Background and activities

Subject field

Scientific Expertiese

My fields of expertiese relate to thermodynamics of energy storage and conversion systems. Within this, both theoretical and experimental studies are included. Characterising electrochmical systems with respect to both heat and work constitutes one of the back bones in my research. Additionally, I also focus on non-equilibrium thermodynamics with an experiemntal approach to determine the coupling between transport of charge, mass, and heat.

ENERSENSE - a centrally supported research area

ENERSENSE is a strategic research area that focus on the nexus of energy efficiency, energy storage and sensor technology/automation. It is centrally supported from rectors office for the period of 2016-2023. The research ares has three defined themes; Energy efficiency, energy storage, and sensor technology/automation, lead by Prof. K. M. Lien, mysel,f and Drof. D. R. Hjelme, respectivley. I am the leader of ENERSENSE as a centrally supported resaerch area.

Energy storage: According to the international Agency (IEA) more than 80% of the energy supply today is chemically bound and non-renewable (coal, oil and gas). When striving for a society founded on renewable energy, wind and solar energy currently appears to be the most important resources. These technologies offer electric energy that is intermittent, momentaneous, and inadequate for most transportation options. Converting this electric energy into chemical energy (e.g. hydrogen, batteries, and super capacitors) allows for energy systems that supplies energy in the right form, at the right time and at the right place.

Energy efficiency: For the world to meet the target of 2 oC, 50% of our resources and effort should be spent on erngy efficincy, according to the IEA. In Europe, this figure is closer to 67%. Within ENERSENSE we focus on energy efficincy in energy stroage systems, buildings and industrial applications.

Sensor technology: Achieving improved energy storage systems and improved energy efficiency require observation and automation. Within ENERSENSE we focus particularly on developing optical sensors tailored for applications that have harsh conditions, complex environments and small dimensions (20 microns and larger).

Again, ENERSENSE focus on developing research project within the nexus of these three themes and is intended to be developed and grow for the next eight years.

Teaching and guidance

As with my research, the teaching fucuses on thermodynamics and energy storage. This goes with undergraduate courses, bachelor projects, master projects and PhD projects. Occasionally I also give lectures for mid- and high school teachers related to energy conversion, management and storage.

Work Experience

  • Professor at NTNU, Jan. 2016 -.
  • Professor at HiST, Nov-Dec. 2015.
  • Associate Professor at HiST, May 2013 - Nov. 2015.
  • Post.doc at NTNU (~2 years), Dep. of Chemistry. Reverse electrodialysis. March 2010-April 2013.
  • Post.doc at wetsus (~1.5 years), the Netherlands. Centre of excellence for sustainable water technology. Oct. 2010 – Dec. 2012.
  • PhD research at NTNU; Designing and applying one test station for thermal conductivity measurements on fuel cell components and a calorimetric test station fro PEM fuel cells. 2005-2010.

Supervisor Experience

  • Supervisor for 6 PhD students (starting in 2010, 2011, 2x2014, 2x2015), and 1 doctoral thesis committee member. 6 additional co-author PhD-supervision examples documented in publications.
  • Co-supervisor for 10 Master Students (2006 and 2010, 2011, 2012x3, 2013, 2014, 2015x2) at NTNU (No.). Wageningen Univ. (Nl.) and Univ. Twente (Nl.) and 2 thesis committee member.

International Experience

  • 1.5 yrs at Wetsus – centre of excellence for sustainable water technology, the Netherlands, 2011-2012.
  • 6 months exchange to Queens Univ./FCRC, Ontario, Canada – studying Transport Phenomena 2010.
  • 6 months research stay at Dep. Metallargy and Mat. Sci., University of Cambridge, UK, 2005.

Associated Research Projects,

*Contributed in writing the proposal, †Project manager

  • *,† ENERSENSE – LEADER of this centrally supported strategic research area at HiST, ranked 1st among all applications - 2015-2023.
  • *NRC, “Norwegian Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Centre”, Chair education work package Gr# 245678, 2015-.
  • *,† Strategic Area at the Faculty of Technology, HiST, “ENERSENSE”, 2015-2023.
  • *,† Storforsk, “Advanced flow cell battery laboratory”, 2014-.
  • *,† PhD-project, HiST, “Advanced Flow Cell Battery Systems”, 2014-.
  • *PhD-project, HiST, “Transport phenomena in advanced flow cell batteries”, 2014-.
  • *,† PhD-project, HiST, “Heat, Power and the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)”, 2013-.
  • *NRC “Life and Safety for Li-ion batteries in Maritime conditions (SafeLiLife)” G.# 228739, 2012-.
  • *NRC “Reverse ElectroDialysis” FRIENERGI – Gr.# 197598, 2010-.
  • *NRC “Next generation thermoelectric energy converters” - Gr.# 221672, 2011-.
  • NRC “Fugitive emissions of Materials and Energy” – Gr.# 193161, 2010-.
  • EU FP7 “CAPMIX – Capacitors and membranes for salinity difference Energy” Gr.# 256868, 2010-2014.
  • NRC “Thermal effects in PEM Fuel Cells” RENERGI – Gr.# 164466/S30, 2005-2009.


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