V. Van Speybroeck

Veronique Van Speybroeck

Research interests

First principle kinetics and molecular dynamics simulations of complex chemical transformations in nanoporous materials, Modeling the function of nanostructured materials

Biography

Veronique Van Speybroeck is full professor at the Ghent University within the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, since October 2012. She also holds a position as Research Professor at the Ghent University since October 2007.

She graduated as engineer in physics at the Ghent University in 1997 and obtained her Ph.D in 2001 on a subject dealing with theoretical simulations of chemical reactions with static and dynamical approaches under the supervision of Prof. M. Waroquier. She was co-founder in 1997 of the Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM), which is now composed of about 40 researchers. Since 2012, she is head of the CMM responsible for daily operation including organizational, logistics and personnel affairs. Within the CMM, she is scientifically leading the Computational Molecular Modeling division, consisting of 6 postdoctoral researchers, 13 PhD students and 5-10 Master students (on a yearly basis)

After her PhD she received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Fund for Scientific Research Flanders and had the possibility to travel to various foreign institutes for short periods.
She built up a large expertise in first principle kinetics in nanoporous materials in the frame of an ERC starting grant, awarded in 2010 on a subject dealing with accurate prediction of chemical kinetics of catalytic reactions taking place in nanoporous materials. Her current research interests focus on first principle molecular dynamics simulations of complex chemical transformation in nanoporous materials, for which she received an ERC Consolidator grant in 2015.

She is also an elected member of the Royal (Flemish) Academy for Science and the Arts of Belgium (KVAB, www.kvab.be). Furthermore she participates in various activities to enhance the impact of science on society. From 2012-2017, she was member of the STEM-platform which was installed by the Flemish government to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics training and careers.

Teaching

Lecturer or co-lecturer of following Master Courses belonging to the study programs of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture :
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Molecular Modeling of industrial processes
Chemistry of Industrial Processes

Lecturer or co-lecturer of following Bachelor Courses belonging to the study programs of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectur :
Statistische Fysica en Moleculaire Structuur
Kwantummechanica II

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