PhD candidate from IMT won award for best paper

Camilla Sommerseth, former PhD candidate at the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering, now a scientist at SINTEF, won the Best Carbon Paper Award at the ICSOBA conference. ISCOBA – The International Committee for Study of Bauxite, Alumina & Aluminium – organized the conference in Quebec, Canada in October 2016. Sommerseth and her coauthors received […]

Ferrochrome. Or: When rocks are not just rocks.

Ferrochrome is a widely used alloy of iron and chromium, essential in the stainless steel industry. We try to find a way of producing ferrochrome using natural gas instead of coal. This would give a more cost effective and environmentally friendly production process. The raw material for ferrochrome comes from chromite mines. It is possible […]

The two main ways of producing silicon for solar cells

Quality versus quantity – the classical confrontation. You also find it within research on solar cell materials and the two main ways of producing silicon for solar cells, but the heart of the matter is the quest to produce a perfect crystal. Let’s be unoriginal and begin this post using the starting sentence of 99% […]

TV stars creating chemical reactions

Schrödingers katt (that’s Schrödinger’s cat in Norwegian!) is a popular science show that runs every Thursday in prime time (19:45–20:15) on NRK1. It has been running since 1996 and has around half a million viewers every week. This fall season, the two of us got the opportunity to feature in the show, in a series […]

Super strong and deformable Aluminium

  In my PhD project, I have applied a new technology for future production of nanostructured metals. I have studied two different types of aluminium (aluminium containing magnesium and aluminium containing bismuth) with this technology. My goal was to find a suitable process for light metals having superior high strength combined with good deformability. Such […]