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Biological and Bioinspired Materials (Henrik Birkedal)


2023.06.15 | iNANO | Birefringence image of narwhal tusk wins second place in Science as Art competition

Congratulations to group member Adrián R. Palomo for winning second place in this year's Science as Art competition at iNANO.

In his image, the cross-section of a narwhal tusk was measured using birefringence microscopy revealing the different orientations of the collagen fibrils in the tusk. Poorly oriented collagen appears in grey tones and highly ordered collagen shows bright colors corresponding to the different in-plane orientations.

2023.06.12 | iNANO | Group member Anne Marie obtains her master's degree and is accepted into the nanoscience PhD programme

Congratulations to Anne Marie M. Faaborg who has obtained her master's degree in chemistry after conducting a beautiful project in our group on the 3D microstructure of the mantis shrimp eye using laboratory phase-contrast CT.

We look forward to welcoming Anne Marie back as a PhD student after the summer holidays!

2023.05.01 | iNANO| "new" postdoc in the group

We are happy to welcome previous PhD student in the group, Maja Østergaard back as a postdoc. She will be working on analysis of bone structure data using machine learning.

2023.04.27 | nature | Publication in nature

We have been so fortunate to work with researchers from the Skrydstrup group and Danish Technological Institute who have developed a chemical process to extract virgin-grade materials from wind turbine blades in one process. The work has been published in nature.

2022.10.17 | iNANO | New group members

We welcome Anastasiia Sadetskaia and Adrian Rodriguez-Palomo to the group. Anastasiia starts as PhD student and will work on the structure of bone while Adrian is a postdoc and will work on narwhal tusk structure.

2022.09.15 | iNANO | Villum Synergy grants for data-driven projects at Aarhus University

Henrik Birkedal receives a Villum Synergy grant for data-driven interdisciplinary research to improve the analysis of 3D imaging data.

2022.09.01 | LinkedIn | Henrik Birkedal is Septermber's 'Researcher in Focus'

Our group leader Henrik Birkedal is this month's 'Researcher in Focus' on Department of Chemistry's LinkedIn. Watch the interview to hear about our research in biological and bio-inspired materials!

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2022.06.28 | SDC

The most powerful punch in the natural world

In this feature by the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research you can read about group member Thorbjørn Erik Køppen Christensen's research on the mantis shrimp, an extraordinary animal that uses its dactyl hammer to punch mussels and crabs with the force of a .22 calibre rifle.

2022.06.20 | iNANO

Group member Erik H. L. Jacobsen obtains his master's degree

Congratulations to Erik who has obtained his master's degree in nanoscience after conducting a beautiful project in our group on the nanostructure of bone using advanced synchrotron imaging techniques.

2021.12.08 | MAX-IV

First general user experiment at the Danish beamline DanMAX 

Group members Thorbjørn Erik Køppen Christensen and Peter Alling Vibe as well as AXIA manager Nina K. Wittig have travelled to Lund in Sweden to conduct scanning X-ray scattering and fluorescence experiments to elucidate the mantis shrimp hammer structure at the DanMAX materials science beamline at the MAX-IV Laboratory.

2021.10.15 | SDU

Master student Christian Lund Rasmussen wins poster prize at this year's IGSS

Congratulations to group member and master student Christian Lund Rasmussen for winning a poster prize at the Inorganic Graduate Student Seminar held at SDU October 15.

2021.10.9 | DTU

PhD student Thorbjørn Erik Køppen Christensen wins poster prize at this year's DanScatt meeting

Congratulations to group member and PhD student Thorbjørn Erik Køppen Christensen for winning a poster prize at annual DanScatt Meeting 2021 held at DTU October 8-9.

2021.08.27 | Fuglsang Manor

PhD student Maja Østergaard wins prize for best CINEMAX project 

Congratulations to group member and PhD student Maja Østergaard for winning the prize for best project with her team at the CINEMAX PhD course on high-resolution tomography analysis held at  Fuglsang Manor August 23-27.

2021.06.14 | iNANO

First measurements on new AXIA X-ray microscope 

A state-of-the-art X-ray microscope capable of sub-micrometer 3D resolution has been installed at iNANO as part of AXIA and first measurements are promising! AXIA is a new research infrastructure aimed at multi-scale X-ray imaging of bone and other complex materials spearheaded by Henrik Birkedal.

2021.01.05 | iNANO

Interview with Henrik Birkedal on green bioinspired adhesives 

Henrik Birkedal was interviewed to Danish national newspaper Politiken 2021/01/05 on his group's involvement in the development of mussel inspired leather adhesives, which occurs in a MUDP project funded by the Ministry of Environment of Denmark.

2020.12.17 | iNANO

New grant to study Narwhal tusks 

We have been awarded 14,359,011 NOK to study narwhal tusks in a NordForsk interdisciplinary project “Narwhal tusks: a tale with a twist”. The project is a Scandinavian collaboration with the groups of Marianne Liebi (Charlmers University of Technology, Sweden) and Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland)    


PhD defense | 2023.05.09 | Aud. D1 Deptartment of Mathematics

We are proud to announce that former PhD student from the group, Thorbjørn Erik Køppen Christensen will defend his PhD thesis Tuesday 9 May 2023 at 13:15. See details here. Thorbjørn is now a postdoc at DTU Compute based at the DanMax beamline at MAX-IV in Lund, Sweden.