Thursday, 11 November, 2010
Prof. Christian Ochsenfeld joins CeNS as Ordinary Member
Christian Ochsenfeld, born in 1968, studied Chemistry at the University of Karlsruhe and obtained his PhD in 1994 in the Theoretical Chemistry group of Professor Reinhart Ahlrichs. After three years of postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley in the US, he continued in 1998 his research activities at the University of Mainz supported by a Liebig fellowship and later by an Emmy Noether research grant. In 2001 Christian Ochsenfeld received two offers for professor positions for Theoretical Chemistry at the Universities of Essen and Tuebingen, and was from 2002 to 2010 professor for Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Tuebingen. In 2009 he obtained five offers for professor positions from the Universities of Berlin (FU Berlin), Konstanz, Munich (LMU), Uppsala (Sweden), Vienna (Austria), and a counter offer from the University of Tuebingen. Since February 2010 Christian Ochsenfeld holds the chair for Theoretical Chemistry at the LMU Munich. His research focuses on the development and application of quantum-chemical methods for calculating large molecular systems with thousand and more atoms. Such calculations became possible by reducing the scaling of the computational effort with molecular size to linear. Examples for applications of these new methods include the calculation of molecular properties in general (e.g., NMR shieldings), intermolecular interactions and molecular recognition processes, RNA catalysis, or cell-virus interactions.