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LINX workshop and general assembly May 24th, Apr. 24th, 2018

We are very happy to invite you to LINX workshop where we will present some of our latest results from our activities within neutrons and X-rays followed by our general assembly.

Date: May 24th from 12-17.30 (the General assembly starts at 16.30)
Registration and information: Mail Lilian Rasmussen, lir@linxproject.dk
Venue: Confederation of Danish Industry, H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, 1787 Copenhagen, Denmark
Deadline: May 17th 2018

Programme

12:00 Registration & lunch
13:00 Welcome by CEO Jimmy Binderup Andersen, LINX
13:10 Key note – The footprint of LINX by Professor Henning Friis Poulsen, Technical university of Denmark
13:30 BioModics – From crazy idea via LINX to a healthy business proposition by Head of Polymers Martin Alm, BioModics
13:50 CINEMA and the industrial angle by CEO Erik Lauridsen, Xnovo Technology
14:00 Poster session and networking
14:40 ROCKWOOL – Using LINX to move from known to new territories by Program director Dorthe Lybye, ROCKWOOL
15:10 Science pitch by AU, DTU, KU and DTI
15:35 Break with refreshments and networking
15:55 Panel discussion: LINX lessons learned and outlook to the future
Panel participants: Henning Friis Poulsen (DTU), Richard Larsen (DI), Allan Holm (Grundfos), Nikolaj Zangenberg (DTI), Peter Thomsen (BioModics).
Chair: CEO Jimmy Binderup Andersen, LINX
16:25 Closing the workshop
16:30 General assembly by Chairman Dorthe Lybye, LINX
17:30 Closing the General assembly (beer and soft drinks)

It’s time to register for summer schools! , Apr. 19th, 2018

DANSCATT & MAX4ESSFUN Summer School, Sandbjerg Estate. Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen
Sandbjerg Estate. Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen

The summer is approaching and it’s time to consider participating in a summer school this year!
There are at least two very interesting summer schools:

  • June 25th – 30th 2018, DANSCATT & MAX4ESSFUN Summer School: Materials Research with Synchrotron, Neutron, and XFEL Sources
  • August 27th – 31st 2018, CINEMAXIV PhD Summer school

DANSCATT & MAX4ESSFUN Summer school: Materials Research with Synchrotron, Neutron, and XFEL Sources

The summer school will educate young researchers in techniques and methodologies used at synchrotron, neutron, and XFEL sources. The school covers a wide range of scattering and absorption methods including diffraction, total scattering, imaging, and spectroscopy. Further, several beamlines/instruments are presented as part of the general perspective.

Details:

  • Participants: Students (bachelor through PhD), postdoctoral researchers and material scientists at similar level.
  • Location: Aarhus University Conference Center in Sønderborg.
  • Registration deadline: May 18th.

Read more about the summer school.

CINEMAXIV PhD Summer school

You get the chance to get teaching and hands on experience with the complete workflow of high-resolution tomography analysis.
Over 5 days, you will get introduced to data acquisition, 3D reconstruction, segmentation and meshing and finally, 3D modelling of data to extract physical parameters describing flow or mechanical properties. Teaching and exercises will take place in close interaction with top experts in the field. The whole workflow will be implemented in a Jupyter notebook python programming environment that will enable you to learn and tweak the analysis methods in detail.

Details:

  • Participants: PhD.
  • Location: Fuglsang Manor on Lolland.
  • Registration deadline: July 30th.

Read more about the summer school.

Targeted infection control, Apr. 16th, 2018

Targeted infection control 201804, Physics World

Medical devices that incorporate hydrogels into silicone rubber could release antibiotics into areas where they are needed most. LINX Branch Manager, Erik Brok and Martin Alm and Peter Thomsen from BioModics, a partner in the LINX Project, together with Caroline Boudou from Institut Laue Langevin, describe how neutron scattering is helping researchers to understand and optimize the structure of these silicone-hydrogel networks.

In their LINX focus project, BioModics and the University of Copenhagen are studying the structure of the polymer materials used by BioModics using small-angle scattering techniques. The material consists of an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) of hydrophobic silicone and a hydrophilic polymer. The material is very promising for use in medical applications, such as urinary catheters, because it reduces the risk of infection and also because it can potentially be used for drug delivery.

The release properties are dependent on the structure of the IPN. However, it is a challenge to get insights into how the two polymers are organized. Understanding the distribution of hydrophilic hydrogel in the hydrophobic silicone is important for controlling the properties of the material. This is very difficult to determine using more conventional microscopy techniques, but it is suited to analysis by small-angle scattering techniques. The team at the University of Copenhagen got the idea to use small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) to emphasize the hydrophilic polymer by highlighting the hydrogel using heavy water to wet it. Test experiments performed at Institute Laue Langevin (ILL) showed that the technique is indeed suitable for studying the hydrogel structure. The experiments are described in the Physics World feature, Targeted Infection Control.

The initial test measurements performed at ILL inspired further neutron scattering experiments, which were recently performed at the research neutron source at Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum near Munich. These results are currently being processed at the University of Copenhagen, and the early analysis gives promise that it should be possible to elucidate the structure of the hydrogel. The hope is that this structural knowledge can be related to the functional properties of the IPNs to enable BioModics to optimize their devices.

Read the article.

LINX’s activities in 2018, Feb. 28th, 2018

LINX's activities in 2018

In 2018 we have a programme full of exciting activities!

We have two workshops where industry participants in the LINX Project present their project findings – the last workshop was great! On May 24th LINX will both be having our General assembly as well as a workshop.
Every half year we have meetings in the LINX Project work packages (WP) with different focus areas: Colloid materials (WP4), Sorption of liquids and humidity (WP6), Fiber structure and dynamics (WP7), Materials at operating and processing conditions (WP8) as well as Quality Assurance (WP9). These meetings are only for our members.

If you wish to know more about our events, please contact us!

New Global Development project in LINX, Feb. 23rd, 2018


Photo: Water/oil/water double emulsion. Author: Catrin Sohrabi / CC BY-SA 4.0

The universities within the LINX Project run several basic research projects and the University of Copenhagen will start a new and very interesting one: Development of capabilities in food and colloid science.

The food industry aims to develop food that is healthier, cheaper, more environment friendly, etc. Food often consists of separated phases (fat/oil and water, for example) which can be differently structured on different structural levels ranging from macroscopic length scales down to the molecular level.
Milk, for example, consists of many different colloidal structures, such as “casein micelles” and oil droplets, in an aqueous phase.

Many fats, relevant in products such as chocolate, ice-cream, butter and many other milk products, consist of liquid oils and solid fats. The latter lend the fat its structure. Starting from the colloidal level, crystalline triglyceride nanoplatelets have been identified as the building blocks for higher structural levels. They can assemble together in rodlike stacks which on higher levels assemble into fractal network structures, which are finally the building blocks for spherulite structures in the micron range.

While for example light microscopy can be used to study the latter structures, other techniques such as X-ray and neutron scattering, which are frequently used within LINX, can be used for the nano- and meso-scales.

Understanding the structure in food products is crucial to understanding existing products and to design new structure-function relationships. The structure can affect the texture and the mouthfeel of food products. When attempting to reduce the health-adverse solid fat content in fat by replacing part of the solid fat with for example organogels, it is important to preserve the structure in order to not alter the taste and mouthfeel of the product.

Another focus in food science is the encapsulation and protection of i.a. flavors and labile health-beneficial ingredients such as vitamin A and oils with polyunsatured fatty acids in food products. This can be realized by using for example double emulsions (see picture) and layered emulsions, where a protective shell surrounds the oil droplets with the encapsulated substances.

Free online course: Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers, Feb. 6th, 2018

Online course: Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers
Would you like to know more about synchrotrons and X-ray free electron lasers? Then you can now participate in this free online course: Synchrotrons and X-Ray Free Electron Lasers. The course provides valuable insights into the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, from the generation of X-rays – via a description of the machines that produce intense X-ray sources – to modern experiments performed using these facilities. The course starts March 5th, takes 10 weeks and one can expect to spend 2-3 hours per week.

You can learn:

  • What X-rays are and how they are produced
  • Interactions of X-rays with matter
  • Synchrotron and XFEL facilities
  • Scattering techniques such as diffraction and SAXS
  • Spectroscopic techniques
  • Imaging using x-rays

Read more about the course.

Event: SYNERGI 2018, March 8-9th in Amsterdam, Jan. 31st 2018

SYNERGI 2018

SYNERGI is an abbreviation for SYnchrotron and NEutron Radiation Go Industrial. LINX is actively involved in this event and believe it is highly relevant for our industrial members.

When you cannot solve your problem with conventional technique available in your lab, Advanced Research Infrastructure (ARI) might be able to help you. Europe has the best portfolio of ARIs worldwide, serving a wide and dynamic academic community of many tens of thousands of scientists every year. These large-scale and unique facilities enable remarkable insights into materials of all types, particularly in engineering materials science. The research infrastructures are open not only for fundamental science but are increasingly becoming a routine tool exploited for proprietary research by companies.

Four good reasons to attend:

  • Find out how neutrons and synchrotron light can be tailored to address your needs in the fields of industrial engineering, energy and metallurgy.
  • Learn how neutron and synchrotron facilities are already working with a wide range of businesses.
  • Discuss your challenges with scientific staff during a business-research matching session.
  • Discuss the possibility to perform free feasibility tests via one of our programmes.

Read more about SYNERGI 2018.

LINX’ case description: Exruptive, Jan. 30th, 2018

Exruptive case description

This month we have the pleasure to present our latest case involving Exruptive and Technical University of Denmark. This case presents how LINX supports Exruptive to develop the next generation security scanners at airports by gaining a better understanding of the types of artefacts that can be detected by multi-energy detectors.

“Each year more than 3 billion air passengers worldwide wait in line to have their hand luggage scanned prior to boarding. Unfortunately, there has been little innovation in the security scanning field over the last several decades. Airport security scanning is still largely based on traditional single- or dual energy X-ray technologies. Danish high-tech start-up Exruptive is developing an innovative…” read the whole Exruptive case.

You can read about the LINX project and you are very welcome to contact us if you would like to know more.

Read the Exruptive case.

Read more about Exruptive.

Novo Nordisk Foundation awards Dkk 255 million for establishing the world’s most powerful protein “microscope”, Jan 26th 2018

MAX IV
Photo: MAX IV.

The awarded grant to University of Lund is for constructing and operating a highly advanced platform for investigating and describing proteins. Proteins play a vital role in health and disease for all living organisms and the platform makes it possible to study proteins at room temperature and in a near-native environment. This is an important step forward in understanding how proteins function in the human body.

The name of the new advanced-technology X-ray beamline is MicroMAX and will be located at MAX IV in Lund, Sweden. MicroMAX will be part of the Copenhagen Bioscience Cluster. This is a cluster of world-class research centres and infrastructure within biomedicine and biotechnology in Greater Copenhagen.

The CEO of Novo Nordisk Foundation Birgitte Nauntofte says: “MicroMAX will benefit all researchers with an interest in the structure of proteins. The new beamline will enable important proteins to be investigated in greater detail than previously. In addition, it will strengthen the position of Greater Copenhagen as an international hotspot for outstanding and ambitious protein research.”

Read more about MicroMAX

Welcome to Jakob Ulstrup, Jan. 22nd, 2018

Jakob Ulstrup, Aarhus University

It is a pleasure to welcome Jakob to the LINX team as LINX project leader. Jakob studied for his PhD at Aarhus University, working in the field of structural biology. His earlier projects have involved techniques such as X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy on both soluble and membrane protein targets. He also has an extensive background in molecular biology with experience in molecular cloning, protein expression in different hosts and a wide range of biophysical methods for protein isolation and characterization.

During his studies, he has had personal hands-on experience doing diffraction experiments on several European X-ray synchrotron facilities, as well as experiments with small-angle X-ray scattering.

His experience in protein preparation and X-ray crystallography will be a welcome addition to the diffraction-based LINX project.

We look forward to the collaboration!

Read more about Jakob Ulstrup or the LINX team.

LINX’ first industrial case description: BioModics, Jan. 4th, 2018

BioModics case

The best LINX references are examples of generated values and results. We are very happy to share the first case description with you: “Silicone Alley” involving BioModics and University of Copenhagen. BioModics is a spinout company of NKT in 2009 that are now reimagining silicone within medical devices.

“Silicone is frequently used for medical tubing because of its chemical inertness and flexibility. However, a common issue with silicone medical tubing is the formation of bacterial biofilm inside and outside the tube which can lead to infections. Indeed, catheter associated urinary infection (CAUTI) is the most common type of hospital acquired infection (HAI) today, but the problem…” read the whole BioModics case.

You can read about the LINX project and you are very welcome to contact us if you would like to know more.

Read the BioModics case.

Read more about BioModics.

Horizon 2020 has supported Denmark with more than DKK 5 billion, Jan. 3rd 2018

Horizon2020

Danish researchers and innovative companies have since 2014 received billions of Danish kroner from EU’s biggest Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. According to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, the total share of funds for Denmark has increased slightly from 2,45 % to 2,49 % since March 2017. Thus, Denmark is approaching the target of 2,5 % of the total Horizon 2020 budget of about 558 billion kroner from 2014-2020. Denmark has maintained its 10th position over countries that have received most funds.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science has published a comprehensive report (in Danish) about the different programmes in Horizon 2020 and have outlined possible potentials. The next report on the Danish participation is expected March 2018.

Read more about Horizon 2020.

Read more about the comprehensive report: Midtvejsrapport: Dansk deltagelse i Horizon 2020 – status og mulige potentialer (in Danish).

Danish Industrial R&D investments are concentrated in the large companies, Dec. 20th, 2017

FoU publication

The recent publication from the Ministry of Higher Education and Science shows that it is increasingly the larger companies that invest in and benefit from own R&D activity. The minister encourages more investment from small and medium sized companies as this both strengthen the company and society in general. The publication maps out the commercial advantages of R&D investment and in LINX we believe that the neutral platform we provide is a good meeting point for innovative collaboration in a risk-minimised environment. Feel free to connect us!

Read the publication Erhvervslivets investeringer i forskning og udvikling i Danmark 2017 (in Danish).

One comment on the LINX workshop: WOW!, Dec. 18th, 2017

LINX Workshop, Mette Poulsen, Novo Nordisk

What a great day with interesting presentations from the LINX project partners with an emphasis on results and value created in industry. The photo of Mette Poulsen from Novo Nordisk is unfortunately not a fair reproduction of her little dance of excitement regarding the 4D image of the Novo Pen provided by DTU. It is really encouraging to see the many different directions of the LINX projects. Thank you to all presenters and participants! Top three feedback we got from the survey:

  • The event was “very good”
  • The main benefits were networking and introduction to science/knowledge
  • More than 70% of the participants are “very likely” to attend a LINX workshop again

We look forward to the next LINX Workshop in May.

Welcome to Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen, Nov. 22th, 2017

Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen

We are happy to announce that Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen has joined the LINX team as LINX project leader. Ida have experience within materials chemistry, especially with different synchrotron based diffraction techniques, both experimental and with complex data analysis. This give her a solid background for joining the LINX team at Aarhus University, where the focus is diffraction.

Lately Ida has been using X-ray total scattering combined with PDF analysis to gain understanding of the formation of materials. These types of experiments are conducted at large scale facilities to have a high enough intensity of the X-ray beam to observe the changes at the relevant time scale.

Several beam-times at various synchrotrons and a scientific stay at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have given her a solid experience with different experiments at large scale facilities.

We look forward to the collaboration!

Read more about Ida Gjerlevsen Nielsen or the LINX team.

New agreement will bring Danish Academia closer to ESS in Lund, Nov. 21st, 2017

Agreement between ESS and Denmark
Photo: Signing of the MoU, ESS.

Yesterday the Danish government and academia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ESS. The agreement is a joint statement on the framework for a strengthened cooperation and knowledge sharing between the ESS and research communities in Denmark. The agreement was signed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DAFSHE), Aarhus University (AU), Aalborg University (AAU), Roskilde University (RUC), the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

Read more about the agreement.

Welcome to Gregory Smith, Nov. 15th, 2017

Gregory Smith

It is a pleasure to welcome Gregory to the LINX team as LINX project leader. He joins us from the UK where he studied for a PhD in physical chemistry at the University of Bristol and carried out further research at the University of Sheffield. Throughout, he has been interested in studying colloids, polymers, and soft matter with potential for applications in industry.

While Gregory has used many techniques as part of this research, he has extensively used neutron and X-ray scattering as key methods for these structural studies. In particular, he designed many insightful experiments into using deuterium labeled molecules to reveal the structure of soft materials using neutron scattering.

This broad experience in scattering techniques will prove valuable in studying industrial materials as part of the LINX Project.

We look forward to the collaboration!

Read more about Gregory Smith or the LINX team.

Recommended to expand internationally, Oct. 27th, 2017

The Baltic Tram
Photo: The Baltic Tram.

At the Baltic Tram project under HORIZON 2020 we have presented both the political and principal setup of the LINX association and project, together with the general results and experience in the different focus projects. It was very well received, and we were recommended to look at expanding LINX in an international direction. Let´s see where the opportunities will lead us.

Read more about The Baltic Tram.

Our voice is getting heard, Oct. 12th, 2017

Megaphone

LINX is increasingly becoming the industry’s voice in Denmark, with a board position in DANSCATT and an advisory role towards the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. Lately we have contributed to the expert panel determining the return of investment in the corporation with international research facilities. Being close to academia in the process, it is amazing how much knowledge and impact we have available in Denmark.

LINXS our name sibling, Sep. 28th, 2017

LINXS and LINX

By coincidence LINX Association got a name sibling in Sweden called LINXS – Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science. Despite the name similarity the roles are quite different, where LINXS collect academia our LINX portal target, collect and enable industry. LINXS and LINX are already discussing possible synergies and we look forward to exploring that further.

Read more about LINXS.

Dr. Krishnarao Appasani is visiting Denmark, September 20th, 2017

Dr. Krishnarao Appasani
Next week LINX Association have the honour of welcoming Dr. Krishnarao Appasani to Denmark. Dr. Appasani is Vice Chairman & CEO of Science City of Andhra Pradesh in India. He is visiting Denmark to get inspiration to the Smart Cities and hence the Science Cities India are going to build in the nearest future. While being in Denmark Dr. Appasani will visit selected universities, GTS institutes and companies to form a basis for the intended Indian-Danish Science, Innovation & Education Hub.

The world’s most powerful X-ray laser, XFEL, was inaugurated Sep. 1st in Hamburg, September 2nd, 2017

XFEL inauguration
Photo: European XFEL, XFEL inauguration.

Yesterday XFEL was inaugurated in Hamburg with prominent guests from all over Europe. Denmark is deeply involved in the project and has with 11 other European countries signed the XFEL convention. The European XFEL Managing Directors together with the guests officially started the research operation of the facility with the first two experiments.

Read more about the XFEL inaugurate.

The Bridge: Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting about ESS, August 23rd, 2017

The Bridge Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting

There were some very interesting discussions on political, scientific and industrial topics at The Bridge: Swedish-Danish roundtable meeting yesterday. We all need to get used to the idea of having a world leading neutron facility in our backyard, and most importantly, gain the most advantage of it. Following our discussions, the conclusions were injected in to the main conference.

European XFEL generated its first laser light, May 5th, 2017


Photo: European XFEL, tunnel.

Great News from Hamburg: European XFEL, biggest X-ray laser in the world, generated its first laser light. The wavelength of the X-ray light is 0.8 nm which is about 500 times shorter than that of visible light. Furthermore, the X-ray light is extremely intense and a billion times brighter than a conventional synchrotron light sources.

The European XFEL will officially open in September.

Read more about the European XFEL’ first laser light.

Mr. Bo Brummerstedt Iversen receives the Award of Science 2017, April 20th, 2017


Photo: Lars Svankjær, Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab.

Mr. Bo Brummerstedt Iversen is one of the founding professors of LINX and a member of the board. Yesterday he was honoured with the Award of Science 2017 from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Bo is a professor of crystallography at the Aarhus University. Congratulations!

Read more about the Scientist price 2017.

LINX will change address, April 10th, 2017


Photo: Google Maps.

The LINX office will change address to COBIS, Ole Maaløes Vej 3, 2200 København N – effective from May 1, 2017.

COBIS, also known as Copenhagen Bio Science Park, has mainly biotech start-up companies as tenants and is centrally placed between Denmark’s leading hospitals and major universities – in the heart of Medicon Valley, and just minutes away from central Copenhagen.

Mr. Poul Nissen received the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize, Februar 11th, 2017


Film: Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Professor, and LINX Scientific Director Poul Nissen from Aarhus University is this year’s receiver of the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize. Poul Nissen, Professor at Aarhus University, is receiving the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize for his pioneering studies of the structure and function of ion pumps. Through his research, Poul Nissen has clarified in detail, among other things, how ions and nutrients are transported into and out of cells. This fundamental knowledge is very significant for understanding life processes and in combating disease.

Cells in the human body maintain large differences in the concentrations of positive ions, such as sodium and potassium, between the inside and outside of the cells through ion pumps located in the membrane lipids of the cells. These differences in concentration function like the current in a battery and are used by the cells for numerous basic transport and signal functions. They also play a key role in the cell’s ability to regulate such factors as their shape and volume and are very actively involved in such processes as muscle, kidney and heart functioning. These ion pumps are thus extremely important for basic bodily functions and can result in disease if they do not operate correctly.

The Novo Nordisk Prize is awarded to recognize unique medical research or other research contributions that benefit medical science. The Prize is accompanied by DKK 3 million awarded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Read more about  Professor Poul Nissen receives the 2017 Novo Nordisk Prize.