Thomas Heine is Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics and Theoretical Materials Science at Jacobs University Bremen. He obtained his degrees from TU Clausthal and TU Dresden, Germany. After several postdoctoral stages in Canada, UK, Italy and Switzerland he worked as assistant at the department of Physical Chemistry at TU Dresden, where he designed the theoretical chemistry lab courses. Prof. Heine has authored approximately 100 scientific publications. Jan-Ole Joswig studied chemistry at the Universities of Hamburg, Konstanz and Edinburgh and received his diploma in 1999. He obtained his PhD from the University of Saarland (Saarbrucken) in 2003. After his post-doc period at Helsinki University of Technology he is currently a research associate at Technical University Dresden. His main research interests are properties of semiconductor and metal clusters and nanoparticles, global geometry optimization and proton transport in fuel cells. Achim Gelessus is the system manager for the Computational Laboratory for Analysis, Modeling and Visualization (CLAMV) at Jacobs University. He studied chemistry at BUGH Wuppertal, Germany and University of Sussex, UK. He obtained his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from University Zurich, Switzerland. From 1998 until 2003 he worked as scientific computing coordinator for the Theory Group at Max-Planch Institute for Polymer Research Main, Germany. His current main interests are scientific computing and computer simulations.
Prof. Dr. Michael Springborg heads up of the three groups in Physical Chemistry at the University of Saarland where the main activities concentrate on teaching and research. The major part of Prof. Dr. Michael Springborg's research concentrates on the development and application of theoretical methods, including accompanying computer programs, for the determination of materials properties. Quantum theory forms the theoretical foundation for most of our work. The materials of the group's interest range from atoms, via clusters and polymers, to solids. They study their structural, electronic, energetic, and opitcal properties.