Master of light receives the Annual Award
22 January 2019
Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is a pioneering figure in the field of nanooptics. The Russian-born Danish top-scientist is credited with identifying dozens of phenomena and concepts, and now he is the latest recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology 2019.
Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi has established himself as a world-leading researcher focusing on the interaction of light with nanostructures and the control of light at the subwavelength scale.
As the founding father of nanooptics on the international scene and affiliated with Danish universities for more than 25 years, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi has made a significant contribution to Danish science.
About Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi
- Born in 1955 in Russia
- M. Sc. in Physics (1978) (Quant. Electronics), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
- Ph.D. in Physics (1981) (Integrated Optics), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
Relocated to Denmark in 1991
Dr. Scient. (1998) (Near-Field Optics), University of Aarhus, Denmark
- Assistant Professor (1992-1994), Associate Professor (1994-2002) and Professor (2003-2010), Aalborg University
- Associate Research Professor (1998-1999), Technical University of Denmark
- Professor and Head of the Centre for SDU Nano Optics, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark (2008-present).
He is Head of the Centre for Nano Optics, Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark – and the latest recipient of the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
“We are proud to be able to recognise as brilliant a researcher as Sergey I Bozhevolnyi. His ability to carry out world-class basic research has given rise to a wealth of applications that may prove critical for the development of new nano and quantum technologies. There is good reason to be proud that Professor Bozhevolnyi has chosen to carry out his research at Danish universities,” says Jens Kann-Rasmussen, Chair, VILLUM FONDEN.
Highly cited pioneer and master of light
Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi has transformed his specific field of research through a series of groundbreaking papers. When he began his research in the late 1990s, only a handful of papers about nano-optics had been published.
Video portrait of Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi
Today, more than 5,000 papers about the topic are published each year, many of which cite Professor Bozhevolnyi’s publications, and which is why he, for the second year running, is ranked by Clarivate Analytics as one of the world’s most cited researchers. He is truly a pioneer and master of light.
Professor Bozhevolnyi’s research has also shown new ways of colouring without dye or pigment using nanostructures to induce structural colours. Structural colouring is the production of colour by surfaces that have microstructure fine enough to interfere with visible light – a process seen in nature in peacock feathers and butterfly wings.
With a resolution of over 100,000 pixels per inch, this process has an endless number of potential applications, including massively reducing the amount of space it takes to store large amounts of data.
The man who makes the magic happen
Portrait of Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi
The Annual Award in recognition of a particularly valuable contribution
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Professor Thomas Bjørnholm is responsible for the foundation’s research programmes in technical and natural sciences.
Previously Thomas Bjørnholm was Prorector for Research and Innovation and Deputy Rector at the University of Copenhagen with overall responsibility for research and innovation across all disciplines at the university.
He is a professor of Materials Chemistry and the founding director of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen.
Thomas Bjørnholm is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and he has served on numerous boards and committees.
As a scientist, he has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and books including contributions to the highly-recognized journals Nature and Science. He has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and research institutes around the world and received research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award and gold medal, and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.