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Flemming Besenbacher

Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Name:

Flemming Besenbacher

Date of Birth:

4th October 1952

Marital status:

Married to Bente Besenbacher

Children:

Søren, born 1981, and Pia, born 1984

 

 

 Board Experience

2005-, Member of the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg A/S

 

2005-, Member of the Board of Directors of The Carlsberg Foundation

 

2005-, Member of the Board of The Tuborg Foundation

 

2005-, Member of the Board of Trustees of The Carlsberg Laboratory

 

2008-2015, Member of the Board of the MedTech Innovative Center, Aarhus, Denmark

 

2010, The Board Academy, a research-based further and continuing education programme for board members and executive managers, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

 

2010-2017, Member of the Board of Nanoference

 

2011-, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Carlsberg Laboratory

 

2012-, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg A/S

 

2012-, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Carlsberg Foundation

 

2012-, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle

 

2012-, Member of the Executive Council of The Mary Foundation – HRH Crown Princess Mary’s Foundation

 

2012, High Performance Boards Program

 

2013-2018, Member of the leadership development organization Center for Leadership (CfL)

 

2014-, Member of the Advisory Board of Center for Corporate Governance, CBS

 

2014-, Deputy Chairman of Board of the Danish National Innovation Foundation

 

2014-2015, Member of the Board of Unisense Environment A/S

 

2015-, Member of the Board of Unisense A/S

 

2014-, Member of the Advisory Board of Young Pioneers

 

2015-, Chairman of the Tuborg Foundation

 

2014-2015, Member of the Advisory Board of Videnskab.dk

 

2016-, Chairman of the Board of UNLEASH

 

2015-2017, Chairman of Spotter A/S

 

2016-2017, Chairman of the Danish Government Advisory Board for Circular Economy

 

2016, Member of The Danish Government’s Digital Growth Panel

 

2017-, Member of the Vice Chancellor's Advisory Board, University of Surrey

 

2017-, Member of the Advisory Board for SDG accelerator (UNDP)

 

2017-, Member of the Advisory Board for the International Student City of Copenhagen (ISCC)

 

2017-, Member of the Advisory Board of the association "Stop Food Waste"

 

2017-2018, Member of the Danish Ministry of Taxation's Advisory Panel for succession planning in industrial foundations

 

2018-, Advisor for Plastic Change

 

2018-, Member of SDG High Level Advisory Board

 

2018-, Member of the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council, Ashinaga

 

2018-, Member of Advisory Board for New Practice, Nordic School of Co-Innovation

 

2018-, Chairman of Board of Aarhus Vand

 

2018-, Chairman of Copenhagen Capacity's diaspora task force

 

2018-, Member of the Advisory Board for Circular Food Technology

  

Academic experience:

1982 & 1983, Visiting scientist, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque

 

1982, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Aarhus

 

1996, Full Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Aarhus

 

1997, Summer Guest Professor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, USA

 

2007, Professor Honoris Causa, 1) Henan University, China, and 2) Tianjin University, China

 

2008, Professor Honoris Causa, 1) Huazhong Normal University, China, 2) Jilin University, China, and 3) Zhejiang University of Technology, China

 

2009, Professor Honoris Causa, 1) Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences,China, 2) Shanghai University, China, and 3) Central South University, China

 

2010, Professor Honoris Causa, 1) Tongji University, China, and 2) Chongqing University, China

 

2011, Professor Honoris Causa, 1) Harbin Institute of Technology, and 2) Institute of Advanced Materials, Jiangsu University, China

 

2012, Honorary Professorhip from China University of Petroleum in Qingdao

 

2013, Received the title of Knight 1st Class of the Order of Dannebrog from Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

 

2014, Molecular Science Forum Lecture Professorship, Center for Molecular Science, Chinese Chemical Society

 

2017, Honorary Professorship of Wuhan University of Technology, China

 

2017, Advisory Professor of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

 

 

Research awards:

1993, Co-recipient of a research award for a center of excellence: Center for Atomics-scale Materials Physics (CAMP) by the Danish National Research Foundation (1993-2003)

 

1995, Recipient of the Danish Physical Society’s Research Prize, the NKT prize, for research achievements in surface science using scanning tunnelling microscopy

 

2003, Recipient of University of Aarhus Anniversary Foundation Award for outstanding academic research within the area of surface and nanoscience

 

2003, Recipient of Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award for Technical and Scientific Research in recognition of outstanding achievements in technical and scientific research (the Villum Foundation)

 

2004, Recipient of Danmarks Naturvidenskabelige Akademis Industripris 2004 (Industrial prize of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences 2004)

 

2006, Recipient of Grundfos award for outstanding nanoscience research

 

2008, Bird-Steward-Lightwood Lectureship award, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

2008, Recipient of one of the prestigious ERC advanced research grants from the European Research Council

 

2009, Recipient of Aarhus Business Award 2009

 

2009, Recipient of a Sino-Danish Center of Excellence “Center for Molecular Nanostructures on Surfaces CMNS” from the Danish National Research Foundation

 

2009, Recipient of the prestigious Einstein Professorship, Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

2011, Recipient of Rigmor og Carl Holst-Knudsen’s Videnskabspris (science award granted by Aarhus University) 2011

 

2012, Recipient of the Award for International Scientific Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

 

2012, Recipient of the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award selected by the Chinese State Council

 

2013, Recipient of the 2012 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China selected by the Chinese State Council

 

2013, Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

 

 

 Fellowships

1996, Elected Fellow of The Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (DNA)

 

1997, Elected Fellow of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV)

 

1998, Elected Fellow of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

 

2001, Elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics

 

2009, Elected Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society

 

2009, Elected Honorary Fellow of the American Vacuum Society

 

2009, Elected Honorary Fellow of Materials Research Society, USA

 

2009, Elected member of the Materials Research Society Board of Directors

 

2011, Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

 

2013, Awarded Honorary Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society

 

2013, Elected Foreign Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

 

2014, Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences

 

2017, Member of the EU Academy of Sciences

 

 

Academic Leadership

2002-2012, Director of the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) at the University of Aarhus (www.inano.dk)

 

2002-2012, Director of the iNANO graduate school (iNANOschool), University of Aarhus (www.inanoschool.dk)

 

2005-2011, Director of the NANOFOOD consortium

 

2009, Director of the Sino-Danish Center of Excellence “Center for Molecular Nanostructures on Surfaces (CMNS)”

 

2011, Chairman of the international “advisory board” of the new center, Harbin-Aarhus International Center of Surfaces and Interfaces

 

2011, Overseas director and Professor Honoris Causa, Tongji-Aarhus Joint Center for Nanostructures and Functional Nanomaterials

 

2012, Member of the Danish Council for Research Policy (2012-2014)

 

 

Invited talks

At international conferences: approx. 159 since 1990
At research institutions and universities: approx. 90 since 1990

 

Publication statistics

As per September 2018, my publication list contains 715 entries in international, refereed journals, including 20 in “Nature” and “Science”

My published articles have been cited 36, 216 times and my H-index is 96.