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29 March 2012

Chemists celebrate students' achievements

When chemistry students achieve, the Department of Chemistry is a bit father-like, proud - but not that good at showing it. But once a year, the Department assembles those students that have made the Department proud by their bringing home of various scholarships, grants, stipends, medals and other honours. During March, the Department - and not least the students’ supervisors - gathered to celebrate the achievements of eight talented chemistry students. Stort fremmøde, især af studerende,  gjorde prisvinderreceptionen på kemisk institut til en festlig anledning


Happy and proud Department Head bid welcome Institutleder Mikael Bols bød velkommen til studerende, ansatte og gæster fra Carlsbergs Mindefond

Department Head Michael Bols kicked off the event by welcoming the award winners, the students who had come to celebrate them and not least, to the foreman of the Carlsberg Memorial Grant, Klaus Block, who had kindly offered to deliver a pep talk for the ambitious students. 

Carlsberg Memorial Grant foreman represented donors

Klaus Bock, formand for Carlsbergs Mindelegat

Klaus Block, a chemist as well as the Carlsberg Memorial Grant's foreman, discussed his own chemistry studies trajectory and about making a difference through the sciences. Additionally, Block and the Carlsberg Memorial Grant brought a frothy extra for the Carlsberg award winners, magnum sized bottles of Carlsberg, as well as gift boxes for the other achievers being celebrated.


Thorbjørn wants to develop fertilizer production

Thorbjørn Juul Morsing får overrakt en jubelflaske og en lille gave fra Instituttet af institutleder Mikael BolsWithout chemical fertilizers, the land would not be able to provide food for the half of humanity. However, the current production of ammonia requires high pressure and extreme temperatures, a process which guzzles energy. Thorbjørn Juul Morsning received a Carlsberg Memorial Grant scholarship to look into a way of producing ammonia at room temperature.


Oticonfonden/ Siemenslegat

Kristian looks for life on Mars

  Kristian Barüel Ørnsø med gaveæske fra Carlsberg og taske fra Kemi

Nobody knows if life exists on Mars. The discovery of methane gas suggests that it does. Nevertheless, it’s hard to measure whether or not the gas is produced by living organisms. Kristian Barüel Ørnsø received an Oticon Foundation grant to study the phenomenon, one of the red planet's most compelling mysteries. Furthermore, a Siemens grant supported him in the development of his methods of calculation to support this aim.



Solveig explained hydrogenbonds

Solveig Gaarn Olesen modtog Københavns Universtiets Guldmedalje for en ualmindeligt velbesvaret prisopgave

When molecules are linked in a liquid, can hydrogen bonds help to ensure their cohesion? Understanding the details of these hydrogen bonds is of vast importance and Solveig Gaarn Olesen’s significant contribution to that end has earned her a gold medal. The medal was won for her defence of one of the University of Copenhagen’s 2011 prize papers that dealt with the issue.





Rasmus is deveoping new computational chemistry

Rasmus Faber Fortalte om det teoretiske arbejde, der har skaffet ham Carlsbergs Mindelegats skolarstipendie

Atomic nuclei vibrate. Chemists have been aware of this for decades. However, theoretical chemistry rarely accounts for these movements and that creates problems when one is attempting to calculate the important magnetic and electrical properties of a chemical. Rasmus Faber received a Carlsberg Memorial Grant Scholarship to develop a new computational tool.


Freja wants to give us climate friendly fridges

Freja From Østerstrøm modtog Oticonstipendie som støtte til atmosfærekemiske undersøgelser af drivhusgasser

Refrigerants have created an ozone hole and made an unhelpful contribution to climate change. But what if the chemical composition of these refrigerants was altered so that butter could be kept cool without ozone depletion or increased global warming? Freja From Østerstrøm received an Oticon grant to support her project, “Atmospheric chemistry investigations into greenhouse gases”. Products like Freon, a refrigerant, continue to linger in the upper atmosphere and cause problems. Therefore, it’s important to investigate and understand details about how the ozone layer continues to be degraded by yesterday’s pollution. Kasper Mackeprang received a Carlsberg Memorial Grant Scholarship for his research into how chlorine containing pollution destroys the ozone layer.







Kasper is revealing threats from past pollution 

Kasper Mackeprang, der modtog Carlsberg Mindelegat til at undersøge ozonnedbrydning nyder talerne sammen med Nanna Wahlberg

Products such as the coolant Freon are still present in the upper atmosphere, where they are causing problems. For this reason it is important to understand even the most minute details of how the ozone layer is degraded by pollution from the past.

Kasper Mackeprang received Carlsberg Memorial Scholarship for scrutinies of how chloride pollution is still destroying the ozone layer of Earth. 






Tim developed heavy computations on light computers

Med et Siemenslegat kan Tim Hansen se frem til at udvikle nye metoder til beregningskemi

Molecular components are most frequently tested between two gold electrodes. Calculating the interactions between the two electric fields with quantum mechanics is a challenge when there are 12,000 electrons to keep track of. Tim Hansen received a Siemens grant to develop a new method of predicting which molecules might be suitable as components in molecular electronics.






Novo Nordisk arbejdslegat

Nanna wants to devepop a crystal ball

Nanna Wahlberg modtog NovoNordisk legat til krystalstudier

When a chemical substance crystallizes, the way in which it does is of great significance. If the crystal is part of a drug, its design might be the difference between life and death. Nanna Wahlberg received a Novo Nordisk grant to develop models that can predict how a substance might crystallize under a given condition.

Photoreportage from the reception

Høgni Weihe var stand in for Thorbjørn Juul Morsings vejleder Anders Døssing, der desværre var forhindret i selv at fejre sin velbegavede studerende







  Vejleder Stephan Sauer med Institutleder Mikael Bols


Det var en stolt vejleder, Anders Østergaard Madsen, der kunne præsentere sin studerende Anna Wahlberg, for de fremmødte Kasper Mackeprang viser sin ølgave til Freja From Østerstrøm og Henrik kjærgaard










En stolt vejleder, Henrik Kjærgaard, præsenterer Kasper Mackeprang for Institutleder mikael Bols