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Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start

Engineering of a Swedish quantum computer set to start

Press Releases   •   Nov 15, 2017 07:40 GMT

A SEK 1 billion research initiative is setting Sweden on course to a global top position in quantum technology. The focus is on developing a quantum computer with much greater computing power than today's best supercomputers. The initiative, led by Chalmers University of Technology, has been made possible by an anniversary donation of SEK 600 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Alma’s image of red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the Sun’s future

Alma’s image of red giant star gives a surprising glimpse of the Sun’s future

Press Releases   •   Nov 07, 2017 07:00 GMT

A Chalmers-led team of astronomers has for the first time observed details on the surface of an aging star with the same mass as the Sun. Alma:s images show that the star is a giant, its diameter twice the size of Earth’s orbit around the Sun, but also that the star’s atmosphere is affected by powerful, unexpected shock waves. The research was published in Nature Astronomy on 30 October 2017.

Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials

Graphene enables high-speed electronics on flexible materials

Press Releases   •   Oct 31, 2017 07:00 GMT

A flexible detector for terahertz frequencies (1000 gigahertz) has been developed by Chalmers researchers using graphene transistors on plastic substrates. It is the first of its kind, and can extend the use of terahertz technology to applications that will require flexible electronics, such as wireless sensor networks and wearable technology.

Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology

Single nanoparticle mapping paves the way for better nanotechnology

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2017 07:00 BST

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have developed a method that makes it possible to map the individual responses of nanoparticles in different situations and contexts. The results pave the way for better nanomaterials and safer nanotechnology and were recently published in the journal Nature Communications.

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes

Press Releases   •   Oct 23, 2017 07:24 BST

In healthy people, exosomes – tiny structures secreted by cells to allow intercellular communication – prevent clumping of the protein that leads to type 2 diabetes. Exosomes in patients with the disease don’t have the same ability. This discovery by a research collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology and Astrazeneca takes us a step closer to a cure for type 2 diabetes. 

Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light

Gamma rays will reach beyond the limits of light

Press Releases   •   Oct 19, 2017 07:00 BST

Researchers have discovered a new way to produce high energy photon beams. The obtained energy is a billion times higher than the energy of photons in visible light. These high intensity gamma rays significantly exceed all known limits, and pave the way towards new fundamental studies.

New antibiotic resistance genes found

New antibiotic resistance genes found

Press Releases   •   Oct 16, 2017 07:00 BST

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics. The genes were found by searching large volumes of bacterial DNA and the results are published in the scientific journal Microbiome.

Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

Electric cars can become more eco-friendly through life cycle assessment

Press Releases   •   Oct 12, 2017 07:00 BST

​It is time to stop discussing whether electric cars are good or bad. Instead industry, authorities and policy-makers need to work together to make them as eco-friendly as possible. This is the view taken by Chalmers researcher Anders Nordelöf. In a recent thesis, he provides concrete advice and tools showing how life cycle assessment can assist in the development of electric cars.

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Press Releases   •   Sep 19, 2017 07:00 BST

Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become “conflict minerals”. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene.

Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes

Biomarkers in the blood prove strong role of food for type 2 diabetes

Press Releases   •   Sep 14, 2017 07:00 BST

A pioneering method, developed at Chalmers University of Technology, has demonstrated its potential in a large study, showing that metabolic fingerprints from blood samples could render important new knowledge on the connection between food and health. The study finds that diet is one of the strongest predictors of type 2 diabetes risk in older women.

Researchers take a holistic approach to threats to humanity

Researchers take a holistic approach to threats to humanity

Press Releases   •   Sep 04, 2017 09:10 BST

What risks threaten the entire future of humanity within the next hundred years? And what should we do to protect against them? A group of researchers will take on these questions in the autumn as part of the research programme "Existential risk to humanity" at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

The spin in graphene can be switched off

The spin in graphene can be switched off

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2017 11:00 BST

By combining graphene with another two-dimensional material, researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have created a prototype of a transistor-like device for future computers, based on what is known as spintronics. The discovery is published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

Graphene and terahertz waves could lead the way to future communication

Graphene and terahertz waves could lead the way to future communication

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2017 06:30 BST

By utilizing graphene and terahertz waves in electronics, future data traffic can get a big boost forward. Over 60 young researchers from all over the world will learn more about this and other topics as they gather in outside of Gothenburg, Sweden, to participate in this week's summer school Graphene Study, arranged by Graphene Flagship.

Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power

Deceleration of runaway electrons paves the way for fusion power

Press Releases   •   Jun 21, 2017 08:00 BST

Fusion power has the potential to provide clean and safe energy that is free from carbon dioxide emissions. However, imitating the solar energy process is a difficult task to achieve. Two young plasma physicists at Chalmers University of Technology have now taken us one step closer to a functional fusion reactor.

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

Press Releases   •   May 24, 2017 07:01 BST

A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology and Danish DTU show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Fungi have enormous potential for new antibiotics

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2017 07:00 BST

​Fungi are a potential goldmine for the production of pharmaceuticals. This is shown by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, who have developed a method for finding new antibiotics from nature’s own resources. The findings – which could prove very useful in the battle against antibiotic resistance – were recently published in the journal, Nature Microbiology.

Hearing and touch mediate sensations via osseointegrated prostheses

Hearing and touch mediate sensations via osseointegrated prostheses

Press Releases   •   Apr 06, 2017 07:00 BST

A new study has found that people with a prosthesis attached directly to their skeleton can hear by means of vibrations in their implant. This sound transmission through bones is an important part of osseoperception – sensory awareness of the patient’s surroundings provided by their prosthesis. The discovery can be used to develop improved prostheses.

3D bioprinted human cartilage cells can be implanted

3D bioprinted human cartilage cells can be implanted

Press Releases   •   Mar 23, 2017 07:00 GMT

Swedish researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy have successfully induced human cartilage cells to live and grow in an animal model, using 3D bioprinting. The results will move development closer to a potential future in which it will be possible to help patients by giving them new body parts through 3D bioprinting.

Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before

Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before

Press Releases   •   Mar 20, 2017 07:00 GMT

​Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy can be transported and then released as heat whenever needed. The research is now presented on the cover of the scientific journal Energy & Environmental Science.

Optical fingerprint can reveal environmental gases

Optical fingerprint can reveal environmental gases

Press Releases   •   Mar 16, 2017 06:00 GMT

More efficient sensors are needed to be able to detect environmental pollution. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have proposed a new, sophisticated method of detecting molecules with sensors based on ultra-thin nanomaterials. The novel method could improve environmental sensing in the future. The results are published today in the scientific journal Nature Communications.