Dr. Erich Wimmer

Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of the Board

Erich is responsible for the team’s success and the company's growth.

Dr. Erich Wimmer
Professional experience: 

Before becoming one of the founders of Materials Design®, Erich was director of contract research at Molecular Simulations, Inc. and founder of an industrial consortium for electronic, optical, and magnetic materials. Between 1985 and 1992, he was Technical Director at Cray Research where he promoted the application of large-scale supercomputer simulations for solving industrial problems in chemistry and materials science. He initiated and led an industrial consortium of companies such as DuPont, Exxon and 3M to develop a new generation of software ("UniChem"). Prior to joining Cray Research, he held a faculty position in physical chemistry at the University of Vienna, Austria.

He is author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications and book contributions. A noted authority in computational materials science, he has lectured in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Korea, and organized several international conferences. Erich is co-founder and one of the editors of the Journal of Computer-Aided Materials Design®. He also serves as referee of international journals including Science and Physical Review, and was recently nominated “Outstanding Referee” by the American Physical Society. He is also a long-time member of the American Chemical Society and the Materials Research Society.

He received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1977 from the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria. As research associate in the group of Prof. A. J. Freeman at Northwestern University, Erich was instrumental in the development of a highly accurate quantum mechanical method. Known as the FLAPW method, it calculates structural, electronic and chemical properties of solids and surfaces.

A Viennese native, Erich and his French wife Anne have three children sharing their love for music, skiing, and travel. As time allows, Erich plays the piano, composes music, enjoys oil painting, and also can be found windsurfing and sailing.