The cutting of the ribbon at the official inauguration of CINF.
September 19, 2006
The official inauguration of CINF comes a year after the center truly started. The reason why we’ve delayed the official opening until now is that we’ve been waiting for our new Scanning Probe Microscopy building to be completed. Adjacent to building 312, the new erection is home to our brand new SEM/STM apparatus, which is going to form a crucial part of the research equipment at CINF.
The day commenced with a mini-symposium where members of CINF’s Advisory Board presented their research: Professor Eric McFarland, the University of California); Doctor Bjerne S. Clausen from Haldor Topsøe A/S; Professor Bengt Kasemo from Chalmers University of Technology; Professor Jens Nørskov from CAMd, DTU; Professor Ulrich Stimming from the Technical University of Munich and of course Professor Ib Chorkendorff from CINF, DTU.
The official inauguration speech was given by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Danish National Research Foundation, Klaus Bock who explained that CINF was one of 16 Centres of Excellence that were granted large sums for research last year. Any head of such a center must be a visionary with an impressive international track record, and Klaus Bock identified Ib Chorkendorff as such a man. Vice-rector of DTU, Knut Conradsen put the whole matter in historic perspective and congratulated himself on taking notice as far back as the mid 90’ies, when people were talking to him about catalysis morning, noon and night. DTU is a true force to be reckoned with and the founding for CINF is fully justified.