As a youth, Kirsten Marie Ørnsbjerg Jensen imagined studying art history or playing classical music. She ended up in the field of chemistry, working with atomic structures and nanomaterials. But for her, there isn’t much of a difference between art and natural science. New perspectives and fresh thinking are important in both worlds. Ørnsbjerg Jensen has just been honoured with the "International Rising Talent" award, presented by L’Oréal and UNESCO.
The use of solar and wind energy must be doubled to meet the world's demand for clean energy over the next 30 years. Catalysts that can ensure the storage of solar and wind energy in fuels and chemicals will therefore play an increasingly important role. The catalysts that are used today are, however, often both expensive and ineffective. Now researchers at the University of Copenhagen and DTU have developed a method that makes it easier to find better and cheaper catalysts, with their results having recently been published in the journal “JOULE”.