Curriculum vitae for Anders Mikkelsen


0. Personal: Born 1974-01-17 in Århus, Denmark. Moved to Sweden 2001. Married to musician Trine Mikkelsen.  Three Children: Maria, Nanna born 2001 and Linnea born 2008.


1. Master degree: 1999, Physics and Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Århus University, Denmark.


2. Doctoral degree: 19th October 2001, Physics, Faculty of Science, Århus University, Denmark. Thesis title: “Crystallographic studies of clean and alkali covered metal and semiconductor surfaces”, Supervisor: David L. Adams (deceased)


3. Postdoctoral work: Lund University 2001-2004


4. Qualification as Associate professor (Docent): October 2005, Lund University


5. Present Position:

2011-05-12 – … Professor at Department of Physics, Lund University (80% research)


6. Previous positions:

2008-08-01 – 2011-05-12 Associate Professor at Dep. of Physics, Lund University

2007-11-01 Ranked #1 and offered position as Associate Professor in Nanoscience at Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University. (Did not accept)

2004-2008: Assistant Professor at Dep. of Physics, Lund University


7. Supervision of graduate students & postdocs:

Graduate Students (14 in total, 7 as main supervisor):

Jovana Colvin 2015-…

Andrea Troian 2014-…

Emil Boström 2013- … 

Jonas Evertsson 2013-…

Sofie Yngman   2012 - …

Johan Knutsson 2012 - …

Eleonora Lorek 2011 - …

Olof Persson 2011 - …

Erik Mårsell 2010 - …  

Martin Hjort 2009 - 2014 (postdoc at Stanford)

Emelie Hilner 2005 – 2010  (now permanently at Lund U)

Thomas Mårtensson 2005 – 2008  (now at Swedish Energy Agency)

Jessica Eriksson 2004 – 2007 (now at Copenhagen U)

Lassana Ouattara 2002 – 2006 (now at Lund U)


Post docs (7 in total):

Milena Morena 2015-…

Arthur Losquin 2014-…

Sarah McKibbin 2013-…

James Webb 2012 - 2015 (Now at Bath University)

Sebastian Lehmann 2012 – 2014 (Now permanent researcher at Lund U)

Mikael Bauer 2011 (Now at Novozymes, Denmark).

Rainer Timm 2008 -2012 (Now permanent researcher at my division).


8. Distinctions & awards

2010 Awarded European Research Council (ERC) starting grant of 1.4MEUR

2006 Steen von Friesen physics prize (60000SEK), The Royal Physiographic Society


9. Parental leave:

July-October 2001 (Twin daughters Maria & Nanna), January-April 2009 (3rd daughter Linnea)


10. Publications, citations and invited talks:

120 publications (106 papers published since 2004). This includes 38 publications in the high profile journals: Phys. Rev. Lett., Nano Letters, App. Phys. Lett., Nature Mater., Nature Comm., ACS Nano, Advanced Materials (including Cover story) and Nano Research.

4 Invited reviews/perspectives published, 1 News & view in Nature Photonics. 1 book chapter. 2 patents published.

H index is 32, Total number of citations >3300 (Google scholar).


Typically 2 invited talks every year since 2004 at recognized long standing international conferences or workshops. In addition many invited seminars have been given at Swedish and European Universities, several MAX Planck institutes and at American Universities (for example North Western, Stanford and UCSB) during the same period.


11. Commissions of trust:

2014     Expert evaluator for Docent (Assoc. Prof) promotion at Linköping University

2013     The opponent at Ph.D defense of M. Ahola-Tuomi, Turku University, Finland

2013-    Proposal review committee French synchrotron SOLEIL

2012, 2013,2014 Evaluation committee Swedish research council (VR) for materials science.

2012-    Proposal review committee (SoftXAS) Swiss Light Source

2011-    Member of the 3 person central workgroup for the NanoMAX  MAX IV beamline

2011-    Standing Member of Ph.D Qualifying committee UC Santa Barbara for J.Kawasaki

2010     Spokesperson for the NanoMAX MAX-IV beamline application (funded 2011).

2010     Elected member of the 7 person Electronic Materials committee of IUVISTA

2009-    Board member of the Strategic Research area nmC@LU for Nanoscience ( >70 tenured staff).

2009     Main coordinator of advanced characterization equipment platform in nmC@LU

2008-2014        Board member of Swedish Vacuum Society

2007-    Scientific board of the Linneaus environment “Nanoscience and Quantum Engineering”

2006-    Workpackage leader in EU Network of Excellence SANDiE

2006     Edited Nanoscience part of Conceptual Design Report (CDR) for MAX IV


2008-2015 Frequent reviewer for governmental research agencies in USA (DOE), China, Switzerland, Canada, Greece, Austria and Europe (ERC).


Referee for journals:

Science, Nano Letters, Chemical Physics Letters, Nature Communications, New Journal of Physics, Small, Nanotechnology, Surface Science, Ultramicroscopy, Semi. Sci. and Technl. and others.


12. University Leadership & training:

2008-2017  Board member,  Dep. of Physics, Lund University (Re-elected 2010, 2013)

2013     Completed 2 year course “Tomorrows research leaders” at Lund University


13. Educational activities and training

2008-2011 Ten weeks of pedagogical and supervision training completed

2008- Main supervisor of on average 1 master student and 2 bachelor students each year.

Taught/teaching undergraduate courses “Introduction to Solid State Physics” (with theoretical physicist), “Analysis on the Nanoscale” (with chemists), “Project nano-engineer”, “Surface Science” and “Scanning Probe Microscopy”


14. Meeting coordination and committees:

2015     Symposium chair at Euromat 2015

2014     Program committee 32nd International Conference Physics of Semiconductors (ICPS)

2013     Program committee of 11th International Conference on the Structure of Surfaces (ICSOS-11)

2013     Coordinating Lund Linneaus summerschool on advanced tools of nanoscience

2013     Coordinating SCANDEM session on microscopy at large scale facilities

2013     Coordinating workshop on Experimental opportunities at NanoMAX MAX IV beamline

2010     Program chair (with Prof. Karen Kavanagh, Simon Fraiser, Canada) of the 38th Physics and Chemistry of Semiconductor Interfaces conference – PCSI 38 (Jan 2011)

2009     Chairman of the LUXC workshop on Nanoscience using advanced light sources

2008-    Program committee of the Conference series: PCSI (40th conference 2012)

2007     Scientific Chair of the 2nd Int. Lund Workshop on nanowire growth mechanisms

2007     Program committee of Int. Conf. on One-dimensional Nanomaterials (ICON2007)


15. Collaborations:

The collaborations mentioned are those with common publications or sharing of personnel.

Local collaborators:

Prof. Knut Deppert (head of epitaxial growth), Prof. Lars-Erik Wernersson, (applied nano electronics), Prof. Anne L’Huillier (head of the attosecond laserlab), Prof. Lars Samuelson, (nanophysics & photonics), Assoc. Prof. Kimberly Dick (growth, HRTEM), Assoc. Prof. Claudio Verdozzi (ab-initio theory), Assoc. Prof. Johan Mauritsson, (attosecond laser technology), Prof. Jesper Andersen (Photoemission), Prof. Edvin Lundgren (X-ray diffraction), Prof. Hongqi Xu (Nano scale devices, plasmonics), Assoc Prof. Tommy Cedervall (Biochemistry), Prof. Reine Wallenberg (HRTEM)

National & international collaborators:

Prof. Peter Kratzer (ab-initio theory) Uni Duisburg Essen; Prof. Hongxing Xu (plasmonics, nanostructure synthesis) Chinese Academy of Science; Prof. Chris Palmström (nanostructure growth, 4K STM/AFM) UC Santa Barbara; Dr. Peter Sutter (4K STM), Brookhaven National Lab; Prof. Paul M. Koenraad (STM), Eindhoven University of Technology; Prof. Julian Stangl (X-ray diffraction), Johannes Kepler University Linz; Prof. Robert Wallace, UT Dallas, USA (XPS, high-k dielectrics); Prof. Georg Held (electron diffraction) Reading University; Prof. Olle Eriksson (theory) Uppsala University; Prof. Robert Feidenhans’l (X-ray imaging/diffraction) Copenhagen University, Assoc. Prof. Ulrich Vogt (X-ray imaging) KTH.


In addition research time has been awarded for experiments at large European facilities such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the SOLEIL synchrotron in Paris, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Swiss Light Source (SLS).


16. Major research project grants awarded last 7 years:

Individual major project grants to Mikkelsen totals >40MSEK:

2015-2021:      18 MSEK, Swedish Research Council  (VR) Distinguished Researcher

2014-2017:       4.8 MSEK, VR project grant

2010-2015:       13  MSEK, European Research Council (ERC) starting grant

2011-2013:       2.5 MSEK, VR project grant

2011-2012:       1.2 MSEK, Crafoord research grant

2009-2011:       1.4 MSEK, Crafoord research grant

2008-2010:       2.3 MSEK, VR project grant

Mikkelsen was principal host scientist for fellowships:

2011     NSF Nordic fellowship for Jason Kawasaki, UC Santa Barbara

2010     Marie Curie PostDoc fellowship for Dr. Rainer Timm

Center/framework grants with Mikkelsen as co-PI totals >200MSEK:

2013:                75MSEK, Linne NanoQE continuation

2013-2018:       20 MSEK, SSF materials grant Alux

2012-2015:       19+19 MSEK, One of 9 co-applicants on the KAW project grant “Aerotaxy…”

2010-2016:       106 MSEK, One of 10 co-PIs (only co-PI with Ph.D after 2000) on the successful “nmC@LU”, National strategic nanoscience research environment

Equipment grants with Mikkelsen as PI or co-PI totals >150MSEK:

2014:    3.9 MSEK, Scanning Probe Microscope for advanced light sources (main applicant)

2013:  36 MSEK Time resolved electron microscope at KTH (co applicant)

2012:    1.2 MSEK, Energy filtered PEEM (main applicant)

2012:    7.2 MSEK Aberration corrected SPELEEM for MAX II (co-applicant)

2012:  30 MSEK Nanoscience vacuum cluster tool at Lund (co-applicant)

2011:  102 MSEK NanoMAX beamline at MAX IV (one of 10 PIs and spokesperson)


17. Scientific track record:

Summary of science focus:

Anders Mikkelsens (AMs) research focus on understanding the interplay between function, structure, and growth of low dimensional objects, from micrometers down to the atomic scale, from seconds to attosecond and moving towards realistic synthesis and device operation environments. 

This has involved a very broad range of materials such as semiconductors, metal alloys, oxides, quasi crystals, water overlayers and magnetic materials.  Common for all these materials is the observation that as they get confined to the nanometer range in one or more dimensions, completely new atomic scale structures, quantitative changes in electrical, optical, mechanical and chemical properties occur, quantum phenomena dominate and growth modes very different from the bulk are observed. 

To study these phenomena, AM has successfully developed novel experimental methods, determined fundamentally important properties of nanoscale systems and developed new theories for the growth and properties of nano scale materials. AM has used wide variety of advanced experimental surface imaging techniques such as synchrotron based photoemission electron microscopy  (XPEEM),  low energy electron diffraction/microscopy (LEED/LEEM), and scanning tunneling microscopy / spectroscopy (STM/S). This has been combined with the active user driven development of new advanced light sources such as nanofocused X-rays at MAX IV (NanoMAX beamline) and femto second and sub-femtosecond laser technologies with extreme peak intensities in collaboration with the strongest and most unique instrument developments in the field. AM has in addition performed ab-initio quantum mechanical calculations to interpret the results. AM has in a unique fashion combined and developed expertise and instrumentation of highest international standard from three different major research environments: The Nanometer Structure Consortium (nmC@LU), the MAX-IV laboratory and Lund Laser Center (LLC). 


Science organization and expertise:

To successfully realize the ambitious goal of next generation microscopy of low dimensional structures, the efforts of an individual researcher is not enough. Instead AM needed to tightly combine the efforts of researchers specialized to the highest levels in individual techniques coming from different scientific disciplines and traditions. This is based on collaborators who are truly at the international top in their own area, but where the interdisciplinary combination of techniques pushes us into totally new territory.  AMs own expert basis is surface microscopy being central in developing the largest STM facility in Sweden which now boasts of four fully functioning UHV STMs integrated into one basement research environment and being the first in Sweden to establish the use of PEEM now at a very high level. This basis was then combined with the highest level of nanostructure synthesis and providers of the most advanced light sources. For synchrotron light sources this is clear, but what has become apparent is that also in other areas such as ultra-fast femtosecond/attosecond light sources or semiconductor nanowire synthesis – if you want to be a user of such resources you have to collaborate with the frontline experts of these methods to have a serious impact. Importantly one also needs to integrate theoretical modelling to the highest level, which has been done. I have demonstrated these relevant skills to coordinate and develop such collaborative efforts with the intellectual flexibility to quickly master new methods both technically and conceptually in rather diverse sub-fields.



Specific scientific achievements:

Novel techniques:

·       Developed the groundbreaking tools and concepts to allow imaging inside, onside and topside of III-V semiconductor nanowires down to the single atom level using Scanning Probe Microscopy.

·       First Photo Emission Electron Microscopy (PEEM) imaging using attosecond laser pulses (2 years ahead of very strong international competitors).

·       Developed Scanning Probe Microscopy to the atomic scale on nanostructured semiconductor devices in full operation.

Novel insights:

·       Determined fundamental properties such as local band gaps, doping, workfunction changes and defect structures of semiconductor nanowires in a wide range of materials, crystal structures and configurations. Compared this to ab-initio theory and other modelling.

·       Observed and explained the formation of complex 2D oxides to the atomic scale - often with no bulk counterparts over 10 orders of magnitude in pressure.

·       Developed SiliconOxide and self-assembled organic templated III-V semiconductor nanowire growth - later explained this important growth mechanism.

Major laboratory developments:

·       Central in building up and developing Scanning Probe facilities at Department of Physics, Lund University which now boasts of 4 fully functioning Ultra High Vacuum SPMs.

·       Deeply involved in introducing PEEM at the MAX II synchrotron now operating at the highest international level and developing scientific case and beamlines for nanoscale imaging at MAX IV.