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Production has to be in a single, continuous flow in which waste stream is added at one end and, via enzymatic photobiocatalysis with the algae enzymes, is converted into fuel that comes out at the other end, explains Associate Professor Selin Kara (right). Photo: Jesper Bruun

2019.12.13 | Department of Engineering

Rare algae enzyme to convert cooking oil into ready-to-use biofuel

Researchers have found an unusual, light-dependent enzyme in microalgae. A new project at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, will use the enzyme in a system to produce drop-in fuels from waste oils and fats.

"This is the first time anyone has tried to find a cheaper or corresponding composite solution, but it’s not easy, because the conditions are so harsh," says Simon Heide-Jørgensen, industrial postdoc on the project. Photo: Anders Trærup.

2019.12.12 | Department of Engineering

Composite to replace cast iron in harsh maritime environments

Inside the massive engines in the world's largest ships are huge heat exchangers made of cast iron. For the first time, a new research project is looking for an inexpensive composite substitute for the classical iron components, which can cost vast sums to maintain.

The project could "be a huge achievement for the chemicals industry as a whole, as chemical synthesis today is very polluting," says Associate Professor Selin Kara. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Foto.

2019.12.11 | Department of Engineering

She uses mushroom enzyme and light to create green chemicals

By combining nature's own reactions, Associate Professor Selin Kara from the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University aims to develop a fully green and sustainable production process for chemicals.

"Humanity is facing a huge problem in relation to both climate change and limited carbon-based resources. We need to find other sources of carbon," says Associate Professor Nina Lock, who's received a generous grant from the Carlsberg Foundation for her new project. Photo: AU Foto.

2019.12.10 | Department of Engineering

Metal-organic sponge to convert CO2 into fuel

Associate Professor Nina Lock from the Department of Engineering has received a grant of DKK 4.3 million (EUR 0.6 mill.) from the Carlsberg Foundation to develop an entirely new material which, through electrocatalysis, can transform CO2 into useful products.

Corrosion is a major problem all over the world and can have catastrophic consequences if not taken care of. Photo: Colourbox.
Project DIGIMON is headed by Associate Professor Farshad Moradi, who's leading the ICElab laboratory at Aarhus University. Photo: Peer Klercke.

2019.12.06 | Department of Engineering

Smart, self-powered patches to put an end to EUR 2.3 trillion bill caused by rust worldwide

The cost of corrosion runs to around 3 per cent of the gross world product (GWP) annually, and therefore there is increasing international focus on monitoring infrastructure projects. The Department of Engineering at Aarhus University is developing a smart patch that can cut huge amounts off the costs of rust.

Science Lunch is an informal academic programme at which eg. researchers share new knowledge with the public and industry. Here, Assistant Professor Mahdi Abkar shares his newest research in wind energy. Photo: Zane Hartmane.

2019.12.03 | Department of Engineering

"It takes more than one to solve society's problems"

There was a full house at Incubas Pier Venue at Navitas, when this year's last Science Lunch kicked off at noon on Monday, with focus on green energy and the interplay between research and business.

Nicolas Volet is a new assistant professor at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. He comes with more than 10 years experience and holds a PhD in Physics from the EPFL. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.

2019.11.29 | Department of Engineering

New AU researcher investigating miniaturized laser technologies with extreme stability

Nicolas Volet is a laser expert and a new assistant professor at the Department of Engineering. He is starting a research project that may have far-reaching consequences for global data communication.

Associate Professor Menglin Chen has received DKK 4,2 million from the Carlsberg Foundation for her research project OptoMed. Photo: AU Foto. 
Associate Professor Nina Lock has received DKK 4,3 million for her project, which goes by the name Rational development of inexpensive and scalable electrocatalysts. Photo: AU Foto.

2019.11.28 | Department of Engineering

Generous grants to engineering from the Carlsberg Foundation

Two female scientists from the Department of Engineering have just received generous grants for new engineering projects. A total of 30 researchers from Aarhus University have received grants.

"There are many of these kinds of services for small and medium-sized enterprises, but many companies don’t even know that they exist. And that’s a shame, because it's fantastic to open up for the opportunities offered by modern technology," says Hanne Hørup, managing director and co-owner of Jydsk Emblem Fabrik (left). Photo: Jesper Bruun

2019.11.22 | Department of Engineering

133-year-old Danish family business ready for robots

Jydsk Emblem Fabrik A/S in Malling, Jutland produces medals, trophies, emblems, name tags and accessories for uniforms. Now, the family-owned company want to have collaborative robots working with their employees, and they’re doing this with engineers from Aarhus University.

Associate Professor Selin Kara received a DKK 6.1 mill. (EUR 0.6 mill.) Sapere Aude grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Photo: Melissa Yildirim.

2019.11.25 | Department of Engineering

Engineering researcher receives huge grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark

Associate Professor Selin Kara from the Department of Engineering is one of the eleven researchers from Aarhus University who received a prestigious Sapere Aude grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark on Tuesday.

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