Docentship lecture: Molecular model – find your place in the hierarchy!

  • Date: –11:00
  • Location: Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1 Polhemssalen
  • Lecturer: Malin Wohlert /PhD
  • Organiser: Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Contact person: Malin Wohlert
  • Docentföreläsning

The Department of Materials science and Engineering hereby invite all interested to a docentship lecture in subject Engineering physics with specialization in Materials Science. Lecturer is Malin Wohlert /PhD.

Chairperson: professor Per Isaksson

Representative of the Docentship Committee: professor Jan Isberg


Numerous materials, both biological and synthetic, are structurally hierarchical, meaning that they are organized at several length scales. Wood is a biological hierarchical material which at macro scale can be viewed as a porous structure, whereas their cell walls are microscopically organized composite materials with cellulose fibrils embedded in lignin and hemicellulose, always in the presence of water. To understand the mechanical properties of wood and the effect of environmental parameters such as moisture and temperature, a model that take into account mechanisms at all length scales is needed.  This lecture provides an introduction to how molecular models and molecular dynamics simulations can be used as a tool to describe parts of these mechanism – and what the limitations are.

The lecture is an obligatory teaching test for those applying for admittance as docent and it should be possible for students and others with basic academic education in the relevant field to follow it. The lecture lasts 40-45 minutes with subsequent discussion. The lecture will be given in Swedish.