Bjork Hammer, Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Hammer obtained his PhD from the Technical University of Denmark in 1993. The following year, he was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Fritz-Haber-Institute, Berlin before returning to the Technical University. In 1997, Prof. Hammer was appointed associate professor at Aalborg University and in 2000 he moved to Aarhus University, where he was appointed full professor in 2009. Prof. Hammer has developed first-principles quantum mechanical methods (the DACAPO computer code) and applied them to surface science problems of interest to heterogeneous catalysis. With prof. Nørskov, he formulated the d-band model for predicting trends in the reactivity of transition metal surfaces with structure and chemical composition. Current research interests of prof. Hammer include defected (e.g. stepped) and chirally modified surfaces.