Background and activities

Henrik Koch (1964) is a professor in theoretical chemistry. He obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Aarhus University in Denmark, both under the supervision of Prof. Emeritus Poul Jørgensen.

Research interests

His research activities focus on development and application of accurate electronic structure methods for molecules in general, and molecules strongly coupled to optical and plasmonic cavities, in particular. The group's software platform is eT (an electronic structure program). It is freely available at, where several research projects are showcased. 

Current positions

  • Full professor in theoretical chemistry at Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, PIsa, Italy. (January 2018 – ) (On leave January 2022 – )
  • Professor at Department of Chemistry, NTNU, Trondheim Norway. (January 2022 – )

Previous positions


  • Professor II at the Department of Chemistry, NTNU,Trondheim, Norway. (January 2018 – December 2021)
  • Full professor at the Department of Chemistry, NTNU,Trondheim, Norway. (October 2002 – December 2017)
  • Visiting scholar at the Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, California, USA. (June 2014 – June 2016)

Selected research grants

  • CCGPU, Norwegian Research Council research project (2016).
  • COSINE, EU-project 765739 an ITN-ETN network (2017).
  • TheoLight, Norwegian Research Council, ToppForsk excellence grant (2018).
  • TheoLight, Scuola Normale Superiore, internal infrastructure grant (2019).


  • Elected member, The Royal NorwegianSociety of Science and Letters (2007).
  • Prize for outstanding pedagogical achievements NT-faculty, NTNU (2012).



Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications