Michel A. van Veenendaal

Presidential Research Professor
Department of Physics
Northern Illinois University
De Kalb IL 60115
veenendaal@niu.edu
tel.: (815) 753-0667
fax: (815) 753-8565

Physicist
Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne IL 60439
tel.: (630) 252-4533
fax: (630) 252-3222

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1990-1994 RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN (RUG)

Laboratory of Solid State Physics, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen , The Netherlands .
RUG was founded in 1614, which makes it the second oldest university in the Netherlands . It has 22,000 students and 5,000 employees.
Degree: Doctor (Dr. is equivalent to Ph.D.)

  • The thesis work was done in the group of Prof. Sawatzky and involved the study of transition metal oxides, high-T c materials, and C 60 by means of photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption.
  • Wrote significant papers on the extension of the Anderson impurity model, which strongly changed the concepts of core-level spectroscopy in strongly correlated materials.
  • Gave lectures to undergraduate students.

1986-1990 DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Department of Applied Physics, Lorentzweg 1, 2628 CJ Delft , The Netherlands .
Delft is the leading University of Technology in the Netherlands with 13,000 students
Degree: Ingenieur (Ir. equivalent to M.Sc.) .

  • My graduation work involved the study of the temperature dependence of the chemical potential of high-T c superconductors under the supervision of Dr. Van der Marel. This work was done in the group of Prof. Mooij.
  • Taught summer courses to first year students.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2005-present ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCE, ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

9700 S. Cass Avenue , Argonne , IL 60439 .
Argonne is one of the Department of Energy's largest research centers
Title: Physicist

  • I played an important role in laying the foundations for a joint NIU and APS Theory Program. The Theory and Software group, which is a joint program of NIU and APS, is an integral part of the APS organization in January 2004.

2001-present NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (NIU)

Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University , DeKalb , IL 60115 , USA .
NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of over 23,000.
Title: Presidential Research Professor

  • 2009-2013: Presidential Research Professor.
  • 2008-present: Professor in condensed-matter theory.
  • 2001-2008 Associate professor in Condensed matter theory.
  • Vice Chair of the Executive Board and Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology (INSET ).
  • Scientific Advisor and Co-founder of start-up company Northern Illinois Nanotech

2001-2005 ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

9700 S. Cass Avenue , Argonne , IL 60439 .
Title: Resident Associate

1998-2001 PHILIPS RESEARCH LABORATORIES EINDHOVEN (PRLE)

Prof. Holstlaan 4, 5656 AA Eindhoven , The Netherlands .
PRLE is the largest research laboratory in the Netherlands, where the majority of the research for Royal Philips Electronics is done.
Title: Senior Scientist

  • Research project on aberration correction in (scanning) transmission electron microscopes.
  • Project leader for the development of a new focused ion beam column. Research subjects included Monte-Carlo studies of the interactions between particles in a beam and lens optimizations.
  • Project leader on methodologies in X-ray diffraction.

1997-1998 NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (NIU)

Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University , DeKalb , IL 60115 , USA .
Title: Research Associate

  • Collaborated with Prof. Fedro in the theoretical effort as part of a grant on colossal-magneto-resistance (CMR) materials, funded by the Office of Naval Research. This work included collaborations with researchers from NIU and Argonne National Laboratory.
  • Published two Physical Review papers on magnetic structure and charge-order of the manganites.

1994-1997 EUROPEAN SYNCHROTRON RADIATION FACILITY (ESRF)

Rue de Martyrs, Grenoble , France .
The ESRF is a multinational research laboratory supported by 17 European countries and operates an electron-storage ring as a powerful source of X-rays.
Title: Research Associate

  • Arranged financial support for position from the European Union.
  • Interpreted results of state-of-the-art X-ray spectroscopy experiments.
  • The research involved the study of the interactions of X-rays with a broad range of materials, such as graphite, strongly correlated compounds with transition-metal and rare-earth ions. Techniques included X-ray scattering and absorption and Magnetic X-ray dichroism.
  • The work was done in the group of Dr. Altarelli (direct supervisor Dr. Carra) and involved many collaborations with experimentalists working at the synchrotron.
  • Wrote a substantial number of important papers in the field of X-ray spectroscopy, including several Physical Review Letters.
  • Supervised and directed Ph.D. and undergraduate students.

 

IN THE NEWS

Paper in Physical Review Letters on iridium compounds

APS HIGHLIGHT

Paper in Physical Review Letters on ultrafast intersystem crossings

APS HIGHLIGHT
NORTHERN TODAY

DOE grant and group leader position at ANL

NORTHERN TODAY

Promotion to Presidential Research Professor

NORTHERN TODAY
YOU TUBE
ADVANCED PHOTON SOURCE NEWS

Paper in Physical Review Letters on pressure-induced effects in manganites

APS HIGHLIGHT

Establishment of Computational Materials Sicence Network

NIU NORTHERN TODAY (9/22/2008)

Paper in Science on orbital reconstruction at interfaces

APS HIGHLIGHT
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS RELEASE
SCIENCE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR Nr. 5

NIU NORTHERN TODAY (10/22/2007) AND (1/22/2008)

Three Phys. Rev. Lett. in a year

NIU NORTHERN TODAY KUDO (6/4/2007)

New Insights into the world's strongest magnets

APS PRESS RELEASE
APS HIGHLIGHT

AWARDS

2009-2013 Presidential Research Professor, Northern Illinois University.
2005 Outstanding Grant Acquisition Award from NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
2002-7 Research Innovation Award of the Research Corporation.
1994-6 Human Capital and Mobility fellow of the European Union.

TEACHING

COURSES TAUGHT

2010 Fall: Solid-state physics II (666)
2009 Fall: Solid-state physics II (666)
2008 Fall: General Intermediate Physics (252)
2008 Fall: Solid-state physics II (667)
2008 Spring: Statistical thermodynamics (563)
2007 Fall: General Intermediate Physics (252)
2006 Fall: General Intermediate Physics (252)
2005 Fall: General Intermediate Physics (252)
2005 Spring: Quantum mechanics-II (561)
2004 Fall: Quantum mechanics-I (560)
2004 Spring: Quantum mechanics-II (561)
2003 Fall: Quantum mechanics-I (560)
2003 Spring: Quantum mechanics-II (561)
2002 Fall: Quantum mechanics-I (560)
2002 Spring: Mathematical Methods for Physicists (485)

 ADVISING ACTIVITIES

Postdoctoral supervision:

Students:

  • Voltaire Teodorescu, (M.S. 2005)
  • Usha Gururajarao (M.S., 2004)

PROFESSIONALLY SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS 

  • Referee for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Applied Physics Letters, J. of Applied Physics, Europhysics Letters, Physica B, Physica C, J. Phys. C, Supercond. Sc. Technol., J. Physics and Chemistry of Solids, New J. of Phys., IEEE Transactions on Magnetics.
  • Reviewer of proposals for Basic Energy Sciences, Department of Energy Condensed Matter Physics (Department of Defense), and the Research Corporation.
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for the 2004 International Conference on Inelastic X-ray Scattering
  • I am one of the founders of the start-up nanotechnology company Northern Illinois Nanotech, together with Michael Haji-Sheikh (EE), Kazimierz Gofron (APS/ANL), and Clyde Kimball (Physics).
  • I am member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Inelastic X-ray Scattering Collaborative Access Team (IXS-CAT) at the Advanced Photon Source.
  • Organizer of the X-ray Spectroscopy section of the Argonne Theory Institute (2003-5)
  • I developed a program to calculate spectral line shapes obtained with high-energy spectroscopy in the strongly correlated limit. This program is currently used at several universities and laboratories.
  • I developed a code to calculate the effects of statistical Coulomb blurring on the spot size of electron microscopes and focused ion beams. This code involved the development of new techniques to improve the accuracy of a numerical evaluation of the Coulomb interactions between the charged particles. This program is currently in use at Philips Research and FEI.