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The Swedish Research Council funds six AcademiaNet members in the natural sciences

9.12.2021 | The members’ projects will tackle such subjects as lepton-proton interactions and carbon sequestration in the ocean.
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Five Academia-Net members have secured funding from the Swedish Research Council’s natural sciences grant: Else Lytken, Lilian Matthiesen, Ellen Moons, Helle Ploug, and Svetlana Ratynskaia. Additionally, the epidemiologist Fang Fang has been approved for a special grant for international collaborations tackling neurodegenerative diseases. The members’ overall funding totals more than 20 million Swedish Kronar (2 million euro).


Physicists dominate the list this year. One of them is Prof Ellen Moons, who is based at Karlstad University. She studies molecular materials and their applications in optoelectronics; her 4 million SK will go towards a project on organic solar cells. Another physicist is Dr Else Lytken, who will receive 3.4 million SK to research interactions between two kinds of particles: leptons and protons. She is based at Lund University, where she works on physics beyond the Standard Model.


Moving on to plasma physics, Prof Svetlana Ratynskaia at KTH Royal Institute of Technology has secured 3.6 million SK. Her project will focus on the generation and dynamics of molten metals in ITER, the world’s largest experimental nuclear fusion reactor, and its successor, DEMO. At the same institution, mathematician Prof Lilian Matthiesen receives 3.8 million SK to focus on analytical number theory, additive combinatronics and Diophantine geometry.


The last two members operate within the realms of biology. Marine ecologist Prof Helle Ploug from the University of Gothenburg gets 1.1 million SK for a project on diatoms, a type of algae, and the biological carbon pump, which is the process of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere to the bottom of the ocean through the photosynthesis of phytoplankton.


Finally, Prof Fang Fang at the Karolinska Institute is receiving 4.5 million SK from a slightly different pot of money, aimed at research into neurodegenerative diseases. Her new project will work towards early identification of patients at risk of neurodegenerative diseases on the basis of medical journals.
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