University of Copenhagen

University of Copenhagen is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary university with a focus on basic research & developing solutions to global challenges.

The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark's largest science research and education institution with 4,500 employees and 9,500 BSc and MSc students.

The Faculty's most important task is to contribute to solving the major challenges facing the rapidly changing world with increased pressure on, natural resources and significant climate change.

At the same time, the Faculty must contribute to generating economic growth and, thus, ensure our welfare in society in close cooperation with the businesses, public authorities, and other universities.

Many departments and research groups are conducting research related to the oil and gas industry, where a number are particularly interacting with Danish Hydrocarbon and Technology Centre (DHRTC):

Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management have a number of projects ranging from fluid flow in sediments, chalk outcrop and subsurface reservoir studies to source rock prediction in new frontier basins. The groups are using classic as well as geophysical (Seismic P and S Wave sources and modeling) (Geophysics), as well as geological and geochemical tools (XRF, XRD, ICP_MS and new non-destructive XRF and FTIR), and 3D numerical modelling (Geology - basin-studies). Other relevant areas include GIScience/Geodesign and, Spatial Change and Planning (Landscape-architecture-planning).

Department of Chemistry is largest chemical research institution within Danish academia. Oil and gas related research is carried out within the sections of Inorganic -, Materials - , Nano -, and Organic Chemistry using state of the art instruments.

The Niels Bohr Institute spans Astronomy, Geophysics, Nanophysics, Particles Physics, Quantum Physics and Biophysics. Research is related to oil and gas recovery, data analysis, and toward infra-structure integrity (Solid Earth Physics and oceanography (Climate-geophysics), as well as predicting petrophysical parameters and interaction between fluids and solids in chalk (Biophysics).

Section for Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology are conducting research on microbial transformation of organic compunds and trace metals, with important implications for the oil and gas reservoirs as well as infrastructure.

Earth and Planetary Systems Science Section at Natural History Museum of Denmark, are investigating outcrop Chalk analogs to the Chalk reservoirs of the North Sea, where the group have drilled a number of shallow boreholes onshore Denmark to better understand the ancient depositional environment and how deposition is related to heterogeneity of reservoir porosity and permeability.

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