Presentation by F. Schmidt on Career Transition from Research to Entrepreneurship, 14 October 2020

Falko Schmidt, founder of Lucero Bio AB.

From basic research to founding a startup company: A personal journey to the unknown

Falko Schmidt
Career Seminar, Online, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
14 October 2020, 11:30-13:00
26 November 2020, 11:30-13:00

I am currently a PhD student at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg and will defend at the beginning of 2021. For a couple of years I have been playing with different ideas for a startup already, involving technical solutions developed during my time as PhD and was looking for their applications in the real world. After a couple of failures I have recently founded my own startup company Lucero AB. We will develop automated optical manipulation solutions for single cell analysis with applications in research on longevity, viral diseases and in the pharmaceutical industry. During this seminar I will share my insights on how to find ideas, how to validate them and the process towards creating a startup company.

This seminar is a recurring seminar and it is part of the Career Development and Entrepreneurship series initiated by the Faculty of Science. It will take place during the autumn 2020 and spring 2021.

Please check the links below for the planned dates:

14 October: Career seminars for PhD students at the Dept of Biological and Environmental Sciences and the Dept of Marine Sciences

26 November: Career seminars for PhD students at the Dept of Mathematical Sciences (GU and Chalmers)

Additional dates will be added later.

Invited talk by G. Volpe at GSJP, 1 October 2020

Logo of GSJP2020 – First Global Symposium on Janus Particles.

Giovanni Volpe will give an online invited presentation at the First Global Symposium on Janus Particles (GSJP) 2020.

GSJP will bring together a collection of experts who are in the vanguard of scientific and engineering investigations on Janus particles all around the globe.

The contribution of Giovanni Volpe will be presented according to the following schedule:

Giovanni Volpe
Light-controlled Assembly of Active Colloidal Molecules

Activity and life have emerged from a primordial broth of simple building blocks when the presence of energy flows made these blocks come together and interact in non-trivial ways. Here, we use experiments and simulations demonstrating that active molecules can be created and controlled by light. Shining light on a primordial broth containing passive particles of two different species, we create active colloidal molecules of increasing complexity, which behave as migrators, spinners and rotators. This demonstrates a powerful new route for nonequilibrium self-assembly, which may help explaining the emergence of complex systems in living matter and may also proof useful as a design principle for the construction of flexible micromotors and cargo transport in health care applications.

Date: 1 October 2020
Time: 10:10 (EST)
Place: Online

Presentation by S. Helgadottir at the Gothenburg Science Festival, 2 October 2020

Logo of the Gothenburg Science Festival.

Saga Helgadottir will give a presentation at the Gothenburg Science Festival 2020.

The International Science Festival Gothenburg is one of Europe’s leading popular science events. Its first edition dates back to 1997, and it is held every year in spring.
This year the festival will take place during autumn, 28 September-4 October. Due to the current situation the festival will be a digital event. The digital festival will be available during the week of the festival.

The contribution of Saga Helgadottir will be presented according to the following schedule:

Saga Helgadottir
Deep Learning for Object Recognition
Deep Learning is a machine learning technique that teaches computers to do what comes naturally to humans: learn by example. In this talk, I will show how Deep Learning can be used to identify objects in images, in particular microscopic particles.

Date: 2 October 2020
Time: 18:08
Duration: 17′
Link: Deep Learning for Object Recognition

Vetenskapsfestivalen Göteborg (in Swedish)
The International Science Festival Gothenburg (in English)
Full Program

Diagnosis of a genetic disease improves with machine learning, a summary in Swedish published in Fysikaktuellt

Neural networks consist of a series of connected layers of neurons, whose connection weights are adjusted to learn how to determine the diagnosis from the input data.

A summary in Swedish of our previously published article “Virtual genetic diagnosis for familial hypercholesterolemia powered by machine learning” has been published in Fysikaktuellt, the journal of the Swedish Physical Society (Svenska fysikersamfundet).

Article: “Diagnostisering av sjukdomar förbättras med maskininlärning”, Saga Helgadottir, Giovanni Volpe and Stefano Romeo (in Swedish)

Original article: Virtual genetic diagnosis for familial hypercholesterolemia powered by machine learning

Press release: 
Algoritm lär sig diagnostisera genetisk sjukdom (in Swedish)
An algorithm that learns to diagnose genetic disease (in English)

Invited talk by G. Volpe at SCOP2020, 25 September 2020

Student Conference on Optics and Photonics (SCOP), organized by the OSA student chapter of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.

Giovanni Volpe will give an online invited presentation at the Student Conference on Optics and Photonics (SCOP), organized by the OSA student chapter of Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India.

The conference addresses various topics in optics with an emphasis on non linear optics and quantum optics, will be held during 23-25 September, 2020 at the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad, India.
The conference includes invited talks by eminent scientists from India and abroad, as well as posters and oral presentations by student participants and research fellows.

The contribution of Giovanni Volpe will be presented according to the following schedule:

Giovanni Volpe
Deep Learning for microscopy and optical trapping
Date: 25 September 2020
Time: 15:10 IST (GMT+5:30)
Place: Online

Career Seminar by OSA Ambassador Aura Higuera Rodriguez, 6 October 2020

Aura Higuera, Technical Account Manager PIC technology and Optical Society Ambassador

The OSA Chapter of Gothenburg together with the Association of Graduate Students in Physics (FFF) will organise an online career talk by Aura Higuera Rodriguez, OSA ambassador and Technical Account Manager at Synopsys Photonic Solutions. The seminar will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday 6th of October at 5 pm.

Aura completed her PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology in the photonic integration group. Afterwards, she worked at the Photonic Integration Technology Center as JePPIX Coordinator and Application Support and since January 2019 she joined Synopsys Photonic Solutions as Technical Account Manager. More about Aura on the OSA website .

Aura is among the OSA Ambassadors 2020 and her talk will focus on Career Development and Emotional Intelligence. The seminar is open to all members of the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology via registration using the institutional email.

The seminar will be held on Zoom and the link will be available one hour before the start. To attend the talk, please register on   For information or questions you can contact OSA-GU at or FFF at

Place: Zoom (online)
Date: 6 October 2020
Time: 17:00 CET

New OSA chapter established at Gothenburg University!

Screenshot of the GU-OSA Student Chapter kick-off meeting, autumn semester 2020.

A new student chapter of the Optical Society of America (OSA) has been established at the Physics Department of Gothenburg University!

The founding members of the GU-OSA student chapter are students from the Soft Matter Lab, the Biophysics Group, and Optical Levitation Group, all part of the Physics Department of Gothenburg University. The chapter activity started on the autumn semester of 2020 with the online kick-off meeting, where the future plans and activities of the GU-OSA chapter were discussed.

The Optical Society of America (OSA) supports outreach and networking through the student chapters. So far, there are over 370 Student Chapter across the world organising events such as seminars, colloquiums, and outreach activities focused on increasing awareness of the importance of optics in our daily life and society.

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Non-equilibrium properties of an active nanoparticle in a harmonic potential on ArXiv

Non-spherical nanoparticle held by optical tweezers. The particle is trapped against the cover slide.

Non-equilibrium Properties of an Active Nanoparticle in a Harmonic Potential
Falko Schmidt, Hana Šípovà-Jungová, Mikael Käll, Alois Würger & Giovanni Volpe
arXiv: 2009.08393

Active particles break out of thermodynamic equilibrium thanks to their directed motion, which leads to complex and interesting behaviors in the presence of confining potentials. When dealing with active nanoparticles, however, the overwhelming presence of rotational diffusion hinders directed motion, leading to an increase of their effective temperature, but otherwise masking the effects of self-propulsion. Here, we demonstrate an experimental system where an active nanoparticle immersed in a critical solution and held in an optical harmonic potential features far-from-equilibrium behavior beyond an increase of its effective temperature. When increasing the laser power, we observe a cross-over from a Boltzmann distribution to a non-equilibrium state, where the particle performs fast orbital rotations about the beam axis. These findings are rationalized by solving the Fokker-Planck equation for the particle’s position and orientation in terms of a moment expansion. The proposed self-propulsion mechanism results from the particle’s non-sphericity and the lower critical point of the solute.

Jesús Pineda joins the Soft Matter Lab

Jesús Pineda starts his PhD at the Physics Department of the University of Gothenburg on 16th September 2020.

Jesús has a Master degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar, Cartagena, Colombia.

In his PhD, he will focus on Microscopy and Deep Learning.