Research at the division of Physical Chemistry deals with surface and colloid science with strong links between experiment and theory. This area is approached with a broad perspective ranging from basic considerations of intermolecular interaction and their manifestations in condensed systems to practical consequences in industry and medicine.
January 2013: The confocal microscopy study of structural ordering, dynamics, and phase behavior of dense microgel suspensions by Divya Paloli, Priti Mohanty, Jérôme Crassous, Emanuela Zaccarelli, and Peter Schurtenberger was highlighted on the cover of Soft Matter. Read the article here.
October 2012: Anna Stradner was appointed Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry - Biocolloids and Scattering Methods.
December 2011: Viveka Alfredsson was promoted to Professor.
October 27, 2011: Physical Chemistry Alumni Day: Approximately 45 former doctoral students from the Division of Physical Chemistry attended the division’s alumni day (from Finland, Gothenburg, Gävle, Uppsala, Portugal, Norway...). read more
October 25-27, 2011: Soft and hard matter - A symposium on surface and materials chemistry, Kårhuset, Lund
October 2011: Daniel Topgaard was granted SEK 2,500,000 by the Faculty of Science for the formation of an NMR-center including most of the current NMR spectrometers at the Department of Chemistry.
May 2011: Emma Sparr becomes Young Academy member. The Young Academy of Sweden has been founded. The initiative comes from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA). The academy is an independent organization for young researchers from all scientific areas. It´s aim is to strengthen Sweden as a nation of knowledge. More information
March 2011: Emma Sparr was appointed Professor in Physical chemistry - Colloidal Biology
News article. The new article about magnetic nanoparticles by Peter Schurtenberger and colleagues was featured in the news section of J. Phys.: Condens. Matter:
“Magnetic properties of silica coated spindle-type hematite particles ”, M Reufer et al. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 23, 065102 (2011)
Hot article in Soft Matter. A new article from researchers at Physical Chemistry has been highlighted on the Soft Matter blog:
“Work hardening of soft glassy materials, or a metallurgist’s view of peanut butter”, Romaric R. R. Vincent and Peter Schurtenberger, Soft Matter, 2011
Financial Times highlights successful Phys Chem - Procter & Gamble research collaboration. In an article from 28.12.2010, the Financial Times highlights the successful long-standing research collaboration between Procter & Gamble and researchers at Physical Chemistry: "Last year's IRI list included Tide Total Care, a premium version of its Tide detergent, which was number two by sales on IRl's 2009 top 10 nonfood products launch list. It was developed with external research from Sweden's University of Lund and from two small chemical companies." (IRI = the Industrial Research Institute.) The research collaboration concerns polymer-surfactant deposition at solid surfaces, and the article emphasizes the importance of external collaborations for new products development at Procter & Gamble.
Hot articles in Soft Matter. Two articles from researchers at Physical Chemistry have been identified by the journal Soft Matter as “hot articles” and have been highlighted on their blog:
“Phase diagrams come alive: understanding how to create, destroy or change ordered surfactant structures by polymerizing the counterions”, Salomé dos Santos, Lennart Piculell, Ola J. Karlsson and Maria da Graça Miguel, Soft Matter, 2011
“Phase separation and dynamical arrest for particles interacting with mixed potentials - the case of globular proteins revisited”, Thomas Gibaud, Frédéric Cardinaux, Johan Bergenholtz, Anna Stradner and Peter Schurtenberger, Soft Matter, 2011
Professor Peter Schurtenberger has been recruited to the Division of Physical Chemistry. Peter’s scientific interests are focused on the use of light scattering, X-ray scattering and neutron scattering in the study of soft materials and colloids. He will as a consequence be an important actor in building the scientific activities related to ESS and MAX IV. Peter arrives in October with several co-workers and a large set of advanced scientific equipment. Recruiting Peter Schuretenberger to Lund is a part of the efforts to further strengthen the vital development of the research at the Department of Chemistry at Lund University. More information