Václav Slovák, Tomáš Zelenka and Gabriela Hotová visited Kemicentrum (University of Lund in Sweden) from 18 to 20 June 2019.
Kemicentrum (http://www.kc.lu.se/english/) comprises three departments (Department of Chemistry, Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition, Department of Chemical Engineering). With over 1000 people working and studying, Kemicentrum is one of the largest research centres for research and education in chemistry in Scandinavia.
During our stay we mainly visited the Department of Chemistry, Center for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS), where our former doctoral student (Monika Motlochová) currently has a PostDoc position. The Centre for Analysis and Synthesis (CAS) is working with research questions that are fundamental in their nature and can contribute to a more sustainable future. Important research areas are health, smart materials, energy, green chemistry and environmental chemistry. The Centre for Analysis and Synthesis main research areas are within; organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry and polymer science and technology. Generally, at the University of Lund, they do/study everything except of carbon and adsorption J
At CAS institute we visited Monika and her supervisor/boss (Sven Lidin, who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Science). In addition, we met Karin Jöhnsson, the leader of the group, which is specialized at wastewater treatment (including the stormwater). With both of them, we tried to discuss and find the area for common future research/cooperation.
Obviously, we have also tried to arrange the Erasmus agreement between our universities. Unfortunately, at this time they do not sign any contracts and rather reduce them.
Perhaps the biggest experience for us was visiting the synchrotron MAX IV (https://www.maxiv.lu.se/public-media/how-max-iv-works/), where we were thanks to Monika. We had a private tour, very detailed (about 3 h) and in Czech (guided by Dr. Zdeněk Matěj).
In our free time we explored the centre of Lund, where is situated the Cathedral from 1103.
The visit was funded by the Erasmus+ program.