I am a physical chemist at the University of Stavanger (UiS) with interest in reaction kinetics of chemical and biological systems.
The city of Stavanger (ca. 100 000 inhabitants) lies in the south-western part of Norway. UiS has about 9000 students and its campus (see slide show, left bar) is located near Hafrsfjord.
After an chemical eduction at the CHF in Stuttgart, Germany, and studies at the University of Oslo, I have since 1984 been in Stavanger and work on chemical and biological oscillators; especially with the Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) reaction and circadian rhythms. The BZ reaction is a chemical oscillator that can show concentration oscillations, sometimes for hours, even in a simple beaker. Apart from oscillatory behavior, chemical oscillators show a variety of surprising (and quite fascinating!) phenomena that normally are associated with biological systems; for example excitability, bistability, chemical pulse propagation and spontaneous structure or pattern formation. Even chaos can be observed. In the circadian rhythm studies I focus on adaptation behaviors including temperature compensation and other homeostatic properties. In these studies the fungus Neurospora crassa is used as a model organism. I also work on modeling approaches/theoretical concepts how metabolic fluxes reorganize and divert due to changing environmental conditions.
In industry-related projects we have studied precipitation kinetics of gas hydrates, polymer cross-linking as well as applying NMR and fluorescence spectroscopy to various problems in offshore industry. In cooperation with food research institutes we have been using PCR and RT-PCR techniques for rapid identification of toxic gene products from contaminating microorganisms in foods.
For more information on research in biological chemistry and molecular biology in Stavanger go to Centre for Organelle Research (CORE), which is a research consortium presently between the University of Stavanger, Stavanger University Hospital and the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS).
Prof. Dr. Peter Ruoff
Telephone: +47 5183-1887
Last updated: July 22, 2017