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Curriculum Vitae
Professor David Tanner
Department of Chemistry, Building 201
Technical University of Denmark
DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Phone: +45 4525 2188; Email: dt@kemi.dtu.dk
Born November 17, 1955 in Inverness, Scotland

1977 B.Sc. suma cum laude in chemistry, Edinburgh University, Scotland 
1981 Ph.D.  University of Göteborg, Sweden (Prof. O. Wennerström)
 1982-1983       Postdoc, University of Pennsylvania, USA  (Prof. K. C.  Nicolaou)
1983–1988      Assistant Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg
1988–1995 Associate Professor, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
1991-1995 Personal senior research position funded by the Swedish NFR
1995 -              Professor of Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark
Research Interests
Organic chemistry, particularly stereoselective organic synthesis. Total synthesis of natural products. Organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

110 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, with a total of 2970 citations (March 2009; h-index 30).

Research Supervision  
Supervisor or co-supervisor for 28 finalized Ph. D. projects, 14 postdoctoral fellows, and a large number of M. Sc. theses.

Invited Lectures
Since becoming Professor at DTU in 1995, I have been invited speaker at ca. 30 international conferences outside Denmark. I lecture on average 5 times per year at universities and/or companies outside Denmark.

Departmental chairman (Department of Organic Chemistry, DTU) 1998 - 2001. Chairman, committee of research (Department of Chemistry, DTU) 2001 - 2004. Member of departmental steering group, 2009 - . 
Chairman, organic division, Danish Chemical Society, 2003 - 2007. 
Foreign member, Swedish Natural Science Research Council 1998 - 2001. 
External adviser, Danish Technical Research Council 2002 – 2004.
Visiting Professor, Kyoto, Japan, July – August 2007. 
External adviser for the Nobel Committee for Chemistry (Stockholm) on two occasions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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