Mads Brandbyge

The research in my group is working mainly on theory and computer simulation of electronics based on nano-structures such as molecular nano-junctions, nanowires, nanotubes, graphene and other two-dimensional materials. The focus is on calculations of electron and heat transport, electron-phonon interaction, and current-induced atomic effects. We develop and use computational methods and software, mainly based on non-equilibrium Greens functions(NEGF) and density functional theory(DFT). With these methods it is possible to predict properties with no or few fitting-parameters.

The Theoretical NanoElectronics group is closely connected to the Theoretical Nanotechnology group and part of the center for nanostructured graphene (CNG). We work on common projects, have group meetings together and combine our research and teaching efforts.


Current topics of interest include:

  • Molecular electronics.
  • Combined electron and heat transport of semi-conducting nanosystems.
  • Nanoelectronics of carbon based systems (eg. graphene antidot lattices, carbon chains, carbon nanotube devices).
  • Electron-phonon interactions, inelastic transport, and heating in atomic-scale conductors.
  • Predicting the stability of molecular conductors in the precense of current.

For a full list of available student projects, please go to the specified page.


Figure: Different systems related to some of the current research topics. a+b) Graphene antidot lattices and the localization of states at the edges of the nanoperforation. c) Potential drop across and current-driven runaway-mode of a carbon chain between two graphene leads. d) Potential drop across a C60 molecule between two gold contacts.

Also check out some of the additional topic descriptions on the Theoretical Nanotechnology group site.

Group members

The list below shows our current and former group members. For contact information please go to the specified page.

Current members Former members
Professor Mads Brandbyge (group leader)
Postdoc Tue Gunst
Postdoc Daniele Stradi
Ph.D.-student Rasmus Bjerregaard Christensen
Ph.D.-student Nick Papior Andersen
Ph.D.-student Jesper Toft Rasmussen
Research Assistant Mattias Lau Nøhr Palsgaard
Hâldun Sevinçli, Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey
Jing-Tao Lü, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
Søren Ulstrup, Aarhus University, DK
Thomas Frederiksen, DIPC, San Sebastian, Spain
Magnus Paulsson, Kalmar University, Sweden
Mohammad Koleini, Karlsruhe University, Germany
Troels Markussen, Department of Physics, DTU
Joachim Fürst, Deloitte Business Consulting, DK
Mads Engelund, QuantumWise A/S, DK


A full list of publications by our group members can be found here.