Bert de Jong

Bert de Jong leads the Computational Chemistry, Materials, and Climate (CCMC) Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which advances scientific computing by developing and enhancing applications in key disciplines, as well as developing tools and libraries for addressing general problems in computational science. He has a background in general chemistry, chemical engineering and high performance computational chemistry. At LBNL de Jong leads a DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) funded interdisciplinary Quantum Algorithms Team of quantum algorithm developers, mathematicians and computer scientists will design and deliver novel algorithms, compiling techniques, and scheduling tools for chemical sciences that will break new ground in modeling dynamical processes in chemistry and will advance machine learning on near-term quantum computing platforms, and provide a foundation for algorithmic development by the broader scientific and engineering scientific community. He also is a co-PI of the LBNL’s Advanced Quantum-Enabled Simulation (AQuES) Testbed. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, de Jong was with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). There he led the High-Performance Software Development Group responsible for the parallel computational chemistry code NWChem at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL). de Jong earned his doctorate in theoretical chemistry in 1998 from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He earned his master’s in chemistry from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands in 1993. He was a postdoctoral fellow at PNNL before transitioning to a staff member in 2000. In 2013 he moved to LBNL to lead the CCMC group.