​ A spreadable interlayer could make solid state batteries more stable

Press releases   •   May 19, 2020 07:02 BST

Solid state batteries are of great interest to the electric vehicle industry. Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Xi'an Jiaotong University, China now present a new way of bringing this promising concept closer to application. An interlayer, made of a spreadable, ‘butter-like’ material helps improve the current density tenfold, while also increasing performance and safety.

Emissions from road construction could be halved using today's technology

Press releases   •   May 18, 2020 07:00 BST

The construction sector accounts for a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions, in Sweden and globally. Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg studied the construction of an eight km stretch of road and calculated how emissions could be reduced now and by 2045, looking at everything from materials choice, production technology, supply chains and transport.

Mind-controlled arm prostheses that “feel” are now a part of everyday life

Press releases   •   Apr 29, 2020 22:00 BST

​For the first time, people with arm amputations can experience sensations of touch in a mind-controlled arm prosthesis that they use in everyday life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine reports on three Swedish patients who have lived, for several years, with this new technology – one of the world’s most integrated interfaces between human and machine.

Online educational initiatives to ensure safety in nuclear technology

Press releases   •   Mar 26, 2020 08:00 GMT

Several authorities and organisations have already highlighted the dangerous lack of competence in nuclear safety in Europe Now, the EU programme Euratom is investing around 5 million euros to educate a new generation in nuclear technology. At the heart of the initiatives, which will contain significant distance learning elements, are researchers from Chalmers University of Technology.

Graphite nanoplatelets on medical devices kill bacteria and prevent infections

Press releases   •   Mar 23, 2020 07:59 GMT

Graphite nanoplatelets integrated into plastic medical surfaces can prevent infections, killing 99.99 per cent of bacteria which try to attach – a cheap and viable potential solution to a problem which affects millions, costs huge amounts of time and money, and accelerates antibiotic resistance. This is according to research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, in the journal Small.

Comparisons between organic and conventional agriculture need to be better, say researchers

Press releases   •   Mar 18, 2020 07:01 GMT

The environmental effects of agriculture and food are hotly debated. But the most widely used method of analysis often tends to overlook vital factors, such as biodiversity, soil quality, pesticide impacts and societal shifts. These oversights can lead to wrong conclusions on the merits of intensive and organic agriculture, according to a trio of researchers in the journal Nature Sustainability.

​Nanostructured rubber-like material with optimal properties could replace human tissue

Press releases   •   Mar 16, 2020 07:00 GMT

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have created a new, rubber-like material with a unique set of properties, which could act as a replacement for human tissue in medical procedures. The material has the potential to make a big difference to many people's lives. The research was recently published in the highly regarded scientific journal ACS Nano.

Cancer cells spread using a copper-binding protein

Press releases   •   Mar 10, 2020 07:00 GMT

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have shown that the Atox1 protein, found in breast cancer cells, participates in the process by which cancer cells metastasise. The protein could therefore be a potential biomarker for assessing the aggressiveness of the disease, as well as a possible target for new drugs. The research was recently published in the journal PNAS.

Life on Titan cannot rely on cell membranes, according to computational simulations

Press releases   •   Mar 02, 2020 07:00 GMT

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have made a new contribution to the ongoing search into the possibility of life on Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Using quantum mechanical calculations, they have shown that azotosomes, a proposed alternative form of cell membrane, could not form under the conditions there. Their research is published in the journal Science Advances.

Making the internet more energy efficient through systemic optimisation

Press releases   •   Feb 13, 2020 07:00 GMT

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently completed a 5-year research project looking at how to make fibre optic communications systems more energy efficient. Among their proposals are smart, error-correcting data chip circuits, which they refined to be 10 times less energy consumptive. The project yielded multiple scientific articles, including in Nature Communications.

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Chalmers – for a sustainable future

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. The university has 3100 employees and 10,000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture. With scientific excellence as a basis, Chalmers promotes knowledge and technical solutions for a sustainable world. Through global commitment and entrepreneurship, we foster an innovative spirit, in close collaboration with wider society.
The EU’s biggest research initiative – the Graphene Flagship – is coordinated by Chalmers. We are also leading the development of a Swedish quantum computer. Chalmers was founded in 1829 and has the same motto today as it did then: Avancez – forward.

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