30 September 2015

Chemist receives SCIENCE PhD Award for electronics of the future

2015 SCIENCE PhD Award

When computers remember, their memories are encoded as ones and zeroes saved as magnetic signals. To save just one zero, more than a trillion metal atoms need to be magnetized. Kasper Steen Pedersen has recently completed his PHD at Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen. Here he investigated methods to magnetize as few as three atoms. In time this research could lead to computer memory shrinking by several thousand percent.

Pedersen received with the 2015 SCIENCE PhD Award for his PhD project, ‘Modular Approaches to Fluoride – Bridged Molecular Magnetic Materials & Trigonal Lanthanide Single-Ion Magnets’.

He was given the award for the outstanding results he achieved over the course of his PhD programme, as well as those attained in relation to his doctoral dissertation. Kasper was lead author for an impressive number of articles, the majority of which were published in leading journals.

Pedersen is an incredibly talented young researcher whose PhD project has contributed to new preparative chemistry, the creative use of large-scale international facilities and theoretical modelling. Subsequently, Kasper Steen Pedersen has made a significant overall contribution to the field of ‘molecular magnetism’.

The PhD Award at SCIENCE is presented by the faculty’s dean, and is based upon a recommendation from the faculty’s research committee,  selected from among nominations submitted by the departments.