New method reveals how the Parkinson's disease protein damages cell membranes

Press releases   •   Jul 02, 2020 07:00 BST

In sufferers of Parkinson's disease, clumps of α-synuclein (alpha-synuclein), sometimes known as the ‘Parkinson’s protein’, are found in the brain. These destroy cell membranes, eventually resulting in cell death. Now, a new method developed at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, reveals how the composition of cell membranes seems to be a decisive factor for how α-synuclein causes damage.

Bouillon fortified with a new iron compound could help reduce iron deficiency

Press releases   •   Jun 17, 2020 07:00 BST

Iron fortification of food is a cost-effective method of preventing iron deficiency. But finding iron compounds that are easily absorbed by the intestine without compromising food quality is a major challenge. Now, studies from Chalmers University of Technology, ETH Zurich and Nestlé Research show a brand-new iron compound, that could meet the criteria.

​Ultra-thin camera lenses of the future could see the light of day

Press releases   •   Jun 11, 2020 07:00 BST

In the future, camera lenses could be thousands of times thinner and significantly less resource-intensive to manufacture. Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, now present a new technology for making the artificial materials known as ‘metasurfaces’, consisting of interacting nanoparticles that together can control light. They could have great use in future optical technology

Nasal spray could deliver a future mRNA vaccine against COVID-19

Press releases   •   May 28, 2020 07:00 BST

In the the global struggle against the coronavirus, scientists in a new pilot project led by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have started a project to explore design principles for nasal immunisation, through a broad collaboration between universities and external partners. If successful it might be useful in future vaccine developments versus viral infections including SARS-CoV-2.

​ 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.

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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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