Aquaporin Academy

Aquaporin Academy

Aquaporin Academy offers students a unique opportunity to become part of Aquaporin’s development. The industrial setting and real study cases, combined with the innovative mind-set and knowledge that the students bring, is what continues to make Aquaporin Academy a success for allparties involved.

We are looking for ambitious, proactive students who would like to learn about the Aquaporin technology, membrane development, water treatment and large-scale membrane manufacturing. We encourage students from all degree levels to apply for bachelor’s, master’s and/or special projects in collaboration with Aquaporin. Highly qualified students with relevant backgrounds may also apply for housing sponsorship.

Why join the
Aquaporin ACADEMY?

If you are interested in Aquaporin Academy or have any questions, we would like to offer you a cup of coffee and a chat about what you are looking for; just send an email to academy@aquaporin.com with a few lines about yourself and your field of study, and we will be in touch.

Admission for Aquaporin Academy follows the academic year. Applications for students requesting to start their internship/project on or around 1. September will be reviewed in March/April, and for students requesting to start on or around 1. February the review will be in October/November. However, we are open to students wanting to start mid-term or during summer as well.

100 students have been through Aquaporin Academy!

Over the years we have gotten to work with students from across the world. We have learned a lot from them, and we feel that we have given them a great experience in return. We have captured some of our reflections in this short movie:

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Aquaporin Academy accepts projects within a broad number of areas

  • Membrane Technology
  • Protein Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Water treatment
  • Material science
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Food science
  • Biochemistry
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Business Development

Previous academy projects

2020

Fynn Aschmoneit, Technical University of Denmark, PhD thesis: “Advancements in osmosis - and pressure driven membrane separation processes - Optimizations of membrane module designs through computational fluid dynamics”

Jens Gørløv, Copenhagen University, Master’s Thesis: “Pilot-scale optimization of whey concentration process using Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis Membranes”.

Maria Adelaida Restrepo Toro, RWTH Aachen, Master’s Thesis: “Optimization of interfacial polymerization coating on Polyamide-imide cross-linked hollow fiber membranes for forward osmosis applications”

Eric Steen Ravn Bowman, Internship, Production of Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis Membranes

Torbjørn Bak Regueira, Internship, Developing next generation of Aquaporin Inside Membranes

Tamara Perez Guillemette, Technical University of Denmark and Lund University, Master thesis, Developing a sustainable cleaning strategy for Aquaporin Inside Forward Osmosis Membranes in concentration of municipal wastewater

Toufic Khaled Salim, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis, Proof of concept: Automatization and Optimization of the Production of Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis Membranes

Urban Gselman, University of Maribor, Internship, Pilot-scale operation of Forward Osmosis hollow fiber membranes for concentration of wastewater

2019

Torbjørn Bak Regueira, Internship, Developing next generation of Aquaporin Inside Membranes.

Tayfun Oruc, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis, Investigation of the rejection mechanism responsible for enhanced rejection in forward osmosis compared to reverse Osmosis.

Pernille Lund Jørgensen, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis, Water pretreatment and reuse in hemodialysis using Aquaporin Inside Forward Osmosis hollow fiber membranes.

Henriette Binderup and Pernille Storm Sletbjerg, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis, Novel sample preparation method for lumen surface characterization in hollow fiber forward osmosis membranes.

Justin Borrison, Technical University of Denmark, Master Thesis: “Optimization of Growth and Expression Conditions for the Production of Selected Aquaporins in S. Cerevisia”.

Karin Florencio Perez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Internship/Master Thesis: “Pilot-scale evaluation of Aquaporin forward osmosis membranes for removal of trace organic compounds from municipal wastewater effluents”.

Johan Le Nepvou, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis: “Pilot study of the potential of Aquaporin Inside™ Forward osmosis membranes to concentrate xenobiotics in municipal wastewater effluents”.

Mariam Funder, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Characterization of Aquaporin Inside Tap Water Reverse Osmosis membranes”.

Mathilde Flemming Bindseil, University of Southern Denmark, Master Thesis: “Bioethanol reactive distillation coupled with a pre-concentration step using Aquaporin Inside Forward Osmosis”.

Signe Dall Madsen, University of Southern Denmark, Master Thesis: “Bioethanol reactive distillation coupled with a pre-concentration step using Aquaporin Inside Forward Osmosis”.

Toufic Khaled Salim, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Batch and semi batch testing using Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber modules - HFFO.6”.

Tayfun Oruc, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Benchmarking of Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber products HFFO2 and HFFO.6”.

Alexandra Nastouli, Technical University of Denmark, Master Thesis: “Optimization of growth and expression conditions for the production of selected aquaporins in S. cerevisiae”.

Justas Staciokas, Technical University of Denmark, Master Thesis: “Investigating the effect of cross-linking of Aquaporin vesicles”.

Eveline Mayner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Internship: Benchmarking HFFO14, HFFO28 and HFFO41 hollow fiber membranes”.

Tamara Perez Guillemette, Technical University of Denmark /Lund University, Master Thesis: “Studies on environmental and health impact for tap water with Aquaporin Inside Tap Water Reverse Osmosis Membranes”.

2018

Joachim Finn, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Enhancing the loading of Aquaporin Z reconstituting polymeric nanostructures into active later of the biomimetic membranes”

Mathilde Flemming Bindsell, SDU, Internship: “Ethanol rejection using aquaporin-based forward osmosis hollow fiber membranes HFFO”

Johan le Nepvou, DTU, Internship: “Pilot-scale evaluation of Aquaporin forward osmosis membranes for removal of trace organic compounds from municipal wastewater effluents”

Emilie Nyborg Nielsen, KU Food, Master’s Thesis: “Potential of forward osmosis in revalorization of cheese salt brine”

Mohamed Yusuf and Gabriel Khensir, DTU, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Development of high flux forward osmosis hollow fiber membranes”

Afnan Barooni, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Electrochemical separation of draw solutions and harvesting H2 gas from cheese brines”

Søren D. Hjul, DTU, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Opportunities of hollow fiber forward osmosis membranes for water recycling in hemodialysis”

Pernille Lund Jørgensen, DTU, Internship: “Reuse of water in dialysis in collaborations with Rigshospitalet”

Justas Staciokas, DTU, Special Project: “Enhancing the loading of Aquaporin Z reconstituting polymeric nanostructures into active later of the biomimetic membranes”

Pierluca Oliveiri, Polytechnic University of Turin, Master Thesis: “Theoretical and practical performance correlation for Forward Osmosis Hollow Fiber membranes”

Jan Frauholz, RWTH Aachen, Master’s Thesis: “A thermally responsive forward osmosis draw solute for water re-use in the food industry”

Miriam Fernandez-Avila Cobo & Emilie Elisa Caroline Ribaucourt, DTU, Special Project: “Hollow fiber membrane manufacturing and application for forward osmosis processes”

Frederick Haugsted, KU, Master’s Thesis: ”Design and testing of new formulations based on diblock and amino fed polypropylene oxide polymers”

Thomas Skamris Jensen, SDU, Master’s Thesis: “Skid configuration upscaling in Forward Osmosis using Aspen Plus & MATLAB”

Gabriel Khensir, DTU, Internship BA: “Interfacial polymerization of Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis membranes”

Agnieszka Zelazny, Cracow University of Technology, Internship Graduate: “Feed quality limitations of the HFFO2 module”

Louis Goldsmith, SDU, Internship BA: “Concept development and market evaluation of a specific future Aquaporin product”

Konstantin Lorenz, RWTH Aachen, Internship/Master’s Thesis: “Hybrid FO + draw recovery for whey dewatering”

2017

Shazad Hussain, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Rejection of inorganic and organic pollutants by HFFO2”

Aske Tandrup Nyengaard, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “CFD analysis of hollow fiber module design for forward osmosis application”

Libor Zverina, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Surface Modification of Polysulfone Hollow-Fibre Membranes”

Thomas Skamris Jensen, SDU, Internship: ”General + HFFO2 skid upscaling”

Frederick Haugsted, KU, Master’s Thesis: “Design and testing of new formulations based on diblock and amino modified polypropylene oxide polymers”

Konstantin Lorenz, RWTH Aachen, Internship/Master’s Thesis: “Hybrid FO + draw recovery for whey dewatering”

Emilie Nyborg Nielsen, KU, Special Project: ”Identification of whey proteins in Forward Osmosis concentrate”

Agnieszka Maria Niedzielska, DTU, Internship/Special Project: “Desalination processes”

Jiangui Li, DTU, Internship/Special Project: “Pre-treatment and cleaning strategies for an osmotic anaerobic membrane bioreactor (FO-AnMBR”

Shwetha Meena Sakthi Nallasivam, DTU, Special Project: “Potential draw solutions for forward osmosis in pharma applications”

Deepa Durga Sundaran, DTU, Special Project: “Replacing Calcein as forward marker in FO tests”

Rohit Nagargoje, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Techno-Economic Feasibility Analysis of FO/RO solution for Dairy Wastewater Treatment”

Muhammed Najei Matrod, DTU, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Post-treatment of Aquaporin InsideTM Hollow fiber membrane modules for Forward Osmosis applications”

Andreas Quist and Simon Emil Christensen, DTU, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Optimization of process conditions for Hollow fiber modules for Forward Osmosis applications “

Laura Camila Vargas, DTU, Master’s Thesis: ““Optimizing flow conditions during up-concentration of fermentation broths using a semi-automatic FO lab-scale setup”

Weam Bashir, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Forward Osmosis draw recovery system suitable for food applications”

Aske Tandrup Nyengaard, DTU, Special Project: “CFD Analysis of a hollow fiber module design for forward osmosis applications”

Malthe Muff and Anders Lund Rasmussen, AAU, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Transitioning from R&D to a reconfigurable manufacturing system”

Niada Bajraktari, PhD: “Applications for Forward Osmosis Membranes – From High Value Process Streams to Municipal Wastewater Treatment”

Helene Munk Olsen, Internship: “Investigation of optimal storage condition for the aquaporin protein by testing the functionality of the Aquaporin Inside™ technology”

2016

Radoslaw Gorecki, Master’s Thesis: “Removal and treatment of m-phenylenediamine from the production of Aquaporin InsideTM biomimetic membranes”

Federico Volpin & Michael Holm Møller, Master’s Thesis: “Fertilizer driven forward osmosis as a low energy technology for sodium removal in greenhouse applications”

Mathias Gruber, PhD: “Environmental Phosphorus Recovery Based on Molecular Bioscavengers – from Quantum Mechanics to Continuum Physics”

Andreas Quist, DTU, Internship BA: “Aquaporin Inside Coating”

Laura Camila Vargas, DTU, Special Project: “Optimizing flow conditions during up-concentration of fermentation broths using a semi-automatic FO lab-scale setup”

Scott Myers, Master’s Thesis: “Control of conformational changes in E.coli phosphate binding proteins”

2015

Joachim Habel, Industrial PhD: “Biomimetic polymeric membranes for water treatment”

Nicolai Domingo Nielsen & Lauge Kongstad, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Development of a submerged membrane forward osmosis module”

Michael Holm Møller & Federico Volpin & Ivan Monaco, Special Project: “Potable drinking water from pesticide polluted wastewater via a combined FO/RO process”

2014

Julie Bomholt, KU, Industrial PhD: “Human Aquaporins – From in vivo detection to industrial scale production”

Mads Friis Andersen, DTU, Master’s Thesis: “Synthesis of Aquaporin Inside™ coated biomimetic hollow fiber membranes for forward osmosis applications”

Sigurd Truelsen, Master’s Thesis: “Experimental and Computational Studies of a Phosphate Binding Hexa-Peptide”

Ulf Aslak, Bachelor’s Thesis: “Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations of Forward Osmosis Membrane Modules”

2013

Zhao Yang, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, PhD: “Aquaporin based biomimetic membrane for water reuse and desalination”

2011

Kamila Pszon-Bartosz, DTU, PhD: ”Microfluidic devices for investigation of biomimetic membranes for sensor and separation applications”

Sania Ibragimova, DTU, PhD: “Supporting and stabilizing biomimetic membranes”

Christian Rein, KU, Industrial PhD: “Stabilization and Characterization of 2D and 3D Biomimetic Membranes”

Fadoua Sbai, Internship: “Optimization of Aquaporin Inside Formulation”

2010

Jörg Vogel, DTU, Industrial PhD: ”Design, fabrication and testing of support structures for biomimetic water filters”

Jesper Søndergaard Hansen, DTU, Industrial PhD: ” Development of supported biomimetic membranes for insertion of aquaporin protein water channels for novel water filtration applications”

2007

Jörg Vogel, DTU/Chemnitz University of Technology, Master’s Thesis: “Development of a thin, perforated and hydrophobic membrane to incorporate Aquaporins”

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