Biomass science and technology facilities – University of Copenhagen

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Biomass science and technology facilities

The biomass science and technology group has three main types of facilities: A preparation and processing laboratory, a chromatography laboratory and a spectroscopy laboratory.

Preparation and weighting of plant samples

Preparation and weighting of plant samples.

These provide experimental facilities for studying the core subjects of the group, e.g.:

  • Enzymatic or chemical transformation of biomass for production of fuel ethanol or chemicals
  • Biomass-water interactions
  • Material science of biomass or biomass based polymers.

The analytical equipment is flexible, and the subjects thus not necessarily limited to these. The facilities are equally accessible for staff, students and external visitors.  

The preparation and processing laboratory

The laboratory contains standard equipment such as a large range of glass and plastic ware, benchtop centrifuge, weights (down to 0.1 mg), fumehoods and work table areas. In association with the laboratory is a designated room with a large collection of chemicals.

Sugars, organic acids, alcohols etc. can be analyzed by an Ultimate 3000

Sugars, organic acids, alcohols etc. can be analyzed by an Ultimate 3000

The chromatography laboratory

The laboratory contains aqueous solution based HPLC’s from Dionex.

  • Sugars and oligosaccharides can be analyzed by an ICS5000 HPAEC (High Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatograph).
  • Sugars, organic acids, alcohols etc. can be analyzed by an Ultimate 3000, or a Summit UHPLC system.
  • In addition to these liquid phases systems the laboratory has a Varian 3900 gas phase chromatograph GC-MS (Saturn 2000 MS) with MS detection.

The spectroscopy laboratory

The laboratory contains a range of spectroscopic analysis equipment, which can be used for liquid as well as solid samples (e.g. plant fibres, wood, powders, polymers).

  • A low field Bruker NMR mq20 spectrometer can provide information on water dynamics and relaxation.
  • NIR-Raman spectroscopy is possible with a BWTech i-Raman EX dispersive spectrometer (1064 nm laser excitation), which is equipped with a microscope.
  • FT-IR spectroscopy and microscopy is available with a Thermo Scientific Nicolet 6700 instrument equipped with a Continuum imaging microscope.
  • The FT-IR spectrometer can be set up with a temperature adjusted ATR unit or a photoacoustic detector.
  • In addition an Atomic Force Microscope (Veeco) is available for analysis of surface features at the nanoscale.

The low field Bruker NMR mq20 spectrometer can provide information on water dynamics and relaxation.

The low field Bruker NMR mq20 spectrometer can provide information on water dynamics and relaxation.

Routine instruments such as UV-Vis and fluorescence spectrometers are also available.