Biocatalytic devices studied by optical and electron microscopy




Greater Copenhagen area

Biological organisms carry out chemical transformations at ambient conditions with superior selectivity and specificity using enzymes. However, the fact that many enzymes of interest are compartmentalized within cells compromises scalability and realization of commercially viable titers. Adaption of enzymes as heterogenous catalysts has potential to establish new chemistry and could become an important element in realizing the green transition but significant technical hurdles remain to be conquered. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join us in an ambitious undertaking to mature this area.

Your task will be to immobilize enzymes on solid supports, build catalytic devices and characterize them using state-of-the-art fluorescence optical microscopy (e.g., CLSM, STED) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

The work will be conducted at the VISION center at DTU Physics and the electron/optical microscopy facility at Topsoe A/S/Novozymes, all situated in Kgs. Lyngby.

In collaboration with

Sune Christensen (Novozymes A/S),


Basic wet lab and microscopy experience required. Knowledge of proteins, catalysis and data analysis using, e.g., python, matlab is an advantage

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DTU Fysik


Stig Helveg




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MSc in Engineering Physics


Stig Helveg


MSc thesis

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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