Karsten Wedel Jacobsen

Karsten Wedel Jacobsen


Fysikvej, Building 307, Room 215

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45253186

Fax: 4593 2399

My main research interests are in theoretical solid state physics, where I focus on the understanding and design of materials on an atomatic scale based on quantum mechanic calculations.



1979 - 1984 M.Sc. in Physics - University of Copenhagen
1984 - 1987 PhD in Theoretical Physics - University of Copenhagen

Academic grades


Professional experience

1984 - 1984 Research Fellow - Haldor Topsøe A/S
1987 - 1988 Postdoc - Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics
1988 - 1989 Senior Research Fellow - Technical University of Denmark, Laboratory of Applied Physics
1997 - 2001 Research Professor (DTU Physics) - Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics (CAMP)
2000 - 2000 Visiting professor - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
2005 - 2006 International Advisor on Nanoscience - The Finnish IT center for science (CSC)
2006 - 2007 Head of Department (DTU Physics) - Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics
2001 - Professor (DTU Physics) - Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics



International experience

  • International Advisor on Nanoscience, the Finnish IT center for science (CSC), Espoo, Finland.
  • Visiting professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Postdoc at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • Approximately 145 published papers (cited 6442 times, SCI March 25, 2008; Hirsch index 42), and 73 invited talks at international conferences.


International conference organization:


  • Organizer of 3rd Topsøe Summer School on Surface Science, August 1990
  • Chairman of Workshop on Total Energy and Force Methods, Copenhagen, January 1994
  • Member of International Programme Committee, 17th European Conference on Surface Science, The Netherlands, September 1997
  • Member of International Advisory Committee, 19th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science, September 1998
  • Co-organizer of the CECAM Workshop: “Open Source Software for Microscopic Calculations”, Lyon, France, June 2002
  • Co-organizer of the conference: “Frontiers in Electronic Structure Theory”, Denmark, October 2004

Other information

Participation in centers/networks/organizations:


  • Member of the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics (CAMP) (Danish National Research Foundation), 1993-2003
  • Member of the board of the Danish Physical Society, -2002
  • Project leader, “Nanomechanics” (grant from Danish Research Councils), 2000-2004
  • Member of SIMU: The European Science Foundation programme “Challenges in Molecular Simulations: Bridging the time-scale and length-scale gap”, 2000-
  • Member of European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical  Research (COST) Action 523 “Nanostructured Materials”, 2000-2004
  • Chairman of the Center Committee for the Engineering Research Center “Materials Structures and Materials Models”, Risø, Denmark, 2000-2003
  • Member of the Steering Committee for “Free Software Project for Atomic-scale Simulations” (FSatom), CECAM, Lyon, France, 2002-
  • Member of  MIKA Advisory Board, Helsinki, Finland, 2005-
  • Vicedirector of Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) (Lundbeck Foundation) 2006-

Administrative posts at DTU:

  • Chairman of the Physics PhD Programme Committee,  -2001
  • Coordinator of the Engineering Physics educational programme, 1992-
  • Chairman of the Education Committee of the Department of Physics, 2001-2005
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of LearningLab DTU, 2004-2005



·         Ellen and Hans Hermer Foundation, Copenhagen, December 1994

·         Elected Member of The Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (DNA), 1994

·         Elected Member of Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV), 2001

·         Reinholdt W. Jorch's Award, Copenhagen 2004






·         Member of the American Physical Society




  • Research interests in the theoretical description of materials, nanostructures, and biomolecules.
  • Approximately 145 published papers (cited 6442 times, SCI March 25, 2008; Hirsch index 42), and 73 invited talks at international conferences.


  • Extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate level. Adviser for 18 PhD students


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