Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen

DTU Physics

  • Fysikvej, 311, 202

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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Jane Hvolbæk Nielsen (JHN) is Head of Department at DTU Physics and works to promote basic research and applications of new knowledge to the benefit of society. JHN has researched the relationship between the properties of materials and their structure on a nanometer scale within the Danish National Research Foundations's Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality (DG-CINF). JHN is also member of the Executive Committee for the VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals (V- SUSTAIN). JHN is involved in education at the bachelor, graduate and PhD levels in material physics - especially in the Physics and Nanotechnology programs at DTU, and is focused on giving young people an interest in technical science and science e.g. through hands-on activities in the student lab, Nanoteket DTU. JHN was a member of the board of the Independent Research Fund Denmark from 2013-2018 and is now appointed scientific national delegate to the ESS Council (2019-).

Other information

  • Scientific delegate to the European Spallation Source (ESS) Council (2019-)
  • Member of the Board of the Palsgaard Estate (2019-)
  • Member of the Ministerial task force on developing a "Science ABC" for the Danish primary and secondary schools (2018-2020)
  • Member of the Board of Ordrup Highschool (2018-)
  • Member of the Board of the Independent Research Fund Denmark (2013-2018)
  • Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) (2013-)
  • Member of the Physics and Universe panel established to contribute to a Danish Roadmap for research infrastructure under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (2010)
  • Member of the Danish Research Training Committee, FI, Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (2004-2007)

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

PhD, Technical University of Denmark


MSc EE, Technical University of Denmark


External positions

Head of Department, Technical University of Denmark

2011 → …

Professor MSO, Technical University of Denmark

2010 → …

Associate Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Assistent Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Post Doc, University of Washington


Research Associate, Technical University of Denmark


Laboratory assistant, Haldor Topsøe A/S



  • User defined:
  • Scanning tunnel microscopy (STM)
  • surface physics
  • characterization of nanoparticle shape
  • morphology and functionality
  • surface sensitive techniques (XPS, AES, LEED, ISS)
  • fundamental catalysis


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