Robert Schade is a scientific advisor for computational chemistry and theoretical physics at Paderborn Center for Parallel Computing (PC²) at Paderborn University, Germany, since 2019. He received his Ph.D. from Georg-August University Göttingen in 2019 for the development of new methods for the ab-initio simulation of materials with strong local electronic correlations.
In his Ph. D. work, Robert Schade developed a novel method to describe strong local electronic correlations in solids based on reduced density matrix functional theory (rDMFT). This work involved combining techniques from quantum chemistry such as configuration interaction-based methods, two-particle reduced density-matrix functional theory, and variational Monte-Carlo methods with density functionals in the framework of density-matrix functional theory for solids and molecules.
At PC², Robert Schade is engaged in HPC-consulting for scientific users and research on the design and implementation of new highly parallel algorithms for quantum chemistry and their acceleration with FPGAs and GPUs.