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I am head of the theory group in the Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality. My main research interests are

  • Shape and functionality of nanoparticles: What determines the details of a nanoparticles shape, and how does this influence its catalytical properties.
  • Hot-electron assisted surface reactivity: Is it possible to use a nanostructured device to generate hot electrons (electrons with an energy of a few electron volts) and use them to trigger chemical reactions, which would otherwise only occur at higher temperature (if at all)?
  • Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations of the mechanical properties of nanocrystalline metals and metallic glasses.

Other information

Teaching and education:

  • Programme coordinator (kandidatstudieleder) for the Master programme in Physics and Nanotechnology.
  • Responsible or co-responsible for the following courses: 10004 Physical chemistry, Thermodynamics and Materials (1999-2004); 10301 Advanced Nanoscale Materials Physics (2004-2005); 10034 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (2005-present); 10303 Condensed Matter Physics and Nanoscale Materials Physics (2007-present).
  • Thesis advisor or co-advisor for five B.Sc. students and four M.Sc. students. 
  • Advisor or co-advisor for six Ph.D. students (bold indicates main advisor): Jesper Christiansen (2000-03), Gregers Kaat (2005-07), Søren Lund Frederiksen (2000-03), Anca Paduraru (2005-08), Jeppe Gavnholt (2006-09) and Thomas Olsen (2007-10).

Major grants:

2005 – 2010: Danish National Research Foundation: DNRF Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality (CINF). With Prof. Ib Chorkendorff (center leader), Ole Hansen, Jane H. Larsen and Ulrich Quaade. DKK 36.000.000 over five years.

2005 – 2007: Program Committee for Energy and Environment: Towards 25% efficiency solar cells: modeling and controlling defects in float zone silicon. In collaboration with Ole Andersen, Topsil Semiconductor Materials A/S. DKK 2.247.000 over three years. 


  • P. Gorm-Petersens memorial award (1997).
  • Reviewing for the following journals: Science, Nature Materials, Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. Rev. B, Phil. Mag. A, Met. Trans., Acta Mater., Scripta Mater., Comput. Mater. Sci. and Microelec. Eng.
  • Maintainer of the Asap molecular dynamics program, released under the GNU General Public License as part of the CAMPOS software.

International Experience:

  • Postdoc at Washington University March 1995 to August 1996.
  • Participated in approx. 50 international conferences and meetings, including 17 invited talks.

Language Skills:
Some Icelandic

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Course in research management (forskningsledelse), Technical University of Denmark


Education in Didactics and Teaching Methodology for Teachers at DTU, Technical University of Denmark


Ph.D. in physics, Technical University of Denmark, Department of Physics


M.Sc. in electronics engineering / applied physics, Technical University of Denmark


External positions

Associate professor (lektor), Technical University of Denmark

1999 → …

Research assistant professor (forskningsadjunkt), Technical University of Denmark


Postdoc, Technical University of Denmark


Postdoc, Washington University St. Louis



  • User defined:
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Density Functional Theory
  • Nanoparticles
  • Nonthermal reactivity
  • Nanocrystalline metals


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