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SDU research wins space in prestigious scientific magazine

The Mads Clausen Institute at SDU Sønderborg is home to NanoSYD and NanoOptic, where research is conducted into the world's smallest building block. The two sections have simultaneously won space in a prestigious scientific magazine.

NanoSYD and NanoOptic excel at conducting pure research of the finest quality. But when the focus is on pure research, there is a risk of being accused of carrying out pointless research of benefits only to the scientist who wants to become more knowledgable in a field of no interest to anybody else. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, when it comes to the two centres. And the latest research results go to prove it.


Rather curiously, the two centres have simultaneously won space in the latest edition of the prestigious scientific magazine in the field of physics 'Reports of Progress in Physics' with different scientific articles.


Common to both articles is that they cover highly applicable pure research. For although the layman may struggle with titles like 'Diamond-like carbon nanocomposites with embedded metallic nanoparticles' and 'Gradient metasurfaces: a review of fundamentals and applications', both scientific articles are about subjects which can be applied in real life.


For instance, take a platform launched far out in the North Sea. Wind, weather, temperature swings and salt water wear out the equipment, so in this environment sensors are operating in very difficult conditions. However, if the sensor were coated with a thin layer of 'diamond-like carbon', which is basically carbon which has the same characteristics as diamonds, the sensor would be much more robust, solid and durable, and could carry out its function without concern for the harsh external conditions.


Horst-Günter Rubahn, Head of not only the Mads Clausen Institute but also NanoSYD, is proud that two articles have found their way into the prestigious scientific magazine 'Reports of Progress in Physics'.


- I want to single out our collaboration with Sigitas Tamulevičius, who is Head of KTU Material Science Institute and Director of Kaunas University of Technology.


The two professors,  Horst-Günter Rubahn and Sigitas Tamulevičius, are co-authors of one of the articles.


- Sigitas Tamulevičius is an honorary doctor at the Mads Clausen Institute, and this article is evidence that our close collaboration with him and his university is helping our research in Sønderborg and Odense to resonate around the world, says Horst-Günter Rubahn.


Read the two scientific articles by clicking on the following links:


Diamond like carbon nanocomposites with embedded metallic nanoparticles

Gradient metasurfaces: a review of fundamentals and applications



Editing was completed: 15.03.2018