Research news and articles

21 FEB

Digital 3D metal printing opens up new world for industry

In the Danish manufacturing sector, 3D printing in metal is still a new and relatively untested area, and generally there is a lack of digital tools for handling production...

Construction and mechanics Materials Production and management
02 FEB

The Annual Report 2017 of DTU Mechanical Engineering is now available

Our annual report is now available online and in a printed version.

Construction and mechanics Materials
09 JAN

BIO4SELF has the formula for sustainable materials that could be used for wind...

At the project BIO4SELF researchers study bio-based materials, with the vision to develop sustainable materials for many purposes in the industry. The researchers from...

Materials Wind energy
Foto: Tariq Mikkel Khan/Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond
23 NOV

EUR 2.3 million to young researchers

Three researchers receive a total of EUR 2.3 million (DKK 17.4 million) from Independent Research Fund Denmark for research at DTU.

Semiconductors Solar energy Hardware and components Analytic and theoretical chemistry
16 NOV

Optimal aircraft wing designed on Europe’s biggest computer

With the help of Europe’s most powerful computer, DTU researchers developed the optimum structure for an aircraft wing in under five days.

Materials Computer calculations
09 NOV

New cooperation on acoustics between DTU and KAIST

DTU and KAIST have joined forces to study the practical application of metamaterials, for example for soundproofing and noise control.

Materials Sound
09 NOV

High-tech duvet can alleviate atopic eczema

Three BEng students have developed an anti-itch duvet using materials from NASA’s space suits. The project secured development funding in international competition.

Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases Materials
Photo: Simon Klein Knudsen
07 NOV

New DTU centre to test very large and very small structures

Today sees the inauguration of DTU’s new centre for advanced structural and material testing.

Construction and mechanics Materials
23 OCT

Doctorate identifies new 2D materials

DTU’s next Dr. Techn.—Kristian Sommer Thygesen—is in the process of compiling a database of existing and future 2D materials.

Physics Materials Data analysis Information technology
Dennis Christensen at his PhD defense 12 October 2017
16 OCT

PhD defense: Dennis discovers magnetism when non-magnetic materials are put together

When two materials are combined with atomic precision, completely new phenomena may arise at their interface – phenomena which do not exist in either material, but only...

Materials Electronics
PhD defense by Yu Xu, DTU Energy, September 2017
29 SEP

Yu Xu is a molecular cook with very advanced equipment

On 21 September 2017 Yu Xu successfully defended his thesis “Continuous Hydrothermal Flow Synthesis of Functional Oxide Nanomaterials Used in Energy Conversion Devices...

Energy Analytic and theoretical chemistry Electrochemistry Inorganic chemistry Nanoparticles Fuel cells
27 SEP

Making big ships sail sustainably

What if an unexploited natural resource, ready to be turned into sustainable fuels, existed inside all plant material? Postdoc Joachim Bachmann Nielsen's research suggests...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Materials Environment and pollution Transport and logistics
26 SEP

Wave energy harvesting with artificial muscles

Dielectric elastomers, also known as artificial muscles, have emerged in recent years and hold great promise as energy generators. Researchers from DTU Chemical Engineering...

Superconductors Energy production Energy systems Electricity supply Energy efficiency
01 SEP

Danish elite researcher develops new European 3D X-ray microscope

Just a few days ago, the large pan-European research facility ESRF in France decided that its new flagship project will be a 3D microscope. The microscope was developed...

13 JUL

From atoms to windturbines: World-class materials modelling

What properties do materials have, and how do they behave under different loads and circumstances? Provided that reliable models capable of predicting the above are available...

Mathematical modelling Construction and mechanics Materials Production and management
07 JUL

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...

Quantum theory and atomic physics Nanoparticles
29 JUN

New models can predict when offshore constructions will fail

Emilio Martínez Paneda from DTU Mechanical Engineering has developed a new model that can predict when and how cracks will initiate and propagate in structural components...

Materials Ships and offshore constructions
20 JUN

Professor Per Møller receives William Blum’s Scientific Achievement Award

Per Møller, Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, received the prestigious award within surface technology at the...

19 JUN

Anne Ladegaard Skov elected President of the EuroEAP Society

Anne Ladegaard Skov from the Danish Polymer Centre is elected as the new President of the trans-European Electromechanically Active Polymers society EuroEAP.

Materials Energy Chemistry
13 JUN

Prolonged lifetime for orthopedic implants

Populations in modern societies have an increased expected lifetime, as the development has been in Denmark for the last 16 years, and so accordingly the number of patients...

Materials Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases
07 JUN

Medicine delivered with microcapsules

‘Oral drug delivery’—i.e. medication in pill form—does not work when it comes to diabetes patients, for example. DTU researchers have come up with a proposal for solving...

Polymers Nanomedicine Medicine and medico technology
31 MAY

Four new projects at DTU Chemical Engineering

The Danish Coucil for Independent Research has decided to issue funding for four research projects from DTU Chemical Engineering. Read about all of them here.

Chemistry Biotechnology and biochemistry Materials Environment and pollution
11 MAY

Philips shaving off years of development time

Stainless steel components in electric razors and other consumer products are becoming ever smaller. And they must be produced with high precision. According to a collaborative...

Materials Metals and alloys
05 MAY

Hardened titanium opens up a world of opportunities

DTU researchers have developed a new patentable and simple method to harden the surface of the lightweight metal titanium and thus multiply its strength. With an increasing...

Materials Metals and alloys
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
21 APR

DTU gets its seventh female doctor technices

Associate professor Anne Ladegaard Skov is the seventh woman from DTU to receive the doctorate in technical science: doctor technices.

03 APR

Statoil Prize for research into artificial muscles

Anne Ladegaard Skov is awarded the Statoil Prize 2017 for her internationally recognized research into dielectric elastomers.

Electronics Electromagnetism Polymers
13 MAR

No more condensation on new sealed glazing units

Modern low-energy windows insulate so well that condensation can form on the outside. DTU Energy , Velux and Polyteknik aim to solve the problem using advanced plasma...

07 MAR

MICROMAN: Enhancing micro manufacturing competences in Europe

The MICROMAN project is developing micro manufacturing competences for research and industry—a contribution to a stronger and more competitive manufacturing industry in...

Construction and mechanics Materials
08 FEB

New project will bring an end to foggy windows

Modern low-energy windows insulate so well that they can dew up on the outside in cold weather. Now, DTU Energy in collaboration with the Danish companies Velux and Polyteknik...

27 JAN

Bradley D. Olsen gives lecture on polymer networks

Don't miss out as Associate Professor Bradley D. Olsen from the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT gives this year's first Departmental Seminar at DTU Chemical...

Materials Polymers
27 JAN

Membrane can help patients with chronic wounds

Age. Obesity. Diabetes. Threats to our health that are both widespread and rising. They are also the most common causes for chronic wounds – not only painful to the patients...

Polymers Materials Medicine and medico technology
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
Photo: Joachim Rode
27 DEC

Researcher by chance

Anne Ladegaard Skov, Associate Professor at DTU Chemical Engineering , has made a name for herself at a relatively young age as one of the world’s leading researchers...

Chemistry Materials Polymers
07 DEC

Screening of databases is the basis for developing new energy materials

The growing volume of computer-generated data and calculations makes it possible to quickly develop new energy materials. A recently published screening focuses on materials...

Physics Materials Computer calculations
02 DEC

New atom building method

DTU researchers have developed a method of constructing atom-thin materials, paving the way for developing materials with new properties.

Materials Nanoparticles
18 NOV

Danish neutron research instrument receives DKK 100 million grant

The large new pan-European neutron research facility European Spallation Source (ESS) has just granted DKK 100 million (EUR 13,5 million) in funding to the BIFROST instrument...

Physics Image analysis Materials
04 NOV

Best poster award for Industrial PhD student Flemming Jensen

At the recently held  Annual Anodizing Conference and Exposition in Montreal, Canada, organized by the Aluminium Anodisers Council (AAC), Industrial PhD student Flemming...

Materials Metals and alloys
28 OCT

PhD Defence Friday 11th November: Micro-Structural Evolution and Size-Effects...

Salim A. El-Naaman from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "Micro-Structural Evolution and Size-Effects in Plastically Deformed Single Crystals" Friday 11 November...

Construction and mechanics Materials
28 SEP

Theme: X-ray behind better milk cartons

Packaging company Tetra Pak is to become neighbour to two of the world’s most advanced facilities for materials research. Cooperation across the Øresund is equipping...

Physics Materials
30 AUG

World-class data research centre opens

A new data management and software centre linked to the European Spallation Source (ESS) recently opened in Copenhagen. Among other things, the centre will help to underpin...

Materials Energy Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry Information technology Medicine and medico technology
18 AUG

PhD Defence 9th September: "High Temperature Corrosion on Biodust Firing"

Sunday Chukwudi Okoro from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "High Temperature Corrosion on Biodust Firing", Friday, September 9th., 2016 at 13:00 The defence...

Construction and mechanics Materials Metals and alloys
10 AUG

Professor Marcel A.J. Somers included in exclusive group of metallic materials...

Professor and Section Head of Materials and Surface Engineering at DTU Mechanical Engineering, Marcel A.J. Somers, has been appointed the honour of Fellow of ASM...

Materials Metals and alloys
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
01 JUL

PhD Defence 11th July: Design of advanced materials for linear and nonlinear dynamics

Niels Morten Marslev Frandsen from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "Design of advanced materials for linear and nonlinear dynamics", Monday 11th July from...

21 JUN

Two new DTU doctors

Two new doctoral theses from DTU are set to take us on a journey across the seven seas to examine fish larvae, and into the laboratory to push microscopic materials to...

Fisheries and fish stocks Fish and shellfish Superconductors
17 JUN

Ultra strong fully bio based composite materials from the BIO4SELF project

DTU Wind Energy is part of the newly launched Horizon 2020 project BIO4SELF. Within this innovation project and as a part of a European consortium DTU Wind Energy will...

Materials Wind energy
08 JUN

Center for Playware spinout Shape Robotics wins pitching competition

The DTU Elektro Center for Playware Spinout Shape Robotics wins the pitching competition Pitchfire.

Electrotechnology Construction and mechanics Materials
17 MAY

'Unheard of' DTU research attracting a great deal of interest

In partnership with a number of universities around the world, DTU is leading the way in an area of research, which—for once—should ideally not make (sound) waves.

Materials Sound
28 APR

Annual Report from DTU Mechanical Engineering out now

In our annual report you can get an overview of current research at the department, or you can see the key figures for our production of graduates, PhD theses and publications...

Energy Construction and mechanics Production and management Materials
Photo: Xnovo
26 APR

X-ray spots fatigued metal

Now you can easily and quickly generate 3D images of, e.g., metal and identify any weaknesses—without destroying the material. The spin-out company Xnovo Technology...

Image analysis Software and programming Materials Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
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
06 APR

Printed transistors pave the way for intelligent windows

Researchers at DTU Energy have shown that transistors – the fundamental building block of all electronic circuits – can be quickly and cheaply printed on a polymer foil...

Polymers Solar energy Energy
14 MAR

Now trucks and buses will run on manure

By upgrading biogas from manure and other sources it can be used in the form of methane as fuel for heavy vehicles. Novel nanostructured materials will make this upgrade...

Energy Bioenergy Nanoparticles Transport and logistics
07 MAR

Million-kroner support for the climate and the environment

Innovation Fund Denmark has invested almost DKK 150 million in projects led by DTU. Two themes appear again and again: green transition and the prospect of actual jobs...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Transport and logistics Energy Chemistry Materials Environment and pollution Information technology
03 MAR

Why Teaching at DTU Environment is Unique

DTU Environment is World Leading in Environmental Engineering. We have Experts in Water Resource Engineering, Urban Water Engineering, Solid Waste and Environmental Chemistry...

Waste management CO2 separation and CO2 storage Soil contamination Climate adaption Air pollution Environmental chemistry Ecosystems Waste water and water discharge Water supply Environment and pollution Bioenergy Nanoparticles Micro and nanotechnology
29 FEB

Special ink paves the way for cheap polymer solar cells

With a major investment from Innovation Fund Denmark, a consortium of companies and research institutions led by senior researcher Eva Bundgaard from DTU Energy will develop...

Solar energy Polymers
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
28 JAN

PhD Defence 11th March: Influence of steel composition and plastic deformation...

Federico Bottoli from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "Influence of steel composition and plastic deformation on the surface properties induced by low-temperature...

Construction and mechanics Materials
26 JAN

PhD Defence 27th January: "Anchoring FRP Composite Armor in Flexible Offshore...

Andrei Costache from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "Anchoring FRP Composite Armor in Flexible Offshore Riser Systems" Wednesday 27th January from 13:00 to...

Construction and mechanics Materials
05 JAN

PhD Defence 13th January: "Interaction of stress and phase transformations during...

Freja Nygaard Jespersen from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends her PhD, "Interaction of stress and phase transformations during thermochemical surface engineering" Wednesday...

Construction and mechanics Materials Metals and alloys
09 NOV

DTU Physics part of a new Materials Encyclopedia Project

A new European Centre of Excellence will bring together physicists, chemists, materials, and computer scientists and industry to develop a Materials Encyclopaedia to facilitate...

Physics Chemistry Computer calculations Data analysis Materials
07 SEP

PhD Defence 25th September: Synthesis and characterization of homogeneous interstitial...

Bastian K. Brink from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD "Synthesis and characterization of homogeneous interstitial solutions of nitrogen and carbon in iron-based...

Construction and mechanics Materials Metals and alloys
01 SEP

PhD Defence 11th September: Thermal stability of warm-rolled tungsten

Angel Alfonso Lopez from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD "T hermal stability of warm-rolled tungsten"  Friday, the 11 th of September at 14...

Construction and mechanics Materials
01 SEP

PhD Defence 5th September: Development of low-cost heterogeneous electrocatalysts

Sune Egelund from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD "Development of low-cost heterogeneous electrocatalysts for large scale advanced alkaline electrolysers...

Construction and mechanics Materials
05 AUG

IN-SPE results at EUROCORR 2015

Taskforce on Electronic Corrosion at EUROCORR 2015

Electronics Materials
30 JUN

Anders Baun, Nano

Risk assessment – Particular challenges

Nanoparticles Micro and nanotechnology
27 MAY

Rechargeable zinc-air batteries may be a way to counter energy dependency of fossil...

Storage of energy from renewable energy sources is vital to Europe’s energy policy. DTU Energy and partners use atomic modelling to develop a rechargeable zinc-air battery...

Energy Nanoparticles Energy efficiency Energy storage
27 MAY

PhD Defence 4th June: Steam Initiated Surface Modification of Aluminium Alloys

Rameez Ud Din from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD "Steam Initiated Surface Modification of Aluminium Alloys" Thursday, 4th June at 13:00. The defence takes...

Construction and mechanics Materials Metals and alloys
06 MAY

Silicone is for artificial muscles too

Silicone is used for all kinds of everyday items, but the material has still not been examined in any real depth. A new DKK 3 million project scheduled to run over three...

Materials Polymers
27 MAR

Squeeze to remove heat: Elastocaloric materials may hold the key to more efficient...

Researchers from the Technocal University of Denmark: Elastocaloric effect opens the door to alternative forms of solid-state refrigeration that are direct replacements...

Energy Electromagnetism Metals and alloys
05 MAR

Nature is sure to appreciate a paper beer bottle

DTU researchers are teaming up with Carlsberg and the packaging company EcoXpac  to develop a biodegradable paper bottle. However, the project is fraught with challenges...

Materials Innovation and product development
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
07 JAN

New building featuring the concrete of the future

The super-light concrete deck is emerging as the new floor partition element in construction. The decks offer concrete constructions new expressions while improving building...

Construction materials Building construction Materials Fire prevention technology and safety Indoor climate Innovation and product development Entrepreneurship
06 JAN

PhD Defence 15th of January: Failure Analysis and Thermochemical Surface Engineering...

Ole H. E. West from DTU Mechanical Engineering defends his PhD "Failure Analysis and Thermochemical Surface Engineering of Bearings in the Wind Turbine Drivetrain" Thursday...

Materials Construction and mechanics
01 DEC

PhD students set a high standard for the coming generations of students

DTU Energy’s second yearly PhD symposium with industry participation showed the high quality research being done within energy technologies. Professors and industrial...

Fuel cells Energy efficiency Energy storage Energy systems Solar energy Wind energy Superconductors
01 DEC

CEO of PeltPower 'PhD symposium open up for new interesting ways of doing things...

DTU Energy held their annually PhD Symposium with industrial participation. The CEO of PeltPower, Niels Lindeburg, participated to network and because knowledge of new...

Fuel cells Energy efficiency Energy storage Solar energy Wind energy Superconductors
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
31 OCT

PhD Tue Gunst, DTU Nanotech

PhD Tue Gunst, DTU Nanotech: 'Transport and dynamics of nanostructured graphene'

Materials Semiconductors Physics Micro and nanotechnology
21 OCT

Researchers find a new route to high-performance solid state batteries

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark and two Dutch universities have discovered a new material which is a surprisingly good conductor of lithium ions at room...

Energy storage Materials
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
03 OCT

Sustainable blades on the turbines

The blades on today’s giant wind turbines are simply enormous. And they have to be able to withstand extreme impacts. This is quite a challenge, but the wind industry has...

Wind energy Materials
24 JUL

Chemist develops X-ray vision for quality assurance

A DTU researcher has developed a method that uses X-rays for the rapid identification of substances present in an indeterminate powder. The new technique has the capacity...

Materials Physics
24 JUN

PhD defence 27th June Micromechanical failure in fiber-reinforced composites

Danial Ashouri Vajari defends his PhD, "Micromechanical failure in fiber-reinforced composites", Friday 27th June 2014 at 13:00. The defence takes place in Auditorium 072...

Materials Construction and mechanics
10 JUN

PhD defence Monday 16th June: Blast Testing and Modelling of Composite Structures

Søren Giversen is defending his PhD, "Blast Testing and Modelling of Composite Structures", Monday 16th June June 2014 at 13:00. The defence will take place in Building...

Construction and mechanics Materials
08 MAY

The Alexander Foss Gold Medal: Marcel Somers, DTU


Construction and mechanics Materials
25 APR

The Cast Iron group receives prize for best paper

Nikolaj Kjelgaard Vedel-Smith and Niels Skat Tiedje from the Cast Iron group received the prize Best Paper Award April 9th at the annual AFS Metalcasting Congress in USA...

Materials Construction and mechanics
13 MAR

PhD defence Friday 21th March: Tailored Aluminium based Coatings for Optical Appearance...

Martin Aggerbeck from DTU mechanical Engineering defends his PhD, "Tailored Aluminium based Coatings for Optical Appearance and Corrosion Resistance". The defence takes...

Construction and mechanics Materials
11 DEC

Rajan Ambat new professor at DTU Mechanical Engineering

At DTU Mechanical Engineering, Rajan Ambat has been appointed new professor at the Section of Materials- and Surface Engineering. He has taken up his post as professor...

Construction and mechanics Materials
10 DEC

Guido Tosello from DTU Mechanical Engineering receives the Alan Glanvill Award...

The award was presented on November 12 to Guido Tosello , Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark , principal...

Materials Construction and mechanics
02 DEC

We make the future a little brighter (3:31)

Telecommunication Biological systems Light sources Materials Semiconductors Quantum theory and atomic physics Lasers Micro and nanotechnology Nanoparticles Optics Polymers Electrotechnology Sensors Physiological modelling Computer calculations
25 NOV

9th Annual Polymer Day

The Annual Polymer Day is arranged by the Danish Polymer Centre (DPC) at DTU Chemical Engineering. The day brings together industry and researchers to exchange new knowledge...

Physics Materials Polymers