Jean-Marie André


Born March 31, 1944 in Charleroi, Belgium

Professor of Theoretical and Chemical Physics, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur, Belgium.
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Pierre Bruylants Prize, Chemici Lovanienses, University of Louvain (1969), Jean Stas Prize, Royal Academy of Belgium (1970), Prize of the Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters of Hainaut (1970), Louis Empain Prize, Belgian University Foundation (1970), Agathon de Potter Prize, Royal Academy of Belgium, Corresponding Member (1981) and Full Member (1995) of the European Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, Triennial Prize of the Belgian Royal Chemical Society (1983), Annual Medal of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1984), Honorary member of the Polish Chemical Society (1986), Francqui Prize, Francqui Foundation (1991), Corresponding Member (1992) and the Full Member (2000) of the Royal Academy of Belgium, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Warsaw (1995)

Author of:

7 books, Plenum (1975), Reidel (1978), Springer (1980), Reidel (1984), World Scientific (1990), Presses Universitaires de Namur (1997).

Important Contributions:

  • Methodological research on the electronic properties of polymers and development of computer programmes (POLYMOL, PLH, VEH) for calculating band structure and properties of polymers. Role of long-range electrostatic interactions and analysis of the interplay between electronic (de)localisation, exchange effects, size of energy bands and the importance of electronic correlations. Development of original methodologies to determine the asymptotic electronic and vibrational (hyper)polarizabilities of the infinite polymer chains.
  • Theoretical interpretation of X-Ray (ESCA) or UV-induced photoelectron spectra of polymers and their use for the explanation of substitution, conformation and disorder effects.
  • Theoretical design of highly conducting organic polymers and molecular engineering of polymeric materials of interest in nonlinear optics.