• Fysikvej, 309, 202

    2800 Kgs. Lyngby


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We develop first-principles methods for the description of ground- and excited state properties of materials and use them to model and design materials for application within sustainable energy (photo-catalysis and photovoltaics) and nano (opto)-electronics. 

We have activities within the following areas:

  • Computational materials discovery including Big-Data driven approaches (machine learning, materials databases, etc.)
  • Novel 2D materials and van der Waals heterostructures
  • Description of quasiparticles in the solid state (plasmons, excitons, …) 
  • Many-body methods (RPA and beyond) for high-accuracy total energy calculations
  • Charge transport and -transfer at metal/molecule interfaces, e.g. molecular electronic devices 
  • Energy materials including materials for (photo-)catalysis and photovoltaics


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


Physics engineer, Technical University of Denmark


External positions

Professor, DTU

2013 → …

Associate professor, DTU


Assistant professor, DTU


Post doc, Freie Universität Berlin



  • User defined:
  • 2D materials
  • Energy materials
  • Computational materials design
  • Density Functional Theory
  • Green's function theory


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