Thursday | May 28th | 6 pm | About surface plasmons and nanopores -digital presentation

NKS Rogaland invites you to our very first online seminar given by Andrea Bagi from NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre). Andrea Bagi will introduce two nanotechnologies with great potential for applications in aquatic environmental monitoring. She will talk about surface plasmon resonance sensing, a direct optical biosensing approach and nanopore sequencing, a direct nucleic acid sequencing approach and will illustrate how these technologies can be used to inform about the status of the marine environment.

Andrea is a researcher in the Marine Ecology group at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre. She holds a PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Stavanger and joined NORCE (formerly IRIS) as a postdoc in 2017 to work on developing environmental surveillance strategies to monitor marine oil releases through genosensors.

Link to the seminar:

Topic: NKS: About surface plasmons and nanopores
Time: May 28, 2020 06:00 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

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Andrea Bagi

Thursday | Feb 20th | 6 pm | Smart Oilfield Chemistry

Professor Malcolm Kelland will give us an insight into the chemical technology used by the oil industry to produce oil and gas cheaper, more effectively and greener.

Snacks will be provided.

Malcolm Kelland
The meeting will be held at UiS, Kjolv Egelands hus, C-wing, 2nd floor, lunch area (next to room C-210)

Friday | Jan 17th | 7 pm | New Years Party

NKS Rogaland welcomes you all to the Norwegian Chemical
Society’s new year’s party on Friday January 17th at 18.30. It will be
held at the IKBM lunch area at Kjølv Egelands hus (C wing), UiS. Tapas from Matsalen is
served at 19.00.

After dinner we will listen to Stian Solvær Øyvann
from Norsk Medisinsk Syklotronsenter give a lecture he has titled «A Career in Engineering». He has previously worked at GE Healthcare at
Lindesnes and at a research vessel in the Antarctic ocean,
and I believe he will provide us with a very interesting talk.

Please sign up by sending an email to before January 15th. This year’s party is FREE OF CHARGE. 

Torsdag | 28. mars | 17.00

Slik snakker du med samfunnsvitere og humanister om det periodiske system

Periodisk kake
Eivind Torgersen

I år er det 150 år siden Dmitrij Mendelejev satte grunnstoffene sammen i et vidunderlig system –det som i dag er det periodiske system. FN har dermed utpekt 2019 som det internasjonale året for det periodiske system, og det må feires!

NKS Rogaland inviterer til KAKEFEST og foredrag torsdag 28. mars kl. 17 på lunsjrommet til kjemiavdelingen i Kjølv Egelands hus (UiS), ca. rom C-210. (Se kart under)

Foredraget holdes av Eivind Torgersen, journalist i og forfatter at bøkene:  «Genier, sjarlataner og 50 bøtter med urin» og «Hele verden i lomma –bli kjent med de 118 grunnstoffene». Disse vil være mulig å kjøpe etter foredraget.

Thursday | Feb. 14th | 5pm

Biomass valorization through biorefinery:
Spent coffee Grounds (SCG) as a case study

Seminar by Assoc. Prof. Gopalakrishnan Kumar, UiS
Place: Lunch area of the Chemistry Department; UiS, Kjølv Egelands hus, Next to room C-234.

Pizza will be served 🙂

After the seminar will be a General Meeting. All new board members will have been contacted beforehand.


The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive targets 30% of total energy supply to be obtained from renewables by 2023. To achieve this goal, extensive research is needed to assess the potential of biofuels. Consequently, waste can play a key role in this regard not only to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the emissions but also to help assist proper waste management disposal system in any country. This talk aims to valorize and shadow the light into various waste resources such as “Spent Coffee Grounds” (SCG). SCG can be used as fuel due to its high calorific compared to other biomass residues. SCG has high nitrogen content which can be decomposed through vermicomposting. The extracted oil from SCG can be processed to biodiesel while glycerin (by product) can be converted to butanol or hydrogen as alternative fuels. Moreover, the oil is also an excellent raw material for both textile and bio plastic industries. The remaining waste after oil extraction can be used to produce bioethanol, biogas, fertilizer and fuel pellets. Anaerobic co-digestion has been already proposed in literature to produce biogas from SCG due to its excellent properties as a substrate.Moreover, antioxidant and anti-tumor activities were recently report in SCG. SCG can be used to remove heavy metals, extraction of high-value compounds and feedstock for activated carbon production. SCG is also considered an inexpensive adsorbent for the removal of cationic dyes in wastewater treatments indicated that cellulose can be used for the pulp and paper production. The outcome of this review reveals that SCG is an excellent raw material for a variety of industry options and, therefore protects the environment from hazardous emissions, reduces the consumption of raw materials, saves the landfill and promotes the recycling of waste into high quality and cheap products.