Ib Chorkendorff

Ib Chorkendorff



Building: 312, 179

2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Phone: 45253170Fax: 4593 2399

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.

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 www.surfcat.dtu.dk



1982 - 1985 Ph.D. degree in Physics - Odense University
1977 - 1982 M.Sc. in Physics and B.Sc. in Chemistry - Odense Univerisity, Denmark

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2016 - Director of The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals - Technical University of Denmark
2012 - Director (CASE) - Technical University of Denmark, "Catalysis Initiative for Sustainable Energy"
1982 - 1985 PhD - Odense University, Physics Institute
1986 - 1987 Postdoc - University of Pittsburgh, USA, The Surface Science Center
1987 - 1999 Associate Professor (DTU Physics) - Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics
1999 - 2006 Professor - Technical University of Denmark, 50% at Dept. of Physics and 50% at Dept. of Chemical
1995 - 2005 Professor (ICAT) - Technical University of Denmark, the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Catalysis




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  • Surface Science

    ISSNs: 0039-6028

    Elsevier, Netherlands

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 1, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.85 SJR 0.677 SNIP 0.714, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Journal of Catalysis

    ISSNs: 0021-9517

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1090-2694

    Academic Press, United States

    BFI (2020): BFI-level 2, Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 7.6 SJR 2.254 SNIP 1.715, Web of Science (2020): Indexed yes, ISI indexed (2013): ISI indexed yes

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  • Electrochemical Society. Meeting Abstracts (Online)

    ISSNs: 2151-2043

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2151-2035

    United States

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