Virtual Talks program

Online, 25th June 2021 – 02nd July 2021

The one-particle Dirac equation – A historical journey with many pitfalls

Speaker: Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger,
Director of the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics (CTCP), Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand

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Atomic Mean-field Spin-Orbit Approaches for the Exact Two-Component Theory: Two Paradigms

Speaker: Prof. Lan Cheng,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Short Bio: Lan is an assistant professor in chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University. His group works on relativistic electronic-structure theory and molecular spectroscopy. Lan received his Ph.D. from Peking University and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Johannes-Gutenberg Universität Mainz and the University of Texas at Austin.

Was Online, 28th May 2021 – 04th June 2021

Variational relativistic computations for atoms and molecules using an explicitly correlated Gaussian basis set

Speaker: Dr. Edit Matyus,
Eotvos Lorand University
Budapest, Hungary

Short Bio: Edit Matyus is working in the field of molecular spectroscopy and molecular physics []. She has graduated from ELTE in Budapest and carried out research at ETH Zürich and in Cambridge. She is currently assistant professor and an ERC reserach group leader at ELTE. She is recipient of the 2021 Dirac medal of WATOC.

Ab-initio bulk properties of oganesson

Speaker: Dr. Odile Smits,
Massey University, New Zealand

Short Bio: Odile Smits obtained her PhD in Peter Schwerdtfeger’s group (Massey University, New Zealand) on the melting temperature of the noble gases and is currently a Post-Doctoral researcher in the same group, studying the chemistry and physics of the heaviest elements in the remotest corner of the periodic table. From first principles she studies the bulk properties of elements like oganesson, copernicium and flerovium. From a relativistic description of the electron shellsshe studies the end of the periodic table.