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About Professor Michel Andre Van Hove

Michel A. Van Hove's research has focused on the determination of the atomic-scale structure and bonding at solid surfaces and in nanostructures, in order to establish the atomistic basis of surface science, nanoscience and their many technological applications (catalysis, electronic devices, corrosion, tribology, etc.). He developed and implemented powerful novel methods of electron scattering theory and computation, most recently for nanostructures. In particular, electron diffraction and holography have been developed for structural determination of surfaces and interfaces. He also played a central role in producing a database of solved surface structures.

His work furthermore addressed the use of synchrotron radiation to materials science, particularly using photoelectron diffraction. He has also conducted research on the theory of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM), in order to enable the interpretation of atomic-resolution images. His studies have included total-energy calculations of adsorption at surfaces, ab initio modeling of quantum well states of relevance to magnetic ultrathin films, and the simulation and investigation of segregation phenomena in bimetallic alloy nanoparticles. Another area of ongoing research is molecular machines.


Present Director of Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
Present Acting Head and Chair Professor, Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Physics


Research Interests


1974 PhD, University of Cambridge ‐ Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory
1969 Diplom-Physiker, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Contact Information

Institute of Computational and Theoretical Studies
Hong Kong Baptist University
Kowloon Tong, HONG KONG
Tel: (852) 3411-2766
Fax: (852): 3411-2761