Aquaporin Academy

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Aquaporin Academy

When you join Aquaporin Academy, you join a community of openminded students who have all seized the unique opportunity to become part of Aquaporin’s development. In this video, you meet two of them, and our Head of Aquaporin Academy, Mads Friis Andersen, introduces you to the many opportunities our Academy offers.

Aquaporin Academy

Aquaporin Academy is home to curious and dedicated young spirits eager to make a difference for humankind. The Academy invests in the future of ambitious students with diverse backgrounds and gives them a chance to pursue excellence while working for a cause.

We are looking for proactive students of all levels to contribute to Aquaporin’s journey. If you have an interest in our innovative technology, membrane development, water treatment, large-scale membrane manufacturing or business development and marketing within our fields of expertise, Aquaporin is the place for you to be. We encourage students from all degree levels to apply for Bachelor’s, Master’s or special projects at our Academy. Highly qualified students with relevant backgrounds may also apply for housing sponsorship. 

Interested in joining Aquaporin Academy?

If you are interested in Aquaporin Academy or have any questions, we will be happy 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 September 1 will be reviewed in March/April, and for students requesting to start on or around February 1, the review will be in October/November. However, we are open to midterm and summer projects as well.

100 students have graduated from 
Aquaporin Academy!

Over the years, we have worked with students from across the world. They have expanded our horizons, and in return we have facilitated a social, developing and educational journey for them. In this video, we have captured some of our reflections.

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Aquaporin Academy accepts projects within a broad scientific area

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

Previous academy projects

2020

Lars Vinum, Aalborg Universitet, Bachelor Thesis: “Fundamental investigation of thermo-responsive draw solutions for Forward Osmosis Applications”

Malte Meyer, Technical University of Denmark, Master Thesis: “Detection and Quantification methods for Aquaporin vesicles”

Radosław Górecki, Technical University of Denmark, PhD thesis: “From nanoscale assemblies to biomimetic membrane devices”.

Simon Krabbe, Technical University of Denmark, PhD thesis: “Biophysical Characterization and Industrial-Scale Production of Aquaporins”.

Kristian Ejlsted, Technical University of Denmark and Copenhagen Business School, Master Thesis: “ Development and Commercialization of Brackish Water Reverse Osmosis (BWRO) membranes for the F&B industry”

Ingrid Helgeland, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Water Recovery in Microgravity using Forward Osmosis membranes.”

Khung Hanh Le, RWTH Aachen, Internship: “Developing an anti-fouling coating for Aquaporin Inside membranes for F&B applications.”

Rawan Abdel Karim, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Developing next generation of Aquaporin Inside Formulation for Biomimetic membranes.”

Serhat Kayiran, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Optimal process conditions for interfacial polymerization for production of Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis membranes.”

Anders Thietje Mortensen, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Investigation the effect of various salts as draw solution in Forward Osmosis applications. “

Mette Vehl Poulsen, Aarhus University, Internship: “Pilot-scale study on Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis product applications within wastewater applications.”

Alejandro Parreño Fernández, University Politécnica de Valencia, Internship: “Proof-of-concept study of re-manufacturing of Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis membranes after end-of-life application. “

Minh-Thao Pham, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis: “Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) of Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis for municipal wastewater treatment”

Martin Valentin Thomsen, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis: “Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) of Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis for municipal wastewater treatment”

Laura García Suárez, University Politécnica de Valencia, Internship: “Wastewater treatment using Forward Osmosis membranes for textile applications. “

Julie Florup Schytt-Nielsen, University of Southern Denmark, Master Thesis: "Production of concentrated anthocyanins from black carrot juice by membrane technology”

Pernille Lund Jørgensen, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Pressure assisted Forward Osmosis for reusing water in Hemodialysis applications”

Daniel Sindahl, University of Copenhagen (KU FOOD), Master Thesis: “Optimization of Cleaning Strategies in Forward Osmosis Membranes”

Eva Hvalkof Andersen, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis: “Water recovery from urine/condensate mix by FO/MD-membrane unit for applications in microgravity”.

Emma Ekebjærg, Technical University of Denmark, Bachelor Thesis: “Water recovery from urine/condensate mix by FO/MD-membrane unit for applications in microgravity”.

Emil Sandoy, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Developing next generation of Aquaporin Inside Formulation for Biomimetic membranes.”

Andreas Buchleithner, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Municipal wastewater fouling in Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis modules HFFO.6”

Adarsh Raj, Copenhagen Business School, Master Thesis: “Producing Holy Water – Commercializing Radical Biotechnology Innovation, A Biomimetic Reverse Osmosis Perspective”

Sooyoung Yoon, Technical University of Dresden, Internship: “Characterization of Aquaporin Inside Reverse Osmosis membranes”

Martin Valentin Thomsen, Technical University of Denmark, Internship: “Evaluation of alkaline cleaning conditions on the mechanical, chemical and thermal stability of the Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis modules HFFO14”

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 Thesis: “Pilot-scale optimization of whey concentration process using Aquaporin Inside Hollow Fiber Forward Osmosis Membranes”.

Maria Adelaida Restrepo Toro, RWTH Aachen, Master 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 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 Thesis: “Potential of forward osmosis in revalorization of cheese salt brine”

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

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

Søren D. Hjul, DTU, Bachelor 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 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 Thesis: “Hybrid FO + draw recovery for whey dewatering”

2017

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

Aske Tandrup Nyengaard, DTU, Master 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 Thesis: “Design and testing of new formulations based on diblock and amino modified polypropylene oxide polymers”

Konstantin Lorenz, RWTH Aachen, Internship/Master 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 Thesis: “Techno-Economic Feasibility Analysis of FO/RO solution for Dairy Wastewater Treatment”

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

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

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

Weam Bashir, DTU, Master 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 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 Thesis: “Removal and treatment of m-phenylenediamine from the production of Aquaporin InsideTM biomimetic membranes”

Federico Volpin & Michael Holm Møller, Master 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 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 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 Thesis: “Synthesis of Aquaporin Inside™ coated biomimetic hollow fiber membranes for forward osmosis applications”

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

Ulf Aslak, Bachelor 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 Thesis: “Development of a thin, perforated and hydrophobic membrane to incorporate Aquaporins”

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My Aquaporin journey started back in spring 2019 when I visited Aquaporin's Headquarters on a company visit. Little did I know back then that I would end up spending an entire year there, collecting my urine and turning it into drinking water. By Ingrid Helgeland, graduate from Aquaporin Academy After the company visit, I knew […]
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A professional and social journey

It all started when I heard about Aquaporin from a fellow student. Researching the company, I was instantly intrigued. Luckily, the Academy had a spot for me, and I could begin six months of hard and rewarding work surrounded by a great team. By Thomas Ludwig Uttrup, graduate from Aquaporin Academy Two projects in six […]
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The Academy has prepared me for my future career

I stumbled upon Aquaporin Academy by chance, but I am very happy I did. Not only have I been part of an awesome team, I have also become aware of what it means to be a Chemical Engineer and what it takes to be part of a workplace. By Jeanette Ankersen, graduate from Aquaporin Academy […]
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