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Niels Peter Revsbech

Professor Emeritus

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae for Niels Peter Revsbech




13th January, 1953

Private Address


Thorshavnsgade 3, DK-8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, +45   23382187




Place of Work


Department Bioscience, University of Aarhus, Ny Munkegade   114-116, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Tel: +45-23382187, mail: Revsbech@bios.au.dk



M. Sc. (Microbiology). University    of Aarhus.



Ph.D. (Microbiology). University    of Aarhus



Dr. Sc. (Thesis: "Microsensor Analysis of Stratified Microbial   Communities."

University of Aarhus


1979 - 1981

Ph.D. stipend, Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Aarhus.


1981 - 1982

Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Microbiology, MontanaState    University (13 months)



Visiting assistant professor at Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan (3 months)


1982 - 1984 

Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Microbial   Ecology, University    of Aarhus


1984 - 1988

Assistant Professor, Department   of Microbial Ecology, University of Aarhus.


1988 - 1997

Associate Professor, Dept. of Microbial Ecology, University of Aarhus.


1988 - 2012

Vice department head for most of the period


1997 -

Professor, Department of Microbial Ecology, University of Aarhus.


2002 - 2004

Head of Institute, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of   Aarhus 



Head of Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology



The Holst-Knudsen science award (University of Aarhus)



The Körber   Award for European Science (City     Hall of Hamburg)



Dades award for environmental protection (Copenhagen)



The award for most interesting Danish patent (Danish Patent Agency)



The Grundfos Award



Jens Chr. Skou fellow at AIAS



Fellow at the Geochemical Society


1988 -

Head of “Institute of Biological Sciences” with 120 employees 1/1   2002-31/1 2004, several periods as vice-head. Member and/or   chairman of may committees and councils. From 2017 Head of Aarhus University Centre for Water Technology


1984 -

Main   supervisor for 21 Ph.D. students and many Master’s students.

Scientific papers and patents


>180 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and   books, ultimo 2019 cited >16.000 times,  H-index of 74 found in ISI Web of Science (188 papers referenced here). 5 patents.

Business relations


Co-founder of Unisense A/S 1997.   Collaboration with several other companies (Danfoss, Alfa-Laval, etc.)

Competences and research interests



Study of microbial metabolism and interactions in stratified   microbial ecosystems such as biofilms, sediments and water columns. Microbial   photosynthesis. Nitrogen transformations in natural environments and   wastewater. Development of new tools for elucidation of microbial metabolism   and ecology. Development of biosensors based on immobilized bacteria.

International collaboration


Many research visits and collaborators   around the globe as documented with the publication list. Several 2-4 week research cruises on Pacific ocean with collaborators from   several countries. Invited speaker at many international symposia.



Research   supported by Danish and international agencies such as:

The Danish Natural Science Research Council, The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, The European Research Council, The European Commission, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Agouron Institute, and the Poul Due Jensen Foundation. Received a 22 Mkr grant from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation to support work in sensor laboratory in the period 2018-2026.



Courses in microbiology and microbial ecology at elementary and   advanced advanced levels, Ph.D. courses including a 9-day course in sensor technology taking place every second year. Introduced a 12-day course in water technology in 2019, having 45 participants from 13 countries.