Prof. Dr. Hans Peter LüthiDirector, Competence Center for Computational Chemistry & Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, ETH Zürich
Hans P. Lüthi obtained his MSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from ETH Zürich and the University of Zürich. After post-doctoral studies at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose (California) (1984-1986) and a visiting professorship Minnesota Supercomputer Institute in Minneapolis (1986/87), he returned to ETH Zurich, where he was involved in building-up the Swiss Supercomputing infrastructure.
Lüthi’s research interests are in the electronic structure and properties of large molecules as well as in high performance computing. He made major contributions to the development of the Hartree-Fock method (direct methods, parallel computing, distributed computing) as well as to the understanding of chemical phenomena (prediction of the stability of the “buckyball” (1987), design of molecular switches (1997), reactivity of hypervalent iodine compounds (2007-)). As early as in 1991, Lüthi, together with colleagues of the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, was able to distribute large electronic structure computations over trans-continental network of supercomputers. Still interested in delocalized computing, his focus shifted more towards the processing of (distributed) information obtained from electronic structure calculations.
Lüthi is the director of the ETH Zurich “Competence Center for Computational Chemistry”, and a senior lecturer at the ETH Zurich Department of Chemistry. He was the chairman of the management committee of a European project on Grid computing (COST D37), and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Swiss Chemical Society.