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Six researchers from Natural Sciences have received grants to promote Danish basic research

The Novo Nordisk Foundation have awarded a total of DKK 15 million to six researchers from the faculty. The objective of the grants is to support basic research at the highest international level.

Six researchers from five different departments will receive a total of DKK 15, 2 million under the Novo Nordisk Foundation's Project Grants in the Natural and Technical Sciences.

The six grant recipients from the faculty will use the funds to conduct research into artificial enzymes, detector technology in PET scanners, and Matrix-analytical methods in population genetics.

The aim of the grant programme is to promote Danish basic research at the highest international level within natural sciences and technical fields, in particular projects with potential interdisciplinary applications in life sciences, health sciences or within sustainability.

The six research projects that have received funding are:

> Professor Asger Hobolth, Department of Mathematics, has been granted DKK 2,261,341 for his project: Matrix-analytical methods in population genetics project.

> Associate Professor Brigitte Stadler, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), has been granted DKK 2,994,630 for her project: Engineered Lipid Droplets as Semi-Synthetic Intracellular organelles.

> Assistant Professor Julián Valero Moreno, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, has been granted DKK 2,999,830 for his project: A new class of artificial enzymes and nanoreactors made of DNA.

> Assistant Professor Rosana Martinez Turtos, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been granted DKK 1,000,000 for her project: Finding the interaction point of single gamma photons - enabling next-generation PET scanners (Points-gamma)

> Associate Professor Søren Ulstrup, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been granted DKK 2,992,179 for his project: Twisting superconductivity out of atomic bilayers.

> Professor Troels Skrydstrup, Department of Chemistry, has been granted DKK 2,993,489 for his project Development of a Molecular Surgery Strategy for Carbon Isotope Labelling.

Furthermore, Associate Professor Mie Andersen and postdoc Raffaele Cheula from the Department of Physics and Astronomy have been granted DKK 2.6 million for their project: Data-Driven Modelling of Oxide Catalysis, which is being run at AIAS.

See the full list of the 23 projects that have been granted funding. Nine of these are at Aarhus University.