Reviewing 2017 at DTU Chemical Engineering

Wednesday 13 Dec 17
by Frederik Appel Olsen


Lonnie Moldt Jørgensen
Communications Officer
DTU Chemical Engineering
+45 93 51 11 56

Christmas and New Year is soon at the door and this means that it’s time to look back at some of the activities and accomplishments we have been writing about on this site. Here, we bring a brief recap of some of the stories from our wonderful department – from all of us to all of you.

2017 has been another great year for the Department of Chemical Engineering at DTU. We have written about our research projects, collaborations, awards and prizes, media coverage, and much more.

We have updated you on our scientific research projects, without which DTU Chemical Engineering would have no claim to its name. Whether fundamental research, such as discovering that liquids can actually break, or directly applicable research, like turning lignin into sustainable ship fuel or creating a bio-based society with Novel Microbes, our department is always moving forward in the field of chemical and biochemical engineering.

We have also written about how to kill bacteria with electromagnetic fields, control N2O production and emission during wastewater treatment operations, recycle potential ionic liquids from cellulose-ionic liquid mixtures, and much more.

And the hard work in the labs and offices has not gone unnoticed. Professor Ole Hassager, who opened the Annual European Rheology Conference 2017 in Copenhagen, had the honor of receiving Elastomerprisen 2017. And out in the wide world, representatives of DTU Chemical Engineering have won prizes in New Zealand and Barcelona.

And, of course, Anne Ladegaard Skov, who was appointed Doctor Technices in April for her work into dieletric elastomers, has been hard to overlook in 2017. She was awarded the Statoil Prize, is set to take over as President of the EuroEAP Society, and is currently working on utilizing so-called hydrogels, which is what jellyfish consist of, as dielectric elastomers, as well as on wave energy harvesting technologies. 

The chemistry of collaboration

Just as DTU Chemical Engineering is nothing without its many research projects, it would be hard to imagine a department detached from other institutions of society.

The bond with industry remains as close and fruitful as ever. One example is that DTU Chemical Engineering and FLSmidth have extended the partnership that has been an ongoing success since 1996.

Academically, we have increased Nordic collaboration by signing an official agreement with Åbo Academy and NTNU, and we have expanded our activities in China, where we already have students and teachers as part of the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing. We have initiated an even closer collaboration with the Institute of Process Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences with whom we have also established a Danish-Chinese education based research centre.

Furthermore, the bright minds of our faculty are popping up in the news media. Professor Lene Lange appeared on the radio program Brinkmann on DR P1 to talk about climate and technology. And, quite recently, Associate Professor Philip Loldrup Fosbøl has been giving his expert opinion in various media outlets on recent developments in geo-engineering technology to reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.


Changes for the future

Even though we published the formidable historical account of the origins of DTU Chemical Engineering by Professor Emeritus John Villadsen, we have also looked to the future.
2017 have been the year where DTU has signed a contract with the team to build it: Hoffmann, MOE, Mikkelsen Arkitekter, and Link Arkitektur.

This has also been the year that Lars Kiørboe, Head of Pilot Plant for the last 12 year and a monumental part of the plant’s exhilarating development, chose to retire. Though Lars will be greatly missed, the new head of the plant, Steen Larsen, is a worthy successor who will be bringing the Pilot Plant into 2018 and beyond.

On a last note, we have initiated a series of PhD interviews, the second one of which, featuring Maria Gundersen Deslauries, just came out. This will continue into the New Year alongside even more stories about the life and achievements of DTU Chemical Engineering.

Happy holidays!

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