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International board highlighted the broad research of the Nanoscience Center

An international advisory board of the University of Jyväskylä Nanoscience Center was highly impressed by the recent progress of the center's research.

According to its evaluation all of its five focus areas have demonstrated significant scientific accomplishments, coherence and output with strong future potential. Especially the board applauded the athmosphere of the center and interactions between the different sub-disciplines, showing up in fruitful research collaborations.

The board highlighted ten new research openings within the focus areas, including laser-forged graphene, single-molecule magnets, light-controlled chemistry, computational research leading to a better understanding of catalysis reactions, and the new virus discovery made during a student work.

 The advisory board consisted of five highly distinguished members: a former director of Berlin's Fritz Haber Institute, Prof. Hans-Joachim Freund, a vice rector of Leuven University, Prof. Peter Lievens, former director of the nanoscience center in Copenhagen University, Prof. Morten Meldal, Prof. Stephanie Reimann from Lund University and Prof. Thomas Huser from Bielefeld University.

NSC is an international multidisciplinary research center with 30 research groups and around 140 researchers from biology, physics and chemistry. Its research projects are broad and span from basic processes in nanostructures to developing commercial products.

More collaboration with industry and maintaining the attractiveness of education

The NSC Scientific Director Prof. Tero Heikkilä estimates that within the 15 years after its construction, the NSC has reached an internationally recognized position as a cross-disciplinary research center.

It hosts several at or close to the top of the world in their respective areas.

"We have managed to further improve the quality of our research along with the international collaborations within the reporting period of the past two years. Our infrastructure supporting the cross-disciplinary research allows us to solve challenging and significant problems within nanoscience. Our main challenges, also noted by the advisory board, are to increase industry collaborations, and maintaining the attractiveness of our educational programs", Heikkilä summarizes.

 The board recommends improving its visibility on the national scale, for example by advocating nanoscience at schools.

The advisory board activity has been formed as NSC's own initiative and has been running since 2012. The next evaluation will take place in spring 2021. "I am very happy with the way the Nanoscience Center critically evaluates its activities with the help of an outside panel. I would like to see this type of activities to spread also to other units in the University of Jyväskylä", says vice rector Henrik Kunttu who was present in hearing the advisory board's summary.

Further information:

NSC Scientific Director, Prof. Tero Heikkilä, tero.t.heikkila@jyu.fi, tel. +358 40 8054804.

https://www.jyu.fi/science/fi/nsc