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September, 2019

Words from Jimmy

Some three years ago, LINX was born into this world, initiated by a brilliant project proposal to the Innovation Fund Denmark. The constellation was new, and the proposal was ambitious. The project was granted, and it is still on full speed ahead: We currently have 7 focus projects running, we have completed 17 and we have another 5 in the pipeline. Some 40 outreach activities have been completed for members and the LINX flag has been waved at approx. 100 conferences around the world. On an annual basis, 14 workshops and 11 newsletters have become recurring events where our stakeholders engage.
So, the engine is running, and gauges are on green, but what kind of mileage have we done? I decided to find out by visiting some of the industry partners and it is amazing how the LINX results surface in optimised products, more efficient production lines, improved simulations and completely new material designs. Our activities have not provided all this, but they have been important bricks to the puzzle in the various R&D departments and sometimes even at the board meetings for important strategic decisions.
The picture I see, is that capacity has been built up and neutrons and X-rays have become part of the toolbox in the industry and what a satisfaction that is! Did we meet all expectations in our proposal? Not yet – but I am sure that more will appear during the coming 1½ - 2 year due to the solid foundation created. This is what innovation is all about: be dynamic and change focus according to demand so the value creation is optimised. We can all be proud of the achievements so far; they are second to none.
As most of you know, I have decided to move on from LINX and will leave by the end of September. The reason is twofold:
1.    I feel I have facilitated the creation of a solid foundation for LINX
2.   I have been offered a very exciting role with ESS to work with innovation and industry collaboration
So, I am very happy that my journey continues in the same field and in the neighbourhood. I really appreciate the corporation, discussion, networking and learning over the past three years. It has been an excellent and very rewarding time.
Thank you!
 

Introducing LINX Values

Scientific collaboration

Every project in LINX creates a narrow constellation of the participants involved. The problem and challenge focused dialogue and effort creates a confidential space that is expanded to discuss other subjects. These discussions are then extended in to the focus area workshops to which the project belongs, where additional scientific partners from the project, members from the association and especially invited experts will take part. This is still a confidential forum and all non-project participants are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The last step in the science network is plenum presentations for the whole LINX society at the bi-annual conferences. There are numerous examples on how individuals navigate in the science network and seek advice, inspiration, experience, etc. We see the innovation value very high due to the trustworthiness and confidential nature. The value has been created from day-one but is continuously developing and growing.

LINX Workshops Corner

Colloid Materials and Fiber Structure and Analysis

Two comming workshops have been planned so far for this Fall:
Colloid Materials - October 24th at Tetra Pak in Lund, Sweden
This workshop will look at the study of sorption with X-rays, neutrons and other methods. There will be discussions about lessons learned and potential synergies between projects will be evaluated. At this workshop the partners will also address the value generation and future projects. 
Fiber Structure and Dynamics - November 25th at DTU, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
To understand and ultimately exploit the structure-function relationship of the fibers, a thourough measurment and data analysis is required.  This workshop will therefore focus on how X-ray imaging enables visualization of the 3D arrangement of fibers inside materials over several length scales and how the small angle scattering can add information on the internal structure.

Comming soon:
Sorption of liquids and humidity
Materials at operating and processing conditions
Quality Assurance


If you would like to be invited, participate and learn more about any of the above workshops, please contact Silvia Cebanu at sic@linxproject.dk. 

A LINX Welcome and Goodbye

We would like to welcome Rafael Jeppesen who joined our partner university AU. Rafael was awarded his Masters degree from Aarhus University in 2019 within the group of professor Bo Brummerstedt Iversen. Mainly, his research was focused on determination of the physical properties of some of the most used thermoelectric materials to relate their properties to the structural disorder observed in the crystal structure to obtain a better understanding of the property-structure relationship. Rafael will assist Maja Thomsen, now Branch Manager, with the project and research work. Welcome to Rafael and congratulations to Maja.
We would like to thank Hazel Reardon for her work with LINX Projects. Hazel will continue to work as a Research and Center Manager at the Institute of Chemistry at Aarhus University. We would like to wish Hazel good luck in her future work. 

Lilian and Hannah visiting

LINX had a visit last week from these two beautiful ladies. Here is a small hello from Lilian, our LINX admin, who is currently on maternity leave with sweet Hannah. Both are doing great and enjoy the time together. 

Members corner

LINX at the first SMART workshop

The first SMART (Structure of MAterials in Real Time) Lighthouse workshop was held at Aarhus University on the 15th-16th of August, where presentations from SMART partners and their students highlighted the diversity of the research in the SMART consortium. The meeting was well attended, with over 100 attendees from across Denmark coming together to share new ideas. International speakers were also invited, where presentations from Emil Bozin (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA) and Masaki Takata (Japan) gave insight in to international efforts in modern crystallography including the developments at the Japanese synchrotron facility SLIT-J. Industry was also well represented at the meeting, where attendees from FORCE Technology A/S, DTI, TEGnology A/S and Haldor Topsoe participated. As part of the program, we heard from Espen Eikeland (DTI) on the operando investigation of methanol fuel cells in state-of-the-art hearing aids, and Maja Thomsen gave an overview of the LINX project during the meeting.

 Hao Yin (TEGnology) speaks to another attendee at the SMART meeting.

LINX at ECM 32

Bo Brummerstedt Iversen, Maja Thomsen and Hazel Reardon from Aarhus University attended the 32nd European Crystallography Meeting in Vienna from the 18th-22th August. They attended the various microsymposia and keynote lectures to stay up to date with modern advances in the field of crystallography. Maja presented a poster and Hazel participated in the Science Slam outreach event, winning 3rd prize for a presentation covering crystallography, large scale facilities and thermoelectrics. Bo delivered one of two plenary lectures at the conference, describing the structure-property relationship of materials, with a particular focus on diffuse scattering in thermoelectric materials.

Hazel with her prize from the public outreach Science Slam at ECM 2019

Introducing LINX Academy

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution; it finds itself changed from one day to the next (Jean Piaget)

LINX Academy has been launched with the vision to improve the knowledge of industry specialists within neutron and X-rays fields. The goal is to ensure regular updates on the website with the latest courses offered  by our university  and industry partners. This cross fertilisation of knowledge is achieved through the industrial impact that the neutron and X-rays science brings to the public. We will share and publish all relevant courses on our newly launched LINX website that include the LINX Academy and the LINX Events as well as on our LinkedIn page.  
Go to LINX Academy
New courses comming up
Offered by industry partners
Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solution is a course offered by CR Competence and is based on the book Surface Chemistry of Surfactants and Polymers. The course will take place on 6th-8th of November 2019 and will be held at Studio Malmö, in Malmø, Sweden. The overall goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of the chemistry related to the behavior of surfactants and polymers in solution and at interfaces within formulation science.

Offered by university partners
3D imaging, analysis and modelling is a semester course offered by DTU over 13 weeks in the Fall 2019. The course will be held at DTU, Campus Lyngby, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage. This course is designed for those that would like to use CT scanners for 3D imaging of the internal parts of materials and for those who would like to investigate 3D structures. The overall goal of this course is to educate users of advanced 3D X-ray imaging and analysis of 3D data.

Upcoming events

Date Event Location
September 12th X-rays, neutrons and food Frederiksberg Denmark
September 19th-20th QIM Workshop on Introduction to Volumetric Image Analysis University of Copenhagen Denmark
September 23rd-25th User Meeting – 31st MAX IV User Meeting Lund Sweden
October 24th LINX focus workshop: Colloid materials (WP4) Tetra Pak Lund Sweden
October 30th-31st DTU High Tech Summit DTU Kgs. Lyngby Denmark
November 6th-8th Surfactants and Polymers in Aqueous Solution Malmø Sweden
November 25th LINX focus workshop: Fiber structure and dynamics (WP7) DTU Kgs. Lyngby Denmark
If you would like to participate and know more about any of the above events, please contact Silvia Cebanu at sic@linxproject.dk.
Idea Harvest
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Latest news in science

150th Anniversay of the Periodic Table of Elements

Dimitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist, is the inventor behind the Periodic Table of Elements created for now 150 years ago, between 1880-1882. As many scientists had their contribution and sought to sort somehow the ellements by either properties, atomic weight or atributes, it was Mendeleev that created a genuinely systematic and predictive table. Now, 150 years later, the periodic table's formulation is gaining more importance than ever. It revolutionized the way scientists work, innovate, replace and build on the materials "playground". Read below a very interesting article, that Bloomberg dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements.

Read the article here
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