The NT blog is moving to NTNU TechZone
  23 November, 2016

New blog posts on the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology blog will now be published on NTNU TechZone. NTNU TechZone is a blog about technology, natural sciences, research and teaching at NTNU. The blog is a collaboration between the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NT), the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT) and the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME) at NTNU.

The NT blog will be available with all blog posts for sometime.


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New students welcomed to NTNU
  18 August, 2016

This week is matriculation week at NTNU. The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology warmly welcomes approximately 500 new students.

Earlier this week around 7000 new students gathered at Gløshaugen in Trondheim to hear NTNU rector Gunnar Bovim and others wish them welcome to NTNU. NTNU in Ålesund and NTNU in Gjøvik had similar events.

Eager new students met to hear, among others, NTNU rector Gunnar Bovim wih the welcome to NTNU at the first matriculation day at NTNU. Photo: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU

Eager new students met to hear, among others, NTNU rector Gunnar Bovim wih the welcome to NTNU at the first matriculation day at NTNU. Photo: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU.

After the gathering, the students met with their new faculties.

IMG_7689_internasj Ready to meet the new international students. Photo: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU

Fullsatt sal under immatrikuleringsseremonien ved fakultetet. Foto: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU

Full house at the matriculation ceremony. Photo: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU

Fakultetsledelse og vitenskapelig ansatte møter opp for å hilse studentene velkommen. Når den akademiske prosesjon kommer inn i auditoret, reiser alle i salen seg. Foto: Pernille Feilberg.

Heads of the Faculty and representatives of the academic staff meet the new students. When the academic procession enters the auditorium, all rise. Photo: Pernille Feilberg.

Immatrikuleringen er en høytidelig seremoni hvor alle studentene blir ropt opp ved navn, og håndhilser på en representant for fakultetsledelsen. Foto: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU

The matriculation is a solemn ceremony where the new students are each called by their names and receives a handshake from the Head of Faculty. Photo: Pernille Feilberg / NTNU


Waste gets new life. ISEE Winter School 2016
  2 March, 2016

In the end of January 2016 students from all around the world gathered at Aalto University in Helsinki. They had one thing in common: A passion for renewable energy!

“Thanks for the experience it was a great trip”, ISEE-student

“It was a great week! Amazing people, great to experience Helsinki and to meet classmates. The programme was really good.”, ISEE-student

Thirty-four students from all around the world came to Aalto University in Helsinki 26th to 28th January 2016. Eager to get to know each other and to learn more about renewables. All of them attend a two-year international Master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (hence ISEE) a Nordic Five Tech Program.


The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology has a coordinating responsibility for the programme, with Prof. Gabriella Tranell as Head of Program (Dept. of Material Science and Engineering).

Professors from University of Iceland, Chalmers, KTH, DTU and NTNU came to Aalto University to present their field of expertise. Students could learn more about geothermal energy, solar cell systems, wind power systems, bioenergy or energy systems.

Waste-to-energy: Puts unwanted waste to use
A highlight of the program was the excursion to Vantaa Energy. Vantaa Energy is one of Finland’s largest city energy companies. They produce and sell electricity and district heating and offer natural gas to industry. Vantaa is proud of their waste-to-energy plant, completed in 2014, that puts unwanted waste to use.

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Students were eager and had many questions, connecting their theory and practice when visiting Vanta Energy.


Fast pyrolysis – conversion of biomass to bio-oil

Students in the bioenergy study-track appreciated the visit to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. One of their services is to convert biomass and waste to liquid fuels. The students could see how solid biomaterials may be converted with high efficiency into liquid biofuels using fast pyrolysis. The aim is to replace fossil fuels.

Students also had the opportunity to visit the Labs at Aalto University.
“The labs had good content, especially the carbon capture and storage! And good coffee! :-)” ISEE-student


Visit to VTT. The students could see how solid biomaterials may be converted with high efficiency into liquid biofuels.

The sauna night
On Tuesday we had a dinner for students and professors, in order to mingle and to get to know each other. Last but not least, students were able to experience some of the national pride Wednesday night. The Sauna night was really popular among the students, and we got a taste of real Finish culture at its best.

About the Program
The ISEE Master’s programme is a joint programme based on the alliance of the six Nordic technical universities: NTNU, the Aalto University in Finland, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, DTU Technical University of Danmark in Copenhagen, and the University of Iceland in Reykjavík. Each university has a responsibility for one of the programme’s six specializations or study tracks.

In the evaluation 28 of 33 students (84,85 %) evaluate the Winter School 2016 as good or very good, and
90,91 % of all the students evaluate the event as very useful for the ISEE Program.