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I am a soft matter researcher fascinated by self-assembly and the role of geometry in material science. Currently I am Associate Professor in the X-ray and Neutron Science group at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen. I am also a dedicated songwriter and musician - please explore my research, music, teaching and other interests from the menus above.

Latest news


November 2017: Visit to Murdoch University

I am currently on a 3 month stay at Murdoch Universiy in Perth, Australia visiting my close collaborator Gerd Schröder-Turk. We are going to work on simulation problems in soft matter and biological physics. Read more about Gerd's research HERE. I am also this year guest speaker at the annual dinner of The Australian Institute of Physics's WA branch where I'll be talking about 'Soft matter as a playground for the exploration of space partitioning'.


September 2017: PhD School at NBI

I am the local organizer of our 3rd International PhD School on 'Geometry and Topology in Contemporary Material Science' which will be held from September 3-9 2017 at the Niels Bohr Institute. My fellow co-organizers and co-lectures are Stephen Hyde (ANU, Canberra), Gerd Schröder-Turk (Murdoch, Perth), Myfanwy Evans (TU-Berlin), Toen Castle (UPenn) and Martin C. Pedersen (NBI). Read more HERE.


August 2017: Australian visit

I have the pleasure of being visited by Dr. Vanessa Robins from the Australian National University. Vanessa is an expert in computational topology and we are gonna take the first steps in our new collaboration on using persistent homology to explore soft matter phase transitions.


February 2017: Teaching award!

I am very proud to be this years recipient of the 'Jens Martin Award' - the annual Niels Bohr Institute teaching award. The award is named after Jens Martin Knudsen, the Danish Mars researcher who was known as a dedicated and gifted educator. I have received the award together with the rest of the team who re-organized and ran the 2016 Linear Algebra and Classical Mechanics course on the Nano Science education: Jonas Søgaard Juul, Tine Bryder Nielsen and Jesper Bruun. Read more HERE.


January 2017: Potential PhD position in Australia

Gerd Schröder-Turk and I are looking for suitable candidates interested in doing a joint phd between NBI and Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. A prerequisite is excellent grades on your BSc education. The fellowship requires the student to apply, deadline in September each year, read more HERE. The project is in theoretical polymer science and involves the development of a new hybrid simulation setup combining self-consistent field theory and molecular particle based simulations. You can read more about the scientific part of the project here.


December 2016: Langmuir paper out

Together with Birte Martin-Bertelsen I have done an extensive scattering study on the self-assembly of synthetic cell-wall lipid analogues. We find the first known example of lipids forming both interdigitated bilayers and molecular superlattices of the lipid headgroups. The study is out now in Langmuir.


July 2016: Phys Rev E Rapid Communication

We have made a nice Small-Angle Neutron Scattering study of labeled polymers subjected to very fast flows by uniaxial elongation using filament stretching rheometry. By blending short and long chains and looking at the deuterium-labeled short chains we find clear experimental evidence for nematic field effects from the long chains on the short chains, something currently not accounted for in tube theory.


March 2016: Cover paper

I have contributed to a nice paper which is on the cover of ChemNanoMat. Most of the work was done by Laura Kacenauskaite in the group of Matthias Arenz at the Chemistry Department of University of Copenhagen. The title of the paper is 'Synthesis Mechanism and Influence of Light on Unprotected Platinum Nanoparticles Synthesis at Room Temperature'. Check out my publication page if you are more interested.