Erling Halfdan Stenby

DTU Chemistry

  • Kemitorvet, 206, 240

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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Head of Department for Department of Chemistry since 1 May 2010.

Department of Chemistry has a wide range of educational and research activities as well as an active innovation and entrepreneuship culture.

I am active as research leader within applied thermodynamics with a number of projects supported by the Innovation Foundation as well as Danish and international companies. During the period September 2009  to June 2014 I was Center Director of the Center for Energy Resources Engineering (CERE). This center is an expansion and development of the Center for Phase Equilibria and Separation Processes (IVC-SEP), of which I was the Director from 1994 to 2009. From 1 July 2014 to 31 January 2017 Scientific Director for Enhanced Oil Recovery at the Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas - DTU).

CERE is involved in applied thermodynamics, colloid & interface science, geology and scientific computing. The center combines a range of discipplines that are of great importance for oil, gas, carbon capture and storage (CCS), as well as geothermal energy. Further more the center is engaged in generic research in the basic disciplines. CERE has acitivities at DTU Chemistry, DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Compute, DTU Space, and DTU Civil Engineering.

My main tasks are heading the Department of Chemistry and supervising research within my scientific area.

Research areas

Applied Thermodynamics, Petroleum Engineering, Enhanced Oil Recovery, Carbon Capture and Storage, and Geothermal Energy

Other information

International experience:
1993-1994 Visiting Professor at the University of Pau, France

Other information:
2003-05 Chairman of the Danish Technical Research Council (STVF); Vice Chairman 2001-03; Member 2000-2005 2005-06 Chairman of the Danish Council for Technology and Production Research (FTP) 2007- 2009 Chairman of the Executive Committee of the IEA Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery

Knight of the Order of Dannebrog (2013);DGMK-Kolleg (2006);Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academique (2004); Honorary award from DONG’s Jubilæumslegat (2000); Research Award from the Reinholdt W. Jorck og Hustrus Fond (1995).

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark


MSc in Chemical Engineering, Technical Univeristy of Denmark


External positions

TOTAL S.A., Member of the Science Council

2017 → …

Technical University of Denmark, Scientific Director


Technical University of Denmark, Director


Technical University of Denmark, Professor of Applied Thermodynamics

1996 → …

Technical University of Denmark, Associate Professor


Technical University of Denmark, Assistant Professor



  • User defined:
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Enhanced Oil Recovery
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Applied Thermodynamics
  • Phase Behavior


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