality is often considered to be a self-evident goal we all agree on, but in practice it is often unclear what we mean when we say that we work for gender equality. During this afternoon we will address how gender equality is “made” in the academic context, how these constructions could be understood in terms of different forms of power, including homo-social practices between men, the making of masculinity in the academy and how working for change needs explicit articulations of the problem to be solved.

Time and place: 2nd of March at 13-16, Pangea, Sölvegatan 12

Registration: Please sign up before the 27th of February at:

Föredrag: ”Visar akademiska värden vägen idag?”, 23 februari

Ett föredrag av Göran Bexell, professor i etik och tidigare rektor vid Lunds universitet. Föredraget kommer att handla om akademiska värden och deras betydelse för dagens universitet och samhälle, ett tema som är mer aktuellt än på länge. Föredraget hålls på svenska.

Tid och plats: 23 februari kl. 18.00, Kemicentrum sal C
Mer information finns på Kemiska föreningens webbplats.

PhD Information

Chemistry Together, spring workshop, 6th April 2017

This year´s Postgraduate studie´s day will be April 6th at 09.00 - 16.30.
Brief content
Guest lectures: Introduction to scientific writing by Linus Svensson (Editor, Oikos),
Interdisciplinary research at the borderline of chemistry and physics by Joachim Schnadt (Synchrotron Radiation Research).

PhD activities: Oral flash presentations by PhD students, Poster sessions Course Credits: 1.5 ECTS for active participation (oral presentation or poster contribution including reviewing).

Information from the library

Information about Open Access Credits at RSC

Researchers who have an article accepted in a RSC journal will receive a code which is then used to make the article freely available via the RSC website. Send a message to this email address if you want the voucher code:

More information at: RSC Publishing - Gold for Gold FAQs

If you have any questions please contact the library.

Access to Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology online

We have access to a new e-journal via Wiley: Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology

Financial information

Financial report 2016

The actual  financial result for 2016 for the Department of Chemistry as a whole, including the board of joint services at Kemicentrum (husstyrelsen), is -7 MSEK, which is 10 MSEK better than the result budgeted for the year 2016 and 2,3 MSEK better than forecasted in P3, i.e. the third forecast of the year. The deviation of 10 MSEK against budget is corresponding to a better result for Education with 1,6 MSEK and a better result for Research with 8,4 MSEK. The actual financial result for Education thus ends at 1,1 MSEK, which is mainly explained by higher income compensating our divisions for involvement in different boards and for teaching assignments outside of the department as well as income from tuition fees. Additionally somewhat lower costs for personnel and consumables. Both costs and income are in general higher than budget for Research, in large the deviations are caused by higher external income in nearly all of our divisions and hence higher costs for personnel. The financial result for the year for Research is -8,1 MSEK, i.e. significantly better than budget and in line with P3.

Due to the negative financial results in 2016, the equity (myndighetskapital) of the Department of Chemistry as a whole, including the board of joint services at Kemicentrum (husstyrelsen), has decreased from 77,9 MSEK at the end of 2015 to 70,7 MSEK at the end of 2016 of which 64,6 MSEK is equity within Research and the remaining 6,1 MSEK within Education. It should be noted, that the equity within Education belongs entirely to the board of joint services, meaning that the divisions of the Department of Chemistry do spend all funding available.

The unspent external research grants (prepaid income) have broken the trend from the last couple of years and have increased during 2016, amounting to approximately 94 MSEK at the end of the year. The increase is mainly a result of funding from the Swedish Research Council as well as projects financed by Formas that were approved in the second half 2016 and are not yet running at full speed. 

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


Information about research funding on the Department of Chemistry website

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:



Week 11 (13-17 of March) the annual outreach days, NMT-dagarna, will take place at the faculty of science, medicine and technology at Lund University. During these days about 6000 senior high school students visit Lund University to take part in popular science lectures. The department of chemistry we will give 28 different lectures on 46 occasions (5 800 bookable seats). This is a great opportunity to reach out to young students and hopefully interest them in chemistry. All lectures at Kemicentrum will be held in lecture hall A, B and C. More information about the NMT-days

New faces at the Department of Chemistry

Christopher Ward

Research engineer at the Division of Physical Chemistry.

Research area:
Past experience in scientific camera systems (space and ground), synchrotron beamlines. Electronic, mechanical, and optical prototyping.

At Lund University

Welcome day for new employees, March 15

Have you just started your work at Lund University? Then we would like to see you at our Welcome Day for new employees on March 15, 2017. We will present our university – vision, organization and activities. The last day to register is March 1. Read more and register at Kompetensportalen.

Välkomstdag för nya medarbetare, 29 mars

Nu är det hög tid att anmäla sig till vårens välkomstdag för nya medarbetare. En halvdag den 29 mars där vi presenterar vårt universitet - vision, organisation och verksamhet för dig som är nyanställd vid Lunds universitet. Dagen avslutas med en gemensam lunch. Sista anmälningsdag är den 15 mars.
Mer information om våra olika kurser och anmälan hittar du i Kompetensportalen.

News on staff pages – getting settled – step by step

There are a number of things for international staff to think about when arriving in Lund. A step by step guide will point you to some things you need to know and some things that are good to know. Read more

"Så skulle jag ha gjort, om jag vore rektor": Inbjudan till Rektors ledningsråd - live!

Rektors ledningsråd öppnar upp för alla anställda och studenter i ett öppet seminarium – Rektors ledningsråd – live! Du är då varmt välkommen att lyssna, diskutera eller ställa frågor direkt till kursdeltagarna från Erfaren ledare eller ledningsrådet. Är det så här den strategiska planen ska omsättas i handling? Rektor Torbjörn von Schantz leder diskussionen.
Var: Palaestra, hörsalen
När: Torsdagen den 2 mars klockan 16–17
Hur: Ingen föranmälan krävs, mingel en halvtimme efteråt då det serveras förfriskningar

For more information, see Invitation (Pdf).

Start writing for The Conversation

Lund University is the first Scandinavian university to become a member of the British independent research news source The Conversation. This news services gives researchers the opportunity to disseminate their research internationally to the public. Because the publications are open and free to share they can be widely spread, as they are often picked up by major international media.

The membership comes with an assigned editor, Miriam Frankel, who will visit LU during week 9 and meet with researchers, conduct workshops and go over ideas.

The lectures about how to pitch and write for The Conversation are held:

  • Monday 27 February, 15:00–16:00, Palaestra (lower), Universitetsplatsen
  • Thursday 2 March, 09:00–10:00 School of Economics and Management, Crafoordsalen, ground floor of the faculty building, Tycho Brahes väg 1, Lund

Faculty day
Each faculty will also have a specific day to meet with Miriam Frankel, and if you are interested in working with The Conversation, please contact one of the faculty’s press officers who will coordinate Miriam’s schedule during her visit to Sweden.

Faculty of Science: Wednesday 1 March
If you want to know more and meet The Conversation, please contact: Lena Björk Blixt

Faculty of Engineering, LTH: Thursday 2 March
If you want to know more and meet The Conversation, please contact: Kristina Lindgärde

Read more



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