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Congrats Dr Sondre!

Today, Sondre Hilmar Hopen Eliasson successfully defended his PhD thesis Mechanistic insight for improved catalytic conversion of fatty acids to linear alpha-olefins. This is his contribution to the ongoing world-wide effort of developing chemical transformations for molecular resources of biological origin into modern commodity and platform chemicals.  Sondre was first exposed to catalysis research in 2010 as part of the Nano100 experience, where he worked with Karl Törnroos to determine the structure of a Ru-based metathesis catalyst. After completing an MSc in nanoscience at the physics department he returned to chemistry and the Jensen laboratory, and today completed the circle by becoming Philosophiae Doctor. Congratulations!

Velkomen Sara!

Sara Barranco Campos has recently joined the Department of Chemistry as a PhD student in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry under Hans-René Bjørsvik supervision. The subject of the project is medicinal imaging dedicated to the design and synthesis of PET-precursors prepared for 11C labelling, in collaboration with the Bergen Tracer Development Centre (Bergen-TDC) financed by the Trond Mohn foundation and the Tromsø research foundation.

Sara holds a bachelor’s degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Bergen. The title of her master’s thesis was “Synthesis of imidazole core based small molecules for the treatment of SMA”.

Congrats Dr Solmaz!

Last Friday, Solmaz Ghoreishi successfully defended her PhD thesis Large-scale conversion of lignin to liquid through formic acid assisted solvolysis in aqueous and ethanolic reaction media: comparison of yields and product compositions. Solmaz has made signficant contributions to upscaling of the lignin-to-liquid process from small- to large-labscale (5L) reactors, which is an important step toward making it a viable industrial option. Both Solmaz and the two opponents did very well, making the disputation ceremony an interesting and enjoyable event for those present. Congratulations!

Welcome Parveen!

Parveen Gartan has joined our department as a PhD student. He will be supervised by Professor Nathalie Reuter. He will work on the project RESPOND3 financed by the Digital Life program of the NFR. The title of the project is “Towards better computational approaches and responsible innovation strategies in early drug discovery: application to antibiotics and COPD”. Parveen holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Delhi (India) and a master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur (India). The title of his Master thesis was: “Calculations of absolute binding free energies of kaempferol binding to inflammation responsive protein ASC”.

Velkomen Sofie!

Sofie Lekve has taken up a position with our department, with administrative responsibilities for the interdisciplinary study programs in nanotechnology & -science and medical technology. She holds a master’s degree in philosophy from UiB, with specialization in ethics. She has previous work experience from both administrative and academic positions. Her administrative work experience includes administrative work in the Philosophy Department, as well as being a Student Advisor at the Grieg Academy. She has also worked as a research assistant in projects within philosophy and social science and, moreover, held a position as a Lecturer in Philosophy at UiB. She is particularly interested in bioethics and generational ethics, as well as questions regarding ethics and AI.

, januar 7, 2020. Category: Person.

Welcome Gabriel!

Dr. Gabriel Jeantelot has joined the department of chemistry as a postdoctoral researcher. He will work with Associate Professor Erwan Le Roux on the catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-based compounds to aromatics, as part of an ENERGIX-funded project. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Université Blaise Pascal (France), and a Master’s degree and Ph.D from the KAUST university (Saudi Arabia), obtained under the supervision of Professor Jean-Marie Basset. He wrote his thesis on the surface chemistry of morphology-controlled titanium dioxide nanoparticles, used in photocatalytic water splitting after decorating them with metal complexes by surface organometallic chemistry.

, januar 7, 2020. Category: Person.

Velkomen Kristoffer!

Kristoffer Herdlevær has accepted a position as research fellow / PhD candidate at our department and will conduct research toward  «Utilization of woody biomass and residues for production of energy products and high-value natural compounds.» This project addresses basic research challenges in the different steps of biomass treatment and use to provide a validated basis for developing a lignocellulosic woody biomass biorefinery that is suitable for the conditions specific to Western Norway. This is a strategic and interdisciplinary PhD project within the UiB priority research area Climate and energy transition
The project constitutes a collaboration between the departments of Chemistry and Biosciences. Kristoffer Herdlevær holds a master’s degree in process technology from UiB. He will be supervised by Tanja Barth (Chemistry) and UNESCO Chair for Sustainable heritage and environmental management Inger Elizabeth Måren (Department of Biosciences).
, januar 3, 2020. Category: Person.

Fra oljeraffinerier til bioraffinerier

I en fersk artikkel i Forskning.no skrevet av Øystein Rygg Haanæs, slår Tanja Barth fast at mye av det vi i dag bruker sort karbon fra olje og gass til å lage, kan i stedet baseres på grønt karbon fra trær og andre planter.

Raffineriet på Mongstad. (Foto: Marius Dobilas / Shutterstock / NTB scanpix)

Forskningsgruppen til Tanja har utviklet en prosess som omdanner ligninet fra tremasse til bioolje, som ikke må forveksles med biodrivstoff.  Økonomisk sett vil det være gunstigere å ta ut så mye som mulig i form av spesialkjemikalier som kan brukes i parfyme, medisiner, løsemidler og lignende. Deretter kan vi utvinne råstoff til bioplast, før resten går til drivstoff, som nok er det området som kaster minst av seg. Én nøkkel til raskere og økonomisk mer håndterbar overgang fra fossilt til fornybart kan derfor være å lage bioraffinerier etter modell av dagens oljeraffinerier.

Santa Lucia visits Chemistry

Huge thanks to Louise, Egil, Hege, Marit and possibly others for making such a bright Lucia spot in the middle of a December-gloomy Friday. Totally unexpected, half-mystery invitation, and then the tastiest Lussekatter you ever dug teeth into, and beautiful gitar and song. Thanks again for sharing with your colleagues and adding to the working environment!

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