Lars Montelius is the new Director of INL

August 9, 2014


Lars Montelius took up his appointment as Director-General of INL, on September 1st. The Swedish Professor of Physics has spent more than 25 years working in the Nanotechnology field will lead the Laboratory founded by Portugal and Spain for the next five years.

Before his appointment to INL, Lars Montelius held several positions in academia, among them Dean of the Physics Department of Lund University, and director for the Swedish Danish Collaborations, the Öresund University and the Öresund Science Region, where he worked on the development of cross-regional collaborations.

During the last few years, he got strongly involved in innovation on the border between academia and business. Lately, he has put much effort into the innovation system and has been engaged as a mentor for students exploring ideas of innovation as well as being responsible for development projects with direction towards establishing a working model and concept to interface academia and society.

Parallel to his research and academic career, Montelius founded several successful nanotechnology-based companies, founded of the pioneering and groundbreaking work with his group in the field of nanoimprint lithography.

«I am very excited about my new position here at INL and I am really looking forward to take on the challenge to lead the further development of this “hidden gemstone” to become one of the best places in the world for performing nanotechnology research and technology work addressing society´s grand challenges», Montelius said.

The new director sees the «unique infrastructure already in place» as a «major opportunity to create something really significant».

Lars Montelius intends to strengthen the Laboratory’s ties with the local community of Braga, and make the research institute, «further recognized in our region and in Europe as well as on the international scene for being a world-class Science & Technology Center doing cutting-edge research that clearly contributes to societal development».

The new director-general of INL is a board member of two European Technology Platforms, NanoFutures (European initiative for sustainable development by Nanotechnologies) and EuMat (The European Technology Platform for Advanced Engineering Materials and Technologies). He is also a member of various other professional organisations.

Montelius assumes the leadership of INL, a position previously filled by José Rivas, a Spanish Physics Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela.