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6 new grants from the IRFD

Victoria Birkedal, Thomas Poulsen, Jan Skov Pedersen, Kim Daasbjerg, Alexander Zelikin and Torben Jensen all receive research grants from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for a combined value of 23,5 mio DKK. Congratulations!

10.05.2019 | Susan Hjort Skyum

 

Researchers at Department of Chemistry receive 6 grants from the IRFD

6 researchers from Department of Chemistry receive research grants from the Independent Research Fund Denmark for a combined value of 23,5 mio DKK. The grants reflect a great success in the attempt to attract more funding from the Research Council for Technology and Production (FTP), where 4 of the 6 grants are given.

Research Council for Technology and Production (FTP):

Torben Jensen receives 6.187.576 DKK for a Research Project 2 with the title “SOlid-State Magnesium Batteries – SOS-MagBat”. This project will focus on developing new magnesium based solid ionic conductors for batteries. These solid state batteries are expected to be cheaper and have a longer lifetime than the batteries we know today, and could be the basis for a green transition in energy where wind an sun energy can be stored effectively.

Alexander Zelikin receives 5.904.318 DKK for a Research Project 2 with the title “Antibody-drug conjugates with an on-demand drug release”. This project proposes to use antibody-polymer-drug conjugates (APD) for delivering high payload of drugs to the cell surface. The key innovative step is the triggered extracellular drug release from the ADC upon cell surface binding, achieved using approved medicinal molecules. Upon this, released drugs will enter cells in a receptor-independent manner.

Jan Skov Pedersen receives 2.794.186 DKK for a Research Project 1 with the title “Green surfactants in detergent formulation: Interactions and synergies between surfactants and enzymes”. The project will look into industrially relevant mixtures mixtures of biosurfactants, traditional

surfactants, and enzymes, and investigate structural aspects and enzyme stability in these new and more sustainable detergent and laundry formulations using spectroscopic, thermodynamic and X-ray scattering techniques in combination with enzyme activity assays.

Kim Daasbjerg receives 2.879.969 DKK for a Research Project 1 with the title “Reversible Adhesives of Unprecedented Strength for Materials Reuse”. This project will explore catechol-based polymer brush adhesives with built-in reversible function by external stimuli such as pH change or electrical pulses. The reversibility will allow one to control adhesion and recycle adhered components.

Research Council for Natural Sciences (FNU):

Victoria Birkedal receives 2.876.501 DKK for a Research Project 1 with the title “Stability and unfolding of G-rich DNA roadblocks”. This project will explore how a specific helicase (protein), associated with a genetic disease, can identify and investigate interactions with DNA structures. With single molecule high-resolution investigations, the project will elucidate the dynamics in these systems, to gain a much better understanding. Both the Helicase and the DNA structure are potential targets for pharmaceuticals, provided we understand their interactions.

Thomas Poulsen receives 2.877.385 DKK for a Research Project 1 with the title “Understanding the activity of ionophores in cells using molecular probes”. The project will explore ionophore natural products and address questions like: Where do these compounds localize, how do they perturb cellular ion-concentrations, do they interact with any proteins?

Congratulations to all recipients!

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