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"We’re proud to support this world-leading centre that can bring forward new knowledge about how we can record impulses in the ears, and how we can use this knowledge to benefit general health," says Lars Nørby Johansen, chair of the William Demant Foundation. Photo: AU Foto.

2019.12.20 | Department of Engineering

Aarhus University opens the world's first centre for ear-EEG

Researchers at the Department of Engineering are world leaders in brain measurement via a special device fitted in the ear like a hearing aid. The technology is called ear-EEG, and now the university has received a new grant to ensure further development of this Danish-designed method.

There is a great need for the kind of point-specific forms of treatment that Associate Professor Menglin Chen now aims to develop. Photo: Ida Jensen, AU Foto.

2019.12.19 | Department of Engineering

Injecting ‘solar cells’ into the body to regenerate brain cells

Associate Professor Menglin Chen has received a major grant from the Carlsberg Foundation to develop a completely new method of regenerating brain and heart cells. The method uses water-based nanofibers coated with organic photovoltaic nanomaterials to create light controlled neural stimulating scaffolds inside the body.

"We’re developing some models in the project for use as a sort of building block to make it easier for companies to get started. These models can be shared with other partners in the project," says project leader Professor Peter Gorm Larsen. Photo: Colourbox.

2019.12.17 | Department of Engineering

New platform to help SMEs get started with cyber-physical systems

Small and medium-sized enterprises need better opportunities to exploit the benefits of computer-based models for cyber-physical systems. This is the objective of a new, large-scale, pan-European development project headed by the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University.

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2019.12.16 | Department of Engineering

Research to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from livestock manure

A new research project will develop strategies to reduce methane emissions from livestock manure in the entire chain from animal excretion to end of storage.

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.