Bengt Herbert Kasemo

Professor emeritus, Chemical Physics, Department of Physics

Bengt Kasemo is professor (emeritus) of physics at the Physics Departmen, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. His research includes basic surface science, catalysis, nanotechnology, biomaterials, biointerfaces, solar cells, renewable energy, plasmonics, scientific instruments and nanosafety and nanotoxicology.

He was until 2009 heading a research group of up to ca. 40 persons active in Surface Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Biomedical Materials, Catalysis for emission cleaning, plasmonics and Sustainable Energy. He has received grants to build multicenter programs in Biomaterials, Bicocompatible materials, Photo Active Nanostructures and Nanotechnology for Sustainable Energy and Environment (N2E2). He was initiator and co-founder 1995 of the still successful Competence Center for Catalysis at Chalmers, in the area of Automotive Catalytic Emission Cleaning.

He has published over 500 papers, cited more than 24 000 times (average 48, h index 76). He has ca. 20 patents.

He is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He served one period as vice president for the latter. He has been member of the Selection Committee of the Finnish Millenium Technology Price, Finland, of the Beirat of Fritz Haber Institute Berlin (Max Planck Institute), of the SAB of Materials Science Department at ETH, of the SAB of Catalysis for Sustainable Energy at DTU Copenhagen. He was Chairman of the Scientific Board of the Volvo Research and Education Foundation 2001-2011 (and its global program on Future Urban Transport).

He has been Chairman of the program committee of the Swedish project Aspekter på Energi and Energiboken, which addresses spreading of knowledge and education about energy issues to society broadly and teachers at pre-university levels particularly. The book Energiboken from the project has reached 60 000 primarily spread to teachers.

Awards include Gold Medal Large Size from IVA, the George Winter award from the European Society for Biomaterials, the Akzo-Nobel Prize from IVA, and Doctor Technices Honoris Causa at DTU, Copenhagen.

He co-founded several start the start-up companies; he initiated and co-founded Q-Sense AB 1996 and Insplorion AB 2010. For both companies he served as Chairman of the BoD during the initial years. When Q-Sense AB was acquired by the (Small Cap) listed company Biolin Scientific he became a member of its Board of Directors for 7 years.
He is currently senior consultant to Insplorion AB and Biolin Scientific AB.

In the last year he has joined the NGO Fossil free Dalsland, which is a local (in Dalsland) NGO working with local communities and industrial actors to reduce green house gas emissions.

Published: Tue 11 Jun 2013. Modified: Sat 18 Feb 2017