Technical University of Denmark

DTU is recognized internationally as a leading university in the areas of the technical and the natural sciences, renowned for our business-oriented approach, our focus on sustainability, and our amazing study environment.

Founded in 1829 with the mission of creating value for the benefit of society, DTU is an international elite technical university where education, scientific advice, and innovation rest on a solid foundation of world-class research.

The University is at the academic and multidisciplinary forefront of the technical and the natural sciences with new initiatives in a number of demanding engineering disciplines, including sustainable energy technology and life science. Research underpins all our work. Technology is created through the synergy of research, education, innovation, and scientific advice and by innovative researchers who work at the cutting edge in global partnerships. 11.200 students are educating themselves for the future, and 6,000 employees focus each day on education, research, consulting and innovation, which contribute in creating value, welfare, and growth.

DTU has an entrepreneurial spirit, harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of our students, staff, and the people we work with. Ideas are unleashed and carried into society and industry where they make a difference.

Prof. Vincenzo Esposito

Team Leader

Dr. Andrei Kholkin received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Physics from the St. Petersburg State University and Ph.D. degree from the A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, Russia. In consequent years, he held research positions in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland) and Rutgers University (USA). He is currently a research coordinator and head of the functional imaging and nanocharacterization laboratory of CICECO. His group develops multifunctional materials (including ferroelectrics and multiferroics) and scanning probe microscopy techniques. He is a coauthor of more than 350 technical papers in this area including numerous reviews and book chapters. He was a coordinator of two European projects on multifunctional materials and serves as an Associate Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control (TUFFC) and member of editorial boards of several scientific journals. He is a member of the Ferroelectric Committee of IEEE and was a recipient of the “Excellency” award from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. He has been a Technical Committee member of several international conferences and cofounded a new conference series on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy. He was a guest editor of the special issues on ferroelectrics in TUFFC, Journal of Applied Physics and Materials Research Society Bulletin. Dr. Kholkin is a Fellow of IEEE (class 2012), and member of Materials Research Society and Portuguese Materials Society. His research are include multiferroics and magnetoelectrics for memory and sensor applications, ferroelectric polymers, metal organic frameworks (MOF), and self-assembled peptides, sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), vibrational and thermal energy harvesting systems, dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of materials and structures, processing, characterization and applications of dielectrics, piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics, nanoscale properties of functional materials via scanning probe techniques and carbon-based materials/graphene.