VIDEO: How Estonian materials scientists can change the future of driving and ... cleaning ({{commentsTotal}})

In 2010, Estonian Ministry of Education and Research picked an international beamline at the MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, Sweden, as one of its 20 strategic investment projects. The construction of the FinEstBeaMS, an Estonian-Finnish cooperation project for the study of materials science, is now in full swing. Upon its completion, it is set to take Estonian materials research into the next level. ETV's weekly program "Osoon" went to see what the Estonian scientists hope to achieve and how their discoveries could make our life better.

"Osoon" met with physicists Ergo Nõmmiste and Rainer Pärna, and the director of MAX IV laboratory, Cristoph Quitmann, to talk about the new state-of-the-art synchrotron, a type of cyclic particle accelerator. Estonia, which is already in the forefront in nanotechnological research, is funding its own 4-million-euro beamline in the Lund facility, in cooperation with a Finnish consortium financed by the Academy of Finland.

“The beamline in Lund is an important part of the strategy for research infrastructure that Estonia has recently adopted. Through participation in the MAX IV project Estonian research will be strengthened and get more international attention," said Marco Kirm, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Tartu, when the plans for the joint project were revealed a few years ago.

The video also explains how nanotechnological research conducted in the University of Tartu and in Lund, can change the future of Formula 1, electric cars and cleaning.

Editor: M. Oll

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