Daan Frenkel received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Amsterdam (NL). He worked as a postdoc at UCLA and, subsequently, at Shell Research (Amsterdam), the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam and the FOM Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam.
In 2007 he was appointed 1968 Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University, where he was also the Head of Department of Chemistry between 2011 and 2015. Since October 2018 he is emeritus professor and freelance scientist.
Daan is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. In addition, he is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (London), the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences).
Daan’s research focuses on the use of numerical simulations to predict the stability and rate of formation of self-assembled structures and materials. He has published over 450 papers in international journals, and co-authored two books.
His research focuses on numerical simulations of many-body systems, with emphasis on problems relating to ordering, transport and self-assembly.