Ole Hassager

Alumnus earns highest honor from Society of Rheology

Wednesday 01 Jul 20

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About Ole Hassager

Educated chemical engineer from DTU in 1970, Ole Hassager initiated his career in rheology at University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he obtained his Ph.D, degree in 1973.

He has published more than 140 papers in international journals, including papers in high impact journals such as Nature and Physical Review Letters. He is co-author of the textbook “Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids” which is by many considered the bible of the field of rheology.

Ole Hassager was head of DPC, which is a research centre at the Department of Chemical Engineering, from 2004 until 2015.


Ole Hassager, Professor Emeritus and alumnus at DPC, is the first Scandinavian to receive the most prestigious recognition within the science of rheology, the Bingham Medal.

Bordering physics, chemistry and biology, the field of rheology is the science of deformation and flow of matter. The fact that a Danish researcher has been awarded the highest international honour within that field by the Society of Rheology is a recognition that not only honours Professor Emeritus Ole Hassager, but has a positive impact on the entire research centre.

Major branding opportunity

Head of the Danish Polymer Centre (DPC) Anne Ladegaard Skov sees Ole Hassager’s recognition as a welcome opportunity to brand this specific area of research:

“It is so well deserved that Ole’s lifelong dedication to this field of research has been awarded the highest recognition possible. As my predecessor, he built up the the Danish Polymer Centre from scratch and made a significant contribution to what it is today. Furthermore it is worth celebrating that a DTU researcher puts Denmark on the world map like this.”

Motivation for the award

The motivation for the award states that Ole Hassager has developed one of the most important experimental tools we have for characterizing materials such as molten plastics during flow. His work has led to a much better understanding of how flow behavior is related to processes going on at the molecular scale.

From fossil-based plastics to bio-based

It is a well-known fact that our society is faced with the need to transition from fossil-based plastics to bio-based and biodegradable materials with still unknown properties in deformation and flow.
“At DTU, my group has perfected the technique of filament stretching rheometry to make definitive measurements of the steady and transient rheology of polymer melts and entangled solutions and my research as well as the instrument from the DTU spin-out may provide useful guidance in the process.”

Ole Hassager will receive the award at the 92nd Society of Rheology Annual Meeting held in Austin, Texas, 21-25 February, 2021.

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