Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a public, financially autonomous university focused on science and enginaeering education and research. The VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals at DTU brings together a group of scientists from DTU, Stanford University, University of Copenhagen (KU) and University of Southern Denmark (SDU).
The research of the VILLUM Center focuses on:
1. More efficient storage of renewable energy.
2. Viable alternatives to chemicals, plastics and other materials which are currently produced by using oil and coal – as well as finding alternatives to fossil-based fuels for aircraft, for example, which cannot be electrified and thus exploit renewable energy.

The ultimate goal of the research center is to make an impact by designing efficient routes for storing electrical energy in the form of chemical bonds, i.e. in chemical compounds that can be used either as energy carriers, or as building blocks for chemical production.


Jens K. Nørskov is Villum Kann Rasmussen professor at The Technical University of Denmark – DTU. Up till 2018 he was the the  Leland T. Edwards Professor at Stanford University and Director of SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis at Stanford University and SLAC National Accellerator Laboratory .

His main research areas are: development of theoretical methods; heterogeneous catalysis; electrocatalysis; nanostructures and materials properties.

Professor Nørskov has since 2018 been chairing the Danish National Research Foundation.

Prof. Ib Chorkendorff

Professor Ib Chorkendorff is director of the The Villum Center for the science of sustainable fuels and chemicals (V-SUSTAIN).

He is furthermore section leader of the section for Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat) at department of Physics DTU.

His research focuses on the fundamental aspects of catalysis in a broad sense relating to Heterogeneous Catalysis in the fields of Thermal Catalysis, Electro-Catalysis and Photo-Electro-Catalysis.  Thermal catalysis relates to large scale production like the methanol synthesis process, the steam reforming process and ammonia synthesis, but also processes in relation to energy production are of great interest.  In the latter, the research is focused on designing and realizing new electrode material for fuel cell technology and the reverse process, electrolysis, where hydrogen is produced. Also the primary production of energy from sun light in the form of hydrogen is a topic of major interest. All the research activities share a fundamental approach to the processes on the atomic level developing new nanomaterials with special functionality for the specific use. The nanomaterials may be used for solving some of the future’s major environmental and energy challenges mankind is facing.