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Environmental Technology

Our understanding of the environment around us is largely dependent on the tools we have available. Like the first microscopes changed our perception of the world and lead to the discovery of microorganisms, current technological developments help us unravel the complexity of living systems. Due to the vast complexity, heterogeneity, and varying scale of biological systems we need a variety of tools and methods.

At Department of Biology we develop the tools and methods needed and apply them to a variety of ecosystems. Our tool kit enables us to look at single cells using for example advanced microscopy or to scan and map large areas with for example drone- or satellite-based remote sensing. These tools enable us to examine the biological complexity at various spatial and temporal scales. We are not only able to analyze biological systems by the variety of these approaches, but also to develop technological solutions to mitigate global change and manmade pollution. Our research provides advanced tools, methods, and models for a better understanding of the world around us and actively aims at finding sustainable solutions for the future.

Contact a researcher in Environmental Technology

Hans Brix

Head of Department, Professor

Research areas

Freshwater biology
Waterlogged soils
Wastewater purification
Constructed wetlands
Sludge Treatment Reed Beds
Willow systems
Ecophysiology of plants
Nutrient uptake
Effects of anoxia
Climatic changes
Methane emission
Carbon sequestration

I work with research in microbial ecology, i.e. the mutual interactions between microorganisms and their environment. I am part of Center for Electromicrobiology, where we investigate microorganisms that transport electrons and exchange them with their surroundings with a special focus on cable bacteria. I did my Ph. D. in the development of a methane microsensor and was the technical lead in the startup of the microsensor company Unisense A/S and thus have technical and commercial experience.

Research areas

Sensor technologies
Sensor systems and applications
Modeling and Simulation

Research areas

Sensor technologies
Analytical chemistry
Environmental chemistry

Research areas

Coastal waters
Microbial ecology
Microbial electrochemical technologies
Sensor technologies

Research areas

Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
Bacterial adhesion
Environmental Microbiology
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Food safety
Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

Signe Normand

Professor, Centre Director