Group Members

Principal Investigator

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Jan Torgersen

  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (TU Wien)
  • Dipl.-Ing., Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (TU Wien)

  • Jan.Torgersen
  • +47-93966576
Jan Torgersen is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is part of the Outstanding Academic Research Fellow Program and NTNU and the director of the Micro- and Nanoscale Design laboratory. Torgersen studied Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the Vienna University of Science and Technology (TU Wien), where he joined the Institute of Materials Science for his Master and PhD. He was instrumental in the structuring hydrogels with two photon polymerization, a high resolution lithography based additive manufacturing technique capable of fabricating 3D features over multiple length scales. He pioneered in the fabrication of tissue engineering scaffolds direct in the presence of cells and living organisms to provide a dynamic cell culture environment. His interest in the interplay between shape and surface functionality in the Nano- and Mesoscale led him to pursue his post doctoral work at the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford University, where he explored issues on energy conversion and storage working on thin film capacitors for DRAM applications, buffer layers for solar cells and catalytic layers for fuel cells. At NTNU Trondheim, he continues to work on the interplay between surface functionality and topology, where his current research interests lie in biomedical materials and energy conversion devices.

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Anup Lal Dadlani

  • Ph.D., Chemistry (Stanford University)
  • B.Sc., Chemistry (University of Miami)

  • Anup.Dadlani
  • +47-94826699
Currently my interests as a postdoctoral fellow are in studying the nucleation phase of functional ALD materials (metals and perovskites) and specifically performing in-situ characterization (FTIR and synchrotron-based XAS). In turn, the knowledge obtained from this characterization will be utilized to make higher performing catalytic devices such as fuel cells or solar cells.
During my B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Miami, I worked on sensor fabrication, biopolymer and biomolecule characterization. During my doctoral studies at Stanford Nanoscale Prototyping lab I used X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy to understand the electronic and geometric structure of different functional atomic layer deposited thin films (zinc oxysulfides, lead sulfide and barium titanate).
I am a laid-back person from Florida who likes basketball, American football, bowling and skiing. I am very passionate about trading, whether it be commodities, currencies, stocks, options or futures.

Adjunct Researcher

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Peter Schindler

  • Ph.D., Physics (University of Vienna)
  • M.Sc., Physics (University of Vienna)

Peter is an Erwin-Schrödinger postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vienna and a visiting researcher at Stanford University. As an expert in ab-initio density functional theory and machine learning, his current research focuses on data-driven discovery of new ultra-low work function materials for renewable energy applications. With his expertise in quantum simulations and AI he is supporting Prof. Torgersen's research efforts.

Ph.D. Students

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Abdulla Bin Afif

  • M.Sc., Material Science and Engineering (Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • BE., Mechanical Engineering (Osmania University, Hyderabad, India)

  • Abdullabinafif
  • +47-73559895
As a PhD candidate at NTNU, I am working on Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) of ultra-thin films. I am also exploring the prospects of ALD deposition for different applications such as high-k dielectrics, piezoelectrics, optoelectronics, and solar to energy conversion devices.
Prior to joining NTNU (Oct 2018), I was working as a Research Engineer at Khalifa University, UAE. My research work was focused on sustainable technologies such as, experimental development of energy efficient window coatings using sputtered metal oxide thin films, Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) for PV applications and PDMS composite for CPV system.
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Kristin Sirnes Ødegaard

  • M.Sc., Engineering Design and Materials (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)
  • B.Sc., Product- and System Design (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Ålesund)

  • Odegaard.Kristin
  • +47-41042842
I am currently a PhD student at the faculty of engineering at NTNU. The research focus for the PhD is to look into how additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V scaffolds affect bone growth when cultured in vitro with mesenchymal stem cells. In addition to this, we are investigating ways to improve surface roughness of electron beam melted Ti-6Al-4V samples by using chemical etching and electrochemical polishing. The overall goal is therefore to find the optimal bone implant, with better bone in-growth, and a stiffness designed to match the stiffness of the human bone.
Prior to my PhD, I first completed a bachelor’s degree in Product- and System Design at NTNU Ålesund. The focus for the bachelor thesis was to develop a fail-safe mechanism to a child stroller at Stokke AS. After this, I moved to Trondheim to begin my Master’s degree. Here, my main focus was product development and materials engineering. During my master thesis, I was introduced to Assoc. Prof. Jan Torgersen who introduced me to what later became the topic for my PhD.
I grew up in Sunnmøre, which (in my opinion) is the most beautiful part of Norway. Because of this, I have a big interest for hiking and backcountry skiing. I consider myself a curious person, which is one of the main reasons why I chose the mechanical engineering path.
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Håkon J. D. Johnsen

  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (NTNU)

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Håkon J. D. Johnsen is a Ph.D. student working on solar energy and nonimaging optics. He is developing and optimizing new optical concepts for high-performance tracking-integrated solar energy systems.
He studied mechanical engineering at NTNU and earned his M.Sc. with the thesis "Novel Low Cost Solar Thermal Energy Concepts for Developing Countries".
When not doing solar energy research, Håkon spends his time hiking in the nature around Trondheim, drinking coffee with good friends, or learning new things about random topics of interest.
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Markus Lid

  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (NTNU)

  • Markus.J.Lid
  • +47-91742829
My research is currently focusing on fabrication and characterization of solid-state micro capacitors. For this project I am collaborating with Fritz Prinz and his research group at Stanford University.
As part of my master’s thesis work, I studied additive manufactured titanium scaffolds for biomedical implants with tailored porosity and stiffness properties.
Coming from beautiful Sunnmøre in Norway, I love hiking and outdoor activities. My passion for “creating stuff” ranges from fermenting chilies, to 3D printing cookie cutters.


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Mirco Peron

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (NTNU)
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering (University of Padua)

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Mirco Peron is a Ph.D. student at Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at NTNU. His current research topic deals with the stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of magnesium and its alloys, with a particular interest in the procedures that allow to reduce it, in particular machining and manufacturing procedures and coatings.
Mirco Peron has also worked on the fatigue behavior of composite materials and of traditional metallic materials. In particular, his expertise lays on the experimental procedures and on analytical models to predict the experimental results.
Among his interests, a great importance is represented by the refereeing activity, where he is often employed as main referee in Eliteserien futsal matches in Norway.