D-IAS Chair Sergey Bozhevolnyi receives prestigious award

Photography: Simon Knudsen

Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi receives the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology 2019.

By Susanne Siig Petersen
Photo: Simon Knudsen

NANO OPTICS: Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi is our D-IAS Chair on Technical Science and Head of Centre for Nano Optics at Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern DenmarkHis research spans a wide range of topics of nanoscience and nanotechnology, including linear and nonlinear nanooptics, plasmon-based nanophotonics, integrated and fiber optics, linear and nonlinear surface-enhanced spectroscopy and imaging, quantum plasmonics.

Through his career, Professor Sergey Bozhevolnyi has been recognized with several prestigious European and Danish research grants, various awards and honorary titles, including the Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA Fellow) and Member of Danish Academy of Natural Sciences (DNA).

Today he received the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology 2019 – and a grant of DKK 5 million from VILLUM FONDEN.

“We are proud to be able to recognize as brilliant a researcher as Sergey I Bozhevolnyi. His ability to carry out world-class basic research has given rise to a wealth of applications that may prove critical for the development of new nano and quantum technologies. There is good reason to be proud that Professor Bozhevolnyi has chosen to carry out his research at Danish universities,” says Jens Kann Rasmussen, Chair, VILLUM FONDEN.

Professor Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi has established himself as a world-leading researcher focusing on the interaction of light with nanostructures and the control of light at the subwavelength scale. As the founding father of nanooptics on the international scene and affiliated with Danish universities for more than 25 years, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi has made a significant contribution to Danish science.

“I am grateful for this tremendous accolade and honored to be added to the long list of excellent researchers who received the Annual Award before me. This is something I never imagined would happen when I came to Denmark 27 years ago,” Professor Bozhevolnyi says.

Today, more than 5,000 papers about the topic are published each year, many of which cite Professor Bozhevolnyi’s publications, and which is why he, for the second year running, is ranked by Clarivate Analytics as one of the world’s most cited researchers.

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VILLUM FONDEN is a philanthropic foundation that supports technical and scientific research as well as environmental, social and cultural projects in Denmark and internationally. In 2018, VILLUM FONDEN granted approx. EUR 83 million.
VILLUM FONDEN was established in 1971 by graduate engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen, the founder of VELUX and other companies in the VKR Group, whose mission it is to bring daylight, fresh air and a better environment into people’s everyday lives. VILLUM FONDEN is a majority shareholder in the VKR Group.

About the Annual Award

VILLUM FONDEN confers the Villum Kann Rasmussen Annual Award in Science and Technology.
It is given to a Danish researcher in recognition of a particularly valuable contribution to the technical and natural sciences.
The award is worth DKK 5 mil­lion and it is given annually on the anniversary of the birth of the late Villum Kann Rasmussen (1909-93), 23 January.
A total of 38 researchers have received the Annual Award since it was established in 1987.