In the context of the Visiting Professorship programme of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof. Jeroen van den Brink is visiting Amsterdam for four months starting January 2020. Prof. van den Brink will also hold the Johannes Diderik van der Waals rotating chair established at the UvA.
Jeroen van den Brink is director at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden and professor of theoretical physics at the TU Dresden.
Van den Brink studied physics and obtained his PhD at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and continued his career as postdoc and Humboldt Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1999 he became tenured Associate Professor at the University of Twente. In 2002 he moved to Leiden University as Springplank Fellow and from 2005-2013 he was Extraordinary Professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Since 2009 he is Professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the TU Dresden and Director of the Institute for Theoretical Solid State Physics at the IFW Dresden. Van den Brink was a visiting professor at Stanford (2009) and Harvard (2016) University. In 2018 he received the Humboldt Research Prize from NWO and in 2019 he was Clark Way Harrison Visiting Professor at Washington University St. Louis.
Van den Brink's research focuses on predicting and exploring fundamentally new electronic and magnetic properties of quantum materials. He is recognized for his contributions to the field of strongly correlated electron systems, in particular for proposals on magnetic and orbital ordering, mechanisms for multiferroicity and the theory of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. His research interests further include: Topological States of Matter, Quantum Many Body Physics and Quantum Magnetism, Unconventional Superconductivity and Ab Initio Electronic Structure Theory. He has authored over 300 papers, which have amassed over 20 000 citations. His research interests are very aligned and strongly overlapping with those of members of the IoP, in particular the ITFA and WZI institutes at the University of Amsterdam. Prof. van den Brink intends to collaborate with both junior and senior members and groups of the departments.