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Assoc. Prof. Henrik Birkedal honored by the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences

Congratulations to Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal who is awarded the Danish polymer prize, Elastyrenprisen 2019, for being internationally recognized and leading within his research in self-healing polymer gels. The award is given by the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV).

2019.05.10 | Lise Refstrup Linnebjerg Pedersen

Chairman of the price committee Niels Chr. Nielsen has handed over the Danish polymer price - ATV | Elastyrenprisen, DKK 100,000, for Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal, INANO and Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University. Photo: Tom Jersø

Chairman of the price committee Niels Chr. Nielsen has handed over the Danish polymer price - ATV | Elastyrenprisen, DKK 100,000, for Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal, INANO and Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University. Photo: Tom Jersø

Associate Professor Henrik Birkedal, INANO and Department of Chemistry at Aarhus University, is this year's recipient of The Danish Polymer Prize - ATV | Elastyrenprisen. The award was presented at ATV's annual meeting on 7 May. In the justification for awarding the prize, it is stated:

”Henrik Birkedal is internationally recognized and leading in his research, especially in research and development of self-healing polymer gels. His research has industrial applications and is used in the spin-off company Bioco Medico, which is founded by itself. "

The prize committee also highlights Henrik Birkedal's extensive scientific production with a very high quotation rate and his focus on educating students and disseminating knowledge both in the research world and to wider circles.

"He has been responsible for training a very large number of students and is in a very strong position in relation to the dissemination of his research in TV, radio and scientific journals."

Prize for innovation and significant results

The Danish polymer prize - ATV | The Elastyren Prize is DKK 100,000 and is given to a researcher who has distinguished himself through innovative thinking and significant results in chemical research and development of synthetic or biological polymers for medical use - including work within elastomeric materials.


About ATV

ATV is an independent, member-driven think tank. The Academy is working for Denmark to be one of five leading Science & Engineering regions in the world

- for the benefit of future generations. ATV has 800 members who are top executives, research leaders and top researchers in companies, universities and in knowledge institutions. The Academy's members contribute to implementing recommendations from projects in knowledge environments and companies.


For further information, please contact:           

Niels Chr. Nielsen
Chairman of the prize committee
Technical Director of Nanonord A / S,
Phone: +45 28 99 25 41

Henrik Birkedal
Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry and iNANO at Aarhus University
Phone: 22 50 84 75

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