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Klaus Magnus Håland Johansen is the new leader of Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology

From the 1st of March this year SMN has had a new leader.

Klaus Magnus Håland Johansen in front of the Science Park. Photo: Elina Melteig

Vebjørn Bakken, who led SMN for seven years, sent a farewell letter to everyone at SMN, handing over the reins to Klaus Magnus Håland Johansen. Bakken has now gotten the position as Director of UiO:Energy.

Johansen had his first encounter with the University of Oslo in 1996. Johansen has taken both hos masters- and doctorate in semiconductor physics and he knows SMN well. Throughout his time at the University of Oslo he has engaged in research politics and has amongst other things experience from department, faculty and the university board. Since 2012 Johansen has also been responsible for NORFAB, which is a large scale infrastructure where UiO:MiNaLab (Micro- and Nanotechnology laboratory) is one of four partners.


Johansen was asked to become the leader

Johansen was asked to take the position as the leader of SMN, which was an offer he could not refuse:

I have worked a lot with infrastructure, and I have been active in boards and committees, and through this gotten to know UiO well. I like to combine research with administration. SMN is one of the locomotives of the University of Oslo and I have been a part of this milieu since it started, says Johansen.

He praises his predecessor, and wishes to continue to build upon the good working environment and facilitate the scientific work. In his email to all at SMN he writes that (short version):


Thank you Vebjørn, for doing a fantastic job all these years, and putting the bar extremely high! It will be a great challenge to meet the standard you have set. The center is in a very good shape, with what I believe is all time high scientific activity!

Several times I have seen people looking to SMN and wondering what the "secret" ingredient is. There is no doubt in my mind that the key is all the people committed, not only to excel their own scientific career, but to work for the common good of SMN and help lifting each other. 


By Elina Melteig
Published Mar. 14, 2018 3:17 PM - Last modified Mar. 21, 2018 12:25 PM