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Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk awarded Aarhus University’s special travel grant

After having received the European Young Researchers’ Award following a unanimous decision by the Euroscience selection committee, 28-year-old PhD student Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk is now honoured specially by Aarhus University.

2011.09.16 | AU Kommunikation

Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk has been awarded a special travel grant for DKK 25,000 which she will spend on a trip to Boston to conduct research at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the next two years. Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk has submitted her PhD thesis to iNANO, the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center at Aarhus University, and she will be defending it next month. She will thus be ready to continue her work of identifying the material best suited to storing sustainable energy, in collaboration with leading researchers in the USA.

As she puts it, Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk is looking for the ‘Holy Grail’, a practical, inexpensive material which works at 40-80°C, which is suitable for compressed storage of hydrogen, surplus solar and wind energy which can be used when the sustainable energy sources are not sufficiently active.

At Aarhus University she has studied at iNANO, the Center for Materials Crystallography, and at the Department of Chemistry. Dorthe B. Ravnsbæk holds a BSc in chemistry and has been enrolled on the so-called 4+4 programme where you start your PhD studies one year after starting your MSc programme.

Among her colleagues at iNANO, she is appreciated for her ground-breaking research, as a role model for women researchers in the natural sciences, for her inspirational influence on new students and, not least, for her strong communication skills, e.g. as the editor of www.NANOvidensbank.dk where she has successfully visualised and made complex topics more easily accessible.

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