Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Department of Chemistry and Biosciences
Area(s) of Expertise
Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Willem M. Klopper was born in Opperdoes, The Netherlands, in 1961. He studied Chemistry at the University of Leiden (1979–1982) and at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (1982–1985). He received his Ph.D. degree in 1989 from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum under the supervision of Werner Kutzelnigg. He was a postdoctoral research associate in the groups of Jan Almlöf (University of Minnesota, 1991) and Hans Peter Lüthi (ETH Zurich, 1993–1996). He spent three years (1996–1999) at the University of Oslo as Førsteamanuensis and three years (1999–2002) at the University of Utrecht as Academy Researcher of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In September 2002 he accepted the position of Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the Universität Karlsruhe (TH), and in addition to this professorship, he became Group Leader at the Institute of Nanotechnology at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe in 2003. (Since 2009, the Universität Karlsruhe (TH) and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe have merged into the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.) He has received the Venia Legendi for Theoretical Chemistry (ETH Zurich, 1998), the Hans G. A. Hellmann Prize of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theoretische Chemie (1999), and the Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1999). He became Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science in 2011 and Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 2017. His research interests include further development of explicitly correlated electronic structure methods and accurate computation of molecular energies as well as properties.