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The first three-dimensional structures of the IgE antibody triggering allergic reactions. To the left is shown the experimental data obtained with electron microscopy that were combined to yield the three dimensional structure of IgE itself. To the right is depicted the experimental data and the resulting three dimensional structure for IgE bound to a fragment of the drug candidate Ligelizumab. Illustration: Rasmus K Jensen

2020.02.24 | Department of Engineering

Electron microscopy allows scientists to understand the molecular trigger of allergic reactions

An international research team has been able to describe the overall structure of the antibody type IgE, which is the key molecule in allergic diseases. This is a scientific breakthrough which provides important insights into basic mechanisms of allergic reactions and may pave the way for more effective allergy medicine. The new research results…

"Denmark is currently one of the best places to conduct research on timber structures, because so much is going on right here, right now. This is where we can help make a difference in the buildings and construction sector, which is currently responsible for more than a third of the global CO2 emissions," says Assistant Professor Markus Hudert. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Foto.

2020.02.21 | Department of Engineering

New researcher to investigate novel ways of building with timber

Markus Hudert is a new assistant professor at the Department of Engineering at Aarhus University. With his background in architecture and research into timber structures, he will introduce new knowledge to the area of tectonic design, an important area of research at the university.

The forests around Aarhus, here Riis Skov at Aarhus C, are the focal point of the engineering students in their hunt for brand new antibiotic-producing bacteria. In February, the first soil samples were collected, but soon the students will return to the forests to collect even more, which hopefully will help solve the world's major problems with antibiotic resistance. Photo: Melissa Yildirim, AU Photo.

2020.02.20 | Department of Engineering

Aarhus students part of world-wide hunt for new antibiotics

Aarhus University is the first Danish university to join the Tiny Earth global crowdsourcing initiative which, with the help of teaching staff and thousands of students all over the world, is trying to combat antibiotic resistance.

Test material during trials where the two ends (left) are slowly pulled in each direction. Using Digital Image Correlation movements are measured optically. The vertical movement of the test piece is thus shown with colored contour lines. Photo: Simon Heide-Jørgensen.

2020.02.19 | Department of Engineering

When less is more: Designer slits make glasslike materials much stronger

By making specially designed slits in Plexiglas, Danish researchers have made it stronger, lighter and more flexible. The new knowledge could be used to make microchips much more durable.

Stine Skou Nielsen is a student counsellor at Aarhus University School of Engineering, and she is always ready to talk to young people interested in applying for a programme. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2020.02.18 | AU Engineering

Doubts about what course to take? Most people overlook the student counsellor’s best advice.

Are you in doubt about what programme to choose, where to study, or when to apply? Stine is student counsellor at Aarhus University, and she has a lot of good advice if you are in the process of finding out what you want to study.

"Research into digital twins is of growing importance for all types of companies, both Danish and foreign, and we're experiencing a keen interest to participate from a large number of companies," said Professor Peter Gorm Larsen about open house event at the university's Centre for Digital Twins. Photo: Lars Kruse.

2020.02.13 | Department of Engineering

Huge interest in AU Centre for Digital Twins

On 6 May 2019, Aarhus University opened its doors to Denmark's first centre for digital twins. The centre hosted an open house event on 27-29 January, which attracted visitors from all over Europe.

Assistant Professor Diego F. Aranha, an expert in blockchain technology from the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University. Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Foto.

2020.02.11 | Department of Engineering

New project to teach Danish business about blockchain technology

A network of blockchain experts is to teach the Danish business community how to exploit safely the many new opportunities offered by the technology

On Thursday, 23 January, 121 happy students graduated with an MSc in Engineering. Photo: Haslefoto.dk.

2020.01.27 | Department of Engineering

“The only real choice”. Thanks to yet another group of talented engineering MSc’s

Last Thursday, 121 graduated with an MSc in Engineering from Aarhus University. They are entering a world with unsurpassed and global career opportunities. Thanks to you all for your eagerness, energy and enthusiasm. You are our most important contribution to society.

Elisabeth Granzow Larsen (left) and Christina Poulsen (right) in front of their campus, Navitas, at Aarhus Ø. Photo: Melissa Yildirum, AU Foto.

2020.01.17 | Department of Engineering

Study: Urban noise does not seem as loud when we look at nature

Two MSc Eng students from Aarhus University have set out to examine the correlation between what people see and what they hear. Using VR technology, they have discovered that looking at nature seems to dampen our hearing.

Gitte Buk Larsen, business developer and marketing manager at Aage Vestergaard Larsen A/S, and Associate Professor Mogens Hinge browsing through plastics for recycling. Photo: Aage Vestergaard Larsen A/S.

2020.01.13 | Department of Engineering

Recycled plastics transformed into 3D printing material

A new research project at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University aims to recycle plastic waste into a standardised filament product for the 3D printing industry.

"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.

Photo: AU Foto

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.

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