Ria Broer-Braam


Born August 24th 1951 in Marum, a village in the north of The Netherlands.

Professor of Theoretical Chemistry, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
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Senior Fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (1987-1992); Visiting Professor University of Florida (QTP, 1990-1991); Visiting Professor University Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (2006, 2007).

Author of:

Magnetic Interactions in Molecules and Solids, C. de Graaf and R. Broer (textbook, Springer, 2015) 100 papers in scientific journals, including several books chapters

Important Contributions:

  • Development and application of methods for studying spectroscopic and magnetic properties of materials in the solid state using ab initio molecular quantum chemical methods, using embedded cluster models. The local approach has a basis in early work on symmetry breaking.
  • Non-orthogonal configuration interaction for the treatment of local excitations in compounds with strong electron correlation effects.
  • Isotropic and anisotropic magnetic interactions in molecules and solids; switching processes in bi-stable transition metal compounds. With Coen de Graaf and others.
  • Interpretation and prediction of core excitation spectra in transition metal compounds; combined treatment of electron correlation and relativistic effects. With Paul Bagus.
  • Design of donor-acceptor blends for organic photovoltaic materials; enhanced exciton separation; study of the mechanism of singlet fission. With Remco Havenith.