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Sigrid D. Peyerimhoff

Sigrid D. Peyerimhoff (born January 12 1937 in Rottweil) is a theoretical chemist and Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Bonn, Germany.

In 1994 she was awarded the German Federal Order of Merit, first class. She received the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Prize in 1988. She is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science and received its annual medal in 1977. She is member of many scientific academies and professional societies and on the executive board of many of them.

She is the author of over 400 original articles in various international journals [1] and coauthor of Umweltstandards: Fakten und Bewertungsprobleme am Beispiel des Strahlenrisikos. Her history of computational chemistry in Germany" is of particular note. [2] She edited Interactions in Molecules. [3]


Quantum chemistry

Her contributions have been to the development of ab initio quantum chemical methods, in particular, multireference configuration interaction, and to their application in many fields of physics and chemistry. Particular emphasis has been given to electronically excited states, molecular spectra and photochemistry. Many studies are on atmospheric molecules and ions, their lifetimes in excited states and decomposition due to radiative and non-radiative processes, and on stability and spectra of clusters.


Some of her students became well-known for their contribution to quantum chemistry: Bernd Engels, Stefan Grimme, Bernd A. Hess, Christel Marian, and Bernd M. Nestmann.

Partial bibliography

  • Peyerimhoff, Sigrid D. Interactions in Molecules: Electronic and Steric Effects. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH, 2003. ISBN 3527277323


  1. ^ Publication list
  2. ^ The Development of Computational Chemistry in Germany, Reviews in Computational Chemistry, Volume 18, pg 257, 2002
  3. ^ Wiley page on Interactions in Molecules
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