Erik W. Thulstrup

Education and Honors: MSc Aarhus University, 1967. PhD, Aarhus University, 1970. Dr. of Science, Aarhus University, 1980.

Fulbright Fellow, 1968-69. Gold Medal, Aarhus University, 1969. Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2006. Gold Medal of the Science Society of Panama, 2010. The first and only Danish Fellow of the TWAS, now called The World Academy of Sciences, 1996. Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, 1999. The first and only Danish Fellow of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, 2008. The first and only Danish Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, 2009.

Positions Held

Assoc. Prof., Aarhus University, 1972-81. Professor, Danish Ped. University, 1981-89. Professor, Roskilde University, 1993-97, 1998-2009. Senior Science and Technology Specialist, World Bank, 1989-93, 1997-98. Professor Emeritus, Roskilde University since 2009. 

Visiting Professorships for up to one year at Univ. of Florida, Univ. of Utah, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, Univ. of Bologna, Univ. of Ljubljana, and Univ. of California (Berkeley). 

Major Administrative Tasks

Chairman, Chemistry Dept., Aarhus University, 1975-77. Member, Danish Natural Science Research Council, 1979-83. Member, EU Task Force on Research Evaluation, 1980-83. Member, Aarhus University Council, 1978-81, and Council of Danish Ped. Univ., 1983-85. Chairman, Task Force for Evaluation of Higher Education in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Pharmacy in Denmark, 1987-89. Leader of the World Bank Program for Science & Technology, 1990-93.

Leader of several large scale evaluations of research capacity building in developing countries, including the Danida Program for Enhancement of Research Capacity in Developing Countries, 1992, the Sida-SAREC Research Support for Ethiopia, 1995, Zimbabwe, 1996, Bolivia, 2006, Honduras, 2007 and 2011.

President, Danish National Commission for UNESCO, 1993-95. 

Member, TWAS, Finance and Membership Committees, 1999-2009. Leader, evaluation of the International Foundation for Science (IFS), 2000-01, evaluation of the Danish Polymer Center, 2002, evaluation of Swedish university cooperation with developing countries (for Sida), 2009.

Member, International Advisory Board for the Polish Academy of Sciences, 2006-
Vice-president and Treasurer, Molecular Frontiers, 2007-2012. Leader, evaluations of Chemical fields the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, 2007-8 and again in 2012.

Research Interests

Polarization Spectroscopy: Developed a method for production of aligned molecular samples and for optical spectroscopic studies of such samples, with a range of applications from cancer research to development of flat screens. Author of three widely quoted monographs in the field.
Science and Development: in particular the role of research and S&T education for economic development. Extensive science policy and research evaluation work in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America for several donors and development banks.

Publications

(total about 250, mostly in English)

Typical publications, Polarization Spectroscopy:


J. Michl and E.W. Thulstrup, "Spectroscopy with Polarized Light. Solute Alignment by Photoselection, in Liquid Crystals, Polymers, and Membranes", 600 pages, second edition. Wiley, New York, (1995).
J. Radziszewski, J.W. Downing, M.S. Gudipati, V. Balaji, E.W. Thulstrup, and J.Michl, "How Predictable are Vibrational Transition Moment Directions? Propene and Deuterated Propenes" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 118, 10275 (1996).
E.W. Thulstrup and J. Michl, "Elementary Polarization Spectroscopy" - second edition, Wiley, New York (1997).
K.B. Andersen, J. Waluk, and E.W. Thulstrup, “The Electronic Structure of Carcinogenic Dibenzopyrenes: Linear Dichroism, Fluorescence Polarization Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanical Calculations”. Photochemistry and Photobiology 69, 158-66 (1999).
E.W. Thulstrup, J. Waluk, J. Spanget-Larsen. “Electronic Spectroscopy: Linear Dichroism, Applications”. In: Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry. Lindon JC, Tranter GE, Holmes JL, editors. Academic Press, pp 1169-1175. London (1999).
J. Spanget-Larsen, E.W. Thulstrup, and J. Waluk, “Electronic States of Diphenyl- and Dipyridyl-s-tetrazines: Linear and Magnetic Circular Dichroism, and Quantum Chemical Calculations”. Chem. Phys. 254, 135-149 (2000).
J. Spanget-Larsen and E.W. Thulstrup, “Electronic Transitions of Dibenzothiophene: Linear Dichroism Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanical Calculations”. J. Mol. Struct. 661, 603-610 (2003).
E.W. Thulstrup and P.W. Thulstrup, “Polarization Spectroscopic Studies of Ordered Molecules” (invited review), Acta Chim. Slov. 52 371-83 (2005).
P.W. Thulstrup and E.W. Thulstrup, “Polarization Spectroscopy of Ordered Samples”, pp. 689-727 in “Handbook of Applied Solid State Spectroscopy”, D.R. Vij, Editor. Springer (2006).
S.E. Braslavsky (Ed.), E.W. Thulstrup et al, “Glossary of Terms used in Photochemistry, 3rd Edition”. Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 79, No. 3, pp. 293-465 (2007).
P.W. Thulstrup and E.W. Thulstrup, “Information Content in Linear Dichroism Spectra”. Polish J. Chem. 82, 901-920 (2008).

Typical publications, science, technology, education, and development:


E.W. Thulstrup, M. Fekadu, and A. Negewo, "Building Research Capacity in Ethiopia" Sida, The Swedish Foreign Ministry, Stockholm (1996).
E.W. Thulstrup, D. Jagner, and P.N. Campbell, "Natural Science Research in Zimbabwe", Sida Evaluation 97/14, pp. 1-82, The Swedish Foreign Ministry, Stockholm. (1997).
E.W. Thulstrup, "Evaluation of Research Capacity Building Projects", invited contribution to Knowledge and Policy 10, 90-101 (1998).
E.W. Thulstrup, "Secondary School-University Interface: Science and Engineering". Invited contribution to Global Journal of Engineering Education 3, 9-20 (1999).
E.W. Thulstrup. "How can Research Capacity be Created and Used in Developing Countries?" P. 21-38 in "Nordic Challenges in North South Cooperation in Higher Education and Research", J.G. Simonsen and J.P. Myklebust (Eds.), NUAS, Univ. of Bergen (1999).
A.M. Cetto, T.H. Freyvogel, M. Touré, and E.W. Thulstrup (Team Leader), "Mobilizing Scientists for Development: A Precious Mission in a Changing Context", International Foundation for Science, Stockholm (2001).
E.W. Thulstrup and J. Koswara, “Participation of East Asian Women in higher Education, with Particular Emphasis on Science Based Fields”, Int. J. Soc. and Social Policy 21, 72-83 (2001).
B.L.M. Mwamila and E.W. Thulstrup, Eds. “Engineering and Technology for Sustainable Development - Research, Education and Development”. Sida/SAREC, Stockholm (2002).
T. Solomon, M. Åkerblom, and E.W. Thulstrup, “Analytical Chemistry in the Developing World”, Anal. Chem. 75, 106A (2003).
E.W. Thulstrup, M. Muñoz and J.-J. Decoster, “Building Research Capacity in Bolivian Universities”, pp. 1-91, Sida-SAREC, Stockholm, 2006
Boeren, T. Alberts, T. Alveteg, E.W. Thulstrup, L. Trojer, “Sida-SAREC Bilateral Research Cooperation: Lessons Learned”, pp. 1-49, Sida, Stockholm (2006).
E. W. Thulstrup, ”Improving University Research and Education in Honduras”, pp. 1-50, Sida-SAREC, Stockholm, 2007.
E.W. Thulstrup, ”North-South research cooperation: How can contributions from Swedish universities be sustained and improved?”, pp. 1-43, Sida, Stockholm, 2009.                            E.W. Thulstrup, ” Establishing a Research University in Honduras”, pp. 1-44, Sida, Stockholm, 2011.

 

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