Biopolymers and redox enzymes 

Our research is focused on the enzymes that catalyse degradation of plant cell walls in nature as well as in industrial biorefineries.

The aim is to both understand the molecular mechanisms and the systems in which the enzymes work. Our laboratories are equipped with specialised instruments that allow for study the role of oxygen in the degradation processes.


Special attention is given to enzymes called lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs). These enzyme are mononuclear copper enzymes that use oxygen-species for catalysis.

LPMOs are likely to have several functions in biology and are important for saprotrophic fungal lifestyle. Importantly, they initiate degradation of cellulose by cleaving glycosidic bonds at places that are not accessible cellulose hydrolases.




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Anne Blicher Laboratory Technician +4535328028 E-mail
Helle Jakobe Martens Associate Professor +4528960218 E-mail
Karsten Wiberg Andersen PhD Fellow +4535331784 E-mail
Katja Salomon Johansen Professor +4535333706 E-mail
Magnus Hallas-Møller Postdoc +4535332313 E-mail
Stine Lausten Laboratory Technician +4535326488 E-mail
Søren Brander Assistant Professor +4535331261 E-mail
Tania Fredborg Nielsen Academic Research Officer +4535331280 E-mail

Head of Research Group

Katja Salomon JohansenKatja Salomon Johansen
Phone: +45 35 33 37 06