Roskilde Midsummer Seminar 2019

The seminar is organised by the Department of Natural Science and Environment at Roskilde University. The Midsummer Seminar is meant to be a closing event of the spring semester around midsummer. This year we are pleased to have six guest lectures from five different countries covering various areas of chemistry including aspects of biology.
Start:kl. 09.45
Slut:kl. 20.00
Sted: Roskilde University, Building 27.1, room 27.1-189
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We are pleased to welcome you at the Roskilde Midsummer Seminar 2019

The opening lecture will be held by Kim Daarsbjerg from the Aarhus University and head of the iNano research centre. He will talk about his recent work on CO2 valorisation by the use of metal porphyrin precursors for the synthesis of single-metal atoms and nanoparticles for electrocatalysis.The second morning lecture will be given by Ivan Castillo from the National Autonomous University of Mexico City. His talk will be about sugar degradation in a bioinorganic approach.

The third session, after lunch, will be given by Jan Deska from the Aalto University (Finland) and he will talk about biocatalysis in organic chemistry. 

This talk is followed by a contribution on NMR spectroscopy for reaction monitoring. It is given by Ulrich Hintermair who works at the University of Bath, UK.After his talk we will have a poster session with the chance to discuss science with your colleagues and students. Snacks and coffees will be provided to make the discussions more comfortable. Of course the best posters will be awarded with some prices.

After the coffee break we will learn about a detective story on chemical mechanisms. This story is told by Martin Klußmann of the Max-Planck-Institute for Coal Research in Germany.The closing lecture will be held by our former colleague Peter Westh who will talk about the processing of cellulose in biotechnology.

The event will close with a barbecue with cold drinks at the university lake for further discussions with your colleagues and students.

Open to all

The event is open to students and scientists of all disciplines. The organizing committee hopes to see a multidisciplinary poster session. For registretion se below.

Poster session

Brief information concerning the poster session:

  • Posters of postdocs, PhD, Master- and Bachelor students of all research areas of the Department of Science and Environment are welcome. 
  • External posters are welcome.
  • Poster registration deadline by e-mail stating the title and corresponding author: June 10th 2019. Please write to:


09:45 - 09:50

Opening remarks

09:50 - 10:30

1. Session: Kim Daasbjerg, Aarhus University, Denmark
Developing Efficient Electrocatalysts for the Reduction ofCO2 to CO: From Metal Porphyrin Complexes to Metal/Nitrogen Doped Carbon

10:30 - 11:15

2. Session: Ivan Castillo Perez, UNAM, Mexico
Polysaccharide Degradation with LPMO-inspired Copper Complexes

11:30 - 13:00

Lunch break: Lunch with speakers and RUC colleagues
Venue: A restaurant close by

13:15 - 13:55

3. Session: Jan Deska, Aalto University, Finland
The Hunt for Artificial Reactivities in Biocatalysis: Fungal Copper-dependent Metalloproteins as Mediators for Pericyclic Reactions

14:00 - 14:40

4. Session: Ulrich Hintermair, University of Bath, UK
Mechanistic Insight into Homogeneous Catalysis from Multi-Nuclear High Resolution FlowNMR Spectroscopy

14:45 - 15:30

Coffee Break and Poster Session (including Poster Prizes)

15:30 - 16:15

5. Session: Martin Klußmann, Max-Planck-Inst. f. Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr,Germany
Detective stories from homogeneous catalysis or: how to find out howchemical reactions work

16:20 - 17:00

6. Session: Peter Westh, DTU, Denmark
Cellulose: structure, properties and biotechnology

17:00 - 20:00

BBQ and Poster Prize Awards Speakers, RUC colleagues and students
The event is open-ended and takes place at the RUC lake. RUCwill provide a grill, some food and drinks but please bring some extra meat for your own consumption.

View the full programme with abstracts


Please sign up for the Roskilde Midsummer Seminar here


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