Heiner Linke

Prof. Dr. Heiner Linke

Council Vice President

Scientific Co-Chairperson Physics

Heiner Linke is deputy dean of the Faculty of Engineering (LTH) and professor of nanophysics at the Physics Department at Lund University, Sweden. From 2013 – 2020, he was director of NanoLund, the Center for Nanoscience at Lund University. He has a master’s degree (Dipl. Phys) in technical physics from the Technical University in Munich (1992), and a doctorate degree in engineering physics from Lund University in Sweden (1997).  Between 1998 and 2001 he was a research fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, before joining the physics department at the University of Oregon in 2001, where he received indefinite tenure in 2005 and remained until 2009. Between 2010 and 2013, he served as the head of the division of solid-state physics at Lund University. As recipient of an U.S. NSF CAREER Award, his research in experimental physics is concerned with non-equilibrium transport mechanisms, spanning projects in nanoelectronics, fluid mechanics and biological physics. In particular, he is interested in how thermal non-equilibrium can be harvested to produce useful work, for example, in thermoelectrics and in molecular motors.

He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (physics class) in 2014, where he currently serves as an adjunct member of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry.

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