Anders Utoft

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Born in Vejle, Denmark, 1986. He won his first award in the natural sciences in 2004 when he was awarded 2nd price in the “Young Researchers & Inventors” for his product MediGum, and chosen to represent Denmark in the “International Exhibition for Young Inventors” at the 100th anniversary of “Japans Institute of Invention and Innovation” in Tokyo. Inspired by this, he graduated as BSc in nanobioscience from the FLinT group at SDU, Odense, Denmark (2009), and later as MSc in nanobioscience from the same group (2011). Since 2013 he has been working on his PhD in materials science at the SPSE (Single Particle Science & Engineering) center with DNRF professor David Needham. The PhD work focuses on ‘Material Characteristics and Physico-Chemical Properties of Multicomponent Multiphase Systems’, supporting the underlying theory of nano/micro particle preparation, including nucleation and growth.

Education

  • 2013 - present: PhD student, SPSE, SDU, Odense, Denmark

    • Training and expertise in the micro pipette manipulation technique for investigation of physical-chemical properties such as diffusion coefficient, solubility, surface/interfacial tension, supersaturation, adsorption and nucleation/crystallization phenomena.

    • Development of a new undergraduate/graduate course in colloid and surface chemistry utilizing primarily the micropipette setup.

    • TA in organic chemistry, physical chemistry, physics, mathematics and colloid & surface chemistry.

  • 2009 - 2012: MSc in Nanobioscience, FLinT, SDU, Odense, Denmark

    • Scientific education composed of chemistry, physics and biophysical subjects.

    • Master project: “Chemotactic oil droplet movement based on salt gradients”. The Master thesis investigated salts from the Hofmeister series and their ability to lower the surface/interface tension of oils and amphiphiles in water, hereby creating a movement of the oil drop up the chemical gradient.

  • 2006 - 2009: BSc in Nanobioscience, FLinT, SDU, Odense, Denmark

    • Bachelor project: “Ruthenium based chemical system”. The Bachelor project was investigating a ruthenium complex system that had the ability to ‘harvest’ light as an energy source and convert this energy into directed motion of an oil droplet into areas with more intense light.

Professional Experiences

  • 1 Month internship at South-East Tech Inventures (STI), Durham, NC, USA. This company is a purely research based company, which focuses on developing ideas and principles from fundamental ideas to applications. (planned for Oct 2016).

  • Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF) Graduate Student PhD Fellowship, with DNRF Niels Bohr visiting Professor David Needham at the new SPSE group at SDU, Odense (2013-present).

  • Student representative in the “Educational Board” at institute of Physics & Chemistry (2008-2011). Evaluation of individual courses and educations as a whole. Responsible for several changes in Nanobioscience educational composition.

  • Student club board member at institute of Physics & Chemistry. In charge of finances and activities (2007-2010).

  • 2nd place poster award in the “1st-year natural science project” (2007). Title: “Gold Nano Particles”.

  • Hired private tutor in High school mathematics and physics (2004-2005).

  • 2nd place in the “Young researchers and inventors” competition with my product MediGum, which was a gum that worked as a pain relief to headaches and hangovers, by utilizing improved uptake of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) (Copenhagen, 2004). Won the right to represent Denmark at the 100th anniversary of “Japans Institute of Invention and Innovation” at the “International Exhibition for Young Inventors”

  • Representative for Denmark in the 100th anniversary of “Japans Institute of Invention and Innovation” at the “International Exhibition for Young Inventors” hosted by ”Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation” (JIII) Tokyo, Japan (2004). A big conference where many large international companies come to see and discuss inventions and ideas presented to them by the brightest young people from more than 30 countries.

Research Activities

Talks

  • 11th Annual Biophysics PhD meeting, Holbæk, Denmark. Title: “Liquid-liquid Phase Separation in the Triolein-EtOH-Water System” (2016).

  • 10th Annual Biophysics PhD meeting, Holbæk, Denmark. Title: “Saturation, Supersaturation, Nucleation and Activity of NaCl Solutions” (2015).

  • The Danish Chemical Society Annual Meeting, Odense, Denmark. Title: “Dissolution Rates, Supersaturation, Nucleation and Solubility of NaCl in Single Water Micro Droplets into Organic Liquids” (2015).

  • 9th Annual Biophysics PhD meeting, Holbæk, Denmark. Title: “Surface Tension and Dissolution of Immiscible Liquids” (2014).

Posters

  • Annual Meeting of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), Colorado, US. “Nucleation, Growth and Characterization of Triolein Nanoparticles Prepared in the Absence and Presence of Phospholipids by Rapid Solvent Shifting Technique” (2016).

  • 43rd Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society (CRS), Seattle, US. “New Single Microparticle Technique for Forming and Characterizing Polymer Microsphere-Drug Encapsulation and Dissolution: Initial Tests for Ibuprofen-PLGA-DCM” (2016).

  • Symposium in Colloids and Surfaces in Biology and Biomaterials, Uppsala, Sweden. Title: “Course on Colloid and Surface Chemistry – One Particle or Two Particles at-a-Time” (2015).

  • 29th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Bordeaux, France. Title: “Dissolution Rates, Supersaturation, Nucleation and Solubility of NaCl in Single Water Micro Droplets into Organic Liquids” (2015).

  • 29th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Bordeaux, France. Title: “Saturation and Supersaturation of Hydrophobic Solutes in Chloroform – New Measurements with the Micropipette Manipulation Technique” (2015).

  • 29th Conference of the European Colloid and Interface Society (ECIS), Bordeaux, France. Title: “PLGA Microsphere Formation from Single Microdroplets to Microfluidic Scale-Up” (2015).

Publications

  1. David Needham, Amina Arslanagic, Kasper Glud, Pablo Hervella, Leena Karimi, Poul Flemming Høilund-Carlsen, Koji Kinoshita, Jan Mollenhauer, Elisa Parra, Anders Utoft, and Prasad Walke, Bottom Up Design of Nanoparticles (to eventually treat cancer): “Put the drug in the Cancer’s food”, invited paper, submitted to Special issue of J. Drug Targeting in honor of Pieter Cullis, Lifetime Achievement Award for 2016, accepted.

  2. Deborah Bitterfield, Anders Utoft, and David Needham, “An activity-based dissolution model for Solute-Containing Microdroplets”, submitted to Langmuir

  3. Anders Utoft, Koji Kinoshita, Deborah Bitterfield and David Needham, “Microcrystal Formation, Solubility and Supersaturation Measurements for Single NaCl Solution Micro Droplets Dissolving or Growing in Organic Liquids”, to be submitted to Langmuir.

Other

  1. Anders Utoft, Koji Kinoshita, Elisa Parra and David Needham, “Working with Micro Droplets and Crystals under the Microscope”, to be submitted to Aktuelt Naturvidenskab in September (2016).

  2. Background and Experimental handout compendium for the course “Colloid and Surface Chemistry”, an experimental companion text for Hiemenz “Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 3rd Edition” (2015).