Ib Chorkendorff

Surface Physics and Catalysis

  • Fysikvej, 312, 179

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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Professor Ib Chorkendorff is director of the The Villum Center for the science of sustainable fuels and chemicals (V-SUSTAIN) see also http://www.v-sustain.dtu.dk/. He is furthermore section leader of the section for Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat)   at department of Physics DTU see also www.surfcat.dtu.dk.

For detailed CV look at https://www.staff.dtu.dk/icho

His research focuses on the fundamental aspects of catalysis in a broad sense relating to Heterogeneous Catalysis in the fields of Thermal Catalysis, Electro-Catalysis and Photo-Electro-Catalysis.  Thermal catalysis relates to large scale production like the methanol synthesis process, the steam reforming process and ammonia synthesis, but also processes in relation to energy production are of great interest.  In the latter, the research is focused on designing and realizing new electrode material for fuel cell technology and the reverse process, electrolysis, where hydrogen is produced. Also the primary production of energy from sun light in the form of hydrogen is a topic of major interest. All the research activities share a fundamental approach to the processes on the atomic level developing new nanomaterials with special functionality for the specific use. The nanomaterials may be used for solving some of the future’s major environmental and energy challenges mankind is facing. Read more on CV.

Publication outoput press 1st Globus under picture publons.

Author and co-author of 370 scientific papers published in international refereed journals, one book, and 22 patents and patent applications, which are cited >36.000 times, H-Index 80 (Web of Science) (Currently increasing ~6400 cit./year) https://publons.com/researcher/2878488/ib-chorkendorff/  or Google Scholar  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=QwXnsaoAAAAJ&hl=en H-index 89 and >47.000 citations (Curren tly increasing ~8000 cit./year), please see enclosed publication list. Since 2017 listed as Highly Cited Researcher (ISI) (top 1%). Participated in a large number of international conferences of which 175 were invited (please see enclosed list. Additionally >200 of seminars and presentations in organizations, industry, and universities. Co-founder of three spin-out companies.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. degree in Physics, Odense University


M.Sc. in Physics and B.Sc. in Chemistry, Odense Univerisity, Denmark


External positions

Director of The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals , Technical University of Denmark

2016 → …

Director, Technical University of Denmark

2012 → …

Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Postdoc, University of Pittsburgh, USA


PhD, Odense University



  • User defined:
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Electro-catalysis
  • Photo-catalysis
  • Hydrogen production/conversion
  • Fuel cells
  • Sustainable energy
  • Surface science
  • Reaction kinetics


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