Berend Smit received an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 1987 and an MSc in Physics both from the Technical University in Delft (the Netherlands). He received in 1990 cum laude PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University (the Netherlands). He was a (senior) Research Physicists at Shell Research, Amsterdam from 1988-1997, Professor of Computational Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands) 1997-2007. In 2004 Berend Smit was elected Director of the European Center of Atomic and Molecular Computations (CECAM) in Lyon France. Since 2007 he is the Chancellor’s Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. He also holds a position as Faculty Chemist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Since 2009 Berend Smit is directing one of the Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Centers.
Berend Smit’s research is focused on the development and application of molecular simulation techniques.