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Professor Anja-Verena Mudring (photo Magnus Bergström)
The Western coastline of Jutland has been a returning theme for the internationally known scientist, Anja-Verena Mudring. She is now ready to take up a position as a professor at the Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University, where a welcome 'bonus' is to be closer to the coastline. (Photo: Colorbox)

2021.05.28 | Department of Chemistry

The endless possibilities of impossible salt

This summer, Aarhus University will welcome Professor Anja-Verena Mudring when she joins the Department of Chemistry. Professor Mudring is one of the world's top researchers in the field of materials research. She is one of the leaders in materials development for energy conversion, and she has made a particularly prominent impression in the field…

[Translate to English:] Astrid Strunk modtager en AUFF-pris for sin forskning i Nordgrønland. Foto: Maiken Kestner

2021.05.25 | Department of Geoscience

Geologist Astrid Strunk receives AUFF's PhD award

Every year, the Aarhus University Research Foundation awards PhD prizes to five young researchers with extraordinary talent. The five award recipients have all made a name for themselves, both with their results and with the way they have communicated the results.

Mads Reinholdt Jensen is taking water samples south of Aarhus. In the background are children from a kindergarten on a field trip. Photo: Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, AU.
Among other things, the researchers found eDNA from stonefly larvae. The picture shows an adult stage stonefly found in the Store Hansted Å stream. Stoneflies are often found near freshwater streams. They require an aquatic environment with high water quality and are therefore a good indicator of the state of the aquatic environment. Photo: Philip Francis Thomsen, AU

2021.05.25 | Department of Biology, Sustainability

Researchers use DNA from streams for biodiversity monitoring

Why spend time wading through streams and rivers to catch insects and other small animals with finely meshed nets, when all you need is their DNA in a water sample to check the biodiversity in the watercourse? Using this method, which is called environmental DNA (eDNA), researchers from Aarhus University have detected 212 different species of…

[Translate to English:] iNANO og Institut for Kemi på Aarhus Universitet deltager i et partnerskab med industrien om at genanvende vindmøllevinger. Illustration: Colourbox

2021.05.19 | iNANO, Department of Chemistry

New coalition of industry and academia to commercialise solution for full recyclability of wind turbine blades

A new partnership between Skrydstrup Group (iNANO & Dept. of Chemistry, Aarhus University), Vestas, Olin, and the Danish Technological Institute collides industry and research to support circularity of wind turbine blades. The CETEC project paves the way for manufacturing new blades using materials from old turbine blades, thereby creating fully…

Professor Thomas B. Poulsen is heading the work to make toxic growth promoters more useful as antibiotics for humans. Photo: Peter F. Gammelby, AU
The graphs show the ability of three different polyethers to inhibit growth (measured as absorption) of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as a function of the concentration of the substances. Lasalocid and monensin are two naturally occurring polyethers, and HL201 is a synthetic ionophore produced during the study. The substances have a comparable ability to inhibit the growth of MRSA. MIC = ‘minimal inhibitory concentration’ and it is the absorption at which bacterial growth can no longer be detected with the naked eye.

2021.05.25 | Department of Chemistry

Unexpected new weapon against resistant bacteria

A research group at Aarhus University has found a way to transform a naturally occurring substance class that is toxic for both bacteria and mammals so that it is only toxic for bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This means that polyether ionophores, as the substances are called, could be candidates for the antibiotics of the…

PhD Alexander Sandahl, together with Professor Kurt Gothelf, Professor Troels Skrydstrup and a number of students in the groups, has developed a method for efficient and automated production of ingredients for DNA synthesis. (Illustration: Colourbox)
 Schematic overview of strategy for synthesis of phosphoramidites in a flow-based setup. (Illustration: Nature Commun 12, Artikel nr. 2760 (2021))

2021.05.10 | iNANO

New method for producing synthetic DNA

Chemically synthesized short DNA sequences are extremely important ingredients with countless uses in research laboratories, hospitals and in industry, like in the method for identifying COVID-19. Phosporamidites are necessary building blocks in the production of DNA sequences, but they are unstable, and break quickly. PhD Alexander Sandahl…

Professor Signe Normand will receive the Elite Research Prize 2021 on 10. August. Photo: Søren Kjeldsgaard.
Signe Normand is spearheading the use of drones and remote sensing in her research into plant distribution and dynamics. Here she launches one Greenland. Photo: Urs Treier
PhD student Marius Hogräfer at the Department of Computer Science receives an Elite Research travel grant of DKK 200.000 kr. Private photo
PhD student Ane Pastor Rollan fra the Department of Bioscience receives an Elite Research travel grant of DKK 200.000 kr. Photo: Ekaterina Yaltykova

2021.05.06 | Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Professor Signe Normand receives the Elite Research Prize for 2021

Professor of biology Signe Normand from Aarhus University is one of the five recipients of the Elite Research Prize for 2021. There are also Elite Research travel grants for two PhD students from the Department of Computer Science and Department of Bioscience. The awards will be presented at an event at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science…

Andreas Sommerfeldt, PhD in chemistry and nanotechnology from Department of Chemistry and iNano at Aarhus University has won the PhD Cup final. Press photo: Agnete Schlichtkrull

2021.05.04 | Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, iNANO

Andreas Sommerfeldt wins PhD Cup 2021

Andreas Sommerfeldt, PhD in chemistry and nanotechnology from Department of Chemistry and iNano at Aarhus University has won the PhD Cup final. The competition was broadcast on the Danish television channel DR 2 on Friday 30 April.

Andrii Bugai (photo: Lisbeth Heilesen)

2021.04.19 | Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Andrii Bugai receives the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Postdoc Andrii Bugai from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University receives the highly prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to study how our genome is regulated at the level of RNA turnover.

Birgit Schiøtt will continue as the head of the Department of Chemistry for three more years. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2021.04.19 | Department of Chemistry, People

Birgit Schiøtt to continue as head of department at the Department of Chemistry

Professor Birgit Schiøtt has been reappointed as the head of the Department of Chemistry on a three-year contract starting when her current five-year contract expires at the end of this year.

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