Research at the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine – the role of metals in biological systems



Greater Copenhagen area

Metal ions carry out a wide range of essential functions in biological systems. These metals are primarily found in metalloenzymes, which is the main subject of our teaching and research in bioinorganic chemistry – the interface between chemistry, biology and medicine. We offer a wide range of projects, for example:


  • Genetic engineering (molecular biology)

  • Recombinant protein expression

  • Fermentation

  • Chromatographic protein purification (HPLC)

  • Synthesis of artificial metalloproteins using anaerobic conditions

  • Metalloproteins involved in neurological diseases

  • Studies of enzymatic reactions and enzymatic assays

  • Characterization of metalloproteins by:

    • Structural studies, e.g. mass spectrometry, X-ray crystallography

    • Spectroscopic techniques, e.g. UV-VIS, EPR and Mossbauer spectroscopy

    • Functional studies, e.g. bioelectrochemistry, functional assays

We offer research based projects on all levels, i.e. both bachelor and master projects and also as special courses. Detailed project descriptions and scope are arranged individually. Further information on the individual projects is given in the DTU Project and Internship Database on Portalen or by contacting Hans Erik Mølager Christensen,, building 207, room 156.

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Technical University of Denmark

For almost two centuries DTU, Technical University of Denmark, has been dedicated to fulfilling the vision of H.C. Ørsted – the father of electromagnetism – who founded the university in 1829 to develop and create value using the natural sciences and the technical sciences to benefit society.

Today, DTU is ranked as one of the foremost technical universities in Europe, continues to set new records in the number of publications, and persistently increases and develops our partnerships with industry, and assignments accomplished by DTU’s public sector consultancy.

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Anker Engelunds Vej 1
Bygning 101A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Tlf. (+45) 45 25 25 25

CVR-nr. 30 06 09 46

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