DTU Chemical Engineering. Foto: Thorkild Christensen

Four new projects at DTU Chemical Engineering

Wednesday 31 May 17
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by Frederik Appel Olsen

The Danish Coucil for Independent Research has decided to issue funding for four research projects from DTU Chemical Engineering. Read about all of them here.

More than a half billion DKK has been granted to independent research projects by the Danish Council for Independent Research (Det Frie Forskningsråd). 633 million DKK has been divided among 200 projects, 100 of which going to 25 different DTU projects - four of these projects belonging to DTU Chemical Engineering.

Newly appointed Doctor Technices Anne Ladegaard Skov from DPC has received nearly six million DKK for the project ‘Sustainable Hydrogels for Energy Generation (SUSHY-ENERGY)’. The aim is to utilize so-called hydrogels, which is what jellyfish consist of, as dielectric elastomers (DE). By imitating the microstructure of jellyfish, hydrogels will be designed to resist short-circuiting, macroscopic compression normally caused by the electric field binding the hydrogel together.

Associate Professor Anders Egede Daugaard, also from DPC, has been granted 2.5 million DKK for the project ‘Immobilization and stabilization of cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (ISP450)’, aiming to stabilize the enzyme P450 by using new multifunctional polymer systems, creating new possibilities of binding (immobilizing) enzymes and the ability to control the environment surrounding the enzyme.

Professor at PROSYS Krist Gernaey has been granted 5.5 million for the project ‘Green chemical production using ecological control strategies’. The project explores organic biotechnology in mixed microbial cultures as an alternative method for converting low-value raw materials and waste flows in high-value green chemicals and biofuels.

Last but not least, Nicolas von Solms, Associate Professor at AT CERE, has been granted over 5.5 million DKK for the project ‘Carbon Neutral Energy Production by Hydrate Swapping’ where it will be attempted to solve two global problems: The future energy supply for a growing, and increasingly energy demanding, population; and the threat from climate change caused by global warming. The project will aim to use CO2 to extract the enormous natural gas reserves bound to so-called gas hydrates in permafrost areas and in the peripheral regions of the world’s oceans.


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