Ongoing projects


PMP – the Physics of Metal Plasticity - will exploit this to unravel the physics of plasticity. For the first time, we can directly see the processes involved: the creation of dislocations, their self-organization, and subsequent creation of ever more complex patterns. At the same time, we can deduce the local stress. This will provide answers to longstanding core questions of metal science.


The ESS lighthouse on hard materials in 3D, SOLID, is a center of Excellence with a duration of 10 years.  

The partners are the universities DTU, AU, KU, SDU, AAU and RUC, the European Spallation Source ESS, and the Technological Institute.  Based on an initial funding of 78 Mkr from the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education and the partners, it was inaugurated April 1, 2020.



Predicting Why, Where and When metals fail (Triple-W)

The goal of this research project is threefold. First, to exploit the new x-ray methodology to understand the microstructural origin of the nucleation and growth stages of ductile failure. Second, to formulate a crystal plasticity model capable of predicting why, where and when samples fail. Third, to formulate a macroscopic continuum model with new constitutive laws depending on the grain structure and demonstrate it in process simulations of an industrial case. All models will be freely available to industry and for research.


Danish Distributed System of Scientific Collections

The goal is to create a virtual national infrastructure mobilizing Danish natural history collections (approximately) 19 million objects) and providing access to the collections stored by

DiSSCo. Efficient and seamless access will help support UN’s Global Goals and Targets in addition to the EU commissions and the Danish Government’s policies on Open Science, climatic change and digitization.



In this project it is hypothesized that chemical surface tailoring of nano-struvite will allow us to circumvent the bottlenecks preventing a sustainable use of soil applied P in agriculture. Using nanotechnology, P can be given a range of new physicochemical properties differing significantly from the orthophosphate ion, including e.g. shifts in valence, charge density, polarity and affinity. These tailor made modifications will allow us to reduce chemical P fixation in soil, increase the P mobility towards the root surface and moreover trigger cellular internalization of nano-struvite by endocytosis.

The research initiative we will show that nanoparticles (NPs) can be synthesized, shaped and functionalized in order to tailor them with a range of physiochemical properties which improves the plant availability of essential plant nutrient in agricultural soils.