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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


February 2018: Invited to Berkeley

I am invited to speak at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley, California. The meeeting is titled 'Hot Topics: Shape and Structure of Materials', for more information see HERE.


November 2017: Visit to Murdoch University

I am currently on a 3 month stay at Murdoch University 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-lecturers 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.