– It's a great day for us. Funding for four years is a long time in research. Many of us have for a long time fought for the university to strengthen its basic research, and that the effort is being rewarded with this grant is very gratifying, says Andreas Larsson, Chair Professor in Applied Physics at the Luleå University of Technology.
The grant is given to molecular and atomic scale materials research and will be used for recruiting research staff. The largest part of the grant is from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation with 12.5 MSEK.
– We hope that the Foundation's contribution to the recruitment of young, creative people in basic scientific disciplines will serve as a great addition to the University's demonstrated ability to conduct applied, industrial research, says Göran Sandberg, Foundation Executive Director.
The investment in Applied Physics is part of a larger investment to basic research with a total of 100 MSEK which includes the university's space research and the adjacent research subject Experimental Physics.
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