Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research 2015 goes to Stanford professor

The Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research 2015 is valued at DKK 100,000 and has been received by Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov, who was educated at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, but now works at Stanford University.

2015.05.27 | Anne Mette Skovbo Rasmussen

Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov

The background for making this prestigious award accompanied by DKK 100,000 from Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen is a considerable number of collaborative projects with Aarhus University. Professor Nørskov has also achieved significant influence with his research – both nationally and internationally. In the international scientific community, Professor Nørskov has gained recognition for his significant contribution to theoretical-physical descriptions of catalysts, nanostructures and surfaces.

Jens Nørskov is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering and Photon Science at Stanford University. He is director of a large interdisciplinary research institution – the SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis. He has received a number of international prizes, most recently the Langmuir Prize from the American Physical Society and the Boudart Award from the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies.

Professor Nørskov’s research focuses on understanding chemical and physical processes on surfaces and interfaces. His knowledge from this research is used to describe heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis and enzyme catalysis. He is particularly interested in catalytic processes that are important for sustainable transformations, energy and environmental protection. This includes water splitting for purposes such as producing hydrogen, CO2 reduction for fuels and chemicals, conversion of biomass and removal of sulphur. The basis for Professor Nørskov’s work is computational electronic structure methods combined with kinetic modelling of reaction speeds and selectivity.

For more information, please contact
Jens Kehlet Nørskov
Leland T. Edwards Professor
Director, SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis
Stanford University and SLAC
Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
443 Via Ortega, Shriram 309
Stanford, CA 94305 , USA
Tel. +1 (650) 723-8487

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