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2020:

Defence

Raymond Luneng defended his thesis on the 27th of March.
Trial Lecture: "Challenges and possibilities in recycling of spent potlining"
Public Defence: "Thermal Insulation Materials in Aluminum Electrolysis Cells”

Awards

Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach received the “Fridtjof Nansens belønning for yngre forskere” (award for young scientists) for 2020 from Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi. He’s receiving the award for his outstanding work in materials science.

Defence

Ola Gjønnes Grendal defended his thesis on the 9th of March.
Trial Lecture: "Smart fabrics – materials, performance and future prospects"
Public Defence: "In situ X-ray diffraction studies during hydrothermal synthesis of ferroelectric materials”

Awards

PhD Candidate Asmira Delic won the prize for best presentation and the prize for best poster went to PhD Candidate Frode Håskjold Fagerli at the 7th National Meeting on Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (Værnes 2020).

Celebration

Pictures from the celebration event we had to congratulate Professor Dennis Meier on receiving an ERC Consolidator Grant! In addition to the FACET group members, the Rector, Pro-Rector for Research, Dean of the Natural Science faculty and Head of the Department all turned up for the celebration.

Awards

Two of our group members won prices at the Faculty of Natural Sciences yearly award ceremony; Dr. Susanne Linn Skjærvø won the «Best PhD thesis» and MSc Viviann Hole won «Best Master of Technology student».

2019:

Funding

Professor Tor Grande got a FRIPRO grant for the project “High-Temperature Lead-Free Ferroelectrics based on Tungsten Bronzes”, Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach got a FRIPRO grant for the project “Domain Walls as Oxide Synapses for Neuromorphic Circuitry” and Associate Professor Julia Glaum got a NANO2021 grant for the project “Self-sufficient Electromechanical Implants: Enabling Piezoelectric Functionality for in vivo devices”, all from the Norwegian Research Council.

International Year of the Periodic Table

Two our academic staff made sure that the periodic table handing in one of the most frequently used auditoriums (R7) on campus was updated. Since this year has been the International Year of the Periodic Table and the 150th year anniversary it seemed only fitting that periodic table used for teaching in general and inorganic chemistry had all the elements with their name.

Grant

Professor Dennis Meier has been awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant which will be used for the project “Creating building blocks for atomic-scale electronics“.

Defence

Trond Brandvik defended his thesis on the 29th of November.
Trial Lecture: "Reduction of carbon footprint in aluminium electrolysis"
Public Defence: "Degradation of Refractory Lining in Carbon Anode Baking Furnaces”

Defence

Samuel Senanu defended his thesis on the 5th of November.
Trial Lecture: "Electrochemical Intercalation in Graphitic Carbon"
Public Defence: "Cathode Wear in Aluminium Electrolysis Cells”

Prize

Several of our group members participated in this years NTNU Nano Symposium, Mohammed Mostafa Adnan and Inger-Emma Nylund with posters and Erik Roede, Dr. Magnus Rotan and Anuvansh Sharma all gave talks. PhD Candidate Erik Roede also received a prize for his talk.

Researchers' Grand Prix

Group Photo.

Researchers' Grand Prix is an annual research dissemination competition for PhD Candidates. This year PhD Candidates Ola Gjønnes Grendal and Ingeborg Treu Røe participated in the reginal final of Researchers' Grand Prix in Trondheim, and Ola made it to the national final. Ingeborg presented her work on lithium batteries and Ola presented one of the applications of his research on ferroelectric materials.

Award

Dr. Rokas Sazinas, former member of FACET, received the Yara Birkeland price 2019 for his PhD thesis on the mechanical and chemical stability of proton conducting oxide electrolytes based on BaZrO3.

Seminar

People in a room watching a presentation. Photo. We had our annual FACET welcome seminar on Thursday September 12th, where some of our PhD Candidates presented their work. The presentations where followed by pizza, quiz and socializing.

 

 

 

 

Award

PhD candidate Solveig Aamlid received funding from “I.K. Lykkes fond – vitenskapelige stipend” to support her research on density functional theory on tungsten bronzes in collaboration with professor Ullrich Aschauer at University of Bern.

Award

Professor Dennis Meier received the “Fridtjof Nansens belønning for yngre forskere” (award for young scientists) for 2019 from Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi (Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters). He received the award for his outstanding work in material physics.

Prize

Two of our amazing PhD Candidates participated in this years edition of the research dissemination competition PhD Grand Prix, arranged by chemical students at the NV faculty. Frida Paulsen Danmo won first place, while Vilde Bråten placed third.

Award

Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud received the “Årets Foreleser” award for providing outstanding lectures in her courses in 2018. “Årets Foreleser” (Eng: “Lecturer of the year”) is the annual prize awarded by the chemical engineering students, (through the student organization Høiskolens Chemikerforening) at NTNU, to lecturers that have shown extraordinary scientific and pedagogic qualities. The jury chose Mari-Ann Einarsrud for her ability to explain complex topics in a structured and understandable way using visual aids and demonstrations, and for the way she is encouraging students to participate and ask questions which stimulates learning.

Award

Professor Dennis Meier received the I.K. Lykke prize for exceptional young researchers within the field of sciences from the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab, DKNVS).

Award

Professor Dennis Meier and Professor Sverre Selbach was awarded a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Visitor award from the American Physical Society. The award allows our group to bring Dr. Sinéad Griffin from Berkeley for an exchange, further strengthening our network with Berkeley.

2018:

Award

Proud PhD Candidates with their trophy. Photo.

On Researcher’s Night in September some of the PhD Candidates from our group represented the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at their stand “Fremtidens Supermaterialer” (“Future Super-Materials”). Nikolai Helth Gaukås, Jacob Hadler-Jacobsen, Elise Østli, Frida Danmo and Solveig Aamlid demonstrated the concept of superconductivity for the visiting high school students. Last week it was announced that our stand was voted the “Best Stand” by the students! Ceramic materials with functional properties was definitely popular, thanks to our Dream team. A brief description of the stand is given below.

Future Super-Materials: Ceramic materials is so much more than just the mug you drink coffee from in the morning, or the plate you put your dinner on. Just from the periodic table, we can design materials with a wide range of properties. At our stand we demonstrate how we can make hovering trains from superconducting oxides, how we can make a material vibrate by using piezoelectric oxides, but also how to thermoelectric materials can change a normal candle into a floodlight. All of this is material science!

Defence

Sathya Prakash Singh defended his thesis on the 23th of November.
Trial Lecture: "Additive manufacturing of ceramic components and devices"
Public Defence: "Development of oxides with n-type electronic conductivity for applications in high temperature thermoelectric generators (TEGs)"

Award

PhD Candidate Trygve M. Ræder received the price for best oral presentation at the national meeting “Faggruppe for Uorganisk Kjemi og materialkjemi» at 21. Landsmøte i kjemi, Lillestrøm October 22, 2018.

New Equipment

The Active Biomedical Ceramics group previously received funds from the Anders Jahres Fund which will be used to upgrade the equipment in our lab. Now, with the financial support from the department it’s possible to buy a freeze dryer and a cold finger. We are very excited that we soon will be able to produce porous samples from aqueous solution/suspensions by freeze casting and freeze drying!

Defence

Susanne Linn Skjærvø defended her thesis on the 11th of October.
Trial Lecture: "Polar organic-inorganic hybrid materials; principles and recent trends"
Public Defence: "In situ characterization during hydrothermal synthesis of alkali niobates"

Defence

Astrid Marthinsen defended her thesis on the 21st of September.
Trial Lecture: "Hybrid material interfaces between dissimilar crystals - opportunities and challenges"
Public Defence: "First principles study of epitaxial strain induced phenomena and chemical expansion in perovskite oxides"

Defence

Didrik René Småbråten defended his thesis on the 31st of August.
Trial Lecture: "Interfaces between oxides and 2D materials - opportunities and challenges" .
Public Defence: "Defect chemistry and ferroelectric domain walls in hexagonal manganitess" .

Workshop

More than sixty outstanding scientists and engineers from all over Europe (BE, CZ, DK, FR, FI, DE, EL, IT, NL, NO, PT, ES, CH, UK), NZ, the USA, Japan, and China were brought together this year in the prestigious workshop "cluster surface interaction". This successful event, organized by Assoc. Prof. Maria Benelmekki, in collaboration with Departments of Physics at NTNU and Nanomaterials Lab at Swansea University, offered an excellent opportunity to introduce our new state-of-the-art PLD/nanocluster source system to the Cluster-Beam-International-Community, making us the first experimental research group from Norway in the cluster-beam field. The workshop, hosted by NTNU, offered thirty invited talks, ten contributed talks and twenty-one posters, in both experimental and computational research. The success of the event is reflected in the five different expressions of interest from DK, ES, IT, EL and NZ to host the CSI2020.

Honor

Sandra Helen Skjærvø was awarded the price for this year’s best PhD thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NTNU) for her work on Structural and chemical stability of hexagonal manganites!

Award

The Active Biomedical Ceramics group received an award from the Anders Jahres foundation (in Norwegian), which will be used on a freeze drier to explore new ways of making porous ceramics.

Publication

Assoc. Prof Dennis Meier explains Topological domain walls in helimagnets in this popular science article in Gemini.no, (only in Norwegian). Based on this recent publication.

Defence

Laura Rioja-Monllor defended her thesis on the 4th of May.
Trial Lecture: "High temperature electrolyser cells - materials and challenges for future energy storage systems".
Public Defence: "In situ exsolution synthesis of composite cathodes for protonic ceramic fuel cells".

Seminar

On the 13th of April we had our annual internal seminar, iSCREAM, at Sletvika Feltstasjon. The day was filled with excellent presentations from some of the PhD Candidates in the group, followed by dinner and social activities like a cake competition, board games or a hike in the nearby nature.

Defence

Nikola Kanas defended his thesis on the 22nd of March.
Trial Lecture: "Cold sintering of ceramics - mechanisms, possibilities and challenges".
Public Defence: "Development and ceramic processing of all-oxide thermoelectric module with direct p-n junction".

Price

PhD Candidate Nikolai Gaukås won the PhD Grand Prix for 2018.
PhD Grand Prix is an annual research dissemination competition arranged by the chemical students at the NV faculty, where 8 PhD Candidates from several different departments (IKP, IBT, IKJ and IMA) have 5 minutes to talk about their research in an inspiring and entertaining way.

Honor

Assoc. Prof Hilde Lea Lein is one of nine professor that received a recognition of their pedagogical competence from NTNU. This is part of NTNUs work to emphasize the importance and increase the status of teaching at a university level. Assoc. Prof Hilde Lea Lein received this recognition for her long teaching experience, but especially for the “Virtuelle kjemiske rom” (virtual chemical room) project.


2017:

Reseach

The setup for synchrotron in situ XRD on thin films made by Anders B. Blichfeld was mentioned in the latest ESRF news magazine (pp 10, No. 77). The whole magazine can be found here.

Funding

New FRIPRO-funding for our group! 
The “Modified 2D van-der-Waals materials for advanced bio-applications”-project lead by Maria Benelmekki and  the “High-capacity 2D layered materials for Mg-ion batteries”-project lead by Fride Vullum-Bruer was granted FRIPRO funds from The Research Council of Norway. Additionally, Sondre Schnells work on “Nanothermodynamics for Molecular Machines” got funds through the Young Research Talents grants. 

In addition Maria Benelmekki is involved in the multidisciplinary FRIPRO project “Nanomorphology effects on the bioactivity and chemical activity of metal oxides, sulphides, and silicates” in collaboration with IGP, IBT, and the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, USA.

Defence

Mads Jonas Christensen defended his thesis on the 24th of November.
Trial Lecture: "Functional ion defects in transition metal oxides".
Public Defence: “Fabrication of lead-free ferroelectric thin films based on Bi0.5Na0.5TiO3 by aqueous chemical solutions deposition”.

Funding

The project "Bio-degradable Li-ion battery anodes" lead by Assoc. Prof. Fride Vullum-Bruer in our group, was one of five project that was granted founding from The Research Council of Norway’s “NANO2021” program!
The project focus on trying to develop environmentally friendly and biodegradable battery-anodes based on the shell from algae and using binders extracted from kelp.

Publication

Exciting new book from Norges Tekniske Vitenskapsakademi about how Technology is changing society, where Associate Professor Fride Vullum-Bruer is co-author of the chapter on Nanotechnology!
Teknologien endrer samfunnet (only in Norwegian).

Defence

Rokas Sažinas defended his thesis on the 20th of October.
Trial Lecture: "Novel cathodes for low and high temperature ceramic fuel cells".
Public Defence: "Stability and cation diffusion in BaZrO3-based proton conducting solid state electrolytes".

Guest Lecture

Dr. Tsuyoshi Miyazaki gave a guest lecture on “A linear-scaling DFT code CONQUEST for the DFT simulations on million-atom systems” on the 5th of October.

Funding

Our PhD candidate Muhammad Saqib Qayuum got funds from EU under NFFA program (PhD student mobility), which will be used to go to ICN2-Barcelona and use their PLD-system and EELS on his super BN nanosheets. Congratulations!

Defence

Sandra Helen Skjærvø defended her thesis on the 15th of September.
Trial Lecture: "Frustrated systems - materials at the structural stability edge".
Public Defence: “Structural and chemical stability of the hexagonal manganites”.

Defence

Lu Wang defended his thesis on the 14th of September.
Trial Lecture: "Multivalent battery technologies: from Li-ion and the quest for new technologies".
Public Defence: "Mn3O4 and Carbon-Based Cathode Materials for Magnesium Batteries".

Lecture

Marie Curie Fellow Dr. Julia Glaum held a lecture on "Biomedical applications of ceramics with focus on piezoelectric materials" on 12th of September.

Defence

Antoine Robert Marie Dalod defended his thesis on the 8th of September.
Trial Lecture: "Polar organic-inorganic hybrid materials".
Public Defence: "In situ synthesis of titania and titanium based organic-inorganic nanomaterials".

Visit

Dr. Fayna Mammeri (Maître de Conférences HDR en Chimie) at Paris Diderot University visited our group on the 28th of August under the Åsgard Research Program. Her visit was the starting point for a near future collaboration in research (including magneto-palsmonic nanomaterials, multiferroics and their PVDF-based nanocompsites). The collaboration will include the restarting of student exchange between both institutions.

Research

In July the Toppforsk team went to the Synchrotron beam at ESRF-SNBL (in Grenoble) to do in insitu XRD both on hydrothermal synthesis and thin films from chemical solution deposition, with exciting results!

Visiting Professor

Prof. Eric Bousquet from University of Liege visited our group on the 27th to 30th of June, and held a guest lecture titled: "Magnetoelectric response from first-principles: microscopic understanding and design rules".

Honor

One of our PhD Candidates, Mikalai Zhuk, recently received an award from the Anders Jahres foundation, which will be used to upgrade our mechanical testing facilities to allow mechanical tests in liquid environments.

Seminar

The annual Master seminar took place on the 7th of June, where 10 of our master students presented the work they have done for their master thesis. Following the seminar, the whole group went for barbecuing and socializing in Korsvika.

Honor

Gerhard Henning Olsen was awarded the price for this year’s best PhD thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NTNU) for his work on Ferroelectric Tungsten Bronzes in our group!

Honor

NTNU has selected three of our group members, Dennis Meier, Julia Glaum and Sondre Kvalvåg Schnell, for the Outstanding Academic Fellow programme (Stjerneprogrammet)! Read more about it here.

Award

Congratulations to Kara Poon for her 2nd place in the poster competition at the Training School “Non Living Materials meet living Biology”!

Seminar

On the 28th-29th of April our group went to Mjuklia (Berkåk) for our annual internal seminar iSCREAM! The PhD students held short presentations about their project during the day, followed by good food and social activities. One of the highlights was the traditional and prestigious cake completion. Of the many scientifically inspired cakes that competed, Donald Evens’s cake was judged the best!

Visiting Professor

Professor Koji Amezawa, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan has been appointed KIFEE professor at NTNU and will visit our research group the coming week. He gave a guest lecture Thursday 27th of April titled: "Evaluation of Efficiency of Proton Ceramics Fuel Cells considering mixed conduction in solid electrolytes".
Professor Koji Amezawas group is focusing on solving environmental and energy problems for achieving a sustainable society throughout fundamental and application researches on environmental-friendly energy-conversion devices, such as solid oxide fuel cells and lithium ion secondary batteries.
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KIFEE - Kyoto International Forum for Energy and Environment was created by the universities in the Kyoto region to develop an international arena for strategic cooperation between universities working to develop a sustainable society, inspired by the Kyoto Protocol.

Visiting Professor

Paul Muralt (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland; IEEE Distinguished Lecturer) visited our research group Friday 7th of April and held a lecture titled "Pushing the performance of electro-mechanical thin films".

Defence

Dr. Mtabazi G. Sahini defended his PhD thesis on the 24th of March.

Honor

Dennis Meier was awarded the highly prestigious Gustav-Herz-Preis for 2017 and just gave his prize talk "Functional domain walls in multiferroic oxides" at the DPG spring meeting in Dresden. Congratulations with the prize and an excellent talk!

Award

A large delegation from our research group attended the 9th KIFEE symposium in Kyoto in the in March. Our PhD student Ola Grendal won one of the presentation awards with his poster "In situ studies of phase developments during hydrothermal synthesis of of oxide piezoelectrics".

Honor

Assoc. Prof. Sverre Magnus Selbach received the "Årets Foreleser" award for providing outstanding lectures in the subject "Functional Materials" in spring 2016. Årets Foreleser" (Eng: "Lecturer of the year") is the annual prize awarded by the chemical engineering students (through the student organization Høiskolens Chemikerforening) at NTNU to lecturers that have shown extraordinary scientific and pedagogic qualities. The jury chose Sverre Selbach for his ability to explain complex topics in an understandable, engaging and entertaining way.

 


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ContactNews

Contact

Mari-Ann Einarsrud. Photo.

Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud
mari-ann.einarsrud@ntnu.no
+47 48 13 65 21

 

 


Highlights

Scientific Highlights

Photo. Dennis Meier received an ERC Consolidator Grant.

Professor Dennis Meier received an ERC Consolidator Grant for the project ATRONICS - Creating building blocks for atomic-scale electronics.

Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach received the “Fridtjof Nansens belønning for yngre forskere” (award for young scientists) for 2020 from Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi. He’s receiving the award for his outstanding work in materials science.

Two of our group members won prices at the Faculty of Natural Sciences yearly award ceremony; Dr. Susanne Linn Skjærvø won the «Best PhD thesis 2019» and MSc Viviann Hole won «Best Master of Technology student 2019» .

Picture of the researchers selected for Stjerneprogrammet.

Julia Glaum, Sondre Kvalvåg Schnell and Dennis Meier was selected by NTNU for the Outstanding Academic Fellow program (Stjerneprogrammet).

Gustav-Herz-Preis: Assoc. Prof. Dennis Meier was awarded the highly prestigious price for 2017.


Selected Publication for 2020

Illustrative figure of plastic crystal structure. Photo.

J. Walker et al., Super-coercive electric field hysteresis in ferroelectric plastic crystal tetramethylammonium bromotrichloroferrate(III) , J. Mater. Chem. C 8 (2020) 3206-3216.

O. G. Grendal et al., Controlled growth of SrxBa1‐xNb2O6 hopper‐ and cube‐shaped nanostructures by hydrothermal synthesis, Chem. Eur. J. (2020).

M. M. Adnan et al., In situ synthesis of epoxy nanocomposites with hierarchical surface-modified SiO2 clusters, J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (2020).


Group News

Raymond Luneng defended his thesis on the 27th of March.
Trial Lecture: "Challenges and possibilities in recycling of spent potlining"
Public Defence: "Thermal Insulation Materials in Aluminum Electrolysis Cells”

Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach received the “Fridtjof Nansens belønning for yngre forskere” (award for young scientists) for 2020 from Det Norske Videnskaps-Akademi. He’s receiving the award for his outstanding work in materials science.

PhD Candidate Asmira Delic won the prize for best presentation and the prize for best poster went to PhD Candidate Frode Håskjold Fagerli at the 7th National Meeting on Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (Værnes 2020).

Two of our group members won prices at the Faculty of Natural Sciences yearly award ceremony; Dr. Susanne Linn Skjærvø won the «Best PhD thesis» and MSc Viviann Hole won «Best Master of Technology student».

Professor Tor Grande and Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach got a FRIPRO grant each and Associate Professor Julia Glaum got a NANO2021 grant, all from the Norwegian Research Council.

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