Virtual: Day of the Research: The Nordic Region will be a mecca for world-leading research in new materials, 3 of 3

21-04-28 16:00 - 17:00

Forskningens Døgn logo
Credit: Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

Every year Denmark has a proclaimed “Day of the Research” (which has now become a week, but never mind). With it researchers of all colours, far and wide, get the opportunity to tell about their research to the general population in a slew of different events, ranging from talks to debate panels, quizzes, interactive exercise and much more. The doors are thrown open – insofar as a digital, corona-proof event has doors – on the 23rd through 29th of April.

This year LINX has been created as one of the organizers to set up contributions. 3 talks (see furthest down), specifically, from within our area of X-rays and neutrons. The below is one of our talks.


“The Nordic Region will be a mecca for world-leading research in new materials”, prof. Kim Lefmann, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

ESS by Perry Nordeng
Credit: Perry Nordeng.

Did you know that advanced magnets can help us save huge amounts of energy?

The Q-MAT project deals with superconductors and other quantum materials such as advanced magnets. For instance it investigates the possibility of cheaper permanent magnets, better and smaller sensors, development of components for future quantum computers, new superconductors for lossless transport of electricity across the globe, cheaper MRI scanners, and much more.

In this lecture, professor of neutron-based experimental magnetism and superconductors, Kim Lefmann from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, talks about the ideas behind Q-MAT and the very close connection to the research facility European Spallation Source (ESS), which will soon be completed in Lund.

ESS will explore materials by bombarding them with neutrons, and it will become the world’s absolute leading facility for the purpose. Together with its neighbour, the X-ray facility MAX IV, it will increase Danish researchers’ knowledge of materials at the molecular and atomic level. ESS will be an incredible improvement for the detailed understanding for use e.g. in pharmaceuticals and the transition to green technologies.

In Denmark, we are preparing for the use of ESS by creating so-called “lighthouses”, which are professional research collaborations between universities and other partners. Three lighthouses have already been set up with Q-MAT as one, and more are on the way.

The ESS neutron facility is paid for in part by Sweden and Denmark, in part by 14 other European countries. It is estimated that 2-3000 of the world’s leading researchers will travel to the ESS annually to complete their projects. The ESS is scheduled to open in 2024, and the price of the entire facility exceeds two billion euros.


Event details

  • Check out the events webpage
  • Language: Danish
  • Location: Virtual
  • Days it’s possible to see this event:
    • April 24th 11-12
    • April 26th 19.30-20.30
    • April 28th 16-17


All 3 LINX talks at Forskningens Døgn:

  • Discovering the world of organic solar cells with X-rays” by Ph.D. stud. Mariam Ahmad, SDU NanoSYD
  • Researchers steal from nature” by Ph.D. scient. Martin Alm, BioModics Aps
  • The Nordic Region will be a mecca for world-leading research in new materials” by prof. Kim Lefmann, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

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