Kristian Mølhave

Kristian Mølhave

Associate Professor

Ørsteds Plads

Building: 345B, 252

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45256395Mobile: 25126672Fax: 4588 7762

Head of the Molecular Windows research group. Working on developing novel tools based on micro- and nanofabricated devices for high resolution imaging with light and electron microscopes in order to provide new insights into biological, physical and chemical processes on the nanoscale.


Other information

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Kristian Mølhave
  • LIving in Taarbæk, Denmark
  • Mobile phone 0045 2512 6672
  • Date of birth: 4th December 1973
  • Personal website:
  • Primary languages: Danish and English
  • Secondary languages: Spanish, German, and French.

Current position

  • 2013 - 2018: Leader of the strategic research field “Sustainable Nanotechnology” at the Dept. of Micro and Nanotechnology, DTU.
  • 2008 - now: Associate Professor at DTU-Nanotech
  • 2009 - now: Founded and leading the Molecular Windows research group,
    Website: .

    Main Research Interest: Working on developing novel tools based on micro- and nanofabricated devices for high resolution imaging with light and electron microscopes in order to provide new insights into biological, physical and chemical processes on the nanoscale.

Past positions

  • Assistant Professor at
  • - DTU-Nanotech (1.4-31.07.2008) in the Nanointegration group, working with electron microscopy of biological and liquid samples.
    - MIC, DTU (1.2.07-31.03.2008) in the Optofluidics Group, working with micro and nanooptics.
    - MIC, DTU (1.2.05-1.2.07) working on nanowire integration in microsystems, a 2-year "talent project"; NAMIC granted by the FTP.
    - MIC, DTU. (1.7-30.9.04) working on nanomanipulation.
  • Research assistant at
    - Division Microrobotics and Control Engineering (AMiR), University of Oldenburg, Germany (1.2-1.5.04). Worked on in-situ SEM nanomanipulation systems for the ASSEMIC project.
    - Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus (1.7.00-1.2.01), working at the Ion Trap Group ( with a pulse excited linear Paul trap.
    - University of Konstanz and University of Düsseldorf, Germany (1.2-1.5.00) in the Quantum Optics and Relativity Group of Prof. S. Schiller. Worked on the construction of an ion trap for molecular ions.


Further education

Peer Reviewed Publications:


  • Patent WO2006046924 by Kristian Molhave & Nanofactory AB. Granted Patent sold to Nanofactory AB: WO2006046924-A1; US2007278420-A1; US7586105-B2, “Nano or micro gripping device for transmission electron microscope”.
  • Granted Patent WO2013037951-A1 “Method of depositing catalyst” by R. Wierzbicki, P.Bøggild and K. Mølhave.
  • PCT Application EP2626884-A1 on “Microfluidic chip for transmission electron microscopy…” by K Molhave and E Jensen
  • PCT Application 2013 by A Ghazal, K Molhave, W Svendsen.

Conference Talks

  • 2017 Invited talk at talk at LPEM conference EIndhoven
  • 2013 Talks at Scandem 2013, CPHU (Invited), and Microscopy and Microanalysis 2013, Indianapolis USA (Invited)
  • 2012 “In Situ Microscopy workshop” , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (Invited)
  • 2011: FEMMS 2011, Ca, USA (Invited).
  • 2010: Talk at Microscopy and Microanalysis 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA (Invited).
  • Public lecture on national TV ' Danskernes Akademi'
  • 2007: Talk at Microscopy and Microanalysis M&M2007, Ft. Lauderdale USA (Invited); and at Southern Danish University (Invited).
  • 2006: Talk at Copenhagen University (Invited); Veeco User Meeting, Goteborg (Invited); EBID workshop, Delft.
  • 2005: Talk at Nano2life NBDA conference, Grenoble(Invited); Danish Physical Society Annual Meeting; Copenhagen university (Invited); Århus University (Invited).
  • 2003: Talk at Clemson University (Invited).

Conference organization

  • 2017 conference organizer Sustain DTU
  • 2016 conference organizer Sustain DTU with 250 participants
  • 2016 conference organizer with Niels De Jonge CISCEM 2016 ~100 participants.
  • 2015 Main Organizer of Sustain DTU with ~340 participants.
  • 2014 Initiated and main Organizer of Sustain DTU with ~230 participants
  • 2014 conference organizer with Niels De Jonge CISCEM 2014
  • 2013 Conference co-organizer Scandem 2013. Chaired sessions on “SEM and Dual Beam” and “In-situ Microscopy”
  • 2008: Organizer/Chair of the workshop "Explorative Electron Microscopy of Nanoparticles in Cells - tageted labelling, therapy, and toxicology" at the Scandem 2008 conference.


  • The Statoil price 2016 (news)
  • The McKinsey & Company Initiative Award 2003 for starting the Science Show

Films & Books

  • Book chapter with E. Jensen in book edited by Frances Ross.
  • Book chapter with S. Canepa et al in book edited by Jakob Wagner.
  • Book chapter "Droplet based cavities and lasers" by K Mølhave, A Kristensen, N A Mortensen, in "Advanced photonic structures for biological chemical sensing" by Springer (Editor: Xudong Fan)
  • Book chapter 'Nanoteknologi i Billeder' on Nanoscale Microscopy, in 'Nanoteknologiske Horisonter' p. 15-31. By J B Wagner, K Mølhave, J H Nielsen, R Dunin-borkowski
  • Working on several projects e.g. The Teachers Toolbox about teaching methods.
  • “Nanoværkstedet” (The nanoworkshop) Naturens Verden No 11/12 38-53 (2004) by P Bøggild and K Mølhave.
  • DVD: IndiensPortalen - funded by the Danish Ministry of Education. An educational DVD containing 2 documentaries, where I contributed as cameraman, coproducer and the DVD layout. Mumbai Mosaic 2003 (60 min), Kurveflettere og murstensarbejdere (10 min). The DVD is a part of the project "Portal To India" for high school level education about India (
  • Book: "Non-Harming - the Jain Art of Living" by A. Gangar, K. Gangar, B. Mølhave and K. Mølhave. Published by Systime 1999, funded by the Danish Ministry of Education. See
  • Produced various videos mainly for introductions and teaching, for the Institute of Environmental and Occupational medicine, Aarhus (1996).
  • Six documentaries on Hinduism and life in contemporary India by B. Mølhave and K. Mølhave, published by Systime 1995, funded by the Danish Ministry of Education.

Research project funding

  • DFF Sapere Aude project "LiquidEM - Electron microscopy of processes in liquids". Project leader, supervisor of post docs and phds. (2013-2016). Budget 0.9 Mio Euro. Danish Research Council for Technology and Production Case No. 12-126194.
  • Danish Nanosafety Centre lead by Prof. Ulla Vogel. Member of steering committee and main supervisor of PhD student on aerosol measurments. Funded by the Danish Work Research Foundation ca. 4 Mio euro;.1.5.2012-30.4.2015).
  • FTP Project "Nano-Live" on Imaging Nanoelectronics Live by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Project leader, supervisor of post doc and phd. Budget: 5.7Mdkk, (1.1.11-31.12.14) Danish Research Council for Technology and Production Case No. 10-082797
  • EU project "FP7-Nanolyse" - Nanoparticles in Food: Analytical methods for detection and characterisation (01.01.2010-30.09.2013), - Co-supervising PhD student.
  • EU project FP7-Technotubes (Technology for Wafer-Scale Carbon Nanotube Applications) (2009-2012) - Grant agreement no.: CP-IP 228579-1- Main supervisor PhD student.
  • EU project FP7-NMP-2007-SMALL "NanoScale - Understanding interactions between cells and nanopatterned surfaces". (1.7.08-1.7.11). Member of steering comittee and leader of DTUs workpackages, main and co-supervisor of PhD students.
  • FTP Talentprojekt "Characterization and Fabrication of Nanowire-Microstructure devices"; Project leader. Budget: 200.000 euro;, (1.2.05-1.2.07) Danish Research Council for Technology and Production Case No. 26-04-0258.
  • PhD projects mainly by separate funding
    • PhD Project: "Imaging Cells interactions with Nanostructures" with Carsten Købler. Main supervisor.
    • DTU PhD project with DTU Center for Electron Nanoscopy (2009-2012), "Electron Microscopy of Liquid Processes" Main Supervisor.

Post doc Supervision:

  • Murat Yesibolati 2018
  • Hongyu Sun 2015-Ongoing
  • Eric Jensen 2012 – 2014
  • Duc The Ngo 2013-2014
  • Rafal Wierzbicki 2014-2015

Main Supervisor of Ph.D. students:

  1. Anders Brostrøm 2016-2019
  2. Murat Nulati Yesiboltai 2015-2018 with Poul Norby and Harry Hoster (TUM Create/NTU)
  3. Simone Lagana 2014-2017 with Erling Stenby and Andy Burrows.
  4. Silvia Canepa 2014-2017 with Jens Ulstrup and Jakob Wagner.
  5. Rolf Erling Robberstad Møller-Nilsen 2012-2015 with Poul Norby and Jakob Wagner “In situ TEM studies of battery processes”
  6. Marcus Levin 2012-2015 with Ismo Kalevi Koponen and Keld Alstrup Jensen “Udvikling af on-line målinger af nanopartikler i luft og eksponeringsmålinger i arbejdsmiljøet.”
  7. Carsten Købler 2011-2014 with Ulla Vogel and Klaus Qvortrup.
  8. Sardar Bilal, 2011-2014, with Ole Hansen, "In-situ TEM studies of nanoelectronics"
  9. Rafal Wierzbicki, 2009-2012 with Peter Bøggild, "Carbon based nanomaterials for electrochemical measurements on cells"
  10. Eric Jensen, 2009-2012 with Rafal Dunin-Borkowski, "Electron Microscopy of Liquid Processes "
  11. Cristian Gradinaru, 2008-2011 with Henrik Flyvbjerg, "Modeling and Understanding Complex Motion".

Co-Supervision of Ph.D. students:

  1. Filippo Pizzocchero 2011-2013, co-supervisor,"Graphene as electrodes for molecular electronics" with Peter Bøggild.
  2. Agnieszka Dudkiewicz 2010-2014, co-supervisor."Nanoparticles in Food: Electron microscopy methods for detection and characterisation"
  3. Joanna Lopacinska, 2008-2011 with Martin Dufva and Jenny Emneus, "Biocompatibility studies of cells grown in close proximity of nanostructures in cell culture chips"
  4. Christian Kallesøe, 2006-2009 with Peter Bøggild, "Integration of molecular electronics in microsystems by epitaxially grown nanowires"
  5. Özlem Sardan, 2006-2009 with Peter Bøggild, "Design and Fabrication of Microactuators for Nanomanipulation"

Teaching Experience:

  • Supervision Masters Students
  1. Sofie Colding-Jørgensen 2017 "Graphene Windows for TEM in-situ Cells"
  2. Jeppe  Ormstrup 2016 "Insitu TEM and X-ray Nano Tomography of Anode Materials in Batteries"
  3. Jeppe Søbye 2016 "A method to investigate ice formation in concrete air voids"
  4. Esben Kirk Mikkelsen 2016 "Microfluidic chip for cryo-electron microscopy"
  5. Aage Andreas Sloth Nilausen 2015 “Suspended Nanowire Devices”
  6. Lean G Pedersen, 2012, Characterization of SiNW by SEM and Impedance with Winnie Svendsen and Karen Martinez
  7. Carsten Købler, 2011, Scanning electron microscopy of cells and liquid samples
  8. Thomas Kjøller Nellemann, 2009, Electron Microscopy of frozen events in liquids
  9. Martin Toft Madsen, 2009, Microscopy of Cells on Nanostructured Substrates
  10. Lixia Wang, 2006 Polymer Thin-film's Thickness Measurements by Atomic Force Microscopy
  11. Christan Kallesøe, 2006, Nanogap structures for molecular electronics
  12. Dirch Hjort Petersen, 2006 High aspect ratio silicon beam fabrication and large scale nanowire integration
  13. Søren Dohn, 2003, Investigation of mechano-electrical properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Supervision of BSc students
  1. Michael Beck 2014 "Development of System for Generating Agglomerate Test Aerosols"
  2. Sofie Colding-Jørgensen 2014 “Development of Methods for In-situ Observations of Copper Plating and Dissolution”
  3. Sigurd Truelsen 2012 “Fabrication and test of microelectrode array devices” with Arto Heiskanen and Rafal Wierzbicki
  4. Claus Agerskov 2012 “Development of microelectrode cantilever array devices for electrophysiological  measurements”  With Jens Midtgaard and Rafal Wierzbicki.
  5. Aage Andreas Sloth Nilausen 2012 “Microfabricated Chips for In- situ TEM Microscopy”
  6. Søren Matthias Goldschmidt, 2010, Alge Mikrokultur System,
  7. Niels Brehm Nielsen, 2010, Microfluidic gradient generator
  8. Mikkel Ravn Boye Jensen, 2010, Optimizing Cell Embedding for FIB-SEM
  9. Christian Fink Elkjær and Jakob Lyager Rasmussen, 2009, Fabrication and Test of Chips for Electron Microscopy of Processes in Liquids


  • Member of organizing commitee for Grøn Dyst - DTUs student conference on green technology (ca 300 participants), 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015.

Reviews & Refereeing


  • Started - an initiative for developing new teaching material for schools on nanotechnology.
  • Started the DTU Science Show - and outreach project run by students supported by DTU. See More than 40.000 spectators by 2012.
  • Started the Physics Show at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus, together with Klaus Seiersen. See More than 100.000 spectators by 2016.

Further Activities:

  • Various programming and website editing jobs (1999-2000); part time laboratory technician (1993-95) at the Institute of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Aarhus University.
  • "Technology Scout" for the Patent office at the Danish Institute of Technology (1997-1998).
  • Translator and co-editor of publications at Bombays International Film Festival (1996).
  • Cabin boy on the Ministry of trade and Shipping training ship Lars A. Kruse (1995).
  • Leader and coach of junior and adult sailors at Aarhus Sail Club (1993-94).
  • Tutor for new students at the Institute of Chemistry, Aarhus (1993-94).
  • Training and work as forest worker (1992-93).


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