Steffan Kvist Kristensen has conducted his Ph.D. thesis
in BioValue’s project 5. Below is a short summary of his findings and an invitation to the defense.

This PhD study examines the use of hydrogen cyanide in catalytic and non-catalytic process. Although hydrogen cyanide industrially is used on a multi ton scale, its use in an academic setting is minimal. This is mainly due to its toxicity and its handling difficulties, since hydrogen cyanide is a flammable liquid with a boiling point just above room temperature (b.p. 25.6 °).

Steffan Kvist Kristensen has during his PhD studies developed a system, which makes it possible to handle and measure out hydrogen cyanide under safe conditions. This system has throughout the PhD studies been used in transition metal catalyzed reactions involving palladium and nickel. In collaboration with Haldor Topsøe, Steffan Kvist Kristensen has developed a procedure to convert biomass into chemically relevant amino alcohols. Essential to this invention is the use of hydrogen cyanide.

The PhD degree was completed at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Science and Technology, Aarhus University under The Department of Chemistry, Science and Technology, Aarhus University. The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, room 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

We hope that you will participate at Steffan Kvist Kristensen defense:

Time: Friday, 24 March 2017 at 13.15

Place: Building 1514, room 213, Lecture Theatre 1. Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C.

Main supervisor: Professor Troels Skrydstrup, Aarhus University

Contact information: Steffan Kvist Kristensen, e-mail:

Defense title: Taming HCN – A Method Development