Project

Tree-on-a-Chip - Design of synthetic plant lungs

Publisher

Supervisor

Location

Greater Copenhagen area

Group website: 
http://www.jensen-research.com/ 

Project summary:

Aquatic plants (e.g. water lilies) have lung-like organs that allow them to pump oxygen far below the water surface using gradients in chemical potential. In this project, you will design and test a synthetic plant lung and investigate it’s use as a possible source of renewable energy.

Description:
Oxygen is ubiquitous and extremely important to life throughout the biosphere. Oxygen is found in all plant and animal cells where it plays a pivotal role in energy conversion reactions. Oxygen molecules are small and therefore diffuse easily from the atmosphere to plant cells on land. By contrast, aquatic plants such as water lilies cannot rely on diffusion because the stem and roots exist in a water-saturated environment. To overcome this constraint, leaves of aquatic plants have evolved lung-like organs that pump atmospheric gasses below the water surface. The physical mechanism that drive transport, however, remains poorly understood though gradients in humidity are believed to play a role. In this project, you will elucidate the physics of plant lungs via a combination of theory and experiments. First, you will develop and analyze a mathematical model of the oxygen flow. Second, you will fabricate devices designed to mimic the structures located in plant leaves (see image). Third, you will measure gas-flow rates from the devices. Finally, we will use a combination of theory and experiments to infer the optimal design and ascertain it’s potential as source of renewable energy.
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Contact

Company / Organization

DTU Fysik

Name

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

Position

Lektor

Mail

khjensen@fysik.dtu.dk

Supervisor info

Bachelor in General Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Biomedical Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Chemistry and Technology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Mathematics and Technology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

BSc in Physics and Nanotechnology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc Eng in Applied Chemistry

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc Eng in Quantitative Biology and Disease Modelling

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Aquatic Science and Technology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Biomedical Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Biotechnology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

Msc in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Engineering, Photonics Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Environmental Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Computation

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Physics and Nanotechnology

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

MSc in Sustainable Energy

Supervisor

Kaare Hartvig Jensen

ECTS credits

5 - 30

Type

Final project, Other, BSc project, Course project, MSc thesis, Course-related projects, Special course

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