For Students

Research Projects – Bachelor and Masters level

The NanoGeoScience group invites bachelor and “speciale” students to work on projects in the domain of our research. We focus on the interaction of natural materials such as soil, sediment, minerals and the compounds found in nature, with fluids such as water, oil and gases. Our aim is to define the processes that control: the quality of groundwater, safe disposal of waste, the properties of chalk that inhibit oil recovery and “mineralisation” of CO2 to decrease atmospheric levels. Another hot topic is biomineralisation, where we are investigating the tricks organisms use to design intricate crystal morphology in such natural materials as bones, teeth and shells.

The NanoGeoScience group (known also as Natural Materials Science) is broadly interdisciplinary, with physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists, geologists, engineers and mathematicians, working together to solve problems. It is exciting to pool information to get to answers that will make a direct difference to society. Much of our research is at the nanometre scale but we also do benchscale and fieldscale work as well. In the NanoGeoScience group, we focus on teamwork and many of our research questions require creative solutions. Bachelor and masters (“speciale”) students have the opportunity to work with one or two of the senior scientists associated with the group, as well as with a Postdoctoral fellow or PhD student.

The techniques available for data collection cover a wide range: classical solid, solution and gas analytical methods, physical properties and surface analysis as well as state-of-the-art nanoscale techniques. For bachelor or masters projects, we can find a topic that fits a technique you want to master – or you can choose a fascinating topic and use the best techniques to investigate it.

Skills and knowledge gained in the NanoGeoScience group projects are the type that lead to jobs in a range of areas: consulting engineering companies, the oil sector, materials research, biotech, government offices and academics. If desired, a bachelor or masters level project can be organised through contacts in industry or government.

Individual Projects

List of precompiled projects


Geochemistry I (taught in English)
Bachelor Level – second or third year
Requires general interest in nature; Block I; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Karina Sand and Dominique Tobler

Surface Geochemistry (M2)
Bachelor Level – second year in Environmental Chemistry
Requires Geochemistry I or equivalent; Block 2; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Knud Dideriksen

Surface Physical Chemistry (taught in English)
Advanced Level, third year, masters or PhD level
Requires a good background in chemistry or physics; Block 3; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Tue Hassenkam and Evren Ataman

Materials Chemistry (taught in English)
Second to fourth year
Requires interest and first year chemistry or physics; Block 1; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Henning Osholm Sørensen and Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen

Structural Tools in Nanoscience (hands on experience, taught in English)
Third year bachelor, masters or PhD level
Requires first and second year courses in some natural science; Block 4; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Nico Bovet and many others

Scientific Writing (taught in English)
Bachelor Level – fourth year
Advanced Year – MSc or PhD
Requires good English skills; Block I; 7.5 units
Taught at the Department of Chemistry by Kim Dalby and Gemma Solomon