Speakers UREM 2017

/Speakers UREM 2017
Speakers UREM 20172017-02-08T05:47:40+00:00

Pulickel Ajayan, Professor
Department of Material Science and Nano Engineering
Rice University, Houston Texas, USA

Professor Ajayan is a Benjamin M and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor. He has given more than 300 invited talks at international conferences and has been awarded with several prestigious international prices. Current leader of the Ajayan group comprising more than 50 graduate students, and post docs, as well as department head at Rice University. One of his current interests lies in the application of materials science and nanotechnology for energy production. He has published more than 400 papers, and is likely among the top 100 most cited researchers in the world with more than 60 000 citations and an h-index above 100.
(picture: ajayan.rice.edu)

Eva Albers, Associate Professor
Biology and Biological Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg

Eva Albers is researcher in industrial biotechnology and her main research interest is to study metabolism and microbial physiology at all levels for different production organisms, mainly algae and yeast, during standard laboratory conditions as well as conditions relevant for industrial processes. An additional interest is to develop biorefinery processes for seaweed and microalgal biomass. This is achieved by applying a wide range of approaches from classical microbial and biochemical to systems biology and mathematical modeling and collaborations with several researchers at other Universities and Research institutes. She teaches courses in biochemistry and biotechnology.
(Picture and text: https://www.chalmers.se)

Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Plant Biology
University of Turku, Finland

Dr. Allahverdiyeva University of Turku, Finland, is interested in H2 metabolism and lipid-based biofuel production from both cyanobacteria and green algae. In order to improve the economic and energetic efficiency of photosynthetic biofuel production platforms, her group is evaluating the growth of photoautotrophs on wastewater and is testing the feasibility of integrated wastewater treatment and biodiesel production on pilot scale. Further Dr. Allahverdiyeva is studying the regulation of the photosynthetic electron transport chain and the relative importance of the different electron sinks in unicellular and filamentous cyanobacteria, and in green algae. Special attention is given to the specific properties of the electron-transport pathways of heterocysts, which are specialized N2—fixing cells of filamentous cyanobacteria
(picture: https://www.utu.fi/)

Kevin Anderson, Professor
School of Mechanical , Aerospace and Civil Engineering
University of Manchester, UK
Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership, Uppsala University

Kevin Anderson is Professor of Energy and Climate Change in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He is Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and is research active with recent publications in Royal Society journals and Nature. He engages widely across all tiers of government; from reporting on aviation-related emissions to the EU Parliament, advising the Prime Minister’s office on Carbon Trading and having contributed to the development of the UK’s Climate Change Act.

Kevin Anderson is Uppsala University’s second holder of the Zennström Visiting Professorship in Climate Change Leadership.
(picture: http://kevinanderson.info/)

Maria Barbosa, Associate Professor
Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
University of Wageningen, The Netherlands

Dr. Barbosa, Wageningen UR-FOOD and BIOBASED research, is interested in process engineering to make the production of bulk products from microalgae feasible, requiring high biomass concentrations and cellular product accumulation, preferably on cheap culture media. She is involved in the FP7 research program Fuel4me; the Business Unit Biobased Products has a strong focus on primary streams of biomass and bioresidues to produce sustainable industrial raw materials, green chemicals (added value products) and bioenergy.
(text and picture: Maria Barbosa)

Henrik Bristav
Umeå Energi, Umeå, Sweden

Expert for sustainable strategies at Umeå Energi, Umeå, Sweden.

(picture: Johan Gunséus)

Stina Jansson, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Dr. Stina Jansson’s research is mainly focused on thermal treatment of biomass and other organic materials and waste fractions, from an environmental and sustainability perspective. Her research group studies how pollutants form during various forms of thermal treatment of biomass and other biomaterials, and developing technical and environmental applications for innovative use of biomaterials/fractions that are today considered as waste. The thermal behavior of biomass and biomaterials with a complex chemical composition or with high contents of moisture, ash, metals or organic contaminants is another area of interest.
(picture and text from www.chemistry.umu.se)

Matt Johnson, Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
The University of Scheffield, UK

Dr Johnson, University of Sheffield, UK focus his research on the role of thylakoid membrane organisation in photosynthesis combining high resolution imaging techniques such as atomic force microscopy, affinity-mapping AFM and stochastic super-optical microscopy (STORM/ PALM) with membrane biochemistry to elucidate pigment-protein complexes are spatially organised within the membrane. In 2016 he received the Society for Experimental Biology President’s Medal in Plant Science.
(picture: www.sheffield.ac.uk)

Jan Karlsson, Professor
Department of Ecology and Environmental Science
Umeå University, Sweden
Director Climate Impact Research Centre CIRC, Abisko, Sweden

Jan Karlsson’s research focuses on impacts of climate change on the biogeochemistry of high latitude aquatic ecosystems. The research merges abiotic (chemical and physical) and biotic factors and processes with special emphasis on distinguishing between direct (mainly temperature) and indirect (via changes in catchment export of matter) climate impacts and between short and long-term effects. Part of the research study the control of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane) in aquatic systems and its quantitative importance in comparison with other carbon fluxes in the landscape. Another part of the research study the control of productivity and resources use in foodwebs, from the base of the food web (bacteria and algae), via intermediate consumers (zoobenthos, zooplankton) to top consumers (fish). The research includes mainly boreal-arctic lakes and streams/rivers and is based on comparative studies along climate and permafrost gradients and experimental studies where different environmental stressors are manipulated.
(text and picture: www.emg.umu.se)

Sune Linder, Senior Adviser, Professor emeritus
Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
SLU, Alnarp, Sweden
(picture: www.slu.se)

Sune Linder was professor in Forest Ecology at the Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU (1986 – 2010), and thereafter professor emeritus. His main research interests are forest ecophysiology with special emphasis on carbon and nutrient dynamics, and the likely impacts of climate change, on the structure and function of forest ecosystems. He has initiated and coordinated a number of national and international experimental networks focussing on climatic and nutritional controls of production in plantation forests worldwide. He is honorary doctor at the University of Eastern Finland and fellow of the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.

Antoni Llobet, Professor
Institut Catalá d’Investigació Química
Tarragona, Spain

Professor Llobet’s, ICIQ, Institute of Chemistry, Catalan, research interests include the development of tailored transition metal complexes as catalysts for selective organic and inorganic transformations including the oxidation of water to molecular dioxygen, supramolecular catalysis, the activation of C-H and C-F bonds, and the preparation low molecular weight complexes as structural and/or functional models of the active sites of oxidative metalloproteins. In 2000 he received the Distinction Award from Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Scientists. In 2011 he was awarded the Bruker Prize in Inorganic Chemistry from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (RSEQ) and in 2012 he has been awarded with the “Hermanos Elhuyar-Hans Goldschmidt” lecture jointly by RSEQ and the German Chemical Society (GDCh).

(picture: http://www.iciq.org/research/research_group/prof-antoni-llobet/)

Ann Magnuson
Section of Chemistry, Uppsala University, Sweden

Ann Magnuson is docent and lecturer in biochemistry and works at the Ångström laboratory. Her research focus has been on natural and artificial photosynthesis for energy production since 1996. Recent research is on photosynthesis and hydrogenases in Cyanobacteria. Ann Magnuson teaches in chemistry and supervisis students in live cycle analysis (LCA).

Jonathan Mossegård, PhD
Absolicon Solar Collector AB

Jonatan Mossegård has a M.Sc. degree in Engineering physics from Umeå University and has worked with research and development in Absolicon for several years. His recent projects are mainly focused on optical properties of key components in thermal solar collectors.

Absolicon is a Swedish company that develops and produces concentrating solar thermal collectors for large scale installations. The primary target market is heat intensive industries and district heating.


Christian Müller, Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Chalmers University of Technology
Gothenburg, Sweden

Christian Müller’s research group focuses on the physical chemistry of organic semiconductors, polymer blends and composites, and develops new plastic materials for energy technologies ranging from organic solar cells and thermoelectrics to power cables.
He has published more than 60 papers and one book chapter. Moreover, he is a co-inventor of 9 patents or patent applications.
(picture and text: www.chalmers.se)

Totte Niittylä, Associate Professor
Umeå Plant Science Centre, UPSC
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Totte Niittylä’s research focus is on in carbohydrate metabolism of plants. In particular he is interested in  how carbohydrate metabolism is coupled to cell wall biosynthesis, especially to the biosynthesis of cellulose. The majority of the biomass accumulation on the planet occurs in the cell walls of non-photosynthetic plant tissues such as the wood of trees. This biomass resource provides the main source of biopolymers in the world and its importance will increase in the future as global demand for renewable materials and fuels increases.
(text and picture: www.upsc.se)

Greta R. Patzke, Professor
Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Greta R. Patzke is Full Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zurich. Her research interests cover a wide range of functional molecular and nanoscale materials for environmental and energy applications. Special emphasis is placed in her research group on the development of noble metal-free catalysts for water oxidation as a challenging bottleneck of artificial photosynthesis. She is a board member of the special research program “Light to Chemical Energy Conversion” (LightChEC) of the University of Zurich. Innovative approaches in solar thermochemical water splitting and the design of bio-active oxocluster composites are further parts of her research program to meet tomorrow’s needs for sustainable materials.
(website: https://patzke.ch)

Erwin Reisner, Associate Professor
Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry
University of Cambridge, UK

Professor Reisner, Cambridge, UK, works on artificial photosynthesis and the generation of solar fuels by combining chemical biology, synthetic chemistry and materials chemistry. He is directot of Christian Doppler laboratory since 2012, co-director of the EPSRC Doctoral Training in Functional and Sustainable Nano in 2014 and was promoted to the office of Readership in 2015. Has published more than 200 papers in high impact journals.
Introductory Video about the Reisner lab

Video on research at Reisner lab about Artificial Photosynthesis
(picture: http://www-reisner.ch.cam.ac.uk)

Jan Scheffel, Professor
Department of Fusion Plasma Physics
School of Electrical Engineering
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Stockholm, Sweden

Jan Scheffel is professor in Theoretical Fusion Plasma Physics.  He is also deputy head of the Swedish Fusion Research Unit.  He is deputy-director of the  Department of Fusion Plasma Physics, School of Electrical Engineering, KTH and director of graduate studies (Plasma Track), School of Electrical Engineering, KTH.
He is author of the  Tankens Villkor, which is published in Swedish.

Daniel T. Simon, PhD
Assistant Professor (and Docent)
Bioelectronics group leader, Laboratory of Organic Electronics
Linköping University (Campus Norrköping)

Daniel Simon received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Georgia, Athens (USA) in 2000, where he participated in theoretical condensed matter research under Michael Geller. In 2001, he began his graduate work in the Physics department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (USA). There, he joined the laboratory of Sue Carter, studying a range of topics in polymer-based electronics. In 2004, Daniel received his Master’s degree, based on electronically patterned polymer films on micro-electrode arrays. In the Spring of 2007, he earned his PhD, based on polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) and nanoparticle-based non-volatile memory (in collaboration with Campbell Scott and Luisa Bozano at IBM Almaden). Later that year, he joined the Laboratory of Organic Electronics as a postdoctoral researcher, where he focused on converting an in vitro delivery technology for use in a living animal, and later for self-regulating artificial neuron functionality. Since 2011, Daniel has led – and significantly expanded – the Organic Bioelectronics group of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics, becoming Assistant Professor in 2013.