network / Prof. Daan Frenkel

Prof Daan Frenkel  holds the 1968 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of Trinity College. He is Head of the Department of Chemistry of the University of Cambridge. His research interests focus on computer simulations of the structure and dynamics of soft matter systems. As part of this research, he has developed several novel Monte Carlo algorithms and coarse-grained modelling techniques. Together with B. Smit, he authored the book Understanding Molecular Simulation (Academic Press 1996/2002: translated into Chinese and Russian). He is the author of well over 400 publications in international journals. His current h-index is 76. His extensive expertise in numerical study of soft materials is directly relevant for the present project. Since arriving in Cambridge, DF was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and an ERC Advanced Grant. He is PI on an EPSRC programme grant (Oxford/Birmingham/Cambridge) on Simulation of Self Assembly. In addition he is co-PI an EPSRC/NSF grant protein crystallization. DF is Member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of TWAS, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Foreign Member Royal Society and member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. He received national and international prizes and awards, including the Spiers Memorial Award of the RSC, the Soft Matter & Biophysical Chemistry Award of the RSC, the Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics of the American Physical Society, the Berni Alder-CECAM prize of the European Physical Society and the Spinoza Award of the Dutch Science Foundation. In addition, he gave numerous named lectures, including the 2013 Hinshelwood Lectures (Oxford), the 2011 Joseph E Hirschfelder Prize (U. Wisconsin). He received a Concurrent Professorship at Nanjing University, an Honorary Professorship at Beijing University of Chemical Technology and an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Edinburgh.