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Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Press Releases   •   Sep 11, 2018 07:00 BST

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. Firstly, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories, and secondly, establishing more efficient methods for hydrolysis of biomass to sugars for fermentation. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Energy.

New innovation improves the diagnosis of dizziness

New innovation improves the diagnosis of dizziness

Press Releases   •   Sep 10, 2018 07:01 BST

Half of over-65s suffer from dizziness and problems with balance. But some tests to identify the causes of such problems are painful and can risk hearing damage. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new testing device using bone conduction technology, that offers significant advantages over the current tests.

A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

A new theory for phantom limb pain points the way to more effective treatment

Press Releases   •   Sep 06, 2018 07:01 BST

Dr Max Ortiz Catalan of Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has developed a new theory for the origin of the mysterious condition, ‘phantom limb pain’. Published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology, his hypothesis builds upon his previous work on a revolutionary treatment for the condition, that uses machine learning and augmented reality.

Wholegrains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

Wholegrains one of the most important food groups for preventing type 2 diabetes

Press Releases   •   Sep 05, 2018 07:00 BST

It doesn’t matter if it’s rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it’s wholegrain, it can prevent type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the Danish Cancer Society Research Center. The comprehensive study is a strong confirmation of previous research findings on the importance of whole grains for prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism

Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism

Press Releases   •   Aug 22, 2018 07:00 BST

With Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, as a hub, the world’s first global research network into climate change denial has now been established. Building on a new research publication showing the links between conservatism, xenophobia and climate change denial, the network will study how the growth of right-wing nationalism in Europe has contributed to an increase in climate change denial.

Fibre-optic transmission of 4000 km made possible by ultra-low-noise optical amplifiers

Fibre-optic transmission of 4000 km made possible by ultra-low-noise optical amplifiers

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2018 07:00 BST

​Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, have demonstrated a 4000 kilometre fibre-optical transmission link using ultra low-noise, phase-sensitive optical amplifiers. This is a reach improvement of almost six times what is possible when using conventional optical amplifiers. The results are published in Nature Communications.

Sweden invests 1 billion SEK in testbed for electromobility

Sweden invests 1 billion SEK in testbed for electromobility

Press Releases   •   Jun 29, 2018 09:31 BST

RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden), and Chalmers University of Technology have now begun, with support from the Swedish government, the establishment of a Swedish testbed for electromobility. Overall, contributions from the government, and the industrial partners CEVT, Scania, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group, enable an investment of 1 billion Swedish krona for the testbed.

How smart technology gadgets can avoid speed limits

How smart technology gadgets can avoid speed limits

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2018 07:00 BST

​Speed limits apply not only to traffic. There are limitations on the control of light as well, in optical switches for internet traffic, for example. Physicists at Chalmers University of Technology now understand why it is not possible to increase the speed beyond a certain limit – and know the circumstances in which it is best to opt for a different route.

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 11:05 BST

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a graphene assembled film that has over 60 percent higher thermal conductivity than graphite film – despite the fact that graphite simply consists of many layers of graphene. The graphene film shows great potential as a novel heat spreading material for form-factor driven electronics and other high power-driven systems.

Swedish receiver to capture cosmic waves in the world's largest radio telescope

Swedish receiver to capture cosmic waves in the world's largest radio telescope

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2018 08:00 BST

Just arrived in South Africa, Chalmers’ most advanced radio receiver is Sweden's main contribution to the record-breaking telescope SKA (Square Kilometre Array). The advanced prototype, now being tested in the Karoo Desert, is not only shiny and new. It’s also an important step towards a radio telescope that will challenge our ideas of time and space.

Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Ground-breaking discoveries could create superior alloys with many applications

Press Releases   •   Jun 19, 2018 08:01 BST

Many current and future technologies require alloys that can withstand high temperatures without corroding. Now, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have hailed a major breakthrough in understanding how alloys behave at high temperatures, pointing the way to significant improvements in many technologies. The results are published in the highly ranked journal Nature Materials.

Multiple lasers could be replaced by a single microcomb

Multiple lasers could be replaced by a single microcomb

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2018 07:00 BST

​Every time we send an e-mail, a tweet, or stream a video, we rely on laser light to transfer digital information over a complex network of optical fibers. Dozens of high-performance lasers are needed to fill up the bandwidth and to squeeze in an increasing amount of digital data. Researchers have now shown that all these lasers can be replaced by a single device called a microcomb.

Advanced biofuels can be produced extremely efficiently, confirms industrial demonstration

Advanced biofuels can be produced extremely efficiently, confirms industrial demonstration

Press Releases   •   May 21, 2018 07:00 BST

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed new technologies that can be used to convert industrial plants to produce fossil-free heat, electricity, fuel, chemicals and materials. The technical potential is enormous – using only Sweden's currently existing power plants, renewable fuels equivalent to 10 percent of the world's aviation fuel could be produced.

Sweden's top facility for new smart industry jobs opens its doors


Sweden's top facility for new smart industry jobs opens its doors


Press Releases   •   May 09, 2018 07:00 BST

On the 8th of May, the doors were opened to the Stena Industry Innovation Laboratory (SII-Lab) at Chalmers campus Lindholmen, Sweden – a 1000 square meter test-lab for digitalisation and future jobs in industry. Production researchers Johan Stahre and Åsa Fast-Berglund invite everyone to engage – young people, students, researchers and companies!

Flares in the universe can now be studied on earth

Flares in the universe can now be studied on earth

Press Releases   •   May 02, 2018 07:01 BST

Solar flares, cosmic radiation, and the northern lights are well known phenomena. But exactly how their enormous energy arises is not as well known. Now, physicists at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a new way to study these spectacular space plasma phenomena in a laboratory environment.

Eating fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease

Eating fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease

Press Releases   •   Apr 23, 2018 07:00 BST

Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson’s disease. A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shines more light on the link between consumption of fish and better long-term neurological health.

Spikes of graphene can kill bacteria on implants

Spikes of graphene can kill bacteria on implants

Press Releases   •   Apr 16, 2018 08:00 BST

A tiny layer of graphene flakes becomes a deadly weapon and kills bacteria, stopping infections during procedures such as implant surgery. These are the findings of new research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, recently published in the scientific journal Advanced Materials Interfaces.

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Certain iron supplements may influence the development of colon cancer

Press Releases   •   Apr 12, 2018 08:00 BST

Two common iron compounds increase the formation of a known biomarker for cancer, according to a new study of cancer cells from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. The two compounds, ferric citrate and ferric EDTA, are often used in dietary supplements and as a food additive respectively, in worldwide markets including the USA and the EU.

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2018 10:13 GMT

Working up a sweat from carrying a heavy load? That is when the textile works at its best. Swedish researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates. The results are now published in the Nature Partner journal Flexible Electronics.

Ships in the English Channel have the highest rate of sulphur violations in northern Europe

Ships in the English Channel have the highest rate of sulphur violations in northern Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2018 07:00 GMT

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have shown that between 87 and 98 percent of ships comply with the tougher regulations for sulphur emissions that were introduced in northern Europe in 2015. The lowest levels of compliance were observed in the western part of the English Channel and in the middle of the Baltic Sea.