The nanotechnologist, Professor Anja Boisen, has been awarded the Danish Knight’s Cross, making her officially a Knight of the Order of Dannebrog. Prof. Boisen was chosen because of her years of service as a professor and for her innovative work on how to deliver medicines to the body using nanotechnology.
As a professor at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Prof Boisen’s research has been application-driven: from sensors for explosives and fast diagnostics to oral drug delivery technology. Earlier this year, she secured a multi-million euro grant for the development of a table-top drug monitoring device. She now heads the Intelligent Drug Delivery and Sensing Using Microcontainers and Nanomechanics (IDUN) centre, which couples the development of new materials such as polymers and biomolecules with cutting-edge analysis and characterisation from micro- and nanoscale sensors. A stated goal of IDUN is also to create spinout businesses based on the centre’s research; Prof. Boisen has already co-founded four throughout her time at DTU.
“I am incredibly honoured to receive the appointment,” Prof. Boisen said in a press release, who has previously received some of Denmark’s most prestigious research prizes, the EliteForsk Prize (2012) and the Villum Kann Rasmussen Award (2008). “It is a nice recognition of our work at the research centre, IDUN,” she added.
While the Knight’s Cross is given by the sitting monarch, in this case Queen Margaret II, it is the department managers of the government ministries along with the cabinet secretary who nominate recipients. The order was established by King Christian V in 1671, though the terms of eligibility have changed dramatically since then. Women have been eligible since 1951. (© AcademiaNet)