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2019
02 JAN

Portrait: “I’m really fond of puzzles—both scientific ones and those made of cardboard...

Henri Jansen is known as the magician of the clean room, because he is great at removing machine limitations that may arise at DTU Danchip—and dares to use unconventional...

Micro and nanotechnology Materials Semiconductors
2018
27 DEC

Tandem solar cells must be efficient and sustainable

Major research collaboration to break the barrier for how much energy a sustainable tandem solar cell can produce.

Solar energy Energy production Micro and nanotechnology
23 DEC

2D materials more than graphene

Graphene took the world by storm in the 00s. But the world is full of alternative 2D materials, and some of them may have the potential to revolutionize the electronics...

Materials Physics Micro and nanotechnology
07 DEC

And the winner is… DTU Nanotech!

Professor Anders Kristensen and colleagues from DTU Nanotech won EU’s Innovation Radar Prize 2018 for Excellent Science

Lasers Micro and nanotechnology
06 NOV

High-tech spin-out on the verge of global breakthrough

It takes a long time to develop high-tech products and explain to the world why they are useful. The spin-out NIL Technology is a good example of this.

Micro and nanotechnology
18 SEP

Researcher in electrical measuring techniques receives AEG Elektronprisen 2018

This year, the award AEG Elektronfonden’s Elektronpris is given to Senior Researcher Dirch Hjorth Petersen from DTU Nanotech, who is considered as a leading researcher...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
25 JUN

Microscopic laser attracting attention

A tiny new laser is revealing surprising unforeseen properties.

Lasers Micro and nanotechnology Data analysis
11 JUN

Researchers invent microscopic toxin detector

In collaboration with colleagues from Israel, DTU researchers have invented a micro bacteria based sensor that lights up when exposed to certain types of toxins.

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
06 JUN

Magnetic contrast agent behind clear MRI images

The Danish National Research Foundation Center for Hyperpolarization in Magnetic Resonance, HYPERMAG, at DTU  conducts research into technologies that can reveal...

Micro and nanotechnology Magnets Health and diseases Medical equipment and systems
06 JUN

‘Seeing is believing’

Electron microscope images provide understanding and evidence of a world we cannot see with the naked eye.

Micro and nanotechnology Bacteria and microorganisms
04 JUN

Double graphene sandwich provides protection against corrosion

”Normally it’s not a huge success that not a damn thing has happened after 120 days.” 

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
28 MAY

Microcapsules transport healthy bacteria to the intestines

DTU Nanotech is currently developing containers smaller than a grain of sugar to be able to lead benign bacteria safely through the gastric acid for release in the mucous...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
22 MAY

Metasurfaces will control the colour of your car

Imagine if you could change the poster in your living room to match the latest indoor décor fashion or the colour of your car to match your mood simply by tapping on your...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
17 MAY

InstaPatch receives 5.6M DKK in funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark

The CACHET PhD project InstaPatch  has received funding from Independent Research Fund Denmark . This funding will be used to further expand the project with an additional...

Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases Micro and nanotechnology
24 APR

Implementation of new class of smart actuating materials in biocompatible devices

Researchers from DTU Energy and DTU Physics have received a FET-Open grant from EU to pioneer research in biocompatible actuating materials that can be used for intelligent...

Electrotechnology Energy Energy systems Micro and nanotechnology
11 APR

Doctoral defense: start legislating on nanomaterials now!

Associate Professor Steffen Foss Hansen’s doctoral dissertation is a thorough proposal for a legislation on the use of nanomaterials. For it is high time, he believes.

Micro and nanotechnology Nanoparticles
03 APR

Researchers create microscopic toxin alarm

Together with Israeli colleagues, DTU researchers have built a sensor equipped with bacteria which light up when exposed to certain toxic substances.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

Strong university research benefits Danish life science sector

The life science sector is an important growth driver in the Danish economy. University research plays a decisive role in life science companies’ development and growth...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Electrotechnology Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

“It gives us the opportunity to take some risks”

Joint research projects with universities mean that Sophion Biosciences can innovate technologies in which there is a high risk that the results cannot be used in the company...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Micro and nanotechnology
05 MAR

Magnetic biosensor array simplifies the detection of genetic and epigenetic abnormalities...

In standard settings, the analysis of each DNA modification requires a carefully optimised assay that runs under specific conditions. This increases cost and labour and...

Micro and nanotechnology Sensors
19 FEB

Carbon-on-quartz device for dopamine release

Researchers at DTU Nanotech are developing a device that allows the attachment and differentiation of human neural stem cells onto dopaminergic neurons, while also enabling...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
06 FEB

Biomimetics can replace dysfunctional body cells

As humanity rises in size and age, the challenges increase to ensure health and quality of life for all of us. Science is therefore busy developing new methods for preventing...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
31 JAN

Penetrating the blood brain barrier

Researchers at DTU Nanotech are investigating methods where gold particles with specific surfaces are able to ‘trick’ their way through these defensive barriers and enter...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
12 JAN

45 MDKK. for projects in health

With grants from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, DTU scientists will gain new knowledge within functions of the brain, nerve damages in the ear and bacteria in the gut...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Sensors
2017
05 DEC

Biomimetics can replace dysfunctional body cells

As the world’s population increases in number and age, so do the challenges increase to ensure health and quality of life for all of us. Science is therefore busy developing...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
06 NOV

Carbon atoms assemble themselves on command

Using a new method that gets carbon atoms to assemble themselves, researchers open up for opportunities to create quantum dots that can revolutionize the information technology...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
30 OCT

View the chemical reactions of nanostructures live

What exactly happens with nanostructures during chemical reactions? Researchers at DTU Nanotech can now provide real time video of the complex nanoscale chemistry.

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
23 OCT

Moving towards the design of individualised cancer vaccines

In the near future, a novel liposome-based technology developed at DTU Nanotech may enable the tailored design of cancer vaccines that fits the individual patient. This...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology
27 SEP

Isolated nanoparticles can create new generation of catalysts

With a European Research Council grant  (ERC) of DKK 11 million (EUR 1.5 million), Associate Professor Peter Vesborg from DTU Physics  will develop a new measuring method...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Energy production Catalysis
05 SEP

Snout on a chip detects explosives

DTU is ready with a prototype for a chemical “sniffer system” for the detection of criminal substances like narcotics and explosives.

Physics Sensors Micro and nanotechnology
24 AUG

Sepsis – a hidden killer

Every year, millions of people die of sepsis. It is critical to arrive at a diagnosis fast. Together with Danish, Swedish, Austrian and Czech collaboration partners, DTU...

Micro and nanotechnology
31 JUL

Ib Chorkendorff receives EU’s most prestigious research grant for work with catalysts...

Professor Ib Chorkendorff, DTU Physics , has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Grant from the ERC (European Research Council) for his work in developing new catalysts...

Quantum theory and atomic physics Micro and nanotechnology Catalysis Fuel cells Energy storage Solar energy Wind energy
20 JUN

DTU’s teaching receives international recognition

The leading scientific journal Nature Nanotechnology has just published a rare article about nanosafety teaching at DTU. In particular, it is the close interaction between...

Micro and nanotechnology
17 MAY

Microscopic solar cells could give vision to blind

Postdoc Rasmus Schmidt Davidsen conducts research into optimizing solar cells. Now, with the help of micro-sized photovoltaic cells, he will restore sight to the blind...

Medicine and medico technology Micro and nanotechnology Solar energy
03 MAY

Graphene - a wonder material for electronic devices

In collaboration with partners from industry and academia, researchers at DTU Nanotech have improved the possibility of utilizing the extraordinary properties of graphene...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Materials
24 APR

Stronger composites for blades by glass fibre coating

Glass fibres have many applications such as blades for wind turbines, glass fibre boats etc. Researchers from DTU Nanotech have shown that by coating the glass fibres the...

Micro and nanotechnology
14 APR

"My greatest goal is to find a cure for cancer"

“Some perceive me as one-track minded—and rightfully so,” says Head of Department and Researcher Thomas L. Andresen. His working week is never less than 60 hours. But hard...

Micro and nanotechnology Medicine and medico technology Nanomedicine Health and diseases
20 FEB

Millions for research challenging the laws of physics

Funding continues for Center for Nanostructures Graphene where research takes place on the nano scale, and new and surprising facts about the laws of physics come to light...

Physics Quantum theory and atomic physics Micro and nanotechnology
07 FEB

Brain dopamine factory

By implanting dopamine-producing cells in the brain, patients may regulate their own dopamine level.

Medicine and medico technology Micro and nanotechnology
24 JAN

Real-time in vitro monitoring of cell populations

The study of cells’ reaction to e.g. drugs or to environmental pollutants is an important technological area. Cells are cultured while they are exposed to different substances...

Micro and nanotechnology
19 JAN

Electrocatalysis can advance green transition

Renewable energy is providing an increasing share of the energy supply, but to ensure the green transition continues, it must also be able to furnish us with the fuels...

Catalysis Micro and nanotechnology Metals and alloys Nanoparticles Fuel cells Energy storage Fossil fuels Solar energy Wind energy
09 JAN

Detection of pneumonia through exhaled breath

Children with cystic fibrosis (CF) often get airway infections, which can be difficult to diagnose. The methods are invasive and highly unpleasant for the child, and the...

Micro and nanotechnology
2016
07 NOV

Nanopillars – a state-of-the-art optical sensor

Reliable, cheap and quick recognition of molecules at challenging concentrations of ~1 ppb ( parts per billion ) or less is now possible thanks to a sensor developed at...

Micro and nanotechnology
13 OCT

Sources of peanut allergy revealed

Researchers from DTU Nanotech have examined patients’ immune reactions towards peanuts and discovered that the individual patient has allergic reactions towards very specific...

Micro and nanotechnology
26 AUG

DTU Nanotech spinout company sold for $80 million

Scandinavian Micro Biodevices ApS (SMB) has been acquired by the US Company Zoetis, the world’s largest global animal health company, for $80 million.

Micro and nanotechnology
22 AUG

DTU Nanotech spinout company selected to combat Zika

The DTU Nanotech spinout company, BluSense Diagnostics, has been selected together with 20 universities and companies from around the world to develop new technological...

Micro and nanotechnology Sensors
09 AUG

Georgeite can improve the production of methanol

Researchers at DTU have helped an international team of researchers prove how the mineral georgeite can improve the production of methanol. In the long term, the discovery...

Micro and nanotechnology Physics Chemistry Catalysis Materials
24 JUN

New research project on nanoconductors

The project ”Dynamics in ballistic nanoconductors: Theory and simulation tools”, headed by Professor Mads Brandbyge, has received 4,7 MDKK from VILLUM FONDEN.

Micro and nanotechnology
31 MAY

Engineers and doctors develop new healthcare technologies

New healthcare technologies are needed to prevent, diagnose and treat the increasing number of cases of disease associated with increases in life expectancies. And this...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Micro and nanotechnology Optics Medicine and medico technology Medical equipment and systems Hospital layout and design Health and diseases Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
19 MAY

New method for analysing and separating cells in blood

With the help of DTU Physics, researchers from MIT and the University of Lund have developed a new method to analyse and separate cells in blood. The method can accelerate...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Cells Health and diseases
13 MAY

New generation of laser-controlled micro-robots created at DTU

Researchers from DTU Fotonik have become the first in the world to integrate multiple well-known technologies in a swarm of 3D-printed micro-robots. Their breakthrough...

Lasers Optics Micro and nanotechnology Nanomedicine
02 MAY

Precision measurements for magnetic memory

A new measuring procedure can pave the way for an optimised and reliable production of magnetic random access memory (MRAM), a potentially universal memory solution within...

Micro and nanotechnology
26 APR

Sustainable nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is essential in a wide range of emerging technologies that can aid in reducing our environmental impact. For instance, coatings with ultrathin layers of...

Micro and nanotechnology
14 APR

Unique opportunity for Danish companies in the competition to develop materials...

An agreement has just been finalized on Danish co-financing of the coming X-ray facility in Lund, Sweden—MAX IV. The agreement gives Danish companies and researchers...

Materials Image analysis Computer calculations Physics Micro and nanotechnology
05 APR

New method for studying cancer cells

Cancer cell growth and proliferation are closely related to the mechanical properties of the cells. Researchers from DTU, Pavia University, and CNR Milano have developed...

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Optics Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases
24 FEB

Finding rare cancer cells in blood

In future, it might be possible to diagnose many types of cancer by taking a simple blood test. Researchers at DTU Nanotech have shown that a microfluidic separation method...

Micro and nanotechnology
16 FEB

Super microscope untying scientific knot

DTU Cen has helped international researchers to prove how the mineral georgeite can improve the production of methanol. In the long term, the discovery will make it cheaper...

Materials Micro and nanotechnology
01 FEB

Fast detection of pathogens in food

Rapid in-field detection of pathogens in food is now possible thanks to a newly developed portable Lab-on-a-Chip-system called SMARTDETECT. The system provides all the...

Micro and nanotechnology
22 JAN

Four young DTU researchers are granted millions for research

Four young DTU researchers receive a total of DKK 23.1 million from the VILLUM FONDEN’s Young Investigator Programme on Friday, 22 January.

Physics Micro and nanotechnology Food technology Catalysis Marine research Sensors
22 JAN

How does a photoelectrode work?

Harvesting solar energy into chemical bonds is a promising way of storing the intermittent power from the sun. Professor Ole Hansen from DTU Nanotech was invited to write...

Micro and nanotechnology
2015
15 DEC

DTU Nanotech’s 25th anniversary

14 th of December 2015, DTU Nanotech’s 25 th anniversary was celebrated with a reception.

Micro and nanotechnology
14 DEC

This article can be printed on a hair

Thanks to a new revolutionary laser printing technology, it is now possible to print this press release in colour on an area no bigger than a hair. This breakthrough...

Lasers Micro and nanotechnology
04 NOV

Research in cancer, bone tissue and neural tissue engineering receives funding

Three projects rooted at DTU Nanotech have received funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Micro and nanotechnology
28 OCT

Individualised chemotherapy

A quick screening to find the most optimal combination of chemotherapy drugs for the individual cancer patient may soon be a reality, thanks to newly developed Lab-on...

Micro and nanotechnology
26 OCT

Inspired by butterfly wings

A technology that was originally developed for computer chips is now being used to shape textures on plastic surfaces. The result is cleaner, greener plastic.

Micro and nanotechnology
02 OCT

End to contaminated drinking water

As things stand, a suspected contamination of drinking water requires that a technician first be sent out to take samples from the water supply. The samples are then...

Water supply Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development Micro and nanotechnology Bacteria and microorganisms
29 SEP

New technology for faster diagnosis of sepsis

The research project SMARTDIAGNOS from DTU Nanotech receives a large EU grant for the development of a device which will enable faster diagnosis of sepsis.

Micro and nanotechnology
09 SEP

New research project will investigate novel treatments for Parkinson’s disease

DTU Nanotech participates in a new consortium which will investigate novel treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

Micro and nanotechnology
02 SEP

DTU Nanotech receives 5-year-renewal of Global Excellence status

At an award ceremony held on 26 August by the Capital Region of Denmark, DTU Nanotech had its Global Excellence status renewed for a period of 5 years.

Micro and nanotechnology
31 AUG

Breakthrough in the performance of 2D semiconductors

Researchers from DTU Nanotech and Columbia University have developed a new platform which enhances greatly the electrical performance of 2D materials.

Micro and nanotechnology
24 AUG

Nanoparticles boost the immune system in cancer patients

A new type of cancer immunotherapy is being developed at DTU Nanotech and realised in the spin-out company, MonTa Biosciences. Nanoparticles that stimulate the immune...

Micro and nanotechnology
17 AUG

DNA pinball machine

DNA sequencing requires DNA molecules in the right concentration. A microfluidic device shaped as a pinball machine with micrometre-sized pins with micro-gaps between...

Micro and nanotechnology
11 AUG

From injections to tablets

Making oral drug delivery more efficient and in some cases replacing injections with a tablet might be possible in the future thanks to a new Centre of Excellence, IDUN...

Micro and nanotechnology
03 AUG

Hard-wearing sensor defying soot and heat

A new method for monitoring ships' NO x emissions offers shipping companies environmental documentation. 

Fossil fuels Energy efficiency Data analysis Environmental chemistry Sensors Micro and nanotechnology Air pollution
02 JUN

“Protective glasses” enable novel exhaust gas analyser

Novel self-cleaning, high temperature and corrosion resistant optical windows developed at DTU Nanotech enable the development of a novel gas analyser system. Improved...

Micro and nanotechnology
23 MAR

Nanocscale snitch

Silmeco, which recently won the Danish journal Ingeniøren’s entrepreneur award, is a DTU spin-out. The company’s nanotechnological product can reveal the presence of extremely...

Metals and alloys Nanoparticles Micro and nanotechnology Lasers Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
16 MAR

New issue of Technologist

Did you know that we unconsciously sniff out the perfect partner? And that sniffer dogs—in addition to money and drugs—can detect prostate, ovarian or gastrointestinal...

Fuel cells Energy storage Energy systems Micro and nanotechnology Sensors
23 FEB

Young researchers receive millions from the Danish Council for Independent Research

Eight researchers receive a total of DKK 19.6 million to boost their research. The postdoc grants will be allocated to research in the categories ‘Technology and Production...

Materials Lasers Micro and nanotechnology Electronics Optics Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases Biotechnology and biochemistry
04 FEB

Two wins for DTU in Venture Cup

Once again, DTU triumphs in the annual Venture Cup Idea Competition by winning in two of five categories, this time the Services and Product & Technology categories.

Metals and alloys Micro and nanotechnology Software and programming
29 JAN

Young researchers from DTU won Venture Cup with a new material for touchscreens

The young researchers Li Han and Dennis Valbjørn Christensen from DTU Energy won Venture Cup Idea Competition in the category Product & Technology with a new inexpensive...

Micro and nanotechnology Nanoparticles
2014
16 DEC

Four Sapere Aude grants for DTU

On 15 December, the Danish Council for Independent Research announced that they are investing DKK 19 million in 40 Sapere Aude: DFF-Research Talent grants. Three of the...

Micro and nanotechnology Viruses Fuel cells
03 NOV

DTU team got very close to winning EU cleantech final with new material for touchscreens

Two young researchers from DTU Energy Conversion, Li Han and Dennis Valbjørn Christensen, won the Danish finals and got close to winning the EU finals of CleanLaunchpad...

Materials Solar energy Sensors Micro and nanotechnology
13 OCT

Watching live how fuel cells and electrolysis cells operate at the nanoscale

Researchers at DTU will monitor the reactions and processes in operating fuel cells and electrolysis cells at the nanoscale, observing weak spots as they evolve, making...

Fuel cells Sensors Micro and nanotechnology Physics Nanoparticles Electrochemistry
09 OCT

New material for touchscreens have the same properties, but are 150 times cheaper

Two PhD students from DTU Energy Conversion, Li Han and Dennis Valbjørn Christensen, may be able to substitute the widely used but expensive indium tin oxide (ITO) in...

Solar energy Materials Micro and nanotechnology Sensors
09 OCT

DKK 6.5 million for efficient and sustainable catalysts

Fuel cells have great potential as a green energy technology. Associate Professor Jingdong Zhang from DTU Chemistry has just been awarded a generous DKK 6.5 million YDUN...

Physics Fuel cells Micro and nanotechnology
18 SEP

Researchers develop ground-breaking fibre laser

At DTU Fotonik, researchers have developed an optical fibre-based light source covering a wavelength range previously unreachable using a fibre laser.

Light sources Micro and nanotechnology
08 SEP

Nanotechnology to provide cleaner diesel engines

Catalysts Nanotechnology will significantly reduce the price and environmental impact of diesel engine catalysts.

Catalysis Micro and nanotechnology
03 JUL

Workshop covered many angles to the same scientific problems

43 researchers and Ph.D.’s from all over the world took part in the workshop “Challenges and Opportunities in In Situ Studies of Solid Oxide Electrodes” at DTU Energy...

Energy Fuel cells Electrochemistry Micro and nanotechnology Physics
A radiowave (green) in an opto-electro-mechanical converter makes a micromembrane vibrate via electrostatic forces. The vibration is measured with a laser beam reflected off the membrane and interfering with itself. This technique allows the detection of very faint radiowaves. Photo: Anders Simonsen, NBI.
06 MAR

New technology converts radio waves into light signals

Researchers from DTU and the Niels Bohr Institute have developed a new technology that enables the detection of very faint radio signals. The technology may prove significant...

Lasers Light sources Micro and nanotechnology
04 MAR

World-class microscopes for Nanoteket

New electron microscopes worth millions will make Nanoteket even more fascinating for visitors. Staff and students at Danish high schools are already excited.

Micro and nanotechnology
03 FEB

DKK 16 million for new NMR facilities at DTU

The VILLUM FOUNDATION has just granted DKK 16 million for next-generation NMR research at DTU—a project including investments in NMR equipment for studies of organic...

Physics Organic chemistry Micro and nanotechnology
2013
17 DEC

Diamonds to track brain illnesses

Researchers at DTU Physics have recently received DKK 14 million from  The Danish Council for Strategic Research to develop tiny diamond sensors with the capacity to...

Electrotechnology Physics Quantum theory and atomic physics Micro and nanotechnology Medicine and medico technology Medical equipment and systems

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