Interview with Dr. Niels Harrit

Copenhagen / Düsseldorf, May 2009

Interview: Your full name and title?

Dr. Niels Harrit: Dr. Niels Holger Harrit. Your age?

Dr. Niels Harrit: 64 Please explain exactly in what subject you earned your doctorate and what you studied / you are an expert in.

Dr. Niels Harrit: My master degree, which I earned in 1971, was based on the work I did for one year at Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. My doctor thesis from 1975 from University of Copenhagen was in mechanistic photochemistry. I spent a year at Columbia University, New York City as post doc. in 1977. Your current profession?

Dr. Niels Harrit: Docent at University of Copenhagen. Please tell us what exactly you are teaching.

Dr. Niels Harrit: I teach organic chemistry, photochemistry and photophysics to nanoscience students and chemistry students. I supervise master students and Ph.D. students. Got some references?

Dr. Niels Harrit: I have published close to 60 papers in the best peer-reviewed journals. Can you please tell us about what you published? Give some examples which might be related? Which journals? Also some examples?

Dr. Niels Harrit: I enclose my list of publications. My latest paper is currently “Hot paper of the month” in Angewandte Chemie, one of the world’s most leading journals of chemistry. I am a senior member of a “Centre of Excellence” Molecular Movies where I mostly work with physicists on time resolved X-ray scattering. This centre is a subdivision of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen, of which I have been a faculty member since it started in 2001. Your mindset concerning 9/11 – are you a believer or a questioner?

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