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Research Projects

The Surface Dynamics Group carries out research within the following projects:

The Center for Interstellar Catalysis

The Center for Interstellar Catalysis  - InterCat - aims to discover the origin of the molecular building blocks of life, in space. The InterCat Center started in July 2020 and is funded by the Danish National Researh Foundation.

The scientific aim of the Center for Interstellar Catalysis is to determine whether the production of the molecular building blocks of life, e.g., sugars, amino acids, fats and DNA bases, predates the formation of stars and planets, and occurs at the extremely low temperatures and pressures found in interstellar space.

VILLUM Centre of Excellence for Dirac Materials

The VILLUM Centre of Excellence for Dirac Materials sets out to discover the fundamental properties of a group of novel materials with the unifying feature that their electronic structure is given by a so-called Dirac cone. The Center started in 2016 with a grant from the Villum Foundation. Our role here is to explore means to manipluate the electronic properties of graphene.

The Extensive and ubiquitous role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in space

The scientific research goal of EUROPAH was to understand the role that polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons play in the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium. EUROPAH started in November 2016 and finished in March 2021. EUROPAH was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action funded by the EU under the Horizon2020 framework, grant number 722346.

Graphene Coated Nanoparticles and Nanograins

GRANN aimed to harness and combine the remarkable properties of graphene and nanoparticles to create systems with entirely new and unexplored characteristics, to tune these characteristics to be useful for real-world applications, and to exploit the new systems as the first realistic laboratory models of catalytic nanoparticles for interstellar surface chemistry. The project started in July 2015 and finished in June 2020. GRANN was funded by a consolidator grant from the European Research Council, funded by the EU.

Danish Alliance of Graphene Application Technology and Engineering

The project “DA-GATE – the Danish Alliance of Graphene Application Technology and Engineering” aimed to establish a powerful alliance consisting of leading Danish and international high tech companies and experts from Danish academic institutions, with the common goal of exploring the potential of graphene for industrial applications. DAGATE started in February 2013 and finished in February 2017, and was funded by Innovation Fund Denmark.

Photocatalysis under Interstellar Conditions

This project investigated interaction between atomic hydrogen, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and photons in the ultraviolet region. The research is of importance for understanding chemistry in the Interstellar Medium. The project was funded by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent research, awarded in 2014.

National Initiative for Advanced Graphene Coatings and Composites

The vision for NIAGRA was to use the exceptional properties of graphene to create new or improved products in a Danish context in order to create jobs within advanced technology. NIAGRA brought together leading research environments and high technology industrial companies from various different industries to create a platform of graphene research and technology for the Danish industry. The NIAGRA project ran from September 2013 to September 2018.

Hydrogen interaction with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – from interstellar catalysis to hydrogen storage

This project obtained an atomic level understanding of the atomic hydrogen–polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) interaction. This interaction is relevance in the interstellar medium, to ascertain whether molecular hydrogen formation occurs predominantly via interaction with PAHs, but also to determine whether PAHs are a promising medium for hydrogen storage, and to understand hydrogen-graphene interactions to manipulate the electronic properties of graphene. The project ran from July 2008 to June 2013 and was funded with a starting grant from the European Research Council.

Laboratory Astrochemical Surface Science in Europe

The LASSIE ITN brought together the leading European players in experimental and computational surface and solid state astrochemistry, astronomers seeking to understand the detailed role of chemical species in our modern Universe, industrial partners engaged in the development of relevant laboratory instrumentation and experts in public engagement. The LASSIE Network sought to address the key issue of the interaction of the astronomical gas phase with the dust that pervades the Universe. Our role, was to investigage interactions betwene hydrogren atoms and carbonaceous surfaces. The project ran was February 2010 to Janurary 2014 and was funded as Marie Curie Initial Training Network under the FP7 funding scheme, by the EU.