Nini Pryds is a professor at the Technical University of Denmark and head of a research section on Inorganic Functional Materials at the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage. The section has about 28 researchers working in the fields of: magnetic refrigeration, thermoelectrics and functional oxide thin films for energy and information. Nini Pryds is a unique expert who represents an exceptional combination of a top notch scientific researcher and an educator. His skills lie in materials research and nanotechnology, with a focus on modeling, characterization, synthesis of oxide functional materials and integrating them into new energy technologies and information devices. Nini Pryds is an internationally recognized specialist in thin film for energy and nano-electronics. The results of Nini Pryds’ research has attracted over the years great attention from the international scientific community and led to close cooperation with leading universities, laboratories and companies. Nini Pryds is the author of more than 334 publications and conference proceeding including among others theoretical and experimental works on thin oxide films, renewable technologies, sintering, thermoelectricity and magnetic refrigeration technologies. In addition, he contributed to 6 books, has 12 patents and 5-7 invited international lecture/plenary per year. Nini Pryds is a member of several national and international scientific committees and experienced peer reviewer for >25 high impact scientific international journals, the European Commission, the US National Science Foundation, the German, Swedish, Israeli and Swiss Research Councils. Over the past 10 years he has attracted >17 M€ of third party grants for his own group. He is the editor of Applied Surface Science, Senior Editor of JPhys Energy and a board member of APL-Materials. He is a board of trustees of Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research, Dresden and Scientific Advisory Board, Centre on Energy Materials, Cambridge University, UK. He is and was the principle investigator of numerous major national and international research grants some of which are from FET-OPEN “Bio-compatible electrostrictive smart materials for future generation of medical micro-electro-mechanical systems” (BioWings) (3M€), the Danish Council for Strategic Research on the topics of “Oxide Thermoelectrics for effective power generation from waste heat (OTE-Power)” (2.6 M€) and “Energy efficient and environmentally friendly cooling using magnetic refrigeration (MagCool)” (1.9 M€). Other grants are from the EU-FP7 program on “Nano-carbons for versatile power supply modules (NanoCaTe)” (0.7 M€), which aims to develop thermoelectric harvesters for body sensors and space; and from The Danish Council for Independent Research “Optimized processing of multi-material architectures for functional ceramics (OPTIMAC)” (2.8 M€). The former is a unique large national project in advanced ceramic materials where the aim is to obtain the required basic knowledge for the optimized processing of multi-material functional ceramics components using both experiments and modeling tools.