ADF developer Dr. Marcel Swart has recently been appointed appointed ICREA Research Professor by the Catalan Research Institute (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats, ICREA). This position allows him to continue working at the Institut de Química Computacional of the Universitat de Girona in Spain. An ADF developer throughout his career, Marcel began at the Rijks Universiteit in Groningen where he performed his Ph.D. study on the generation of force fields from density functional calculations, improvement and applications of QM/MM methods in ADF, and calculations of magnetic and optical properties of copper proteins. His postdoctoral works at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam involved a QM/MM study on catalytic cycle of cytochrome P450, and a Density Functional Theory investigation of DNA Replication.
Since moving to Girona, Dr. Swart has been working on understanding and controlling chemical environment effects. His work on the development of ADF also continues, and the latest improvements to his QUILD program will be included with its next release. We congratulate Marcel on his appointment, and wish him the best in this next step of his career.