Doctoral Research Fellow

Anders Brakestad

Doctoral Research Fellow, Theoretical and computational chemistry Department of Chemistry
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Spring 2018: KJE6004 - Physical and inorganic chemistry for teachers

  • Problem-solving seminar groups
  • Supervision during computer lab on compurational chemistry
  • Corrected reports

Fall 2018: KJE1001 -- Introduction to chemistry and chemical biology

  • Supervision during laboratory exercises
  • Corrected laboratory reports

I am a PhD candiate in computational chemistry, with Kathrin Hopmann as my main supervisor. I have a background in inorganic analysis and theoretical chemistry from Norwegian University of Life Scinces and Uppsala University, respectively. My position is part of work package 4 of the MarVal (from unexplored marine biomass to high value products) project, an interdiscplinary research project across multiple faculties at UiT.

 

I am using quantum chemical methods to study the reaction mechanisms of enzymes. I am particularly interested in enzymes capable of converting biomass (for example waste material from fishing industry) to products of interest to our society. One example is an enzyme that produces long biopolymers called polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs). This polymer has properties close to the plastics we use everyday, but has the benefit of being made from a renewable source, and the polymer is fully biodegradable and biocompatible. PHAs are for this reason a good candidate for replacing plastics made from oil. 

  • Vacher, Morgane; Brakestad, Anders; Karlsson, Hans O.; Fdez. Galván, Ignacio; Lindh, Roland. Dynamical Insights into the Decomposition of 1,2-Dioxetane. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2017; Volum 13 (6). ISSN 1549-9618.s 2448 - 2457.s doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00198.
  • Brakestad, Anders; Jensen, Stig Rune; Wind, Peter; D'Alessandro, Marco; Genovese, Luigi; Hopmann, Kathrin Helen; Frediani, Luca. Static polarizabilities at the basis set limit: A benchmark of 124 species. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2020. ISSN 1549-9618.

  • Vacher, Morgane; Brakestad, Anders; Karlsson, Hans O.; Fdez. Galván, Ignacio; Lindh, Roland. Dynamical Insights into the Decomposition of 1,2-Dioxetane. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation 2017; Volum 13 (6). ISSN 1549-9618.s 2448 - 2457.s doi: 10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00198.

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