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The student team behind the first nano-satellite of Aarhus University (Kåre on the far right). Photo: AUSAT/Dephini-1

2018.11.28 | Department of Engineering

AU sends satellite into space: "The culmination of my boyhood dream"

On Tuesday evening at 7:38 Danish time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will shoot skywards and into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida. On board will be the Delphini-1 satellite that engineering student Kåre Jensen has helped to construct.

Professor Sven Gjedde Sommer is working on several research projects on green farming - also internationally where he presently is developing technologies in Vietnam to improve the way we exploit manure from livestock. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2018.11.20 | Department of Engineering

Environmental pioneer to strengthen AU research on green farming

He became a professor in 2005. He defended his doctoral dissertation in 2013. Now, Sven Gjedde Sommer has started on the next chapter in his quest for green livestock production in Denmark at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

Associate professor Selin Kara and her bioreactor, that uses light as catalyst and natural enzymes as ingredients to synthesize green chemicals. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.
Selin Kara is leading work package No. 3 of the H2020 project PhotoBioCat and is seen here with her research group at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.

2018.11.09 | Department of Engineering

Mimicking nature to produce green chemicals using the power of light

Nine universities across Europe are working together to produce green, sustainable and biodegradable chemicals using light as the fuel and generating absolutely no waste at all.

"No one has ever looked more closely at why the straw stays in whatever orientation it is placed by bending its corrugated part," says Marcelo Dias, Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Jesper Bruun
Maybe the bendable straw has never really been given the credit it deserves. It certainly looks as though its flexible properties might have engineering applications. Photo: Jesper Bruun

2018.11.02 | Department of Engineering

The multi-stability of universal design

80 years ago, a screw and a piece of dental floss revolutionized an invention dating back more than 5,000 years. An international team of scientists and engineers are now taking this invention a step further.