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Kavli-Visit to IBM@Zürich and ETH

Many will know that the Kavli prizes are very prestigious awards for the topmost research achievements in nanoscience, astrophysics and neural science, respectively. These prizes are funded and promoted by the Kavli Foundation, and the Foundation is also promoting science and scientific achievements in many other ways. zurichOne example is the Kavli Prize for Nanoscience Symposium – Atomic Force Microscopy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Co-organized by Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi and IBM Zürich, 30 Norwegian PhD-students were invited to Zürich to take part in this event, and also to meet and discuss with Nobel prize laureate Gerd Binnig and Kavli prize laureate Christoph Gerber, and other distinguished scientists. From the chemistry department, Malgorzata, Anders and Christian had the good fortune to participate, shown in the picture at the door step of IBM ThinkLab i Rüschlikon!

No BTO-visit today

Despite today being the first Tuesday of the month, we will not enjoy the company of our local TT(Technology Transfer)-officer Elisabeth Silden, due to heavy load in connection to the imminent FORNY2020 deadline (Oct 11).

Impressive FGP appearance

Last Thursday, the regional Researcher’s Grand Prix competition was held at Campus Kronstad, with Sondre (re)presenting chemistry.img_0820 Sondre was the last contestant to take the floor in the initial round and he delivered a brilliant and highly visual presentation of his PhD project – how to get from algae lipids to α-olefins. It was particularly impressive to see the ease with which he dehydrogenated an alkane to introduce the double-bond functionality — with the precision of a needle point! The crowd was even more impressed than the jury and voted Sondre to a top-three position! Fellow students and friends from the Chemistry department made a loud and suitably biased supporter crowd — great! Who will rise to the challenge and continue the great tradition set by Kjersti (last year) and Sondre?20170927_sondre_fgp

Introduction to Synthetic biology

Do not miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Ralf Kellmann (Dept. of Biology & Hormonlaboratoriet HelseBergen) tell about their effort to use of synthetic biology to produce neosaxitoxin. Neosaxitoxin is one of the paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), which are a group of neurotoxic alkaloids produced by algal blooms, i.e. marine dinoflagellates (red tides) and freshwater filamentous cyanobacteria. PSTs reversibly block voltage-gated sodium channels, and recent clinical trials on humans have indicated a positive safety profile for neosaxitoxin as a long-acting local anesthetic. The major challenge with neosaxitoxin and its relatives is the lack of a large-scale production process. We are employing synthetic biology to develop such a large-scale production process for neosaxitoxin, which we envision will be capable of covering the future world-market demand for neosaxitoxin.

Synthetic biology can be defined as: » the design and construction of novel biological pathways, organisms or devices, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems» (UK Royal Society). It is one of the currently fastest growing research fields, enabled by new technologies, such as the chemically synthesis of long (> 100 kb) DNA, and efficient combinatorial cloning techniques. Synthetic biology can be used as a research tool to uncover and characterise novel biochemical pathways, as well as to develop processes for the industrial production NPs and NP-derived derived drugs.

When and where: Thursday Sept 28 at 12.15 in Tripletten.

SOS Mexico

mexicoflaggTo help the victims of the two recent earthquakes that have devastated Mexico, Ivan and other members of the Mexican community in Bergen will be throwing a fund raiser tomorrow Saturday 23, at the restaurant Amarone in Østre Skostredet 12, from 2 to 6 pm. They will be selling food and organizing other family activities and all earnings will be donated to the Mexican Red Cross. More information on the Facebook page of the event

Franziska is back

FI MSc. Franziska Ihlefeldt is a Phd student from Prof. Mats Tilset’s group (UiO) working in the GreenCAT project  “Design of Green Catalysts for the Conversion of Renewable Resources into Polymers”, led by Erwan Le Roux and funded by NFR. Her project is focusing on the development of N-heterocyclic carbenes of group 8 as catalysts for the copolymerization of epoxides with CO2 . Franziska spent some time in Bergen last fall, and this time around she will have an extended stay at our department, lasting until the end of January next year. Good to have you back!

Guest lecture III

Next week, we welcome Assoc. Prof. Dr. Markus Lill , Purdue University, as the top-ranked candidate for the position in bioinformatics jointly affiliated with the Department of chemistry and the Computational Biology Unit (CBU). You are very welcome to attend his lecture:
Tuesday September 26, at 09h15-10
Dr. Markus Lill, Assoc. Prof., Purdue University, USA.
Title: “Hydrophobic effect, desolvation and protein-ligand binding”
Location: Room 3069, aka Tripletten, in the Science Bldg.


Seminar om patentering – 27. sept.


Patentstyret fra Oslo holder en forelesning for forskere, master- og ph.d.- studenter ved MatNat-fakultetet på onsdag 27. september kl. 10:15-13:00.

Presentasjonen omfatter innføring i patent, varemerke- og designbeskyttelse, verdiskaping med IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), patentinformasjon som informasjonskilde i FoU-planlegging (husk PatentPak!) samt bevissthet om egne og andres rettigheter. Dette er tema som aktuelle for mange på Kjemisk institutt (og ellers på fakultetet vårt).

Seminaret finner sted på Studentsenteret, seminarrom E (45 plasser), og plassbegrensningen gjør at det er nødvendig med påmelding. Påmeldingsfrist er 21. september og skjer her.

Heldags NKS-seminar ”Klima- og miljøanalyser” I DAG

nks-fak-seminar_2017Norsk kjemisk selskap-faggruppe for analytisk kjemi (NKS-FAK)  inviterer til seminar i dag kl 08.45, torsdag 14. september, på Institutt for Geovitenskap, Realfagbygget, Auditorium 4.

Programmet inneholder 9 foredrag som dekker grunnleggende temaer innen analytisk kjemi som for eksempel god veieteknikk og kvalitetssikring, med problemstillinger fra nanopartikler, algegifter, og luft/jord/vann. Analyse av både uorganiske og organiske parametere vil behandles. 6 firmaer vil ha utstilling og der vil være god anledning til å diskutere ulike problemstillinger med dem. 

Welcome back, Mali!

In the faculty board meeting last Thursday, PhD Mali Husby Rosnes was appointed as Assistant Professor at our Department, with a temporary contract running until August 2020. mali_rosnes2Her teaching duties will primarily be within the study programs in nanoscience and -technology, and she will also have a coordinating function in the nanoBergen research network. She will be a member of the group in Inorganic nanochemistry and catalysis. We are truly happy to welcome Mali as faculty member!

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