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The Greater Copenhagen Nanoscience Seminar

This seminar series is organized by the three nanoscience hubs located in the Copenhagen-Lund area. The aim is to increase awareness about our mutual capabilities and to inspire collaborations.

The Öresund bridge seen from the Swedish side; photographer: Johan Nilsson/Øresundsbron

Within a radius of just 25 km, the Copenhagen-Lund region features three strong hubs for nanoscience, with complementary strengths, scientific focus and capabilities:

  • the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen
  • NanoLund at Lund University
  • a cluster of groups at the Technical University of Denmark

Each hub comprises more than 30 research groups from several disciplines and several hundred staff, has developed advanced facilities for synthesis, characterization and fabrication of nanostructures, has a strong track record in translating discoveries into new technologies, and each is heavily engaged in education at all levels.

Our joint vision is to discover, invent and develop nanosystems with functionalities that emerge from the designed interaction between highly controlled and tunable building blocks.

By combining highly controlled building blocks from very different material systems to realize advanced, functional systems, we aim to jointly address challenges that are out of reach for an individual center.

The aim of this seminar series is to increase awareness about our mutual capabilities and to inspire collaborations.

Scheduled talks and topics

24th February 2023 at 15:15 - Magnetic nanomaterials

There will be three speakers, one from each hub (Copenhagen University, DTU and NanoLund).

Speakers, talk titles and short descriptions

Stergios Piligkos (KU): Quantum coherence in molecular Lanthanide complexes

In this seminar entitled “Quantum coherence in molecular Lanthanide complexes” I will present the work done in my group relevant to coherent dynamic magnetic properties of electronic and nuclear spins in lanthanide-based molecular materials. I will present the potential of molecular magnetic materials for use as physical support for the implementation of quantum bits for Quantum Technologies, as well as a scheme for intrinsic implementation of quantum error corrections in these systems.

Rasmus Westerström (ULUND): Template-free generation of magnetic nanostructures by directed self-assembly of nanoparticles

In this seminar, I will present a template-free technique for generating 1D, 2D, and 3D magnetic nanostructures by directed self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles. I will demonstrate how single-component and segmented nanowires and multi-component structures can be generated and present a magnetization study using SQUID magnetometry and X-ray microscopy. The self-assembly can take place on any substrate, allowing for direct integration into different device architectures. The latter is demonstrated by presenting transport measurements performed on single nanowires directly self-assembled and contacted onto a pre-patterned Si-chip.

Kasper Steen Pedersen (DTU): Talk title to be completed

The format will be 15 + 5 for the three speakers and then a general discussion.


Speaker information

By combining highly controlled building blocks from very different material systems to realize advanced, functional systems, we aim to jointly address challenges that are out of reach for an individual center.

nanostructure with graphene

A cluster of groups at DTU involved in nanoscience

Groups at DTU involved in nanoscience are affiliated to the following departments:

Kirsten Jensen, University of Copenhagen

Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen

Kirsten M. Ø. Jensen is an associate professor at Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen and a co-PI in Center for High Entropy Alloy Catalysis. The work in her group focuses on elucidating the structure of (nano)materials, using especially synchrotron X-ray methods.

Stig Helveg, Professor at DTU

Stig Helveg

Stig Helveg is Director of the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Visualizing Catalytic Processes (VISION) and Professor at the Technical University of Denmark.
His research focuses on developing and applying electron microscopy for in situ and operando studies of catalysts under relevant reaction conditions and at the atomic-level.


Sara Blomberg, Lund University

Sara Blomberg

Sara Blomberg is an assistant professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lund University, Sweden. Her research is focused on catalytic processes where she is using in situ and operando X-ray techniques to study the interaction between the catalyst and the reactants. She is designing and studying model systems as well as industrial catalysts and has a particular interest in catalytic processes related to the production of renewables and the conversion of biomass.


In order to achieve effective cross-fertilization, we will test a seminar format of 15 + 5 for three speakers (one from each of the nanoscience hubs), followed by a general panel discussion.


The Zoom link will be e-mail to all members of the three research environments. in case you are interested and have not received the link, please contact: Gerda [dot] Rentschler [at] ftf [dot] lth [dot] se

Past Seminars

21st January 2022 at 15:15 - Soft matter, (life sciences) and scattering methods

  • Jacob Kirkensgaard (KU): Probing nanostructure in food and soft matter using scattering methods
  • Ann Terry (Max IV): Opportunities at CoSAXS
  • Jens Wenzel Andreasen (DTU Energy): 3D imaging of soft matter with nanoscale resolution

Short bio of the speakers

26th November 2021 at 15:15 -  Photoluminescence

  • Tom Vosch (KU): Lanthanide up-conversion nanoparticles
  • Donatas Zigmantas (NanoLund): Excitation dynamics in DNA-templated silver nanoclusters
  • Nicolas Stenger (DTU): Photoluminescence of defects in 2D materials

Talk abstracts and short bio of the speakers

24th September 2021: Maria Messing (NanoLund): Designing Nanoparticle-based Materials: From Sparks to Multifunctional Materials
Maria Messing's talk abstract and short bio

18th June 2021: Jesper Nygård (KU): Still going strong - Old nanowires, new tricks
Jesper Nygård's talk abstract and short bio

21st May 2021: Nini Pryds (DTU): Controlling Oxide Heterointerfaces with External Stimuli
Nini Pryds' talk abstract and short bio

19th March 2021: Anders Mikkelsen (NanoLund): Inspired by insects: Nanoscale systems that sense, think and act
Anders Mikkelsen's talk abstract and short bio

19th February 2021: Bo Wegge Laursen, (KU): Super bright fluorescent molecular materials – concepts, challenges and prospective
Bo Wegge Laursen's talk abstract and short bio

22 January 2021: Winnie Svendsen, (DTU): Nanostructures and surfaces for enhanced bio-analysis
Winnie Svendsen's talk abstract and short bio