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Michel Van Veenendaal

Group Leader and Physicist
Theory and Software
X-ray Science Division

Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave
Building 401-B4208

(630) 252-4533 • email



He is currently the Group Leader of the Theory and Software Group and a Presidential Research Professor in condensed-matter theory at Northern Illinois University. His major research focus is strongly correlated materials and systems away from equilibrium, in particular, the study thereof with X-rays.

He has written 64 publications that are published in highly-cited journals, such as Physical Review Letters (19), Review of Modern Physics (1) and Science (1). The total number of citations exceeds fifteen hundred.


He has obtained grants from the Department of Energy, the University of Chicago/Argonne National Laboratory, and the Research Corporation totalling more than 2 million dollar.

Selected Publications

Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering studies of elementary excitations
L. J. P. Ament, M. van Veenendaal, T. P. Devereaux, J. P. Hill, and J. van den Brink 
Accepted for publication in Rev. Mod. Phys.

Orbital magnetism and spin-orbit effects in the electronic structure of BaIrO3
M. A. Laguna-Marco, D. Haskel, N. Souza-Neto, V. V. Krishnamurthy, S. Chikara, G. Cao, and M. van Veenendaal
Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 216407 (2010).

Fast intersystem crossing in transition-metal compounds
M. van Veenendaal, J. Chang, and A. J. Fedro
Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 067401 (2010).

Orbital reconstruction and covalent bonding at an oxide interface
J. Chakhalian, J. W. Freeland, H.-U. Habermeier, G. Cristiani, G. Khaliullin, M. van Veenendaal, and B. Keimer
Science 318, 114 (2007).

Prediction of strong dichroism induced by x-rays carrying orbital momentum 
M. van Veenendaal and I. McNulty
Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 , 157401 (2007)

Photoinduced magnetism caused by charge-transfer excitations in teracyanoethylene-based organic magnets 
S. Erdin and M. van Veenendaal
Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 , 247202 (2006).

Polarization dependence of L- and M-edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering on transition-metal compounds
M. van Veenendaal 
Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 117404 (2006).

Theory of indirect resonant inelastic x-ray scattering 
J. van den Brink and M. van Veenendaal, 
J. Phys. Chem. Solids 66, 2145 (2005)

Research Interests

Condensed-matter theory

Transition-metal compounds

X-ray spectroscopy

Nonequilibrium phenomena


Ph.D. (Dr.), Physics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, 1994

M.Sc. (Ir.), Physics, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 1990


2005-present: Physicist, APS, Argonne National Laboratory

2001-present: Presidential Research Professor, Northern Illinois University

1998-2001: Senior Scientists, Philips Research Laboratories

1997-1998: Postdoctoral Associate, Northern Illinois University

1994-1997: Postdoctoral Associate, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France


Awards and Honors

2009-2013: Presidential Research Professor, NIU

2005 Outstanding Grant Acquisition Award from NIU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

2002-7 Research Innovation Award of the Research Corporation.

1994-6 Human Capital and Mobility fellow of the European Union.


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