Two young LiU researchers, Daniel Aili and Björn Alling, have each been awarded SEK 12 million by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, SSF. A total of 20 researchers have been selected within the Future Research Leaders programme.
Björn Alling, who is also senior lecturer at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, is currently visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany. Researchers today can use powerful supercomputers to solve the extremely complex equations of quantum mechanics that describe electrons and nuclei in various materials and alloys. Björn Alling is developing new methods that make it possible to predict the properties of new and untested materials with high accuracy. The most interesting materials are subsequently investigated experimentally.
The Future Research Leaders programme supports young, promising researchers who are expected to be able to lead larger constellations in the future. A specially designed leadership course is part of the programme. Twenty future research leaders were selected in tough competition from the 255 who applied. Both among applicants and those awarded grants, women made up 35%.