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visit from poland

Prof. Maciej Blaszak from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland will be visiting the mathematics group at KTS for a research collaboration project in the area of integrable differential equations. Visit duration: 3 to 16 november.


Electric energy from hand writing

Researcher within physical electronics have developed electronic paper which harvest electrical energy upon handwriting (E.S. Nour et al., Nano Energy, vol. 9, pp 221-228, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211285514001578 ). This research has also been highlighted by Wissenschaft aktuell in Germany,
see: http://www.wissenschaft-aktuell.de/artikel/Elektrisierende_Handschrift_1771015589640.html


Semimetallic Polymers

Conjugated Polymers are known to be semiconductors and metals. Now, Xavier Crispin and colleaugeues in the Laboratory of Organic Electronics report in Nature Materials on the discovery that these materials can also be semimetals.



Best paper award

The best research paper published the last two years (2011 and 2012) in Micro & Nano Letters was going to the research group headed by Professor Magnus Willander. The title of the paper is "Functionalized ZnO nanotubes array as electrochemical sensor for the selective determination of glucose". The premium award is worth 500 pounds.


Research Collaboration with China in Two European Projects of CTS

The Mobile Telecommunications (MT) group of the Communications and Transport Division (CTS) receives European funding for two projects having research collaboration with China. Di Yuan of MT is the Coordinator and Scientist-in-Charge. The Chinese partners are Xi’an Jiaotong University and Huazhong University of Science & Technology. Each of the projects has a university in the UK as the European partner. The total funding for MT is approximately 2.5 Million SEK.


CTS coordinates European FP7 project

Di Yuan from the Mobile Telecommunications group of the Communications
and Transport Division of ITN coordinates a European FP7 Marie Curie
project MESH-WISE, starting in March 2013. The consortium has 5 partners
in three European countries, with a total budget of over 1.7 million Euro.
For more information http://www.mesh-wise.eu/


Highlights of 2012 in the New Journal of Physics

An article published by the Media and Information Technology
group together with collaborating groups in Belfast, Dublin,
Palaiseau and Ciudad Real has been named as a Highlight of
2012 (plasma physics) in a list compiled by the New Journal of
Physics. This list can be found here:
The authors examine in their work growth mechanisms of magnetic
fields in laser-generated plasma with the help of particle-in-cell

Sensors Best Paper Award 2013

A paper published by Prof. Magnus Willander group in 2009 was selected for the 2nd prize of "Sensors Best Paper Award 2013". This award is based on the fact that the paper is recognized as outstanding paper that is related to sensing technologies and applications. The award can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/13/2/2113

Organic Bioelectronics Surfaces for Membrane Chromatography

The Swedish foundation for strategic research has granted a framework project to develop organic bioelectronics surfaces for applications in membrane chromatography. The project aims at exploring organic bioelectronics that can express different chemical properties to regulate systems based on phospholipid bi-layers. This framework project includes the groups of professor Fredrik Höök, at Chalmers University of Technology, and the Organic Electronics at ITN. At ITN, Magnus Berggren, Daniel Simon and Klas Tybrandt will be involved in this project. SSF has granted 22 600 000 SEK for this project


ShapeSystems – System Biology of Plant Cell Shape

Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation (KAW) has granted a project to explore organic bioelectronics and other techniques to elucidate mechanisms driving acquisition and coordination of plant cell shape. The coordinator for this collaborative project is Docent Marcus Grebe at Umeå University, which also includes research groups at SLU, Lund University and Linköping University. The Organic Electronics group at ITN shall explore organic bioelectronic devices to control specific functions of plants. KAW has granted 31 277 000 SEK for this five year project.


Research Highlight in Nature Photonics

A recent article published by the group of Prof. Magnus Willander in Applied Physics Letters was selected to be highlighted in Nature Photonics. The article deals with ultra violet detector development based on ZnO nanocrystals drawn on paper using a pencil. This article highlight in Nature Photonics can be found at: http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/v6/n8/full/nphoton.2012.196.html


VINNOVA supports printed electronics with 10 million SEK

"New platforms for communication between smart phones and printed electronic labels" aims at developing green communication solutions for the future Internet. This is made possible thanks to new communication interfaces between smart phones and printed electronic labels that receive information and data from our ambient. This project belongs to the future research area known as "internet of things" and is a collaboration between Linköping University (ITN, IDA and ISY), Acreo and several large enterprises active in the area of telecommunication and packaging. The Organic Electronics research group support this activity through research and development of printed electronics components for e-labels.

The program Challenge-driven Innovation - VINNOVA hasidentified four societal challenges in which Sweden’s prospects for internationally leading innovativeness are considered good. These are: Information society 3.0, Sustainable Attractive Cities, Future Healthcare and Competitive Production.


ERC-starting grant to Xavier Crispin

The European Research Council has given an ERC-starting grant to Xavier Crispin. The objective of such a grant is to strengthen the independence of young researcher at the beginning of their career.  The grant will be used to hire PhD students and post-doc trainees to consolidate the research activities in the clean-room laboratory at ITN. The project title is “Organic Thermoelectric Generators”, which are devices harvesting electricity from heat. The project is expected to lead to a new class of thermoelectric material working in the temperature range between 30-200C.  In that temperature range, a large amount of thermal energy is stored in warm fluids coming from waste heat and natural heat sources (sun).

printed humidity sensors for building elements

The project ”printed humidity sensors for building elements” has been financed by VINNOVA with 500 kSEK, with a guaranteed continuation of 1,3 MSEK if milestones are met. The aim is to investigate the commercial potential of the printed humidity sensor labels that have been developed in a previous research project. The project is a collaboration between the Organic Electronics group at ITN and Acreo AB, with Isak Engquist as the project leader.


best paper award

Di Yuan, Professor of the Mobile Telecommunications group within the Communications and Transport Systems Division of ITN received international recognition for a research paper. The paper, entitled “Load balancing in heterogeneous LTE: range optimization via cell offset and load-coupling characterization” by Iana Siomina (Ericsson, Sweden) and Di Yuan won a Best Paper Award at IEEE International Communications Conference (ICC) 2012. ICC is the flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) with over 1,000 accepted papers. The research of Prof. Yuan has been supported by the Swedish Foundation of Strategic Research (SSF).


full control of threshold voltage

Loïg Kergoat, researcher in organic electronics at Linköping University, has shown how it is possible to control one of the most important parameters in printable plastic transistors in a recently published article in the highly ranked journal PNAS


Magnus Willander Fellow of The Institute of Physics

Professor Magnus Willander was elected to Fellow of The Institute of Physics (IOP) in April 2012, at a meeting in the council of IOP


Support for Research on Organic Thermoelectric Materials

Recently, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) have decided to support the research on organic thermoelectric materials guided by Xavier Crispin from the group of Organic Electronics. The SSF project will allows bringing together the best material scientists in the field of thermoelectrics in Sweden. The results of these research projects will be to create new materials and devices that can transform the natural heat source and waste heat (60% of the primary energy course) into electricity.


Magnus Willander Fellow Award from the American Physical Society

On November 2011 meeting, the American Physical Society (APS) has decided that Magnus Willander, who is a Professor of Physical Electronics at ITN, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University be awarded a full Fellow status. The election of Prof. Willander by the APS is in recognition to his ‘outstanding’ contributions to Physics. The citation, which will appear on the Fellowship Certificate will read as follows: ’’Pioneering work on realization polymer, silicon-germanium transistors, and silicon carbide. Significant contributions on modeling solid and soft nanostructures, and experimental works on nanostructures, particularly zinc oxide nanostructures’’. This award will be published in the March 2012 issue of APS News.


Chemical Sensors/ Prof. Magnus Willander Award

The journal of Chemical Sensors has allocated an annual Award in appreciation of the contribution of Prof. Magnus Willander in the area of nanosensors, especially in recognition of the pioneering recent research work on intracellular sensing. The award is called: Prof. Magnus Willander Award, This award will be announced annually for the best paper(s) in "Chemical Sensors" in the area of nanosensors.
The announcement can be viewed at:


Journal of Nanoscience Letters/dedication to Prof. Magnus Willander

Also the Journal of Nanoscience Letters (ISSN 2231 – 4008 | EISSN 2231 – 4016) has dedicated Volume 1 issue 2 to Prof. Magnus Willander, Linköping University, Sweden.
This dedication can be viewed at:

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