Roi Baer has been awarded the Heising-Simons Fellowship for Fall 2015 at the Kavli Energy NanoScience Institute (ENSI) at Berkeley, for his work on the theory of electron-dynamics in molecules, clusters and nanocrystals. He was appointed this fellowship from January 15, 2015 to August 31, 2016.
Professor Roi Baer of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a theoretical chemist, developing new theories and computational methods to predict the properties of molecules, nanocrystals and in general materials directly from the basic laws of quantum physics. His research focuses on the search of new ways for producing sustainable energy, including conversion of sunlight to electricity via solar-cells and the production of clean and efficient fuels from natural gas. Baer's recent research involves development of new computational techniques for studying the behavior of charge carriers in nanocrystals and polymers.
Baer has a PhD from the Hebrew University (1996) and was a post doc at the University of California Berkeley (1998). He holds the Ratner Family Chair of Chemistry and is the director of the prestigious chemical theory center, the Fritz Haber Center for Molecular Dynamics at the Hebrew University. He is the recipient of the 2013 Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers Science of the Hebrew University as well as the Josepha and Leonid Olschwang Research Prize from the Israel Academy of Science. Baer is a current member of the editorial board of the American Chemical Society's Journals of Physical Chemistry and a past member of the board of Annual Reviews of Physical Chemistry and the Physical Chemistry-Chemical Physics (PCCP) journal. Baer has published over 135 articles and has a patented discovery.