Robert Krarup Feidenhans'l

Robert Krarup Feidenhans'l

Professor, Gæsteprofessor

Academic background:

January 1983

Master degree in Physics and Mathematics.

January 1986
June      1986

Awarded the A. Angelo prize.
Received the Ph.D. degree in Physics at the Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus.

Professional career

July      1986

Employed as staff scientist at the Department of Solid State Physics, Risø.

March   1993

Program leader for the program 'Surfaces and Interfaces' at Risø.

June     2001
January 2005
March    2007
June     2012

Head of Department of the Materials Research Department at Risø (~ 150 employers)
Professor in X-ray Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute,  CopenhagenUniversity
Vice institute leader for research at the Niels Bohr Institute
Interim institut leader at the Niels Bohr Institute

Membership of committees etc:

  • Chairman for the National Committee for Crystallography (1998 - 2007)
  • Member of the ‘Forschungsbeirat Synchrotronstrahlung’ HASYLAB, DESY(1995 - 1998)
  • Member of the Program Advisory Committee at MAXLAB, Lund, Sweden (1998 - 2010)
  • Director of DANSYNC from 2004 (called DANSCATT from 2008 and onwards)
  • Member of the program commitee for the IUCr congress in Glasgow August 1999
  • Co-organizer of several meetings and summerschool, e.g. International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces ICSFS-9, Copenhagen 1998, and the Nordic Summerschool on Synchrotron Radiation 1997, 2001, 2004, 2009.
  • Chairman of the sub-committee for technological foresight of nano materials 2004
  • Vice Chairman of the Gordon Conference on X-rays Physics in 2003, chairman for the conference in 2005
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Faculty of Science, CopenhagenUniversity (2006-2009)
  • Chairman of the PhD Committee at the Faculty of Sciences, CopenhagenUniversity (2007-)
  • Member of the International Steering Committee of the European XFEL
  • Chairman of the Physics Committee in the evalution of LundUniversity June 2008
  • Member of the German BMBF (Bundesminsterium für Bildung unf Forschung) committee for large infra structure.
  • Chairman of the Council of European Synchrotron Radiatian Facility (yearly budget ~90 Mio €, 600 employes) from 2006-2010, Vicechairman 2002-2005
  • Member of the Program Committee for the LCLS in Stanford (2010-2012)
  • Chairman of the European XFEL Council (2010-). Construction budget ~1100 mio €.


  • About 140 publications within surface and interface science in international, refereed journals resulting in about 3940 citations as of July 2012, h-index 31.
  • 1 patent application, was not continued
  • 3-4 invited talks yearly at conferences, summerschools or research institutions (not during my time as Head of Department at Risø)

Educational activities:

  • Have been supervising about 21 master students and 15 Ph.D. students.
  • Currently supervising 6 Ph.D. students and 8 master students.
  • Responsible for the courses Introduction to Solid State Physics, Experimental X-ray Physics and Structural Tools in NanoScience, all 7.5 ECTS courses.

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