News 2013


Inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim

August 13, 2013
The event will take place on Tuesday 10. September 2013 in auditorium R8, Realfagbygget at NTNU. We hope potential users from the materials and the microscopy research fields from Trondheim, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world will come and join us in the celebration of our new microscopes.

Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM)

Inauguration of the new NORTEM JEOL microscopes in Trondheim

- September 10. 2013

August 13, 2013
The event will take place on Tuesday 10. September 2013 in auditorium R8, Realfagbygget at NTNU. We hope potential users from the materials and the microscopy research fields from Trondheim, the Nordic countries and the rest of the world will come and join us in the celebration of our new microscopes.


Anne Borg entered her new position as Dean

Anne Borg, entered officially her position as the new dean at the NT-faculty on August 1. Photo: Jørn Olav Løkken/NTNUAugust 1, 2013
Former Vice Dean for Education at NT, Anne Borg, entered officially her position as the new dean at the NT-faculty on August 1. Former dean, Bjørn Hafskjold presented the key and flowers at the ceremony on the commencement day.

Anne Borg, entered officially her position as the new dean at the NT-faculty on August 1. Photo: Jørn Olav Løkken/NTNUAugust 1, 2013
Former Vice Dean for Education at NT, Anne Borg, entered officially her position as the new dean at the NT-faculty on August 1. Former dean, Bjørn Hafskjold presented the key and flowers at the ceremony on the commencement day.

Øyvind Gregersen Weiby at the Department of Chemical Engineering will be the new Vice Dean for Education and Tor Grande at the Department of Materials Science will be the new Vice Dean for Research.

Bjørn Hafskjold presented the key and flowers to the new dean Anne Borg at the NT-faculty. Photo: Jørn Olav Løkken


Applied Theoretical Chemistry group successful in Italy

Øivind Wilhelmsen presentation prize for PhD students. Photo: Per Henning/NTNUJuly 8, 2013
On behalf of the Department, we congratulate the research group Applied Theoretical Chemistry that received two prizes at the Joint European Thermodynamics Conference 2013. Anders Lervik was awarded the Ilya Prigogine Prize in Thermodynamics by an international jury, and received the prize at the JETC2013 conference. Øivind Wilhelmsen got the best presentation prize in the contest for PhD students.

Øivind Wilhelmsen presentation prize for PhD students. Photo: Per Henning/NTNUJuly 8, 2013
On behalf of the Department, we congratulate the research group Applied Theoretical Chemistry that received two prizes at the Joint European Thermodynamics Conference 2013. Anders Lervik was awarded the Ilya Prigogine Prize in Thermodynamics by an international jury, and received the prize at the JETC2013 conference. Øivind Wilhelmsen got the best presentation prize in the contest for PhD students.

More about the conference at; http://jetc2013.ing.unibs.it/PrigoginePrize.htm
 
Salute!"


$5,000 award for the best PhD

Sina Maria Lystvet from IKP was awarded $5,000 for the best PhD in 2013 by the Swiss Foundation CHORAFAS. Photo: M. Wagelund / NTNU InfoJune 24, 2013
Sina
Maria Lystvet from the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded
$5,000 for the best PhD in 2013 by the Swiss Foundation CHORAFAS.

Sina Maria defended her doctoral dissertation "Emergent Properties of Proteins-Gold Nanoconstructs for Biomedical Applications" in March.

Sina Maria Lystvet from IKP was awarded $5,000 for the best PhD in 2013 by the Swiss Foundation CHORAFAS. Photo: M. Wagelund / NTNU InfoJune 24, 2013
Sina
Maria Lystvet from the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded
$5,000 for the best PhD in 2013 by the Swiss Foundation CHORAFAS.

Sina Maria defended her doctoral dissertation "Emergent Properties of Proteins-Gold Nanoconstructs for Biomedical Applications" in March.

Her research involves the manipulation of proteins. The research could help the transport of drugs to the right place in the body and increase understanding of diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Sina Maria Lystvet from IKP was awarded $5,000 for the best PhD in 2013 by the Swiss Foundation CHORAFAS. Photo: M. Wagelund / NTNU Info

Read more in the article in Univesitetsavisa (in Norwegian)
Pris for beste PhD


Laid the golden egg with possible cure for cancer

Winners of TTO's idea competition Gullegget. Photo: Steinar KvamMay 2, 2013
Bård Helge Hoff from the Department of Chemistry and his research group won TTO's idea competition Gullegget. The victory gives the group one million NOK to the project, which may eventually help the treatment of cancer.

Winners of TTO's idea competition Gullegget. Photo: Steinar KvamMay 2, 2013
Bård Helge Hoff from the Department of Chemistry and his research group won TTO's idea competition Gullegget. The victory gives the group one million NOK to the project, which may eventually help the treatment of cancer.

Bård Hoff, Steffen Bugge and Svein Jacob Kaspersen from the Department of Chemistry at NTNU and Eirik Sundby from the Department of Technology at HIST came up with the best idea at NTNU this year.

In the idea competition "Gullegget", arranged by NTNU for the first time, about 50 ideas were considered by NTNU Technology Transfer Office (TTO). It was the possible cancer cure that won first prize.
 
Prize reception. Photo: Per Henning / NTNU
Steffen Bugge, Bård Hoff, Rector Torbjørn Digernes, Svein Jacob Kaspersen and Eirik Sundby. As the owner of TTO, NTNU Rector Torbjørn Digernes handed out the prize.
- This is an important part of our mission for society, he said. - Through commercialization of ideas, society gets good use of the knowledge we produce. It is also very satisfying that this project shows that cooperation with HIST bear fruit.
Photo: Per Henning / NTNU

 
Prevents cell mutation
Bård Helge Hoff and the research group have studied a type of kinase inhibitor. Kinases is an enzyme class that affects the activities of other enzymes. The Kinases convey signals and control complex processes in cells. In some cancers, these kinases are overactive by being in high numbers or they contain mutations. This means that the cancer cells can grow rapidly.
 
The research group has found a way to inhibit the signals a certain type of kinase sends out, so that cancer cells do not get evolved. Although the project is at an early stage, the group hopes that the molecules that are detected can be used in future cancer treatment.

Billion Dollar Market
 Kinase inhibitors themselves are not new, but the challenge is that the body develops immunity to the treatment. A new kinase inhibitor would be an attractive addition to the market, which already amounts to about $30 billion annually in the U.S. alone.
 
Community Missions
Arranging Idea Competitions like Gullegget is one of the ways NTNU works to stimulate values and highlight the knowledge produced at the university in the best interests of society.
 
The prize money the research group won will be used to further develop the project. Among other things, the idea will be patented and that requires significant financial funds.
 
The ideas should be visible
- This is very gratifying for the NT faculty, says Åse Krøkje, vice dean for research at the faculty. - There have already been several good ideas from our research, but the potential is still huge. I hope that activities such as TTO's idea competition can contribute to the further development of more good ideas.


Bernt-Erik Sæther in Science Magazine

Great tit - Photo: Per Harald Olsen/NTNUApril 26, 2013
Bernt-Erik Sæther, professor at the Department of Biology, has contributed with one publication in the new issue of the prestigious Science magazine. The publication involves a study of the effects of climate change in a great tit population.

Great tit - Photo: Per Harald Olsen/NTNUApril 26, 2013
Bernt-Erik Sæther, professor at the Department of Biology, has contributed with one publication in the new issue of the prestigious Science magazine. The publication involves a study of the effects of climate change in a great tit population.

As spring arrives earlier for every year, the normal food supply does not peak along with the breeding seaon like before. This is a challenge for the great tit but research shows that population growth has not been affected by climate change.

Read more here:

Klimatøff kjøttmeis tåler tidligere vår (forskning.no - In Norwegian)

Population Growth in a Wild Bird Is Buffered Against Phenological Mismatch
(Science magazine)


Olav Erga wins Technoport Applied Technology Award

Olaf Erga - Winner of the 2013 Technoport Applied Technology AwardApril 19, 2013
Professor Emiritus Olav Erga at the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded the 2013 Technoport Applied Technology award. He received the award for the development of the Sulfur dioxide (SO2) absorption process with regeneration of the absorption liquid.

Olaf Erga - Winner of the 2013 Technoport Applied Technology AwardApril 19, 2013
Professor Emiritus Olav Erga at the Department of Chemical Engineering was awarded the 2013 Technoport Applied Technology award. He received the award for the development of the Sulfur dioxide (SO2) absorption process with regeneration of the absorption liquid.

The Technoport awards is an annual event held by NTNU and SINTEF. Olav Erga has conducted research for 50 years on the separation of harmful gases from emissions and was awarded for his substantial work contributing to a "Green Economy".

Winners at the 2013 Technoport Awards. Photo: Photo: Max Eckbo Hallqvist/Technoport
Winners at the 2013 Technoport Awards. Photo: Max Eckbo Hallqvist/Technoport

Read more and see video:

Technoport Awards winners 2013 (Technoport official web site).
Olav Erga - Winner Technoport Award for Applied Technology 2013 (YouTube video)


Find out more about our PhD students

April 16, 2013
Do you want to find out more about what NT's PhD students are doing? On our Facebook pages, you will find articles about NT-students and there Masters and PhD theses and other interesting activities and news at the Faculty. Like us and feel free to post any info about your student projects and life at NT.

April 16, 2013
Do you want to find out more about what NT's PhD students are doing? On our Facebook pages, you will find articles about NT-students and there Masters and PhD theses and other interesting activities and news at the Faculty. Like us and feel free to post any info about your student projects and life at NT.


Anne Borg appointed new Dean at the NT-Faculty

March 20, 2013
Anne Borg has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology and starts her new position on August 1, 2013. Anne Borg is a professor in the Department of Physics and Vice Dean for Education at the Faculty. We, who are already so lucky to have had Anne as a dear colleague, congratulate her and wish her all the best in the new and challenging job.

March 20, 2013
Anne Borg has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology and starts her new position on August 1, 2013. Anne Borg is a professor in the Department of Physics and Vice Dean for Education at the Faculty. We, who are already so lucky to have had Anne as a dear colleague, congratulate her and wish her all the best in the new and challenging job.

Read more about the new Deans at NTNU and Director of the Museum of Natural History and Archeology (in Norwegian).


Do you want to do research with us?

Photo: Geir Mogen / NTNUJanuary 31, 2013
21 new PhD- and postdoctoral positions are available at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology.

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Photo: Geir Mogen / NTNUJanuary 31, 2013
21 new PhD- and postdoctoral positions are available at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology.

See all announcements

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