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Access & Acceleration

Network for innovation and health
The Danish-German border region has a wealth of skills and resources to develop new innovative ideas, technologies and products in the health sector. Nowadays, traditional innovation processes do no longer automatically lead to success. The project Access & Acceleration strikes a new path and utilises the key success factor of innovations: a strong integration of technology users, companies and universities throughout all development stages.
Project duration:  04/2019 - 03/2022
Read more about the Access & Acceleration project here



Advancing Conservation: A science and technology platform for the preservation of cultural heritage in the German-Danish border region. The main purpose of the adCON project is to technologically promote and support preventive conservation methods and identify environmental improvements that can mitigate and finally prevent future damage to selected regional art and heritage collections. In the Danish-German border region, the individual conservators of the cultural heritage are insufficiently linked to scientific institutions. However, this is an essential prerequisite for the transfer of expertise, experience and technologies. With the proposed network project, we seek to provide to all relevant stakeholders in the region a broad portfolio of scientific research, tools, and technologies related to cultural heritage, including different aspects of preventive conservation. Moreover, we plan to take an international leadership role in the field by focusing on several specific cross-border conservation issues. Through the proposed pilot activities we plan to evaluate new procedure and analytical techniques concerning their usefulness in the field. Ultimately, the project brings together those who create and maintain cultural heritage on both sides of the border region in a new network of events, training and expertise, thus also promoting cultural cooperation in the Danish-German border region.
Project duration 06/2021 - 05/2022
Read more about the adCON project here 


Every year, tons of meat products are thrown away since food safety concerns lead to a substantial waste of safe-to-eat food, causing a large waste of resources. Currently, the expiration date for meat/fish is determined by poorly performed subjective sensory. In this project, we found a high sensitive and selective method for detection of cadaverine (marker for meat freashness) by using a cadaverine-specific binder, and the method is applied into integrated sensors in close collaboration with AmiNIC ApS
AutomationsBoost (Væksthus Syddanmark og RoboCluster)
Project duration: 03/2017 - 09/2021
Read more about the AmiNIC project here


ArtPlast Artificial Chloroplasts: Nature-inspired electronic molecular nanoparticle platform for energy applications

In these projects the focus in on synthesizing an artificial chloroplast using conjugated donor:non-fullerene acceptor:antioxidant nanoparticles, which facilitates photosynthetic processes in the same way that nature has so delicately perfected, thus providing an efficient and stable material system for green energy technologies - H2 evolution and solar electricity generation.
Independent Research Fund Denmark - Grøn omstilling (Research project 1) and Carlsberg Foundation (Young Researcher Fellowship)
Project duration: 1 Jan 2021 -  31 May 2024


Annually, 137,500 tonnes of meat are discarded in Denmark, of which 43,000 tonnes of fresh meat and fish are discarded just because the shelf-life date has been exceeded, and even if it might still be fresh. Since the production of 1 kg of meat or fish has a climate impact of 3-29 kg CO2, 43,000 tonnes of discarded fresh meat and fish are equivalent to emissions of about 650,000 tonnes of CO2. Three researchers from the Mads Clausen Institute at the University of Southern Denmark, two researchers from Fraunhofer ISIT in Germany and the company AmiNIC ApS want to develop a new type of biosensor that makes it possible to accurately predict the shelf life of newly produced meat products. The research group has previously worked together and has already developed a cantilever-based sensor to measure the concentration of the gas carcass in meat so that it can be determined whether the meat is suitable for food. However, this sensor cannot determine with sufficient accuracy very small concentrations of cadaverine, which is essential, if it is to predict the shelf-life of freshly produced meat. In this way, the parties will invent a new type of sensor that solves the problem of lack of linearity when reading signals that currently characterise microcantilever-based biosensors.
Project end date: 12/2023



The visual representation of microscopic changes in human cells, which are connected to cancer, is crucial to their diagnosis and treatment. Modern microscopy techniques available at the university hospitals and at important research and development laboratories in the region on the Danish and German side make it possible to examine these changes quickly and reliably. In the CellTom project, new and complementary microscopy techniques will be developed and combined in order to improve diagnostics as validated by the hospital partners. Moreover, a virtual service center ‘VISION’ will be established where interested institutions and companies can access the new microscopy techniques.
Project duration: 04/2017 - 03/2020
Read more about the Celltom project here



Nanoparticles make their way into a broad range of products and help to optimize everyday life, but the tiny particles can also end up taking their toll on our health. Within the project consortium CheckNano, supported by Interreg5a, we will test products for possible harmful particles and develop a rapid test for the identification of toxic nanoparticles for later application in industrial production processes.
Project duration: 08/2018 - 07/2021
Read more about the CheckNano project here


Development of Smart Materials: From research to production

Bitten & Mads Clausen Foundation
In this project, the focus in on up-scaling of energy technologies from lab scale to industrial compatible scale using roll-to-roll (R2R) technology. The work focuses in particular on organic solar cells, which has been a main strategic research area at SDU NanoSYD for several years, but also includes smart materials for new energy technologies.
Project duration: 1 May 2019 - 31 Dec 2021


Energy harvesting in cities with transparent and highly efficient window-integrated multifunction solar cells (Citysolar)

H2020 RIA
In this H2020 Research and Innovation action project, new semi-transparent solar modules are made from organic and perovskite tandem solar cell devices, that are tuned to harvest infrared and ultraviolet parts of the sunlight, but at the same time be transparent for visible light. Combined with new light-management and module integration routes, this will pave the way for new high-efficiency photovoltaics windows. The project consortium includes several renowned academic and industrial partners, and is coordinated by CNR-ISM.
Project partners: CNR-ISM (lead), FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg,  Uni Tor Vergata, CNRS, H.GLASS, ENI, Brilliant Matters, KAUST
Project duration: 1 Dec 2020 – 30 Nov 2023


Compliant PV

Mechanical and photochemical stabilization of flexible organic solar cells
Project duration: 01/2017 - 09/2020


Face mask/Mundbind 2.0

The Mads Clausen Institute is known for its expertise in smart materials and microtechnology solutions. In this project, we use these skills to integrate unique nanomaterials into face masks for effective viral protection. We focus on the fact that these new nanomaterials can send a reliable signal when a virus is tied while simultaneously deactivating it. This opens up for possibilities within an effective combination where the virus is not only bound to a smart material but also detected by a sensor. The long-term vision is a face mask that alerts the user when he is in contact with the virus.
Project end date: 09/2021

Hybrid electrolyte supercapacitor for highly efficient energy storage

Industrial Electronic Innovation CLEAN
In this project, new supercapacitor technology is upscaled to full industrial scale using roll-to-roll (R2R) technology.
The project is led by InnoCell, who developed the supercapacitor system in focus, and the R2R upscaling and device testing is carried out at SDU NanoSYD and SDU CIE, respectively.
Project partners: Innocell and SDU CIE
Project duration: 1 Jan 2020 – 30 Jun 2021

IMPULSE-OPV - Integrated Molecular Plasmon Upconverter for Low-cost, Scalable, and Efficient Organic Photovoltaics

This VILLUM Experiment addresses the fundamental limitation on the solar cell efficiency by exploring a method for exploiting a great fraction of low-energy sunlight photons that are transmitted and lost in traditional solar cell designs. The possibility of conducting plasmon-enhanced molecular up-conversion of sunlight inside an organic solar cell will be investigated. We aim at redefining the theoretical maximum efficiency of organic photovoltaics (OPV) by frequency up-conversion and subsequent absorption of photons with energies below the absorption threshold of OPV. The method applies the quantum properties of the light absorbing molecules in converting two low-energy photons into a single high-energy photon. This novel approach could significantly increase the efficiency of OPV, making this low-cost lightweight technology an important contributor in the transition to renewable power sources.
Project duration: 00/2018 - 00/2020


Methodologies for Hyperspectral Thermal Imaging

Industrial PhD project in collaboration with Newtec Engineering A/S
Project duration : 08/2018 - 07/2021
Read more about the PhD project here


MMT - MikroMedTech

Technishe Hochschule Lübeck, University of Lübeck and the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg have initiated the Interreg project “MikroMedTech” (MMT) that aims to develop and establish a Danish-German master's study program in the field of medical technology in the Danish-German Interreg program region. The planned international study course “Medical Microtechnology” further develops the strong positions and core competencies in the Danish-German program region in the areas of health and life sciences and strengthens the collaboration between business, industry and clinics within the health technologies.

Project duration: 04/2020 - 03/2023



Water quality impacts human, crop and livestock health, yet current water quality tests either only give a snapshot of water quality or can’t distinguish between harmless and deadly bacteria. We propose PAANEE, a cyber-physical water quality monitoring system able to measure and analyse groundwater quality 24/7. When our AI-based module predicts deadly bacteria, PAANEE initiates bacteria testing. PAANEE will be low-cost, driving interest in water quality by sharing data online and open to all.
Project end date: 12/2023



Every year, thousands of tonnes of plastics are released in the Danish-German border region. No one knows where it ends up or how dangerous it is for the environment or humans. The PlastTrack project will investigate this and develop tools to combat plastic pollution. With PlastTrack, we aim to prevent further uncontrolled releases of micro- and nanoplastics by providing tools that track the path of plastic waste and support the development of environmental product declarations. We will develop the technological platform, automate the detection and digitise the analysis of micro- and nanoplastics.
Project duration: 04/2023 - 03/2026
Read more about the PlastTrack project here


Powering Internet of Things with Ambient Solutions – PIloT

Independent Research Fund Denmark - Grøn omstilling (Research project 3)
In this collaborative project between DTU Energy and University of Southern Denmark, the focus is on developing a new family of miniaturized devices that can harvest energy from the environment, store it in the next-generation batteries and use it to power IoT devices. These hybrid energy devices include batteries, thermoelectric devices, electro-chemo-mechanical and photovoltaic devices.
Project partners: Technical University of Denmark (lead)
Project duration: 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2024



Precise – A sensor that determines the Precise freshness of meat and fish. Meat and fish production heavily contributes to CO2 emissions and unsustainable food consumption. On the other hand, meat/fish production are important regional economic activities. PRECISE will propose a model to reduce the carbon footprint of meat/fish consumption by eliminating the unnecessary food waste. We propose to realize this potential for better resource use by implementing a sensor enabling PRECISE measurements of meat and fish expiration dates, terminating 50% of the current meat/fish waste.
Project duration: 04/2023 - 04/2026
Read more about the Precise project  here

R2R: A new production method

Set-up of roll-to-roll (R2R) technology for the development of, e.g., green energy technologies with focus on low cost and mechanically flexible technologies.
Funding provider: BHJ Fonden
Project end date: 12/2021



In this project, novel reactively sputtered metal oxide films will be developed and integrated as contact layers in organic, hybrid and silicon photovoltaics for the first time. By utilizing composition- and microstructure-tuned metal oxides, high work function layers that are robust to standard PV production and operation treatments will be developed, resulting in PV modules with so far unseen performance and stability. The project partners are besides SDU (lead): UC Berkeley, LBNL Berkeley, IMEC, Aarhus University and Sorbonne University of Paris. DFF FTP research project 2.
Project duration: 10/2018 - 03/2022


An Innovation Project Center for Roll-to-Roll processed flexible devices
Interreg Deutschland-Danmark
Project duration: 04/2016 - 09/2020
Read more about the RollFlex project here


Smart PhD: X-ray and neutron scattering studies metal oxide interlayers for photovoltaic applications - PhD project Mariam Ahmad

Use of various X-ray and neutron scattering techniques to study the composition, structure and electronic properties of these metal oxides and their interfaces with organic active layer materials to understand their role in organic solar cells.Funding provider: Undervisnings- og Forskningsministeriet
Leadpartner: ESS SMART fyrtårn: Aarhus Universitet, prof. Brummerstedt Iversen
Project end date: 12/2022
Read more about the PhD project here

SMART – Structures of Materials in Real Time

Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Project duration: 00/2019 - 00/2023
Read more about the SMART projekt here 


SOLID ESS lighthouse: Hard materials in 3D 

The Danish lighthouse SOLID has the vision to carry out cutting-edge research in neutron and synchrotron-based 3D imaging of hard materials. The combination of the separately superior sources, ESS and MAX IV, allows mapping the internal structure of a material, its formation and its change at all relevant length and time scales. At NanoSYD we will study cooling systems for power electronic devices. In particular we aim at understanding fundamental issues of flow of two-phase liquids and nanofluids in microporous materials and microfluidics devices. Neutron imaging is ideal for visualising such a flow due to its high penetration and good contrast with liquids. Complementary measurements with high-resolution Helium ion microscopy at SDU will clarify the role of structure between pores and surfaces in relation to nucleation and phase separation.
Danish roadmap for research infrastructures (lead: DTU) 
Project duration: 11/2019 - 10/2024


Solid PhD: Fluid dynamics in power electronics cooling

In this project, we study the multi-phase flow of cooling fluids containing  nanoparticles in microfluidic heat exchangers and porous materials. These so-called nanofluids can significantly raise the heat transfer coefficient and will increase the reliability and efficiency of in various applications and devices. We will study performance limiting factors such as particle agglomeration and sedimentation of different suspensions. In addition, we aim at monitoring the phase-transition process with neutron imaging in model devices.
Funding provider: Styrelsen for Forskning og Videregående Uddannelser
Project end date: 02/2024



High-efficiency solar cells by spectral transformation using nano-optical enhancement
Project duration: 05/2015 - 04/2019
Read more about the SunTune project here


The stretchable OLED display (industrial PhD)

Bendable OLED devices can be realised by fabricating the OLED layer stack on top of a flexible substrate – typically some type of plastic. The fabrication of a stretchable device is, however, more challenging since most of the device materials only tolerate relatively moderate levels of strain. At NanoSYD, we are working on the development of a new type of stretchable OLED based on a substrate with microscopic surface waves, which flatten out when the sample is stretched. This allows the OLED device to be installed on 3-dimensional surfaces and objects. This project is made in collaboration with Polyteknik AS.
Project end date: 08/2023
Read more about the PhD project here


Tuning the Photostability of Organic Photovoltaics Components

In this collaboration between Copenhagen University, Aarhus University and University of Southern Denmark, the stability of organic solar cells are addressed via synthesis and integration of new organic molecules that are designed to be inherently stable, i.e. they degrade less when exposed to typical stress conditions such as light, heat and the ambient environment
Project partners: University of Copenhagen (lead), Aarhus University
Project duration: 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2024


Udvikling af smarte materialer: fra grundforskning til production

Development of Smart Materials and their integration into organic solar cells, and other flexible devices for energy conversion and storage solutions developed from roll-to-roll (R2R) technology at the R2R facility at the Mads Clausen Institute, SDU NanoSYD. The project specifically targets how to mature these materials, thin films and devices for future industrial production of new energy technologies.
Project duration: 00/2019 - 00/2022


Villum Experiment - NanoTrain: programable colloidal nanomachine

For years scientists have dreamt of nanomachines and nanorobots, which allows precise interactions with nanoscale objects. Various types of nanomachines has been invented and tested, however many of key bottlenecks remain. In the NanoTrain project we aim to develop a fully programmable nanomachine, with own efficient and directional propulsion system, which could take on board arbitrary cargoes and be easily controlled e.g. by external magnetic fields. Our concept based on sequential capillarity-assisted particle assembly approach (sCAPA) can open-up new possibilities for building nano-scale devices e.g. fully controlled shuttles devices for targeted delivery.
Project duration:  01/2021 - 12/2022



X-Power is a network of leading testing facilities for reliability in power electronic components and systems.The project’s mission is to support fundamental research as well as applied research in the field of reliability of power electronics. The idea is to provide Danish and international industries a unique solution for testing from power electronic devices to complicated systems.
Project partners: AAU, DTU, SDU, Force Technology
Project end date: 12/2023



Last Updated 12.01.2024