Spring 2018: KJE6004 - Physical and inorganic chemistry for teachers
Fall 2018: KJE1001 -- Introduction to chemistry and chemical biology
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.