Senior researcher Rasmus Bjørk, Department of Energy Conversion and Storage. Photo: Anders Smith, DTU Energy

DTU Energy scientist inducted into the Young Academy of Denmark

Thursday 02 Jun 16


Rasmus Bjørk
Professor, Head of Section
DTU Energy
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Senior researcher Rasmus Bjørk from DTU Energy has been inducted into the Young Academy of Denmark, a forum for young talented scientists under the auspices of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters

In 2011 the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters created the Young Academy of Denmark as a cross-disciplinary forum for young scientists. The academy consists of 40 young talented scientists from all branches of science and the humanities – from theology to physics. Among the purposes of the academy are to build bridges between science and society, to strengthen cross-disciplinary interactions and to inspire young people to choose a research career.

Now senior researcher Rasmus Bjørk joins the select assembly. In a statement to the academy he looks forward to meeting researchers from a wide range of fields for exchange of ideas. Rasmus is himself a good example of cross-disciplinarity in a single person: He was educated as an astronomer at University of Copenhagen but for his Ph.D. at the Technical University of Denmark he worked on the design of magnet assemblies for a novel cooling technology, magnetic refrigeration. Today, he is still working on magnetic refrigeration, while also doing research on thermoelectric components for the conversion of waste heat into electricity. He has also studied the fundamental aspects of the sintering of ceramic materials, i.e. the process in which ceramic powders are consolidated into a solid component under the application of temperature and pressure. Common to much of his work is the use of advanced computer models.

One of the areas where Rasmus hopes to make a contribution to the Young Academy of Denmark, is research policy. He is concerned about ways to strengthen the collaboration between different fields of research, and how to create a research policy which both considers the needs of society and respects the distinctive character of science.

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