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PhD defence, Thursday 28 May 2020. Jennifer Engel.

2020.05.28 | Sunitha Satkunam

Jennifer Engel

During her PhD studies, Jennifer Engel researched an environmentally friendly way of producing material needed for biodegradable plastic. The production of plastic that eventually rots is important to reduce the pollution of the environment. Nevertheless, the production of such should not be hazardous. Jennifer Engel has characterized proteins that can prepare the starting material – epsilon-caprolactone – without the use of toxic compounds.  

The new research findings aid in evolving processes for epsilon-caprolactone production with the investigated proteins.

The PhD study was completed at Department of Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 28 May 2020 at 14:00
Place: Will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to  selin.kara@eng.au.dk or sgs@eng.au.dk 
Title of PhD thesis: Characterization of a redox-neutral convergent cascade for synthesis of epsilon-caprolactone
Contact information: Jennifer Engel, e-mail: j.engel@eng.au.dk
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor John Woodley, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Associate Professor Jan Deska, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Aalto University, Finland
Professor Sven Gjedde Sommer (chairman), Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Selin Kara, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark>
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.


Due to the coronavirus situation, Aarhus University is physically closed. Therefore, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.scitech@au.dk, and receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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