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September 24, 2010
Obituary: Luis Serrano-Andrés (1966-2010)
Luis Serrano-Andrés of the University of Valencia (Spain), a valued author and referee of ChemPhysChem, died recently in Spain. Serrano-Andrés was an outstanding chemist. His research interests were focused on the chemistry of the excited state, including the development of methods and computational strategies and their applications to molecular phenomena in spectroscopy, photophysics, and photochemistry. Since 2002 he was co-leader of the group of Quantum Chemistry for the Excited State (QCEXVAL) in Valencia, together with Professor Manuela Merchán. He was also one of the co-authors of the widely employed quantum chemistry program package MOLCAS.
Serrano-Andrés was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1966. He graduated in Chemistry in 1989 and obtained his doctoral degree at the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Valencia in 1994. He was also postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lund (Sweden) and invited and visiting researcher in Brazil, Sweden, and Poland. He was considered one of the most promising young scientists in his field. In 2001 he received the Prize for Young Scientists, awarded by the Royal Chemical Society of Spain, as well as the Prize for Promising Scientists from the International Society for Theoretical Chemical Physics and the Centre de Mécanique Ondulatoire Appliquée of Paris. His death, at the early age of 44, is a great loss for the excited states community.