2010 Trends in Theoretical Chemistry

2010 Trends in Theoretical Chemistry

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Theoretical Chemistry 2010

Tensor decompositions have an enormous potential for more efficient approximations in quantum chemistry. The challenge with QM/MM approaches today lies in treating the many degrees of freedom realistically. In quantum dynamics, universally applicable processes become less common in the light of a growing complexity of the investigated systems.

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Alexander Auer is research group leader (W2) of the “Atomistic Modeling Group” in the department of Interface Chemistry and Surface Technology (director: Martin Stratmann) at the Max Planck Institute of Iron Research in Düsseldorf, Germany. Auer studied Chemistry at the University of Cologne. Following a semester abroad with Trygve U. Helgaker at the University of Oslo, Finland, he did his PhD in 2002 on coupled cluster computation of NMR parameters under the supervision of Jürgen Gauß at the University of Mainz, Germany. From 2002 to 2004 he worked as a post-doc for Marcel Nooijen in Princeton, USA, and Waterloo, Canada. In April 2004 he took up a junior professorship in theoretical chemistry at the Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany, where he now is honorary professor for computer assisted quantum chemistry since March 2010.

His research interests are the application and development of coupled cluster methods and algorithms as well as the application of standard procedures for answers to questions in material sciences and electrochemistry.

Johannes Kästner, born 1978, is a junior professor at the institute of theoretical chemistry of the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He studied technical chemistry at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and in 2004 did his PhD in theoretical physics under Peter E. Blöchl. Thereafter, he switched to the field of quantum chemistry and specialized in QM/MM. After a post-doc stay with Walter Thiel at the Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung, there followed a position as staff scientist at the Daresbury Laboratory, UK.

He has developed methods for geometry optimization, MD sampling and computation of tunnel rates and with them investigates biochemical systems with QM/MM methods.

Irene Burghardt
, born 1964, has been the director of research (CNRS) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, France, since 2007. She studied chemistry at the University of Bonn, Germany, did her diploma thesis at the University of Oxford, UK, and her PhD 1992 at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. As a EU-and NATO fellow, she worked from 1992 to 1995 with Pierre Gaspard at the Free University of Brussels, Belguim. Following research stays in Germany at Bernd Hess in Bonn (1996-97) and Lorenz Cederbaum in Heidelberg (1998), she took up a research position as Chargée de Recherche at the French CNRS in 1999 and has been working for the ENS Paris ever since. She habilitated in 2006 at the University of Paris VI and 2007 at the University of Heidelberg. In 2010, she was offered a chair by the University of Frankfurt.

Her research interests are directed at the description of elementary dynamic processes in complex molecular systems and methodical developments in the area of quantum dynamics and quantum classics.


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