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.
Happy and proud Department Head bid welcome
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 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
Without 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.
Kristian looks for life on Mars
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Nanna wants to devepop a crystal ball
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