The University of Copenhagen and UC Berkeley in California have entered a collaboration on synthesis biology, a new research area that can revolutionise the transformation of solar energy. The news is reported in a press release from the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
UC Berkeley is a leader in the emerging research in the cross-field between chemistry, biophysics, biology and molecular biology. The Californian university is currently establishing a separate faculty for the new discipline which will collaborate with the University of Copenhagen.
The Dean of UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, Shankar Sastry, says: "We look forward to collaborating with Denmark because they have managed to combine synthesis biology with nanotechnology in a unique way. We have not seen that elsewhere."
Sastry is referring to the UNIK project at the University of Copenhagen, a new collaboration between the Nano-Science Center, the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Life Sciences. Six months ago, the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander, granted DKK 120m (USD 23.2m) to the project.
"I am proud that Denmark can match the world's leading researchers in synthesis biology. A new research agreement between the USA and Denmark, which I expect to sign together with the new US ambassador to Denmark later this year, will be an important framework for the Danish-Californian collaboration," comments Helge Sander.