Bert de Jong
Bert de Jong leads the Scientific Computing Group, 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, with specialization and strong capabilities in modeling heavy element chemistry. He was a lead developer of the NWChem software at the EMSL, one of four developers of the unique fully relativistic software MOLFDIR for quantum chemistry, and contributed to the development of the fully relativistic software DIRAC, a relativistic ab initio quantum chemistry program.
Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, de Jong was with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). There he lead the High Performance Software Development Group responsible for NWChem at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility providing integrated experimental and computational resources for environmental molecular science research.
He has published more than 80 journal papers, five conference papers and five book chapters and has given 40 invited presentations and lectures at international conferences and universities.
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 in 1993 and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Technical College of Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, in 1990. He was a postdoctoral fellow at PNNL before transitioning to a staff member in 2000.