Category: Hendingar

Seminar Dec 1: Biogas – green fuel from organic waste

Lene Pilskog, business developer in Renevo: Biogas is a mixture of methane and CO2 produced by anaerobic digestion of organic matter in an oxygen-free environment. RENEVO is in the process of building an innovative biogas plant in Stord, Norway, that will produce liquid bio-methane for fuel, and bio-CO2 for industrial use. The gas will be used in heavy transport, buses and in ship traffic. The feedstock for the production is livestock manure and fish silage. There are several CO2-reducing elements embedded in the project, and as a result- the production of biogas is in total better than zero emissions of GHG.  The presentation will focus on these CO2-reducing measures.
Time: Tuesday 1st December from 12:15 to 13:00  (the doors open at 12:00).
Link: Zoom 

Fanny Schnelles forskningsfond for kjemisk forskning – søknadsfrist 1. desember

Det er mulig å søke til Fanny Schnelles forskningsfond for kjemisk forskning. Fondet har som formål å fremme Kjemisk forskning

Fanny Schnelle anno 1915. Foto:

ved Universitetet i Bergen. Det bevilges i stor grad midler til utstyr for kjemisk forskning.

Man søker i søknadsportalen for Fond og legater ved UiB.

  1. Velg Det matematisk-naturvitenskapelige fakultet.
  2. Ny søknad ->Tittel på søknad -> Fanny Schnelle -> Fortsett til menyen hvor man velger fondet.

Cristin – Rapporteringsfrist 31. januar 2021

Rapportering av 2020 publikasjoner

Tidsfrist for rapportering av vitenskapelige publikasjoner for 2020 i Cristin er 31. januar 2021.
Rapporteringen er avgrenset til vitenskapelige artikler/oversiktsartikler, vitenskapelige bøker og vitenskapelige kapitler.

Viktig å sjekke:
At alle vitenskapelige publikasjoner for 2020 er korrekt registrert.
At det er lastet opp en fagfellevurdert fulltekstversjon av alle registrerte artikler.

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).


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!

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.

Cecilie hjelper barista og promoterer kjemi

Som kjemikarar er vi godt kjent med at den molekylære samansetjinga til ei prøve er avgjerande for både fysikalske, kjemiske og sensoriske eigenskaper. Denne forståinga er ikkje like godt etablert i samfunnet ellers, og det var derfor gledeleg at Barista-Christian vende seg til Kjemisk institutt for å få innsikt i den kjemiske samansetjinga av mesterskapskaffien som han var så stolt over. Cecilie tok i mot utfordringa, og resultatet var både ein flott promoteringsvideo for kjemi, og ei sølvmedalje i Barista-NM for Christian. Så er det framleis eit stykke fram til det å utvikle den beste kaffien på basis av kjemiske analysar… Takk til kommunikasjonsgjengen på MN-fakultetet!

Congrat´s Dr Henrik!

Last Tuesday, Henrik Nicolay Sørgård defended, successfully and with great stamina, his thesis «Wetting in Porous Media: A Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Study» for the degree of ph.d. Stamina was surely needed, because only rarely has an opponent met better prepared than in this case — the number of well-designed slides exceeded 60. Congratulations are in order, and Henrik will surely enjoy his best summer vacation in years!

Nanoday is Today!

Have you ever visited an online poster session before? Today is your chance, when this year’s Nano100 students present their posters. The exhibition is open already, but the poster session with the presentees available to explain and elaborate starts at 1130 (waiting room opens at 1120). Welcome to all, and congrats to this year’s Nano100 students!

Kavli prize in nanoscience awarded

Today, the Kavli prizes for 2020 was awarded. Chair of the award committee for nano science, our colleague at the Physics department, professor Bodil Holst, had the honour of announcing the four winners.

This years winners receive the award because of their work to develop very accurate and aberration-corrected lenses for focusing electrons, thereby developing transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning TEM to sub-ångström resolution.


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