At the Pilot Plant

Winners of 'Hempel-DTU forskerskolepris' visit DTU Chemical Engineering

Monday 19 Feb 18


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

As winners of the Hempel-DTU Research School award (forskerskolepris), HTX Holstebro’s students paid a visit to DTU Chemical Engineering for a day of pilot plant tours, the amazing world of coating science and water bridges - and explosions.

After an early morning bus ride from Jutland, the students of Holstebro Tekniske Gymnasium were welcomed by Head of Department Kim Dam-Johansen. He congratulated Holstebro Tekniske Gymnasium with the Hempel-DTU Research School award, explaining the dedication of the Hempel Foundation towards education and research with focus from schools for the poorest children in the world to the highest research level in the fields of coating science and technology.

After that, the students were divided into three teams and circulated between three different posts at DTU Chemical Engineering:

At the Pilot Plant, Head of Pilot Plant Steen Larsen and Assistant Professor Martin Høj showed the students around the large scale experimental facilities. Then Associated Professor Søren Kill brought them into the amazing world of coatings, and, before lunchtime, Senior Researcher Nikolaj Sorgenfrei Blom presented how an understanding of the structure of water can serve as a driving force of innovation – among other things by performing the “water bridge” experiment.

Explosions and meeting DTU students

After lunch, it was time to blow things up: A presentation of the role of chemical explosives in everything from mining to the military was followed by a number of experiments to show how chemistry enables explosions and light formations.

As a last point on the agenda, before taking the bus back to Jutland, the high schoolers had a chance to meet and chat with students from DTU Chemical Engineering. We hope that some of these young science talents see a future for themselves in chemical and biochemical engineering.

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