New scale for electronegativity rewrites the chemistry textbook

Press Releases   •   Jan 17, 2019 07:01 GMT

Electronegativity is one of the most well-known models for explaining why chemical reactions occur. Now, Martin Rahm from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has redefined the concept with a new, more comprehensive scale. His work, undertaken with colleagues including a Nobel Prize-winner, has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Breakthrough in organic electronics

Press Releases   •   Jan 14, 2019 16:00 GMT

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered a simple new tweak that could double the efficiency of organic electronics. OLED-displays, plastic-based solar cells and bioelectronics are just some of the technologies that could benefit from their new discovery, which deals with "double-doped" polymers.

​Organic food worse for the climate

Press Releases   •   Dec 13, 2018 08:45 GMT

Organically farmed food has a bigger climate impact than conventionally farmed food, due to the greater areas of land required. This is the finding of a new international study involving Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, published in the journal Nature.

Artificial joint restores wrist-like movements to forearm amputees

Press Releases   •   Nov 28, 2018 07:00 GMT

A new artificial joint restores important wrist-like movements to forearm amputees, something which could dramatically improve their quality of life. A group of researchers led by Max Ortiz Catalan, Associate Professor at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have published their research in the journal IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering.

Removing toxic mercury from contaminated water

Press Releases   •   Nov 21, 2018 07:00 GMT

Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. Now, researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present a totally new way to clean contaminated water, through an electrochemical process. The results are published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

How to melt gold at room temperature

Press Releases   •   Nov 20, 2018 07:00 GMT

When the tension rises, unexpected things can happen – not least when it comes to gold atoms. Researchers from, among others, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have now managed, for the first time, to make the surface of a gold object melt at room temperature.

Skeletal imitation reveals how bones grow atom-by-atom

Press Releases   •   Nov 19, 2018 07:01 GMT

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have discovered how our bones grow at an atomic level, showing how an unstructured mass orders itself into a perfectly arranged bone structure. The discovery offers insights which could yield improved new implants, as well as increasing our knowledge of bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

Large areas of the Brazilian rainforest at risk of losing protection

Press Releases   •   Nov 14, 2018 07:00 GMT

Up to 15 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon is at risk of losing its legal protection, according to a new study from researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is equivalent to more than 4 times the entire forest area of the UK.

New research recovers nutrients from seafood process water

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2018 08:01 GMT

Process waters from the seafood industry contain valuable nutrients, that could be used in food or aquaculture feed. But currently, these process waters are treated as waste. Now, a research project from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, shows the potential of recycling these nutrients back into the food chain.

Joining forces for a European quantum computer

Press Releases   •   Oct 29, 2018 11:00 GMT

Ten international partners will collaborate in a research endeavour to build a high-performance quantum computer, available to a all users. The project, OpenSuperQ, coordinated by Saarland University, is part of the EU’s new €1 billion Flagship initiative on Quantum Technology. Chalmers University of Technology will contribute with knowledge of the primary building blocks of the quantum computers.

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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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