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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.

Researchers from Aarhus University have developed a new method that, by means of two sleds tied to a quad-bike, can make a 3D map of the subsoil at an unprecedented level of detail down to 50 metres. (Photo: AU Arkiv)

2018.11.01 | AU Engineering

New technology to prevent nitrate run-off from agriculture

Researchers are to make 3D maps of the subsoil below agricultural areas to obtain detailed knowledge about the nitrogen need for the individual field.

In a new project, researchers aim at improving the current methods to biologically remediate oil-contaminated soil. (Photo: Colourbox)
Researchers will measure the voltage differences in the soil with specially developed electrode tubes to demonstrate the flow of the remediation agents in a 3D model.

2018.10.31 | AU Engineering

Signal processing to improve remediation of oil-contaminated soil

By measuring the electrical conductivity of the soil, researchers from Aarhus University, in collaboration with Ejlskov A/S, are developing an inexpensive and accurate method of tackling oil pollution. The project is being supported with DKK 17 million from Innovation Fund Denmark's Grand Solutions.

Associate Professor Edzard Spillner received the Grethe Stampe scholarship for his research into antibodies to treat allergies. (Photo: Lars Kruse_AU)

2018.10.30 | AU Engineering

AU researcher receives award for pioneering allergy research

Associate Professor Edzard Spillner from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, has received the Grethe Stampe Legat for work on new antibody-based treatments for allergy.

"This is an exciting project, as it is crucial that we make the digital infrastructure more energy efficient," says Danish Minister for Higher Education and Science, Tommy Ahlers. Photo: Colourbox.
"The project will also investigate and implement simple new energy-efficient and scalable end-to-end security schemes across the IoT infrastructure," says Associate Professor Martijn Heck from the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2018.11.05 | Department of Engineering

DKK 100 million for faster, greener Internet

Internet traffic has risen a thousand-fold since 2000 and currently accounts for around 10 per cent of the world’s electricity consumption. This is a trend that is set to increase. There is therefore a great need for new infrastructure offering energy-efficient broadband solutions, and a new Grand Solutions project with funding from Innovation…

The students here are building mini drones under expert supervision from Associate Professor Erdal Kayacan. Photo: Jesper Bruun. 
Underwater robots could play an important role in scientific work to monitor climate change. The students could get their hands on the technology at the dockside in Aarhus. (Photo: Jesper Bruun).

2018.10.02 | AU Engineering

Sustainability on the curriculum for 370 pupils

Perhaps the Danish high-school students who know most about sustainability. At all events, 370 students from Aarhus Tech now know a little more after hearing about the latest knowledge and technology last Friday at a theme day at Aarhus University.

You can’t just turn up the cooling, because while the sows need to keep cool, their new-born piglets need a warm climate in order to develop as well as possible. Photo: AU Foto.

2018.09.24 | Department of Engineering

New project to minimise heat stress in pigs

Heat stress in highly productive sows in subtropical and tropical regions is a major problem, and if the sows are not cooled down, the consequences can have major economic and animal welfare impacts. A new ventilation project will tackle this issue.

Assistant professor at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Alexandros Iosifidis received the prestigious H.C. Ørsted Forskerspirer price 2018. Photo: Lars Kruse.

2018.09.13 | Department of Engineering

This year’s Ørsted award goes to machine learning expert

Alexandros Iosifidis from the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University has received the Hans Christian Ørsted Forskerspirer Award 2018 for his scientific work on signal processing and machine learning.

Assistant professor at the Department of Engineering Marcelo Dias uses the ancient Japanese paper cut technique kirigami to create mechanical metamaterials with extraordinary properties. Photo: Lars Kruse.

2018.09.11 | Department of Engineering

Experimental funding for bold new engineering projects

Can we use ancient paper techniques to create new materials and ultramodern technology that can help us discover nature's own antibiotics? Two new projects at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, which aim to accomplish exactly this, are among the projects being funded in a new programme under the Villum Fonden foundation.

Only a third of the working hours in construction are spent on value-adding work a major new study from the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University shows. Photo: Colourbox.

2018.08.22 | AU Engineering

Research project identifies huge productivity potential in construction

A major new study from the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University shows that only one-third of the working hours in construction are spent on value-adding work. This means that there are many opportunities for optimisation in most builders’ working day. However, it's not that builders aren’t working hard, say the researchers.

Master of science in engineering student Buster Skyum has contributed to the University's first steps towards growing human cell heart valves. Photo: Jesper Bruun.

2018.08.20 | AU Engineering

Engineering student develops bioreactor to grow heart valves from human cells

This could be the end artificial heart valves. That’s the goal of Aarhus University, and in a Master’s thesis project, Buster Skyum, an MSc in Engineering student from Department of Engineering, has helped the university take its first step towards growing biologically active heart valves made of human cells. Such valves will never need to be…

In collaboration with Vestas and Siemens, Aarhus University organises an international summer school, which every year attracts both Danish and foreign talents. (Photo: AU Engineering, Jesper Bruun)
Participants at the summer school learn about wind as a sustainable energy supply and they work on some of the most current technological issues facing the companies. (Photo: AU Engineering, Jesper Bruun)

2018.08.23 | AU Engineering

Engineering talents want to come to Denmark to learn about wind

When engineering students want to learn about wind technology, they look to Denmark. Over recent weeks, some of the world's sharpest minds have gathered at Aarhus University to take part in the International Wind Power Summer School.

Illustration of a Laser Terahertz Emission Microscope where a laser photo-excites the sample under a sharp metal probe, and the emitted terahertz beam gives a signature of the sample’s electrical conductivity.

2018.08.06 | AU Engineering

Terahertz: New researcher paves the way for special light technology at Aarhus University

Pernille Klarskov Pedersen is a new assistant professor on the photonics line at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University where, among other things, she will conduct research into the solar cells of the future.

The number of places offered to women has risen 41 per cent in the recent year. Women now account for about one third of the total of more than 1,000 new engineering students who will be starting their studies at Aarhus University in late August. Photo: Lars Kruse.

2018.08.07 | AU Engineering

Number of women on engineering programmes surges

Aarhus University is currently experiencing a veritable boom in the number of female applicants for engineering programmes. According to the business community, this is a positive trend in several ways.

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