Prorector for Research and Innovation – University of Copenhagen

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Prorector for Research and Innovation Thomas Bjørnholm, Professor

Professor Thomas Bjørnholm was born in 1960. Throughout his carrier he has been dedicated to the field of science. In 1990 he obtained his Ph.D. in materials chemistry from the University of Copenhagen. In 1992 he became affiliated with the Chemistry Department at the University of Copenhagen as Associate Professor. In 2000 he became Research Professor and in 2005 he became full Professor. He has received several research awards including the Ole Rømer Fund Prize, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Prize and gold medal, and the Direktør Ib Henriksen Prize.

On September 1st 2010, Professor Thomas Bjørnholm became Prorector of the University of Copenhagen. He came from a position as Director of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen. Prior to that he has had an extensive career within the field of science and he has extensive managerial experience.

Research and Teaching
In 1997 Thomas Bjørnholm was a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and since 2003 he has been chairman of the Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Thomas Bjørnholm's main research interest lie within the area of organic electronics, single molecular materials, nanochemistry and bionantechnology and he has published around 200 papers in scientific journals and books including several contributions to high impact journals as Science and Nature, and he has given more than 150 talks at conferences and research institutions. Thomas Bjørnholm is elected member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences, the Danish Natural Science Academy, the Danish Natural Science Research Council and the Danish Technology Board.

Managerial Experience
Thomas Bjørnholm has vast managerial experience. Before becoming Prorector he was Director and initiator of the Nano-Science Center. In less than 10 years he and his employees have created a research center, which is one of the top international centers within nanotechnologies. The team have started new cross-disciplinary courses, and they have received more than ½ billion DKK for research funding which also includes a close partnership with the business world.

Prior to the Nano-Science Center Thomas Bjørnholm has gained managerial experience as principal investigator at the Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology supported by the Danish Ministry of Science and Technology by a UNIK grant of 120 MDKK (2009 – 2014), principal investigator for Sino-Danish Center of Excellence in Molecular Nanoelectronics supported by the Danish Basic Research Foundation by 15 MDKK (2009 – 2012), head of Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology supported by the Danish Research Councils (2003 –), evaluator for numerous international funding bodies and prize committees including Centers of Excellence in Finland and Germany, and he has been organizer of numerous international conferences and workshops such as being co-host of the NanoTechnology in Northern Europe (NTNE) Conference in Copenhagen, which took place in September 2008. He has also been chairman of the 10th European Conference on Molecular Electronics, which took place in Copenhagen in 2009.