The Section for Sustainable Biotechnology was established at Aalborg University Copenhagen (AAU Cph) in August 2008 as a platform for Aalborg University to perform research and education in the biotechnology field at Campus Copenhagen with emphasis on sustainable conversion of biomass into chemicals, fuels and materials (including feed and food).
Section for Sustainable Biotechnology is part of AAU's Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, but is placed at our Campus in Copenhagen at A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, "Sydhavnen" close to central Copenhagen, for the recruitment of students and the realization of research projects in the Copenhagen area.
The Section offer Bachelor and Master Programmes in Sustainable Biotechnology as well as regular PhD courses.
The overall aim of Section of Sustainable Biotechnology's work is to use the Biotechnology toolbox primarily for the development of new processes for solving today's needs of energy and raw material supply without further exploitation of the earth's resources, thereby saving resources and preserve nature's balance for future generations.
In this regard, sustainable biotechnology is a tool for achieving:
- Substitution of fossil fuels by biofuels without interfering with food production (2nd generation biofuels).
- Shift from chemicals made from fossil oil to biochemicals made from biomass.
- Conversion of biomass with 100% efficiency by processing in a biorefinery system with full use of by-products.