29 July 2015
The writing on the wall: Chemists adorn mega-posters
Behind a plywood fence on Copenhagen street Jagtvej, the University of Copenhagen is in the process of constructing more than 45,000 new square meters of research and educational space devoted to the sciences. The building, the Niels Bohr Building, will be large. And, the board fence is large too. Therefore, the Faculty of Science has designed an array of posters that will serve to advertise the many fantastic things that are set to take place on the other side of the fence.
Chemists will steer many of these exciting projects. Therefore, it is only natural for chemists to be well represented in the massive photos. Associate Professor Thomas Just Sørensen explains new contrasting agents that can be used to make medical imaging less expensive and more effective. Among their other endeavours, Sørensen and his colleagues have worked with methods to measure the concentration of oxygen in individual cells.
Professor Susan Stipp explains what NanoGeoScience is all about – using nanotechnology methods to create environmentally sustainable solutions for industry. Stipp’s research group investigates the surface areas where liquids and minerals interface. This is an area of knowledge creation that can be deployed for water treatment, to increase the recovery rate of oil from existing fields and for CO2 capture and storage.
Former graduate student Maria Bech Poulsen is represented in one of this spring’s “Danmark har brug for” (“Denmark needs…”) poster campaign. Together with a group of other fields where recent graduates are in high demand, the chemistry programme was selected for the nationwide campaign. The campaign included posters, situated in S-Train stations and high schools, to communicate to youth the many job opportunities in a long range of natural and life sciences disciplines.
Professor Matthew Johnson explains his work with the start-up INFUSER A/S, an entrepreneurial company that develops air purification solutions for industry.
The business sprang from Professor Matthew Johnson’s basic research conducted at the Department of Chemistry. After only two and a half years of operation, INFUSER A/S has attracted DKK 40 million in foreign investment. This is of large commercial significance to Copenhagen, as well as of research significance for the University that now finds it easier to attract some of the world’s brightest talents in the field of atmospheric chemistry.
The posters are two meters high and two and a half meters wide. According to the Faculty of Science’s Head of Communication, Joakim Groth, the objective of the posters is to signal – to both businesses and organisations – that the University of Copenhagen’s Faculty of Science is an attractive collaborative partner, that SCIENCE educates the students required by Denmark, and for passers-by who might find inspiration in the many things that are set to take place in the new building.