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With a new project, researchers hope to be able to develop "artificial tasting machines". Photo: Colourbox

2018.11.21 | iNano

DNA molecules will be used to mimic human sense of taste

Human sense of taste is complex and difficult to imitate. An interdisciplinary project with Jørgen Kjems as project leader is now aiming at developing extremely fast "artificial tasting machines" that use DNA molecules as billions of small "sensors" to imitate human sense of taste with unprecedented accuracy.

Professor Gregers Rom Andersen (left), Cryo-EM Facility Manager Thomas Boesen and Professor Poul Nissen in front of the Titan-Krios flagship microscope at Aarhus University (photo: Lisbeth Heilesen).

2018.11.08 | Research News

DKK 30 million for high-tech electron microscopes for research in molecular cell biology

The Minister for Higher Education and Science has approved funding for three new research infrastructures, of which DKK 30.76 million goes to EMBION – a research infrastructure for cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) on biological materials.

2018.11.01 | iNano

New insight into the mechanism of the drug against sclerosis and psoriasis

Professor Poul Nissen and his research team with contributions from e.g. Kurt Gothelf's laboratories have provided fundamental new insight into the mechanism of the medical drug dimethyl fumarate, which is the active component of important treatments for multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. The results contribute to the development of new strategies…

3D print of the Sodium Potassium Pump at the exhibition ‘Profession and Passion – a Life in Science’ at Steno Museum, Aarhus University. iNANO researchers, Ebbe Sloth Andersen, Mette Jepsen and Poul Nissen contribute to the exhibition. Photo: Ida Marie Jensen (AU Photo)

2018.10.12 | iNano

iNANO researchers contribute to exhibition at Steno Museum

The exhibition ‘Profession and Passion – a Life in Science’ is launched at the Steno Museum, Aarhus University. iNANO researchers have contributed to the exhibition on what impels researchers and how science and passion live alongside each other.

AU Researchers perform nanodissection using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and unveil how cable bacteria conduct energy. The image shows micrograph (left) of filamentous Desulfobulbaceae and AFM topography (Right) og the outer membrane after nanodissection. Image: Mingdong Dong
The left column, bacterial cable under optical microscopy, which is hybridized with a specific ELF654 FISH and DAPI probe. The middle column, three kinds of cell junctions. The right column, AFM topography and Young’s modulus (logarithm) map of inside of outer membrane after nanodissection. The black dashed arrows indicate cell junction. The solid arrows indicate one string attaching at the inner face of outer membrane. Image: Mingdong Dong
Associate Professor Mingdong publish in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on in vitro single-cell dissection of cable bacteria. Photo: Maria Randima (AU Photo)

2018.10.12 | iNano

Nanodissection unveils how bacteria conduct energy

Recent discoveries show that cable bacteria can function as electrical wires, however it is unclear how it is possible to have long-range electron transfer through these cobweb thin bacterial chains. Using Atomic Force Microscopy as a nanoscalpel AU researchers now bring us closer to understanding the interior structure of the bacteria.

Steffan K. Kristensen, Simon Laursen and Troels Skrydstrup publish in Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed. on a safer and more potent hydrothiolation using methanethiol. The studies are funded by BIOVALUE SPIR from the Innovation Fund Denmark, and the Danish National Research Foundation and Haldor Topsøe. (Photo: Aidan Esmaeli (Aidin Esmaeli Photography) and Lars Kruse (AU Photo))
New method for the hydrothiolation of π-systems with transition metal complexes. Click image to enlarge. (Image: Troels Skrydstrup)

2018.09.20 | iNano

Simpler and safer method for handling a useful but foul-smelling gas in chemical synthesis

Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, have developed both an ingenious, as well as a safe procedure for using the ’rotten egg’ smelling and flammable gas, methanethiol, in certain chemical reactions.

Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal develops biodegradable superglue inspired by nature’s solutions in blue mussels. (Photo: Lise Balsby, AU Photo)
Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal’s  innovative materials are inspired by the ability of blue mussels to stick to almost anything under water. (Photo: Colourbox.com)

2018.09.18 | iNano

Research inspired by nature’s technologies

Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal has been interviewed by Weekendavisen on the potential of biomimicry and his progress in developing an innovative biodegradable superglue.

Associate Professor Victoria Birkedal receives VILLUM Experiment grant for the project "Self-assembled polymer chips for efficient devices". (Photo: Maria Randima, AU Communikation)

2018.09.12 | iNano

iNANO researcher receives 2 million DKK for testing a daring idea

The VILLUM Foundation has granted a total of 100 million for daring technical and scientific research ideas. Associate Professor Victoria Birkedal gets a share of the millions for her project: Self-assembled polymer chips for efficient devices.

AU researchers have completed a new successful screening strategy where they have identified novel inhibitors of αlpha-synuclein aggregation. This may help develop a cure for Parkinson's disease. (Image: Colourbox.com)
Graphical overview of a screening of 746,000 compounds for inhibitory effects of alpha-synuclein aggregation. (Graphics: Professor Daniel Otzen)

2018.09.10 | iNano

New high-throughput screening study may pave the way for future Parkinson’s disease therapy

Parkinson's disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease; currently there is no cure. Aggregation of the protein α-synuclein plays a key role in this disease. Together with a US drug company, AU researchers have now carried out a new screening strategy which has identified novel and structurally diverse aggregation inhibitors.

AU researchers publish on new atomic-scale insight into the active interface between Cobalt oxides and gold in the effort to optimize the technology of splitting water. Co-O bilayer nanoislands on Au(111) in STM and structural model. Graphics: AU

2018.09.04 | iNano

Advancing the technology on electrochemical water splitting for sustainable energy

AU researchers reveal new atomic-scale insight into the active interface between Cobalt oxides and gold in the effort to optimize the technology of splitting water, which has the potential of providing an almost unlimited source of renewable resources.

Events

Thu 22 Nov
10:00-12:00 | iNANO AUD (1593-012), Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Chemistry lecture: Targeting and Imaging Hypoxia
Prof. Stuart Conway, University of Oxford, UK (Host: Thomas B. Poulsen)
Thu 22 Nov
11:15-12:00 | iNANO 1590-213, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Specialized iNANO lecture: New chemistries and new targets for RNA-based drugs
Professor Dr. Jonathan Hall, Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Thu 22 Nov
13:15-16:00 | Building 1593, room 012, the Lecture Theatre, iNANO House, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C
PhD defense: Tailor-made medicine from self-assembled biomolecules
PhD student Liv Veronica Andersen, iNANO
Fri 23 Nov
10:15-11:00 | iNANO AUD (1593-012), Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Joint iMAT & Distinguished iNANO lecture: About supports and metal-support interfaces in catalysis
Prof. Dr. Jeroen Anton van Bokhoven, Head of Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry (LSK), Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
Fri 23 Nov
13:15-14:00 | iNANO 1590-213, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Specialized iNANO lecture: Study of the CyaA toxin from B.pertussis using a combination of SEC-SAXS and HDX-MS
Patrice Vachette, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC) Université Paris-Saclay, France
Mon 26 Nov
10:30-11:30 | iNANO 1590-213, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C

iNANO specialized lecture by Professor Jan Ingo Flege, Institute of Physics, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany
Mon 26 Nov
11:00-12:00 | iNANO 1593-226, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Specialized iNANO lecture: Biosurfactants in food: trends & applications
Marcia Nitschke –Microbial Biotechnology Lab – São Carlos Institute of Chemistry – University of São Paulo – Brazil
Mon 26 Nov
14:15-16:15 | Building 1593 Room 012, the iNANO Auditorium, Aarhus University
Splitting Water with Fe Atoms in Co Oxide Catalysts
Zhaozong Sun, iNANO
Mon 26 Nov
14:15-17:00 | 1593-012, the iNANO Auditorium, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
PhD defense: Splitting water with Fe atoms in Co oxide catalysts
PhD student Zhaozong Sun, iNANO
Thu 29 Nov
08:30-16:00 | iNANO AUD (1593-012), Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Brainnovation Day: “Degradation and Recycling of Inorganic Materials
Registration is open for this year's Brainnovation Day on 29 November 2018. The aim of the 4th Brainnovation day “Degradation and Recycling of Inorganic Materials” is to significantly increase dialogue and collaboration between the industry and AU (i.e. iNANO and the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering etc.).