02/05/19 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
Moscowitz Memorial Lecture: Professor Veronique Van Speybroeck
Albert J. Moscowitz Memorial Lecture
Veronique Van Speybroeck graduated as civil engineer in physics at the Ghent University in 1997 and received her doctorate in 2001 at the same university on a subject dealing with theoretical simulations of chemical reactions with static and dynamical approaches. She was co-founder in 1997 of the Center for Molecular Modeling and is leading the “Computational Molecular Modeling” division. After her doctorate, she received a post-doctoral fellowship from the National Fund for Scientific Research Flanders and had the possibility to travel to various foreign institutes for short periods.
Currently she has a permanent position at the Ghent University, within the Faculty of Engineering, as research professor. She is author or co-author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 60 conference papers and has given several lectures at international conferences. She has a strong international network and is involved in several projects with industrial partners. She is also teaching several courses belonging to the study programs of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science.
Her current research interests primarily comprise study of the kinetics of chemical reactions with state of the art molecular modeling techniques. The applications of interest are situated in petrochemistry, catalysis and polymers. She received an ERC starting grant (Call ERC-2009-StG) on a subject on first principle chemical kinetics in nanoporous materials (KINPOR). With this ERC grant, Van Speybroeck works with a team of researchers on accurate prediction of chemical kinetics of catalytic reactions taking place in nanoporous materials from first principles.