Kasper Moth-Poulsen








C.V. Kasper Moth-Poulsen

Name : Kasper Moth-Poulsen.

Nationality : Danish.

Date of Birth : 7. July 1978.

Marital Status : Married to Janni Tjell.

Children: Isabel (born 2011), Anna (born 2013), Oliver (born 2016) appr. 10 months paternity leave (2011-2014).

Work Address: Chalmers University of Technology Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Kemivägen 4, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden

Phone:+46 (0) 761996855

E-mail: kasper.moth-poulsen (at) chalmers.se


2013: Docent, Chalmers University of Technology.

2007: PhD in Chemistry, University of Copenhagen.

2003: Cand. Scient. (Chemistry), University of Copenhagen.

1997: Enrolled at University of Copenhagen.

Professional Appointments:

2017-onwards, Professor (Bitr. Prof.) at Chalmers.

2018 - onwards, member or refence group for excellence initiative Nano

2018 - onwards, ember or refence group for 2015 - onwards, member or refence group for Chalmers Mass Spectrometry Infrastructure (CMSI)

2015 - onwards deputy head of division of applied chemistry at Chalmers.

2014 - 2017 Associate Professor at Chalmers.

2014 - 2018 Scientific Coordinator of Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory.

2011 – 2014: Assistant Professor at Chalmers University of Technology.

2009 – 2010: Postdoctoral Associate at University of California at Berkeley. (with Prof.'s Rachel Segalman and Peter Vollhardt).

2007 – 2009: Postdoctoral Associate at Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen. (with Prof. Thomas Bjørnholm).

2007 – 2009: Founder and Scientific Consultant at MothMortensen ApS.

2007 – 2009: Project Coordinator, NaNet (www.nanet.nu).

2003: Research Assistant at Nano-Science Center, University of Copenhagen.

Brief Biography

Professor (bitr. prof) Kasper Moth-Poulsen (b. 1978-07-07) is a research leader in the field of nano-chemistry, energy storage materials and synthetic chemistry. His research activities focus on the development of methods to address single molecules and innovative technologies for solar thermal energy storage.

The objective is to make materials from nanoparticles, nanorods and tailor made small molecules for a broad range of applications ranging from single molecule electronics to sensors and renewable energy technologies.

KMP studied organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen where he obtained the Cand. Scient. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees under supervision of prof. Thomas Bjørnholm. After the Ph.D. degree, he worked as a post doc. in the Bjørnholm lab. In 2009, he continued his career abroad as a post doctoral associate at the College of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked with professors Rachel Segalman and Peter Vollhardt. In 2011 KMP was recruited to Chalmers University of Technology, as an assistant professor. In 2014 he was promoted to associate professor and in 2017 to professor (bitr. prof.). Since 2014 KMP is scientific coordinator of Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory.

KMP has received several grants and awards, including an ERC starting grant, SSF future research leaders grant, Wallenberg Academy Fellow Grant, Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2014. He has also received the prestigious stipend from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's foundation for science, technology and the environment for his work on molecular solar thermal systems.

KMP has attended several extended courses in teaching, supervision and leadership, including a ´ leadership program offered to newly apponted faculty at Chalmers recruited through the AoA initiative lead by Peter Lysell, a leadership program lead by former rector of Chalmers Jan-Eric Sundgren offered for recipients of the SSF future leaders grant, and is currently attending a program for recipients of the Wallenberg Academy Fellow grant, lead by Wallenberg academy fellows lead by prof. Sven Lidin (Lund)

KMP leads a research group of approximately 10 PhD students, 2 post docs and a number of bachelors, masters and visiting students.

KMP a frequent reviewer for major publishers such as Nature, ACS, RSC and Wiley. KMP has also reviewed for various funding agencies, including, the Swedish Research Council (VR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, the US department of Energy (DOE), the European research council (ERC), the Swiss National Research Council (SNF), the Chilean Research Council (FONDECYT) and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Distinctions, scholarships and awards

2014: Wallenberg Academy Fellow (7.5+5 M SEK)
2014: Thieme "Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry"
2014: invited contributor to emerging investigator issues of Chem. Comm. and J. Mater. Chem.
2013: recipient of SSF future research leader grant (10 M SEK)
2013: recipient of ERC Starting grant (1.5 M EUR)
2013: Stipend from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's foundation for science, technology and the environment (85k SEK).
1997: National and International Chemistry Olympics, (representing Denmark as 1 of the 4 selected students at the Annual Chemistry Olympics competition for high school students), Montreal, Canada.


PhD Students (ongoing): 9

Graduated PhD Students : 2

co-supervised PhD Students (ongoing): 3

graduated co-supervised PhD Students: 2

current affiliated Post Docs: 1

past affiliated Post Docs: 10

mentoring of masters students and visiting scholars (past): 17

Research visits:

2006: Visit to the laboratory of Prof. H. Zant at the Technical University of Delft, Holland (1 week).

2005: Research in the laboratory of Prof. J. Siegel at University of Zürich, Switzerland (7 months).

2002: Research in the laboratory of Prof. J.P. Bourgoin at CEA Saclay, France (6 weeks).


More than 80 publications in high impact peer reviewed journals.

Major Funding (figures represent the part of the funding awarded to KMP group):

2016-2019: VR project grant, SEK 3.2 M.

2016-2020: Wallenberg Project Grant, w Langhammer and others (total project≈SEK 36 M)

2015-2019: Wallenberg Academy Fellow, SEK 7.5M + 5M.

2014-2018: Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research "Future Research Leaders", SEK 10 mill.

2014-2018: Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten), SEK 4 mill. (w. prof. Patrik Johansson).

2014-2018: European Research Council (ERC) starting grant, EUR 1.5 mill.

2013-2015: Swedish Energy Agency (Energimyndigheten), SEK 2.4 mill. (w. Albinsson, Abrahamson, Mårtensson and Sanden).

2012-2015: Swedish Research Council, VR, SEK 2.5 mill.

2012-2013: Chalmers Nanoscience Area of Advance, SEK 2.0 mill. (w. F. Westerlund and C. Langhammer)

2012: Chalmers Nanoscience Area of Advance, SEK 410k (w. A. Danilov)

2011-2014: Chalmers Materials Science area of advance, SEK 9.2 mill.

2011: Chalmers Nanoscience Area of Advance, SEK 250k (w. S. Kubatkin and A. Jesorka)


2009-2011: Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Post Doc. Grant, DKK 1.3 mill.