Biography / History
Biography
Marcel Swart obtained his PhD in Groningen (NL) with a study on copper proteins. In subsequent post-doc positions, he worked on iron enzymes and DNA. Since May 2006, he is working at the Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi (Univ. Girona). He was promoted to ICREA Research Professor on September 1, 2009. He has published >130 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals that have been cited more than 4000 (ISI-WoS), times, with a corresponding h-index of 33 (data from March 2017).
He has been invited to give seminars at several international scientific conferences, workshops, and visits to scientific groups. He has acted as chairman at several (inter)national scientific meetings, and has been invited for a series of lectures in Japan. He has been awarded the Young Scientist Excellence Award 2005 by ICCMSE, and has been selected as one of the promising young inorganic chemists of "The next generation" that were invited to contribute to a special issue of Inorganica Chimica Acta in 2007, and to a special issue of Polyhedron in 2010. He has been invited to form part of tribunals for Master and PhD ceremonies in The Netherlands and in Spain. He has received funding for starting his own research group from 2009 onwards, and has been successful in attracting promising young scientists to join his group with European/Spanish postdoc positions (Marie Curie: Ferran Feixas [2015-2017]; Beatriu de Pinós: Alexandra Carvalho [2012-2013], Ferran Feixas [2013-2014]; Juan de la Cierva: Mikael Johansson [2010-2013], Sílvia Osuna [2013-2016, including FP7-CIG 2016-2018]), or with a PhD scholarship (Abril Castro, 2013-2017).
In 2012, he was awarded the MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize "for his development of new computational chemistry programs, design of new research tools and application to (bio)chemical systems that are highly relevant for society and science. Competition for the prize was very strong this year, but Dr Swart's submission was truly outstanding" (www.mgms.org). Furthermore, he was invited to speak at TEDxUdG (I'm a Chemist) and organized a CECAM/ESF Workshop on "Spin states in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry" (Zaragoza, highlighted in Nature Chem. 2013, 5, 7-9). He is member of the Claustre of the University of Girona, and was member of the Academic Committee of the Doctorate Program in Chemistry of the Univ. Girona. In 2013 he was asked to become Editor for a Wiley book on "Spin states in biochemistry and inorganic chemistry" (release date Dec. 2015).
In 2014, he was invited to form part of the RES Users Committee (CURES) (Comité de Usuarios de la Red Española de Supercomputación), was selected for the list of 100 chemists on Twitter by Stuart Cantrill (Editor Nature Chemistry), was invited and selected to become member of the Young Academy of Europe, and wrote a guest post on Nature Chemistry's blog about the annual DFTpoll he organizes together with Matthias Bickelhaupt and Miquel Duran. Since April 2014, he is Action Chair for COST Action CM1305 (ECOSTBio).
In 2015, he was elected as Director of Institut de Química Computacional i Catàlisi, invited to become Associate Editor for RSC Advances (resigned in Oct. 2016), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
In 2016, he was elected to the Board of the YAE, and took over as Chair of the YAE early 2017.
Previous positions
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