Kasper Moth-Poulsen

  • Professor
  • Department of Chemistry, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.


Professor Kasper Moth-Poulsen (b. 1978-07-07) is a research leader in the field of nano-chemistry, energy storage materials and synthetic chemistry. His research activities focus on the development of methods to address single molecules and innovative technologies for solar thermal energy storage. KMP studied organic chemistry at the University of Copenhagen where he obtained the Cand. Scient. (2003) and Ph.D. (2007) degrees under the supervision of prof. Thomas Bjørnholm. After the Ph.D. degree, he worked as a postdoc. in the Bjørnholm lab. In 2009, he continued his career abroad as a postdoctoral associate at the College of Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked with professors Rachel Segalman and Peter Vollhardt. In 2011 KMP was recruited to Chalmers University of Technology, as an assistant professor. In 2014 he was promoted to associate professor in 2017 to professor (bitr. prof.) and in 2019 full professor. KMP is one of the founders of Chalmers Materials Analysis Laboratory. Since 2020 KMP is the head of the division of applied chemistry at Chalmers. Since October 2021 KMP is awarded a professor position at the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies (ICREA) and joins the Institute of Materials Science of Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) as a professor.


Distinctions, scholarships and awards

  • 2022: Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
  • 2021: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (FRSC).
  • 2021: Göran Gustafsson Prize in Chemistry from The Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
  • 2020: Norblad-Ekstrand Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society.
  • 2020: Consolidator Grant, European Research Council (2 MEUR, 2021-26).
  • 2020: Consolidator Grant, Swedish Research Council (12 MSEK, 2021-27).
  • 2019: Visiting Professor of Southeastern University.
  • 2019: Arnbergska Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
  • 2014: Wallenberg Academy Fellow (7.5+5 M SEK).
  • 2014: Thieme "Early Excellence in Physical Organic Chemistry" .
  • 2014: invited contributor to emerging investigator issues of Chem. Comm. and J. Mater. Chem.
  • 2013: recipient of SSF future research leader grant (10 M SEK).
  • 2013: recipient of ERC Starting grant (1.5 M EUR).
  • 2013: Stipend from HM King Carl XVI Gustaf's foundation for science, technology and the environment (85k SEK).
  • 1997: National and International Chemistry Olympics, (representing Denmark as 1 of the 4 selected students at the Annual Chemistry Olympics competition for high school students), Montreal, Canada.

KMP has attended several extended courses in teaching, supervision and leadership, including a ´ leadership program offered to newly appointed faculty at Chalmers recruited through the AoA initiative lead by Peter Lysell, a leadership program lead by the former rector of Chalmers Jan-Eric Sundgren offered for recipients of the SSF future leaders grant, and is currently attending a program for recipients of the Wallenberg Academy Fellow grant, lead by Wallenberg academy fellows lead by prof. Sven Lidin (Lund).