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Projects by Industrial Biotechnology

Are you looking for projects that the Section of Industrial Biotechnology is currently working on? On this page you can find all projects by the Section of Industrial Biotechnology - Department of Biological & Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University.

Below you can find a list of all current and previous projects of research, their status, mission, and funding:

Agro-Biotechnology Science

Design and synthesis of monodisperse modified macromolecules for programmable assembly and mesophase physics study (Ziqian)

Directed Evolution steered metalloenzyme catalysis: Toward a lignin-based agrochemical platform  - dioxygenases (Xiaowen)

Engineering of P450 for controlling selectivity toward the competitive reactions between allylic C-H carbene insertion and C=C cyclopropanation (Li)

Tandem catalysis by coupling metal/metalloenzyme for biotransformation and new chemistry (Rongrong)


Novo Nordisk Foundation. Aquabiochems” Project (2017-2020) (total 0.34 million USD) (Bekir)

Danish Independent Research Foundation (DFF-FTP). “MAPOX” project, (2015-2018) (total 1 million USD)

AUFF-NOVA. “SALSEB” project, (2016-2019)(total 0.45 million USD) (Jacob)


“Biofluid Enzyme” project, (2015-2018)(total 0.55 million USD)


Novo Nordisk Foundation. “Biolabs” Project (2014-2017) (total 0.37 million USD)

DLG “Industrial Lecithin” Project (2014-2017) (total 0.4 million USD)


GlaxoSmithKline. “Physiogel” Project (2013-2015)(0.46 million USD)


Danish Innovation Consortium: “Multi-Caps” Project (2009-2014) (total 3.64 million USD)

Danish Advanced Technology Foundation (HTF): “Sustainable plasticizer” (2009-2014) (total 2.46 million USD)

Danish Advanced Technology Foundation (HTF). “Sustainable biodiesel” (2009-2013) (total 5.38 million USD)

Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

  • 2020   Heterogeneous biocatalytic reaction cascades training network (INTERfaces), Grant No: 860414

               Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Networks  – European Industrial Doctorates       

  • 2020   Photobiocatalytic oxyfunctionalization in continuous flow (PHOTOX-f), Grant No: 9063-00031B

               Danmarks Frie Forskningsfond (DFF), Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD)

  • 2020    Light-dependent multi-enzymatic synthesis of biofuels from sustainable resources (Light-Biofuels), Grant No: NNF19OC0057522

               Novo Nordisk Foundation, Biotechnology-based synthesis & production research – Project Grants 2019

  • 2018   Light-driven sustainable biocatalysis training network (PhotoBioCat), Grant No: 764920

               Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Networks  – European Joint Doctorates

  • 2018   Rational analysis of structural and functional changes of oxidoreductases in non-conventional reaction media, Grant No: KA 4399/3-1

               Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German Research Foundation

  • 2016  Characterization and kinetic modelling of a novel convergent enzymatic cascade for epsilon-caprolactone synthesis employing a ‘double-smart cosubstrate’ with in situ polymerization, Grant No: KA 4399/1-1

              Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), German Research Foundation


Engineered Microbial Systems


2020-2023. Secret conversations about lignocellulose degradation (AUFF Nova, Denmark) (2.5M DKK)

2018. A cheap and quick detection method to determine both oil leakage and its history in subsea facilities (Danish Hydrocarbon Research Technology Center, Mærsk Oil and Gas, Denmark) (298k DKK)

2018. Hydrocarbons in produced water: a misplaced resource for the bioproduction of the industrial commodity ectoine (Danish Hydrocarbon Research Technology Center, Mærsk Oil and Gas, Denmark) (250k DKK)

2018. Souring mitigation by a low-cost bioelectrochemical device applied at ambient and deep subseafloor conditions (Danish Hydrocarbon Research Technology Center, Mærsk Oil and Gas, Denmark) (310k DKK)

2017. Under Pressure Microbially-Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR): Identifying common gene sets in hydrostatic-pressure-adapted oil bioconversion pathways (Danish Hydrocarbon Research Technology Center, Mærsk Oil and Gas, Denmark) (48k DKK)

Enzyme Engineering

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  1. Light-dependent multi-enzymatic synthesis of biofuels from sustainable resources

    Paul Santner, Bekir Engin Eser, Selin Kara, Santiago Nahuel Chanquia & Frank Hollmann

    Utilizing an unusual, light-dependent enzyme from a microalga to convert oils and fats from sustainable sources into ready-to-use biofuels.Description


Functional Microbe Technology

Bio2Lak and BioDairy-Health biomarkers of dairy intake

Project lead: Clarissa Schwab, Co-PI Prof. Hanne Frøkiær, KU

When: January 2023-July 2024

Granted by: Danish Dairy Foundation and Brødrene Hartmann Fonden

Collaboration partner of: Non-covalent binding to target prime sites for cardiometabolic protection

Project lead: Assist. Prof. Mario Martinez Martinez, Dept. Food Science, AU


When: March 2022 - February 2026

Granted by: DFF Sapere Aude

Short-term fellowship

Research period of Dr. Qing Li at ETH Zürich, Microbiome Research

When: November 2021 - January 2022

Granted by: EMBO

Ascending Investigator in Food Biotechnology

Project lead: Clarissa Schwab

When: Sept. 2021 - August 2026

Granted by: Novo Nordisk Foundation

DIGI Start-up pakke

Project lead: Clarissa Schwab

When: December 2020 

Granted by: Aarhus University

Starting Grant

Project lead: Clarissa Schwab

When: April 2020 - March 2024

Granted by: Aarhus Universitet Forskningsfond (AUFF)

Green Biorefining Technologies

Microbial Biosynthesis

2018InnovationFund Denmark "Mining the unexplored microbiome to produce high-value biopharmaceuticals" together with Novo Nordisk A/S (1.1 MM DKK)
2018Villum Experiment "Image recognition in the hunt for new natural products" (1.9 MM DKK)
2018ST Synergy grant together with Prof. Andreas Schramm from Department of Microbiology (0.5 MM DKK)
2017Carlsberg Foundation "Semi-preparative HPLC system for isolating pharmaceutically relevant natural products" (0.5 MM DKK)

Microbial Conversion Technologies

APPLAUSE. In the large-scale industrial project, APPLAUSE (Apple • Aarhus University • Sustainable Energy), we work together with Apple Inc. to develop new knowledge and technology for the production of renewable energy from biomasses including. The activities include: (1) biological pretreatment of recalcitrant biomasses; (2) new technologies for converting surplus electricity to bio-methane; (3) purification technologies for treating biogas before injection to the gas grid; (4) new models for modelling production and consumption of green electricity.

ElectroGas. In ElectroGas we develop new technology for biomethanation together Danish industrial partners as well as Danish and foreign universities. Link to project page. 

ATS from biogas. Together with Haldor Topsøe and Unisense, developer of industrial catalysts and sensors, respectively, we construct and demonstrate new catalytic technology for converting hydrogen sulfide in biogas to the valuable fertilizer, ammonium thiosulfate.


Microbial Electrosynthesis

  1. Villum Young Investigator Grant

    Philips, J.


    Project: Research

  2. AUFF Starting Grant

    Philips, J.


    Project: Research

Microbial Synthetic Biology

  1. MCM4SB: Replacing food competing feedstocks with Methanol, CO2 and Methylamine for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

    Brautaset, T., Wendisch, V. F., Kosec , G., Sariyar Akbulut , B. & Irla, M. K.


    Project: Research