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KI takes home the HSE prize for 2020

At the faculty-wide HSE seminar today, the Dept of Chemistry was awarded the HSE prize for 2020, on account of our systemic work on infection-controlling routines and training, making it possible to pursue in a safe manner, experimental laboratory-based research and running all scheduled laboratory courses according to plans, in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Congratulations to all of us!


Velkomen, Charlotte!

Charlotte Langeland Nakken er ansatt som 4-årig PhD kandidat i analytisk kjemi fra 1. september i år. Hun skal arbeide med metodeutvikling (Vion IMS QTof) for identifisering av metabolitter fra oljekomponenter og DNA-addukter i marin fisk. Et av hovedmålene er å identifisere forurensningskildene som er ansvarlig for DNA-skade i villfisk fanget rundt oljeplattformene i Nordsjøen. Veiledere er Svein Mjøs på Kjemisk, og Carey Donald og Sonnich Meier ved Havforskningsinstituttet (HI). Arbeidet blir utført ved forskningsgruppen Marin toksikologi ved HI. Charlotte har master i miljøkjemi/analytisk kjemi fra UiB, og masterprosjektet ble utført ved HI og omhandlet å finne effekter av og tålegrenser for oljeforurensning hos fiskeegg.

Welcome, Dr. Roy!

Dr. Tamal Roy has joined as a postdoc (3 years) in the Le Roux group. He will be working on developing radiotracers based on 45Ti for PET imaging in collaboration with the Bergen Tracer Development Centre (Bergen-TDC) financed by the Trond Mohn foundation. The goal of the project is to develop suitable water soluble and hydrothermally stable 45Ti complexes.

Tamal did his PhD from CSIR-CSMCRI, India in 2014 in the area of synthesis of chiral epoxides and their derivatives. Later he spent several years in Sweden (KTH, Uppsala) and Denmark (Copenhagen) as a postdoctoral researcher. His research experiences include asymmetric catalysis, method developments, organometallic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and development of PET tracers for β cell imaging.

Insightfull movie about gender inequality in science – at the Bergen Int’l Film Festival this weekend

Gender inequality is a topical issue in science. The movie Picture a scientist, appearing on the BIFF program for Saturday and Monday, makes a powerful and insightful presentation of how this affects the career of individuals. IMDb-rating of 8.2 / 10. UiB employees may purchase tickets at a reduced rate, at only 55 NOK. On the Monday show, our colleague at the Dept of Biosciences, Dr. Dorothy Dankel, introduces the movie and puts it into a wider context. Recommended!

Nobel prize in Chemistry to Crispr/Cas9

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2020 to Emmanuelle Charpentier (Director of the Max Planck Unit for the Science of Pathogens, Berlin) and Jennifer A. Doudna (Professor at the University of California, Berkeley) “for the development of a method for genome editing.” The method in question is CRISPR/Cas9, the importance of which can hardly be overestimated.

Prior to 2020, 183 individuals had been awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry (counting Frederick Sanger once despite him being awarded twice). There were only five female laureates: Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Irène Joliot-Curie (1935), Dorothy Hodgkin (1964), Ada Yonath (2009) and Frances Arnold (2018). Approaching the end of a year where the chemical societies have seen the need to stress the importance of equality in the chemical sciences and work places, it is well worth drawing attention to the fact that this year’s Nobel prize is split between two eminent female scientists (both of whom are younger than the writer of this column).


Congrats Dr. Jørgen!

Photo: JGJ

Tuesday this week, MSc Jørgen Gausdal Jacobsen successfully and convincingly defended his thesis Mechanistic Modelling of Radial Polymer Flow in Porous Media for the degree of philosophie doctor, in a lively dissertation defense ceremony @ Zoom. The press release (only available in Norwegian) may be found here. Jørgen has been employed at Norge during his PhD studies. Congratulations, and all the best for your next career move!

Welcome Reza

Reza Talandashti is a new PhD student in the Reuter group. He will be working with molecular simulations of membrane-associated proteins. The goal of his PhD project is to describe the conformational changes associated to lipid uptake and release mechanisms of selected lipid transfer proteins. Reza holds a Masters degree in nanobiotechnology from University of Tehran in 2019.

Elvira wins prize!

The 15th edition of European Molecular Imaging Meeting (EMIM) was held during the last of week of August (in a virtual edition, obviously), with Elvira García de Jalón Viñegra among the participants. She is a PhD student with prof. Emmet Mc Cormack at Department of Clinical Science (K2) and a full-blown member of the Haug research group in medicinal chemistry at our department. Elvira was granted an oral contribution in the session on New Tools for Cancer Imaging, with her paper on Repurposing 18F-FMISO for clinical PET/CT imaging of nitroreductase gene directed enzyme prodrug therapy. Her science and presentation of it impressed the jury to the extent that she was selected for the «best-lecture-of-the-session» award! Quoting the proud prize-winner, «I am the type of person that does not give up until I get to understand things.» This is an extremely useful strait in a researcher – we offer our congratulations!

Finn rett match for Horisont 2020 Green Deal-utlysninger på mandag

Forskningsrådet tilbyr et skreddersydd, virtuelt opplegg for å bistå offentlige aktører, forskningsmiljøer og NGOer til å finne rett match for Horisont 2020 Green Deal-utlysninger. Deltakelse på disse matchmaking-dagene er god forberedelse også for deg som planlegger å finne internasjonale partnere under European Research and Innovation Days 22.-24. september.

Om Green Deal
I 2020 lyser EU-Kommisjonen ut ekstraordinære midler gjennom Horisont 2020 for å nå målene i Green Deal – EUs ambisiøse veikart mot et nullutslippskontinent. Pakken med utlysninger har en verdi på ca. 1 mrd. euro. Utlysningene legger vekt på tverrsektorielt samarbeid for å nå målene.

Program Mandag 7. september

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Trial lecture. Biofuels: Status, challenges and perspectives

MSc. Hilde Vik Halleraker delivers her lecture over given topic as partial fulfilment of the requirements for the ph.d. degree.

Title: . Biofuels: Status, challenges and perspectives.

Time. Friday September 4th, at 10.1512.00
ZOOM – se Kjemisk Institutt Teams for lenke.
The presentation will be evaluated by the following committee: Drs. John Georg Seland, Jarl Underhaug, and Hege Ommedal.
Abstract: Biofuels that are produced from biobased materials are in many cases good alternatives to petroleum based fuels, and are beneficial to society and the environment. Both fresh and waste biomass can be used as raw material for the production of biofuels. However, challenges with respect to processing steps in converting biomass to liquid transportation fuel like pretreatment, hydrolysis, microbial fermentation, and fuel separation still exist. This lecture gives an overview of the general and specific chemical properties of different biofuels and their sources, with a particular emphasis on the pros and cons of different chemical reactions involved in the production technologies.
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