Rolf Henrik Berg

Rolf Henrik Berg


Ørsteds Plads, Building 345B, Room 044

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Rolf Henrik Berg joined DTU as a researcher in 1990 - working at DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, formerly known as Risø National Laboratory. He joined DTU Nanotech as Professor in 2008 and was appointed Professor in Nanotechnology and Innovation at DTU in 2011. He has been innovation responsible at DTU Nanotech since 2010.


During his early years at DTU, Rolf Henrik Berg co-discovered peptide nucleic acids (PNA) - an artificial form of DNA - together with Michael Egholm, Peter E. Nielsen and Ole Buchardt from the University of Copenhagen (Nielsen et al., Science, 1991).


More than 2,600 scientific articles - and more than 25,000 US patents and patent applications - report the properties and uses of PNA.


Other works include co-discovery of photoanisotropic peptides - useful in photonics applications - together with DTU colleagues Søren Hvilsted and P. S. Ramanujam (Berg et al., Nature, 1996).


Rolf Henrik Berg is co-inventor of more than 40 issued or pending US patents (and foreign equivalents) on technologies forming the basis of 7 new viable companies. The product portfolio protected by this patent estate includes more than 10 products which have received FDA clearance. 


Rolf Henrik Berg is co-founder of PNA Diagnostics  A/S, former Director of IPR at Noliac A/S, and former Vice President at ChemoMetec A/S (listed on Nasdaq Nordic Stock Exchange). He was a Research Fellow at the Rockefeller University and received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen.


Rolf Henrik Berg is recipient of the DTU Innovation Prize 2012. He is elected member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences and the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).


A list of publications (including all US patents) and citations can be found at Google Scholar Citations for Rolf Henrik Berg.

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  • American Chemical Society. Journal

    ISSNs: 0002-7863, 00027863

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1520-512

    American Chemical Society, United States

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

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  • Nucleic Acids Research

    ISSNs: 0305-1048, 03051048, 1362-4962

    ISSNs (Electronic): 0261-316

    Oxford University Press, United Kingdom

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 2

    Central database


  • Biopolymers

    ISSNs: 0006-3525

    ISSNs (Electronic): 1097-0282

    John/Wiley & Sons, Inc. John/Wiley & Sons Ltd., United States

    ISI indexed (2013): yes, FI (2013): 1

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