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My main research interests are in theoretical solid state physics, where I focus on the understanding and design of materials on an atomatic scale based on quantum mechanical calculations.

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Participation in centers/networks/organizations:


  • Member of the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics (CAMP) (Danish National Research Foundation), 1993-2003
  • Member of the board of the Danish Physical Society, -2002
  • Project leader, “Nanomechanics” (grant from Danish Research Councils), 2000-2004
  • Member of SIMU: The European Science Foundation programme “Challenges in Molecular Simulations: Bridging the time-scale and length-scale gap”, 2000-
  • Member of European Co-operation in the field of Scientific and Technical  Research (COST) Action 523 “Nanostructured Materials”, 2000-2004
  • Chairman of the Center Committee for the Engineering Research Center “Materials Structures and Materials Models”, Risø, Denmark, 2000-2003
  • Member of the Steering Committee for “Free Software Project for Atomic-scale Simulations” (FSatom), CECAM, Lyon, France, 2002-
  • Member of  MIKA Advisory Board, Helsinki, Finland, 2005-
  • Vicedirector of Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) (Lundbeck Foundation) 2006-2010
  • Director of Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design (CAMD) (Lundbeck Foundation) 2010-2012

Administrative posts at DTU:


  • Chairman of the Physics PhD Programme Committee,  -2001
  • Coordinator of the Engineering Physics educational programme, 1992-2000
  • Chairman of the Education Committee of the Department of Physics, 2001-2005
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of LearningLab DTU, 2004-2005
  • Member of the PhD Programme Committee for Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics, 2006-
  • Member of the DTU Physics steering committee, 2008-2015, 2019-
  • Chairman of the DTU Physics educational board, 2014-





·         Ellen and Hans Hermer Foundation, Copenhagen, December 1994

·         Elected Member of The Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (DNA), 1994

·         Elected Member of Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV), 2001

·         Reinholdt W. Jorch's Award, Copenhagen 2004






·         Member of the American Physical Society




  • Research interests in the theoretical description of materials, nanostructures, and biomolecules.
  • Approximately 145 published papers (cited 6442 times, SCI March 25, 2008; Hirsch index 42), and 73 invited talks at international conferences.



    Extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate level. Supervised 25 PhD students



International Experience:

  • International Advisor on Nanoscience, the Finnish IT center for science (CSC), Espoo, Finland.
  • Visiting professor at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Postdoc at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
  • Approximately 145 published papers (cited 6442 times, SCI March 25, 2008; Hirsch index 42), and 73 invited talks at international conferences.




International conference organization:


  • Organizer of 3rd Topsøe Summer School on Surface Science, August 1990
  • Chairman of Workshop on Total Energy and Force Methods, Copenhagen, January 1994
  • Member of International Programme Committee, 17th European Conference on Surface Science, The Netherlands, September 1997
  • Member of International Advisory Committee, 19th Risø International Symposium on Materials Science, September 1998
  • Co-organizer of the CECAM Workshop: “Open Source Software for Microscopic Calculations”, Lyon, France, June 2002
  • Co-organizer of the conference: “Frontiers in Electronic Structure Theory”, Denmark, October 2004

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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 in Theoretical Physics, University of Copenhagen


M.Sc. in Physics, University of Copenhagen


External positions

Head of Department, Technical University of Denmark


International Advisor on Nanoscience, The Finnish IT center for science (CSC)


Professor, Technical University of Denmark

2001 → …

Visiting professor, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland


Research Professor, Technical University of Denmark


Senior Research Fellow, Technical University of Denmark


Postdoc, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA


Research Fellow, Haldor Topsøe A/S



  • User defined:
  • Theoretical nanoscale physics
  • Electronic structure methods
  • Molecular electronics


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