Julebord / Christmas party 07.12.2017

Me ynskjer deg herved hjartleg velkomen til årets julebord ved Kjemisk Institutt, torsdag den 7. desember kl. 18:00 på Integrerbar

We would like to welcome you to this year’s Christmas party at the Department of Chemistry, on Thursday the 7th of December at 6 pm at Integrerbar.

Flott formidling på NRK radio

slettenMange har fått med seg at 19 personar fekk lettare problem med pustesystemet etter å ha blitt eksponert for tåregass på Sletten senter.  Det dreier seg truleg om CS-gass, 2-klorbenzalmalonitril.

Hendinga har vekt interesse for kva som karakteriserer ein gass og kva eigenskapar gassar kan ha. NRK radio fekk i dag svært god hjelp av Bjørn Grung til folkeopplysning om gassar generelt og gassar brukt som stridsmiddel. Du kan lytte til intervjuet her – del 6 og 7.

I tillegg til folkeopplysning og deling av fagkunnskap er dette fin presentasjon av Kjemisk institutt og UiB. Veldig bra – og noko som vi gjerne kan bidra oftare med!


Got an innovative idea?

Since 2010, BTO and Sparebanken Vest have invited researchers to join the Idea Competition. The competition aims to stimulate commercialisation of research results, enhance the environment that contributes to innovation, and to create attention for the importance of research and innovation. Researchers and staff, incl. phd. students and post.docs, can submit their ideas, either as individuals or as a group. innovativide

The winner receives 500.000 NOK to further development of the idea. All ideas will get professional help from the BTO team to further development – exciting opportunities that can walk hand-in-hand with your academic plans! Please consult this page for further information on the competition and the application procedure. Note the deadline: October 25.


Halvdagsseminar om åpen tilgang til vitenskapelige artikler

Universitetsbiblioteket inviterer  til et seminar om åpen tilgang til forskning. Regjeringens mål er at innen 2024 skal alle norske vitenskapelige artikler finansiert av offentlige midler være åpent tilgjengelige: * Vitenskapelige artikler skal gjøres åpent tilgjengelige. Forskere skal publisere i åpne tidsskrifter der det er faglig forsvarlig. * Alle vitenskapelige artikler skal deponeres i vitenarkiv, og dette vil være en forutsetning for at artiklene skal telle i den resultatbaserte finansieringen.


TID: TORSDAG 26. OKTOBER 10.00-12.00

Arrangementet er gratis og åpent for alle. Arrangementet vil bli strømmet, og er ikke et juksearrangement, påstås det.

ChemCave in the making


The attentive eye will notice that the sitting group has disappeared from outside the Chemistry Office and that the neighboring storage room is evacuated. Despair not; on Monday the process of transforming these empty square meters into a new social arena for the department is starting up. Until this process has come to completion, Monday 10 o´clock coffee will be served at the lunch room (3065).


oj_happy2Here is a quiz question for a wet week-end: What is smiling, making big leaps in the corridor, and carrying 5 thick books?

The answer: A PhD student on the way to handing in a thesis for evaluation!

Installation of the new 600MHz NMR instrument well under way

Installation of the new, long-heralded 600 MHz NMR-instrument has started! According to Jose, the magnet is already correctly mounted in the NNP-lab. In the picture, you can see it to the left of its big cousin, the 850 MHz instrument. two_nmr

A pump is creating the vacuum in the dewar over the weekend, and we will start cooling the magnet with liquid nitrogen and helium on Monday. After that, the exciting process of energising is starting on Wednesday, and the magnet will probably be «on field» on Friday. We are looking forward to it! Hopefully, we will not talk about Quench… Next week the last system modules will be installed: the cryo-platform, the console and the sample-jet. The system acceptance is planned by November 3rd and we are planning a grand opening on November 16!

Our old and from-time-to-time troubled 600 MHz instrument will be taken off field starting on Monday.

Look up for predatory conferences


Many of you are aware of and shun predatory open access journals whose primary goal is to extract publication fees from academic authors. Less attention is given to predatory conferences, of low quality and set up for profit, although this is a growing market. In short, these companies issue a flow of invitations to act as speakers or chairs on a wide range of conferences. I have been invited, by the same organiser, to appear as prominent speaker on conferences devoted to specific subjects covering the full breadth of chemistry, pharmacy, nanotechnology and much of technology. The organiser in mind, conferenceseries.org (conferenceseries.net, conferenceseries.com, recently also chemistryconferences.*) tries out a new subject every month.

It gets worse. One of our colleagues recently received an invitation from this organiser, incorrectly issued in the name of one of her former associates. In this way, she was deceived into signing up for and traveling to this make-belief conference. You can read more about this in På høyden.

Invitasjon til miniseminar om prøveopparbeiding for LC-MS


The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

nobel2017_2The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson «for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution». A readable account of the essence and importance of their work may be found here.