Prorector for Research and Innovation – University of Copenhagen

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Prorector for Research and Innovation Thomas Bjørnholm

Thomas Bjørnholm took office on 1 September 2010 as Prorector of the University of Copenhagen. He came from a position as head of the Nano-Science Centre at the University with a long career in research and management. As Prorector, he is responsible for research and innovation at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm was born in 1960. In 1990 he received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Copenhagen. In 1992 he was appointed associate professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen. In 2000 he became a research professor, and in 2005 a professor. Thomas Bjørnholm has received numerous research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award as well as a gold medal and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.

Research and teaching

Thomas Bjørnholm was appointed a star researcher in 2007. He was a visiting professor at the University of Texas in Austin in 1997. Since 2003, he has been chairman of the Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Thomas Bjørnholm’s primary research fields are organic electronics, molecular materials, nanotechnology and bionanotechnology. He has published around 200 articles in scientific journals and books. This includes numerous contributions to the highly recognised journals Nature and Science. He has given more than 150 talks at conferences and research institutes around the world. Thomas Bjørnholm is a member of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences.

Management experience

Thomas Bjørnholm has long and wide-ranging management experience. As head of the Nano-Science Center, Thomas Bjørnholm was part of building up the research field and its framework from scratch. In less than ten years, Thomas Bjørnholm and his staff have created a research centre of international top standard, launched new interdisciplinary study programmes, attracted more than DKK 0.5 billion worth of funding in competition with others and established research partnerships with a large number of businesses.

Thomas Bjørnholm also has management experience from the Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, where he has been the leading senior researcher, just as he was at the Danish-Chinese Centre for Molecular Nano-Electronics. Since 2003, he has been head of the Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has served on several international councils to assess research applications and on many award committees, including Centres of Excellence in Finland and Germany. He has also helped organise large international conferences and workshops such as the Northern European conference on nanotechnology held in Copenhagen in September 2008. Moreover, he was chairman of the 10th European conference on Molecular Electronics in Copenhagen in 2009.

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Personal information

Born 29 May 1960
Married to Berith Bjørnholm
Children: Katrine (1990), Josefine (1994), Jonatan (1997)

Degrees, distinctions, etc.

2009 -

Senior Researcher at the Danish-Chinese Centre for Molecular Nano-Electronics supported by the Danish National Research Foundation

2008 Recipient of the University of Copenhagen's Excellence Programme ‘single molecule nanoscience’  
2008 Recipient of the Simon Spies Foundation Research Award
2004 Recipient of the Director Ib Henriksen Foundation Research Award
2003-2010 Head of the Copenhagen Graduate School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology supported by the Committee for Doctoral Education under the Ministry of Science 
1999 Recipient of the Ellen and Niels Bjerrum Award and gold medal
1993 Recipient of the Ole Rømer Foundation Award
1990 PhD Materials Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
1986         MSc. Chemistry and Physics, University of Copenhagen

 

Employment

2010-  Prorector, University of Copenhagen (from 1 September 2010)    
2005- Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
2001-2010 Director of Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen
2000-2005 Research Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Copenhagen
1997 Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin
1992-2000

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen

1989 NATO Fellow, University of California, San Diego

 

Scientific production

1986-      Published around 200 articles in scientific journals and books

 

Internal posts, University of Copenhagen

2011- Chairman of the knowledge city development council
2010- Member of the Board for the COBIS science park
2010- Chairman of the alumni association Kubulus, University of Copenhagen
2002-2006 Member of the Patent Committee, University of Copenhagen
1999-2005 Member of the board of the Department of Chemistry 
1996-1999 Chairman of the PhD committee at the Department of Chemistry

 

National posts

2016- Member of the Presidium for The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
2014- Chairman of the Symbion Foundation
2014- The Copenhagen Business Council
2014- Member of the Board of ‘Kollegiefonden Bikuben’
2013-       Member of the executive committee of the National Committee for Research Infrastructure
2013-  Member of the Board of Copenhagen Capacity    
2013-  Member of the National Committee for Research Infrastructure
2012- Member of the chairmanship of the Capital Region Growth Forum      
2010- Member of the Capital Region Growth Forum
2010-

Member of the Sonning Committee

2009-2012  Deputy Chairman of the ATV natural science group, member of ATV's academic councils
2008-2012 Member of the steering group for NanoConnectScandinavia
2007-2008 Member of the Board for the venture capital fund CAT
2005-2009 Member of The Danish Council for Independent Research - Nature and Universe
2005-2009 Member of the Board of the Carlsberg Chemistry Award
2005-2008 Member of the Danish Board of Technology
2004- Member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
2003- Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences
1993- Member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences

 

International posts

2009           Chairman of the 10th European Conference on Molecular Electronics in Copenhagen
2008  Host of the NanoTechnology in Northern Europe Conference in Copenhagen
2007-2010 Danish representative on the European Commission Program Committee for Nanotechnology
2007-2008 Guest editor of a special edition of Journal of Physics on molecular electronics
2000-  Evaluator on numerous international funding bodies and award committees, including excellence initiatives in Finland and Germany
1990- Active member of six EU projects Coordinator of the FP7 project ‘SINGLE’

Teaching and programme planning

2001            Instigator of Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes in nanotechnology at the University of Copenhagen, approved by the Ministry of Science in 2002
1994-  Postgraduate academic supervisor for PhD and MSc. thesis students
1992- Undergraduate academic teaching experience from positions as associate professor and professor at the Department of Chemistry