Magnetochemist receives talent award, ”Sapere Aude” – University of Copenhagen

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22 December 2014

Magnetochemist receives talent award, ”Sapere Aude”

In support of this work he has received the Danish Council for Independent Research “DFF Research talent” grant, which is a part of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s so called Sapere Aude programme for Danish star researchers. Pedersens grant of 494,257 DKK is for the project

A big thank you to supervisor

For years Kasper Steen Pedersen has worked on various aspects of the magnetic properties of molecules under Professor Jesper Bendix, whom he thanks for the inspiration to study inorganic chemistry.

“Inorganic chemistry deals with all the elements and by using my creativity in the lab, combined with the more physical disciplines, I can design new molecules and materials with interesting properties. This particular symbiosis between chemistry and bordering areas such as physics, nano science and materials science is what makes this field so interesting to me”, says Pedersen.

International research. International living

The grant allows Pedersen to uphold his lifestyle commuting between homes in Copenhagen and the French research capital Bordeaux and not least to juggle research between no less than three universities apart from the one In Copenhagen, namely Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal, Pessac, Frankrig, Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux, Frankrig og University of California, Berkeley, USA. But Pedersen is certainly not blind to the career opportunities offered by the prospect of joining the stellar company of the Danish Council for Independent Research programme.

“The Sapere Aude programme is an important step for my individual researcher career and it is a huge honour and recognition to be viewed as one of the best young researchers in Denmark, Says Kasper Steen Pedersen.

The Danish Council for Independent Research awards 40 grants this year at a combined value of some 19 million DKK.