Bo Wegge Laursen

Bo Wegge Laursen


Bo Wegge Laursen (b. 1970) is professor of chemistry and Director of Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2001, work carried out at Risø National Laboratory, Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Chemistry. In 2004 he became affiliated with the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copenhagen as assistant professor, in 2009 as associate professor and in 2013 as full professor. In 2003-4 he was post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles. Bo Wegge Laursen's main research interest lies within the areas of: fluorescents in organic materials, molecular sensors, self-assembly in molecular materials, molecular electronics and graphene. He has published more than 100 papers in peer reviewed scientific journals including several contributions to: Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature Communications. Bo Wegge Laursen actively seeks to connect his basic research to innovation. He has several fruitful industry collaborations, 7 patents/patent applications, and co-founded two spin out companies: FRS Systems ApS ( ) and KU Dyes ( ) where he is CEO.   

Primary fields of research

  • Fluorescent dyes
  • Fluorescence in organic materials
  • Molecular sensors and assays
  • Self-assembly in molecular materials

Current research



Laura Kacenauskaite, Stine G. Stenspil, Andrew H. Olsson, Amar H. Flood*, Bo W. Laursen* “A Universal Concept for Bright, Organic Solid State Emitters - Doping of Small Molecule Ionic Isolation Lattices with FRET Acceptors”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2022, 144, 19981-19989. 

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Jesper D. Jensen, Niels Bisballe, Laura Kacenauskaite, Maria Storm Thomsen and Bo W. Laursen*, “Utilizing selective chlorination to synthesize new triangulenium”, Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2021, 86, 17002-17010.

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Junsheng Chen, S. M. Ali Fateminia, Laura Kacenauskaite, Nicolai Bærentsen, Karen L. Martinez, Amar H. Flood*, Bo W. Laursen*, “Ulta-Bright Fluorescent Organic Nanoparticles based on Small-Molecule Ionic Isolation Lattices”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2021, 60, 9450-9458 DOI: 10.1002/anie.202100950

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Laura Kacenauskaite, Niels Bisballe, Rebecca Mucci, Marco Santella, Tönu Pullerits, Junsheng Chen, Tom Vosch* and Bo W. Laursen*, “Rational design of bright long fluorescence lifetime dyad fluorophores for single molecule imaging and detection”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2021, 143, 1377-1385.






Niels Bisballe, Bo W. Laursen*, “What is Best Strategy for Water Soluble Fluorescence Dyes? - A Case Study Using Long Fluorescence Lifetime DAOTA Dyes”, Chemistry - A European Journal, 2020, 26, 15969-15976

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Christopher R. Benson, Laura Kacenauskaite, Katherine L. VanDenburgh, Wei Zhao, Bo Qiao, Tumpa Sadhukhan, Maren Pink, Junsheng Chen, Sina Borgi, Chun-Hsing Chen, Yoan C. Simon, Krishnan Raghavachari, Bo W. Laursen*, Amar H. Flood*, "Plug-and-Play Optical Materials from Fluorescent Dyes and Macrocycles", Chem, 2020, 6, 1978-1997.

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