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100 MSEK to LTU's basic research: From left: Valeriy Vyatkin, Reza Emami, Andreas Larsson, Javier Martin-Torres and Alberto Vomiero. Photo: Daniel Hedman. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Applied Physics gets 22 million

Published: 15 December 2016

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the Kempe Foundations and LTU together gives 22.5 MSEK to the research subject Applied Physics at Luleå University of Technology.

– 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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From left: Johan Sterte, Göran Sandberg, Carl Kempe and Sven-Erik Österberg
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Andreas Larsson gets interviewed
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Andreas Larsson (left) talks with Vice Chancellor Johan Sterte (right)
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The press meeting was held in Vetenskapens hus

Photos by Daniel Hedman