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Surfaces - It's where the action is:



Interfaces play a deciding role in many aspects of modern chemistry and material science – catalysis, adhesion, sensing, nucleation are all processes driven by interfaces.

We use methods based on static and time-resolved sum frequency generation to probe the orientation, structure and dynamics of molecules at interfaces. Near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and microscopy are used as complementary tools to probe binding chemistry, surface distribution and molecular structure.



An important part of our research are protein structures at interfaces. Specific proteins can act as Nature’s engineers of both hard and soft tissue. Proteins can ‘sculpture’ biogenic minerals and shape cell membranes. The control interfacial proteins exert over biological surfaces has relevance for disciplines as diverse as cell biology, bio-sensor research, biomimetics and material science. We ask how proteins fold and move at surfaces and how energy flows through protein interfaces.


For technical applications we use chemical modification of surfaces to prevent biofouling and scaling and to reduce friction. The approaches we use are inspired by our studies of the surface chemistry of animals. Can we fabricate self-cleaning surfaces like plants? Stick to walls like a spider? Glue like a frog tongue?

The goal of our research is to understand how molecules operate at surfaces and how we can control interfacial processes at the molecular level.


Nyheder fra SurfLab


February 2020

Steven Roeters and Tobias Weidner publish an article in Chemical Reviews: "Structure and Dynamics of Interfacial Peptides and Proteins from Vibrational Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy"

February 2020

Lars Schmüser and Tobias Weidner, together with scientists from Germany and the United States, publish an article in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces: "The role of surface chemistry for the super-hydrophobicity of the springtail Orchesella cincta (Insecta:Collembola)"

January 2020

Katinka Rønnow Holler has started her bachelor project in our group. Welcome Katinka!

January 2020

The Carlsberg Foundation supports SurfLab with an Infrastructure Grant to extend our SFG experiments. 

SurfLabs forskning støttes af:

  • Carlsbergfondet
  • Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (DHRTC)
  • Det Europæiske Forskningsråd (ERC)
  • Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond - Natur og Univers (FNU)
  • Lundbeckfonden
  • Novo Nordisk Fonden
  • Villum Fonden