21.03.2019
Research news

The physics and chemistry research infrastructures of the University of Jyväskylä receive one million euros of EU Horizon 2020 funding

The European Union Horizon 2020 Programme (Horizon2020) funds major European research and innovation projects. The Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the University of Jyväskylä has received nearly one million euros in funding for three new research projects hosted at its research infrastructures.

Research infrastructures refer to research-related hardware, information networks, databases and materials. 

The H2020 program aims to promote high-quality research, international research cooperation and support for the introduction of new technologies and to open up national research infrastructures for all European academics and industry researchers.

"The funding received significantly helps us to strengthen our international collaboration in research and joint use of research infrastructures. The multidisciplinary nature of these new projects and the links to possible applications is also gratifying”, says Dean of the Faculty of Science Mikko Mönkkönen, 

Support for materials research at the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä  

The research group of Professor of Physics Timo Sajavaara received funding of 620,000 euros for several projects which form a part of the RADIATE Integrating Activity. RADIATE is a consortium of 14 research institutes and four companies with a total budget of nearly 10 million euros.

The Sajavaara group provides external overseas researchers with an opportunity to conduct material research with the accelerators of the University of Jyväskylä Accelerator Laboratory (JYFL-ACCLAB), one of the Finnish Research Infrastructure Roadmap facilities. Development work done in the RADIATE consortium promotes the use of accelerator-based research data and the utilization of technology, by providing transnational access and funding to assist researchers in carrying out experiments at JYFL-ACCLAB.

The Accelerator Laboratory at the University of Jyväskylä is one of Europe's largest accelerator-based physics infrastructures and it has strong international relations in research. The Accelerator Laboratory has a total of four accelerators for nuclear physics and materials research.

“Experimental research on nuclear physics at the Accelerator Laboratory is widely known, but with this project applied material research will receive more attention. I am looking forward to the dozens of new collaborative partners and new advances in ion-beam analysis and technologies that will emerge in four years”, says Sajavaara.

Next-generation super-computers replace experimental research on biomolecules

The research group of Chemistry Professor Gerrit Groenhof received nearly 300,000 euros funding for the BioExcel-2 project, which develops computational techniques for research of biomolecules. It is part of a European research consortium, whose total budget is 8 million euros.

Biomolecules include, for example, proteins, lipids, DNA and various vitamins. Understanding the function of biomolecules will help to develop new methods for health, drug development, biotechnology, and the environment.

Computational techniques and computer modeling have become an increasingly important part of biomolecular research and replace experimental research on biomolecules.

“In BioExcel we aim at exploiting the advantages of next-generation super-computers to address problems in biology”, says Groenhof.

Tuomas Lappi co-ordinates an international network of theoretical physics research groups

The group of Physics Professor Tuomas Lappi was awarded 71000 euros of funding for research in theoretical physics, as a part of the 10 million euro STRONG2020 Integrating Activity grant. As a part of the grant Tuomas Lappi will coordinate a Network Activity involving almost 20 theoretical physics research groups from 9 different countries.

The STRONG2020 grant focuses on the strong interaction between quarks and gluons, which are an essential part of the standard model of particle physics. The project will develop detector instrumentation and methods for experiments at particle colliders in different European research laboratories. The network coordinated by Lappi will focus on the theoretical interpretation of results from collider experiments at the highest collision energies.

"The network will increase collaboration between the participating groups and prepare for the experiments of the future, in a close contact between experimentalists and theorists," says Tuomas Lappi

More information:

Professor Timo Sajavaara, timo.sajavaara@jyu.fi, tel. +358408054114
Professor Gerrit Groenhof, gerrit.x.groenhof@jyu.fi, tel. +358408054664
Professor Tuomas Lappi, tuomas.v.v.lappi@jyu.fi, tel. +358408054879
Communications Officer Tanja Heikkinen, tanja.s.heikkinen@jyu.fi, tel. +358505818351
https://www.jyu.fi/science/fi