The SCM team

The entire SCM staff is passionate about empowering your research with our computational chemistry tools. Our senior software developers and technical business staff all have a PhD in theoretical chemistry. With decades of experience in developing and using our Amsterdam Modeling Suite, the SCM team offers excellent technical support to beginning and experienced users alike. We are keen on making computational chemistry work for you, so we love to discuss how:

The SCM team celebrating 25 years

Prof. Evert Jan Baerends – Founder and Scientific Adviser As one of the original authors of ADF, Prof. Baerends has overseen many improvements in ADF and BAND by his students and post-docs. With a strong grasp of theory and applications, he has been widely recognized by experimentalists and theoreticians alike (H-index 90) for his visionary work to use computational methods to gain insight in chemistry and materials. As one of SCM’s partners, Evert Jan still acts as a scientific adviser.

Stan van Gisbergen

Dr. Stan van Gisbergen – CEO Under supervision of Prof. Baerends and the late Prof. Snijders, Stan implemented TDDFT in ADF, winning the 1998 DSM award for best Ph.D. Chemistry and Chemical Technology thesis in The Netherlands. Stan worked for two more years as a post-doc speeding up ADF before joining SCM, where he has been the CEO since 2001. Stan oversees the development and marketing of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite by initiating, stimulating, and facilitating academic and business collaborations.

Mrs. Sorana Burcusel – Customer Support Officer After Sorana finished her Chemistry studies, she has worked for over 2 decades as (sales) manager and technical sales representative for various scientific companies in Romania. She joined SCM in 2021 to support all our users and partners with their price quotes, invoices, and license files.

Kitty Kleinlein

Mrs. Kitty Kleinlein  – Office  Manager Kitty had been our office manager from 2003-2006. She rejoined SCM in 2013 to help out with various office-related matters such as financial administration.

Fedor Goumans

Dr. Fedor Goumans – Chief Customer Officer Fedor has been applying computational chemistry to various areas during his M.Sc., Ph.D. (2005), and post-doc, mostly in experimental groups (photochemistry, organometallics, astrochemistry). He also appreciates the difficulty of software development after his VENI project in the theoretical chemistry group in Leiden. Fedor joined SCM in 2012, where he works with users, developers, and partners. He loves to discuss your research problems and learn which improvements you would like to see in our next AMS release.

Sergio Lopez

Dr. Sergio López López – Scientific Partner Manager Sergio obtained his Ph.D. summa cum laude (2007), studying computationally the photodissociation of van der Waals complexes. Subsequently, he worked on development of the quantum dynamics MCTDH code for three years (Potsdam & TU München). Sergio then moved to London, where he worked as researcher and lecturer at the UCL and as senior scientist for Quantemol. He joined SCM in 2014 as scientific partner manager, to streamline collaborations including EU projects. Sergio also facilitates improving development processes for the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Ole Carstensen

Dr. Ole Carstensen  – Application Engineer Ole modeled the dynamics of photoswitchable molecules, receiving a Ph.D. in 2014 with Prof. Hartke in Kiel before he joined SCM. Ole has been working on improving usability (graphical interface, scripting) and implementing new functionality in ReaxFF. His role is currently more focused on helping existing and potential customers to be successful with their advanced scientific applications. Ole also works on the marketing materials and represents SCM at conferences and workshops.

Nicolas Onofrio

Dr. Nicolas Onofrio – Technical Sales Representative

Before joining SCM in 2023, Nicolas obtained his PhD at the Université Grenoble Alpes, was a visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University, and an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been working on various topics related to modeling electrochemical interfaces with applications to electronics and catalysis. At SCM, Nicolas is using his wide experience in atomistic simulations to help researchers make their best use of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Dr. Olivier Visser – Software Developer Olivier obtained his Ph.D. in 1992 in relativistic quantum chemistry with Prof. Nieuwpoort in Groningen. His interests moved from traditional research work to software development, leading to postdoc positions in Groningen and Amsterdam. At the VU he started working on the ADF parallelization project, joining SCM in 1995. The last decade Olivier primarily develops and supports the integrated graphical interface (GUI) for the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Erik van Lenthe

Dr. Erik van Lenthe – Software Developer Erik developed the efficient and accurate ZORA method for dealing with relativistic effects, resulting in his Ph.D. in 1996. In subsequent post-docs with Prof. van der Avoird (Nijmegen) and Prof. Baerends, he implemented relativistic methods for EPR, NMR and TDDFT. Since joining SCM in 2003 he has also become involved in basis sets and density fitting, hybrid functionals and other detailed algorithms inside ADF, as well as the post-ADF fluid thermodynamics module COSMO-RS.

Dr. Alexei Yakovlev – Software Developer Alexei extensively worked on modeling zeolite catalysis (Ph.D. 1999 with Zhidomirov, Novosibirsk, post-doc with Prof. van Santen, TU Eindhoven) before joining SCM as a scientific software developer. Alexei optimizes and implements algorithms in ADF, DFTB, and ReaxFF. He is also our primary expert on many technical aspects of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite: optimizing hardware performance, debugging, porting, linking & packaging, merging code from external developers and much more.

Pier Philipsen

Dr. Pier Philipsen – Software Developer Pier’s thesis work (“Solids and Surfaces”, 2006 with Prof. Baerends) significantly improved our periodic DFT code BAND. After a few years in other software companies, Pier returned to SCM to continue development in BAND. He works on all aspects of the code, including speed-ups, the graphical interface, technical details and new features. Pier is also involved in DFTB, in particular periodic calculation and DFTB parametrization against BAND data.

Mirko Franchini

M.Sc. Mirko Franchini – Software Architect Mirko worked on Green’s functions for electronic transport in mesoscopic systems, receiving his M.Sc. in theoretical physics in 2011. Mirko has implemented many important technical improvements in ADF and BAND. Besides working on technical aspects in ADF and BAND he is involved in improving the documentation, refactoring the SCM code, and the product development roadmaps.

M.Sc. Hans van Schoot – Software Developer Hans studied metadynamics during his Bachelor and implemented GPU acceleration in ADF during his Masters, obtaining a M.Sc. in theoretical chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit in 2012. He joined SCM just after that as a software developer. Hans works on various technical projects (porting, debugging, continuous integration and testing, python scripting) within the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Laurens Groot

M.Sc. Laurens Groot – Software Developer Laurens received his M.Sc. in theoretical chemistry in 2015, improving MO level diagram visualization with ADFGUI. At SCM he continues to work on implementing new features and improving the usability of our graphical user interface.

Robert Ruger

Dr. Robert Rüger – Software Architect Robert studied theoretical physics at the University of Frankfurt, working mostly with Monte Carlo methods in statistical and solid state physics for his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees. At SCM he developed and implemented fast approximate exited state methods during his Ph.D., which he successfully defended in 2018. Besides working on DFTB, Robert has worked out and developed the AMS driver concept, which can be used with any computational engine. He also oversees the software architecture in AMS.

Tomas Trnka

Dr. Tomáš Trnka – Software Developer Tomáš obtained his PhD in biomolecular chemistry with Prof. Koča at the Masaryk University in Brno where he worked extensively on QM/MM and ReaxFF methods. At SCM, he is accelerating molecular dynamics, so that much longer timescales are accessible. Tomáš is also adding more useful MD functionality to our AMS driver for usage with other codes as well as with ReaxFF.

Matti Hellstrom

Dr. Matti Hellström – Product Manager Matti received his PhD from Uppsala University in 2015, and was a postdoc at the Ruhr-University Bochum and the University of Göttingen. His research has benefited from DFT, DFTB, ReaxFF, and machine learning potential calculations. Matti joined SCM in 2018 as a Marie Curie fellow (MALeR) to integrate machine learning methods into the Amsterdam Modeling Suite. Currently he coordinates SCM’s development efforts.

Nestor Aguirre

Dr. Nestor Aguirre – Software Developer After his undergraduate studies in Colombia, Nestor obtained his PhD at the National Research Council in Spain and has held postdoctoral positions at the Autonomous University of Madrid and Los Alamos National Laboratory, before joining SCM in 2020. Nestor has developed and applied computational chemistry methods in many different fields. In Amsterdam he is integrating atomistic, mesoscale, and continuum scale methods for the multi-scale chemical reactor simulation platform developed by the ReaxPro consortium.

Rosa Bulo

Dr. Rosa Bulo – Software Developer Rosa obtained her PhD combining experiments with computational chemistry at the VU University in Amsterdam. She got more interested in developing new methods for advanced applications, in particular QM/MM. After postdocs at the ETH and BASF she obtained a VENI fellowship at the VU, did another postdoc in Lyon, and worked as assistant professor at Utrecht University. At SCM she currently works on unifying and improving the various multi-layer methods in the Amsterdam Modeling Suite, also as part of S4CE.

Dr. Bas Rustenburg – DevOps Engineer Bas received his M.Sc. cum laude in drug discovery (2013, VU Amsterdam) and his PhD in Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology (Weill Cornell Medicine, 2019). At SCM he is improving the testing and deployment of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Dr. Franco Egidi – Software Developer Franco earned his PhD in Chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS), Pisa, Italy, modeling of electric properties and Raman spectra of molecules in solution. He later worked as a post-doc at the University of Washington (USA) on two-component relativistic effects before returning to SNS as a researcher where he was involved in the implementation the QM/FQ polarizable force field model in the Amsterdam Modeling Suite. He joined SCM in 2021.

Dr. Wei-Lin Chen – Software Developer Wei-Lin completed his PhD with Prof. Shiang-Tai Lin at National Taiwan University working extensively on the improvement of COSMO-SAC model especially for associating fluids. He later worked in a multidisciplinary team for developing high efficient process for specialty chemicals at Daxin Materials Corporation in Taiwan. In 2022, He joined SCM as a software developer to extend the COSMO-RS and COSMO-SAC capabilities in the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

Paul Spiering

Dr. Paul Spiering – Software Developer Paul has obtained his PhD with successfully modeling non-adiabatic effects for molecule-surface reactions in the theoretical chemistry group of Geert-Jan Kroes under the supervision of Jörg Meyer. In particular, a machine learning method for equivariant tensors was developed. Paul joined SCM in 2022 to work on enhancing the machine learning capabilities of the Amsterdam Modeling Suite.

M.Sc. Edoardo Spadetto – EU Fellow Edoardo obtained his M.Sc. in Physics at the University of Padova, developing numerical methods for quantum and plasma physics. At SCM, he is a PhD student in the 2Exciting EU project where he is working on developing optoelectronic methods for periodic systems.

Giulio Benedini

M.Sc. Giulio Benedini – EU Fellow Giulio obtained his M.Sc. in Materials Engineering and Nanotechnology at the Politecnico di Milano. During his master’s thesis, he worked with Raman spectroscopy at the imec research centre. At SCM, he is a PhD student in the EUSpecLab project, implementing new machine learning methods to improve the speed and accuracy of spectroscopic property predictions.