LIST’s top 10 most-read news of 2019

Published on 07/01/2020

2019 has been a busy year at LIST. Discover or rediscover the 10 stories that attracted the most visits by our readers:

1. LIST researcher Nicolas Boscher secures prestigious ERC Consolidator grant

Accelerating the LIST Materials roadmap towards hydrogen technologies, LIST researcher Dr Nicolas Boscher was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator grant by the European Research Council. Dr Boscher will receive EUR 1.9 M in funding over the next five years to create photocatalytic polymers assembled from chlorophyll-related molecules (porphyrins). The field is still relatively unexplored but if this breakthrough is achieved, it could support a new economy built not on fossil fuels but on hydrogen.

2. What will your future look like (thanks to LIST)?

Cognitive environments, Industry 4.0, digital twins, personalised medicine and more: welcome to the world of the future, which is being developed in our laboratories at LIST! Discover ten ground-breaking innovations from LIST that could change your life if they are adopted by our industrial partners.

3. Launch of LIST’s Viswall

On Wednesday 4 December, LIST launched a wall of very high resolution multi-touch screens with a motion tracking system unique in the Greater Region. Uses include advanced data analytics and visualisation, supporting workshops, meetings or training. Possible applications may be found in the fields of space with gigapixel images, infrastructure management, response to emergency situations, modelling of biological or physical phenomena, improving business processes and industrial product design.

4. LIST's Board of directors appointed

As from 1 January 2020, for a five-year term, the board of directors is composed of five women and four men, with Jacques Lanners, as Chairman and Eva Kremer as Vice-chairman.

5. “10 years to win the race against climate change”

The energy transition is well under way. Digital transformation, new mobility approaches, new ideas for living in cities and a rising number of prosumers are examples of the ongoing energy transition. As LIST CEO Thomas Kallstenius said during the first edition of the new biennial Energy Transition Dialogue on 24 October: “We all know we have to go through an energy transition. The question is how we are going to make it happen.” Watch the event video with Minister of Energy and Spatial Planning Claude Turmes and explorer and clean technology pioneer Bertrand Piccard.

6. Scientists with a cause

What message would you like to send out to the young people taking to the streets to protest against climate change? This is the question we asked two experts from LIST following their participation in the Climate Emergency and Education seminar held on 21-22 November: Thomas Gibon, an industrial ecology researcher, and Laurent Pfister, climatologist and expert in hydrosystems.

7. Water futures in a changing world

Nearly 120 experts in water resources research from 21 countries came together from 14 to 18 October on the Belval Innovation Campus, to discuss pressing research needs in the light of global change increasingly impacting our water resources.

8. Tomorrow's technologies unveiled at LIST Tech Day 2019

The second edition of the LIST Tech Day, held on Thursday June 20 at the Maison des Arts et des Etudiants in Belval, shows that LIST is fully delivering on its mission to drive innovation in Luxembourg and make it an attractive place for international researchers and businesses. Among the many innovations available, attendees discovered a microscope with a world record resolution, smart dustbins, a lab on wheels able to assess local air quality, drones that can detect diseases in the vineyards, robots to create digital maps inside buildings, sensors which will be used for personalized medicine, or a software to assess floods and produce real-time maps to help public authorities react quickly.

9. LIST in the strategic race for cellular batteries

Manufacturing batteries is a strategic imperative for Europe, both for the transition towards clean energies and modernisation, as well as for the competitiveness of its industry, in particular the automotive sector. LIST is doing its bit by working on the design of new cellular batteries. The aim of LIST’s collaboration with the engineering company XNRGI is to place key, nanoscale materials inside the pores of silicon batteries in order to improve energy and power density, and to speed up the development of these batteries.

10. LIST-Goodyear: an award-winning partnership

On the 10th of September 2019,  the Multi-Performance Optimisation team of the Data Science for Tires Goodyear-LIST collaborative research project received a best paper award from the Tire Society in the United States. With a record investment of almost 50 million euros, the LIST-Goodyear partnership is Luxembourg's largest public-private RDI partnership ever.

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