ADF originates from the Theoretical Chemistry department of the VU in Amsterdam, and SCM still strongly collaborates with academic researchers around the globe. Our expert software developers work on optimizing, porting and maintaining new functionality from our partners, so that our academic partners can focus on getting published and cited while our industrial partners can focus on applying it to their research projects.

We aim to make user-friendly and powerful computational chemistry software to tackle problems in various scientific areas. Therefore, we also actively collaborate with hardware partners and other companies, most notably in EU Projects.

Local collaborative projects

The computational chemistry made easy project is a collaboration with the Dutch eScience center and Luuk Visscher. The project is centered around QMworks, which is a general workflow and automation tool for quantum mechanical calculations.

Co-funded by NWO, a collaborative project with BioTools, Luuk Visscher & Wybren-Jan Buma, Vibrational Optical Activity analysis toolbox (link in Dutch) sets out to improve absolute configuration determination by implementing new computational tools to analyze VCD spectra, tackle larger molecules, and develop experimental and theoretical tools for resonance-enhanced VCD (RE-VCD).

V.P. Nicu, Revisiting an old concept: the coupled oscillator model for VCD. Part 1: the generalised coupled oscillator mechanism and its intrinsic connection to the strength of VCD signals, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 21202 (2016).

EU Projects

We are currently involved in 3 EU projects and two industrial-academic partnership projects funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

SCM’s first successful EU project, QUASINANO, was in collaboration with the Heine group of Jacobs University in Bremen (now: Leipzig). The project ran from October 2010 to September 2014. We still actively collaborate with this group to further develop density-functional based tight-binding (DFTB) methods to achieve simulations at the nanoscale (length and time).


Left: DFTB Parameters for the Periodic Table Part 1: Electronic Structure (J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 4006 (2013)); Part 2: Gradients from H-Ca (J. Chem. Theory Comput.11, 5209–5218 (2015)). Right: parallel scaling of DFTB forces for a box with 2700 H2O molecules.

Contact us for collaborations

Will we be collaborating on your next big EU network project? Contact our scientific partner manager Sergio López-López.

Looking for individual fellowship (MSCA) or other job opportunities? Send us a mail at

Do you want to collaborate to optimize ADF on your latest HPC hardware? Do you want to get your latest functional or methods in the ADF Modeling Suite? Get in touch.

We are always happy to discuss other collaboration opportunities as well – just drop us a line!