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KILU Newsletter, week 9, 2018-03-01

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

Talking heads

Money, money, money....

As you all are aware of, our department is heavily dependent on external funding. These days the major grant application period is about to start. Since approx. 50% of our total budget for research is dependent on external funding, everyone, including PhD students, postdocs and administrative staff, has a responsibility to contribute in the preparation of grant proposals.

A range of different funding agencies are available including VR, Formas, Vinnova, SSF, Mistra, EU etc. Have a look on our own local webpage  and in Research Professional

For a newcomer this can be very confusing. In almost all cases the grants from these sources are very competitive. The success rates are in many cases below 15%. A positive decision can indeed promote your self-esteem, but a negative can rapidly ruin it.

A few pieces of advice:
1. Try to pump up energy and start with a positive personal attitude. If you do not believe in your research idea yourself, no one else will do it. Always make a personal strategy and try to stay cool even if you have had bad previous experiences.
2. In what area would you like to pursue your research? Do you have a long-term plan for your own research? What is your strength in research? Can you promote this further?
3. Discuss your thoughts with someone else, both with your colleagues within the division and preferably also with someone from outside. Always let someone else read your proposal before submitting it. We have several researchers at KILU that are active in different evaluation boards and they can give you important input. The most important point, do not isolate yourself in this phase, be active in your relation with other scientists and administrative staff.
4. If you got a negative decision last year and you cannot understand what it means, discuss this with a colleague who is member of an evaluation board. There is often “hidden info” in the decision that can be explained further.

Besides the annual VR and Formas project calls, there are a few other calls that I would like to highlight. Vinnova will soon open a call for Competence (or Excellence) Centers ( KILU has previously been successful with these grants, except for the last call where no application did pass. LU will therefore make a preselection on which groups that will be allowed to make a final application, very much using the same approach as with the KAW grants. Please therefore let us know if you intend to apply. Another very important call is the VR call for research environments. It comes after the normal VR project call. Follow at

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning your applications.
Finally, we wish you best of luck, simply because you will need that as well…

/Leif and Ola


Major investment in more environmentally friendly solar energy

Kenneth Wärnmark has been awarded SEK 35 million for a research project about using iron molecules to develop solar cells and solar fuel. The grant is aimed at producing cheaper and more environmentally-friendly materials that can capture the energy of the sun.

In the new project, Kenneth Wärnmark will collaborate with his Department of Chemistry colleagues Petter Persson (Division of Theoretical Chemistry) and Arkady Yartsev (Division of Chemical Physics) as well as with Reiner Lomoth at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University. Read more

Unexpected discovery about essential enzyme

The enzyme that produces DNA building blocks plays an important role when cells divide. In a new study, researchers have discovered for the first time that the so-called master switch of the enzyme can change locations - while still performing the same task.

The study was conducted by Derek Logan from the Division of Biochemistry and structural biology together with colleagues from universities in Stockholm, Uppsala, Umeå and Tel Aviv. The researchers show how the RNR enzyme continues to regulate the number of different building blocks, despite its unusual location.
The study has been published in eLife. Read more

Eva Nordberg Karlsson receives funding from Formas

Eva Nordberg Karlsson, from the Division of Biotechnology, receives SEK 5.1 million from Era-Net SusFood2 (Formas) for a project with the title “Innovative processing of seaweed for novel, healthy food products and ingredients” (ProSeaFood).

The project is coordinated by Sintef in Norway and Lund University (PI: Eva Nordberg Karlsson) is one of 5 partners. Seaweed Energy Solutions AS in Norway, Matís on Iceland, Desarrollos Panaderos Levantinos (DPL) and Eurocastell S.A.T in Spain are also partners. The project starts in April 2018.

Alicia Gil Ramírez has received the Camurus Lipid Research Foundation Junior Prize

Alicia Gil Ramírez, postdoc at CAS, has received the Camurus Lipid Research Foundation Junior Prize. Selma Maric at Malmö University was also awarded The Junior prize. The Junior prizes are SEK 50.000 each.
The Camurus Lipid Research Foundation also awarded Stephen Hyde (The Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physics and Engineering, at the Australian National University) The Lipid Science Prize (SEK 500 000). Read more

Kimberly Dick Thelander is rewarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science

Kimberly Dick Thelander, from CAS and Solid State Physics, has received the award “Edlundska priset 2018" and the award “Lindblomska belöningen 2018".

Researchers in media

Kenneth Wärnmark has been awarded SEK 35 million for a research project about using iron molecules to develop solar cells and solar fuel. Read about it here (in Swedish): Sveriges Radio, Sydsvenskan, Skånska Dagbladet, Miljö & utveckling. You can also read about it in LUM.

Ulf Ellervik has written an article with the title “An adventurous flavour”. The article was published in Kemivärlden Biotech.

Villy Sundström, Professor emeritus at the Division of Chemical Physics, has written an article with the title “The Free-Electron Laser (FEL) – a chemist´s dream come true?”. The article was published in Kemivärlden Biotech.

K-G Wahlund, Professor emeritus at CAS, has written an article with title “What is analytical chemistry?”. The article was published in Kemivärlden Biotech.

Ulf Ellervik was mentioned in Sydsvenskan about his participation in the University’s jubilee course.

Jérôme Crassous, at the Division of Physical Chemistry, was interviewed in Process Nordic about his research on so called lock-and-key interactions.

Don't miss..

KILU DAY 2018 – Save the date!

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

Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, March 14

A seminar by Lubomir Rulisek, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Gilead Sciences and IOCB Research Center, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Time and place: March 14 from 14:15 to 15:00 in hall S, Kemicentrum.

Seminar: Using experiments to benchmark molecular simulations, and using simulations to get more out of experiments, March 22

A seminar given by Professor Kresten Lindorff-Larsen, Structural Biology and NMR Laboratory & Linderstrøm-Lang Centre for Protein Science, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen.
Time and place: March 22 at 15:30 in lecture hall G, Kemicentrum.

Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, March 22

A seminar by Dr Bernard R. Brooks, Senior Investigator at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Time and place: March 22 from 14:15 to 15:00 in hall S, Kemicentrum.

Seminar: Alpha Cyclodextrin-SDS Self-Assembled Viscoelastic Films at the Liquid/Air Interface, April 4

A seminar by Dr. José Campos Terán, Departamento de Procesos y Tecnología, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Cuajimalpa, México.
Time and place: April 4 at 14:15 in lecture hall F, Kemicentrum.

Physical Chemistry Seminar, April 18

A seminar by Associate Professor Tobias Ambjörnsson, Computational Biology and Biological Physics, Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University.
Time and place: April 18 from 14:15 to 15:00 in lecture hall G, Kemicentrum.

Lecture: The thermodynamics of bird flocks, April 20

Public readership lecture / "Docentföreläsning" with Dr Joakim Stenhammar, Associate Senior Lecturer at The Division of Physical Chemistry.
Time and place: April 20 from 13:15 to 14:00 in lecture hall B, Kemicentrum.

Information from the library

CCSD (Conquest, Cambridge Structural Database) ”Kristalldatabasen”

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

ICIS - Independent Chemical Information Service

ICIS provides pricing information and analysis for more than 180 product markets. The information is collected from market participants by ICIS global network of reporters, delivering unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets, including China and Asia.
Note: To receive login information, please contact: the Library at Kemicentrum.

Förlagsavtal vid publicering i open access- och hybridtidskrifter

Det finns en rad avtal med olika förlag vad det gäller publicering i open access- och hybridtidskrifter. Läs mer på UB:s hemsida och på Kungliga bibliotekets hemsida.

PhD Information


This workshop, arranged by Mentlife, will be run by an experienced International Recruitment Manager from Novo Nordisk and will aim to give you the tips and tricks needed to improve your chances of coming further in the job application process. Learn about the Do’s and Dont’s of job application writing.

You will also learn about how companies like Novo Nordisk identify the best talents through Talent Attraction e.g. careers fairs, LinkedIn etc. Similarly, how you can make yourself more attractive as a candidate to the companies you are interested in joining.
Time and place: March 15 between 17.00-19.00, Medicon Village (Scheelevägen 2, Lund)

More info and registration:

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:


New employee at the administration

The Department of Chemistry's Head of Finance, Karolina Isaksson, will be working as acting Head of Finance and Infrastructure at the Faculty of Engineering LTH, for six months, starting February 1st. Håkan Hansson will be substitute for Karolina. Håkan has previously worked at The Department of Construction Sciences as Head of Administration. We welcome Håkan to our department.

New Head of Joint services at Kemicentrum

Jörgen Nilsson, Head of administration, is as of January 1 2018 also Head of Joint services at Kemicentrum.

Opening hours at Kemicentrum during Easter

Maundy Thursday/ Skärtorsdag 29/3: 08.00 - 12.00.
Good Friday/Långfredag 30/3 - Easter Monday/Annandag Påsk 2/4: CLOSED
Regular opening hours from the 3rd of April.

Maundy Thursday/ Skärtorsdag 29/3: CLOSED
Good Friday/Långfredag 30/3 - Easter Monday/Annandag Påsk 2/4: CLOSED
Regular opening hours from the 3rd of April.

The 29th of March (Maundy Thursday) from 14.00 the entrances are open only for those with an entrance card. Between 30/3 (Good Friday) - 2/4 (Easter Monday) only entrance A, B and
E are open for those with an entrance card.

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

Updates on the web
At the Kemicentrum´s website, the link that deals with Systematic Work Environment Management (SAM) is updated with current AFSs, The Swedish Work Environment Authority’s Statute Book. Please note that only a few provisions have been translated into English. The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s Statute Book (AFS), contains a number of provisions with AFS designations, each carrying a year and a serial number, e.g. AFS 2006:04.

In the General Safety Regulations, the risk assessment template under "4.5 Risk assessment" is updated, the link and also Chapter 10. Legislation has been rewritten and supplemented with AFSs, the link that may be relevant to the Kemicentrum`s operations.

Organisational and social work environment

The organisational and social work environment is important for all staff members of Lund University therefore, it is of major importance that the psychosocial safety inspections are performed annually. This Spring a survey will be sent out to all employees at Kemicentrum. The survey is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes to complete.


Week 11 (12-16 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 20 different lectures on 30 occasions. 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

At Lund University

Seminar: Academic Freedom under Political Pressure, March 5

Lund University’s ethical council invites you to a seminar entitled “Academic Freedom under Political Pressure? The Realities of Academic Freedom in Sweden”.
Time and place: 5 March from 12:00 to 13:30 in the auditorium of the Eden building, Paradisgatan 5.
Read more and register







Defence of thesis in Organic Chemistry

Tid: 2018-12-20 10:15 till: 13:15


Defence of thesis in Theoretical Chemistry

Tid: 2019-01-25 10:15 till: 13:15