Prof. Nguyen Minh Tho (GS. Nguyễn Minh Thọ)

Head of Laboratory for Chemical Computation and Modeling (Lab CCM)

H-Index (WoS): 63; Citation (WoS): > 18,817

H-Index (Scopus): 59; Citation (Scopus): > 17,387


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ResearcherID: N-9582-2019

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3803-0569


  • 1959 – 1970: Primary and Secondary Schools in Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • 1970 – 1971: Baccalaureate in Saigon, Vietnam
  • December 1971 – July 1975: Licence en Sciences Chimiques, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • October 1975 – March 1980: Doctorat en Sciences Chimiques, Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique, Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • October 1985: Degree of Doctor of Science (D. Sc. Degree), University College, Dublin, National University of Ireland


  • 1971 – 1975: Holder of a undergraduate scholarship of the Vietnamese Government
  • 1975 – 1980: Holder of a specialization doctoral fellowship of the Belgian Government, March 1980-April 1981: Post-doctoral Fellow, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • May 1981-June 1983: Post-doctoral Fellow, Afdeling Kwantumchemie, Departement Scheikunde, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • July 1983 – November 1983: Visiting Scientist, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-Zürich, Switzerland
  • December 1983 – March 1986: Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University College Dublin, Ireland 2
  • March 1986 – November 1987: Research Fellow, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • January 1988-September 1989: Hoofddocent (Associate Professor), Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • October 1989 – September 1993: Bevoegdverklaard Navorser (Research Associate), National Fund for Scientific Research, NFWO-Belgium
  • October 1993 – September 1997: Onderzoeksleider (Research Leader), FWO-Vlaanderen
  • October 1996 – September 2000: Hoofddocent (Associate Professor), Department Chemistry, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • October 1997 – September 2000: Onderzoeksdirecteur (Research Director), FWO-Vlaanderen
  • October 2000 – September 2007: Hoogleraar (Professor), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • October 2007 – September 2019: Gewoon Hoogleraar (Chair Professor), KU Leuven, Department of Chemistry, Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry
  • October 2019: Emeritus Professor KU Leuven
  • May 2009 – now: Institute for Computational Science and Technology at Ho Chi Minh City (ICST), Head of Laboratory for Molecular Science and Nanomaterials
  • June 2015 – now: Adjunct Professor, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Head of Computational Chemistry Research Group
  • March 2018 – now: Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech), Taipei, Taiwan


  • Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Materials Science



  1. KU Leuven Research Council GOA (2014-2018) on Quantum Rules for Clusters, PI, ~ 1 million euro.
  2. 2016 – 2019: Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) project on Magnetic Nanoclusters, co-PI, ~450.000 euro
  3. Interuniversity development cooperation projects supported by the Flemish Interuniversity Council (VLIR), and Eramus Programn of the European Commission:
  4. 2012 – 2014: VLIR South Initiative Project, Quy Nhon University, Vietnam, on strengthening and building up a Master education program (promoter), with a budget of 75.000 euro.
  5. 2016 – 2019: Quy Nhon University, TEAM project, Vietnam, on building up a doctoral program in chemistry (promoter), with a budget of ~400.000 euro.
  6. MOMA program’: Eramus Key Action Program KA2+ on curriculum development for the 4 universities in Vietnam, National University of Education Hanoi, University of Da Nang, Quy Nhon University and Can Tho University (co-promoter), with a budget of ~1 million euro.
  7. 09/2014 – 09/2015: Multiple Transition Metal Doped Boron Clusters: Structures, Bonding and Applications, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.
  8. 12/2014 – 12/2015: Nghiên cứu lý thuyết của một số kim loại pha tạp cụm Silicon: cơ chế của sự tăng trưởng và liên kết, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.
  9. 09/2016 – 04/2018: Theoretical Study on Novel Properties of Multiple Doped Boron Clusters by Carbon, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.
  10. 09/2016 – 04/2018: Theoretical Design of Semiconductor Materials Applied to Solar Cells Using Organic Conjugated Polymers, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.
  11. 12/2018 – 05/2020: Thiết kế lý thuyết vật liệu hữu cơ và điện cực đối kháng không kim loại cho pin mặt trời, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.
  12. 12/2018 – 06/2020: Cấu trúc hình học và đặc điểm liên kết của nhóm nguyên tử nguyên tố boron bị pha tạp bởi nhiều dị nguyên tố, Department of Science and Technology Ho Chi Minh City.



  • Total Master, PhD (main role): ~ 70.


  • 1980: Prix Jan-Servais Stas, Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (Belgian Royal Academy of Science).
  • 1980: Prix Pierre Bruylants de “l’Association des Chimistes de Louvain”, Belgique.
  • 1997: Prix Triennal Agathon De Potter, Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux Arts de Belgique (Belgian Royal Academy of Science), for the period 1994 – 1996.
  • 1997, 2004: Emerson Fellow, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.
  • 2000: Fellow of the Japan Industry and Technology Association (JITA).
  • 2004: Nominated for the Quinquennial 2000-2005 FWO Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize for Exact Sciences.
  • 2009: Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
  • 2009: Nominated for the Quinquennial 2006-2010 FWO Dr. A. De Leeuw-Damry-Bourlart Prize for Exact Sciences.
  • 2018: Top reviewers in Chemistry – Clarivate.
  • 2019: Doctor Honoris Causa, Quy Nhon University, Viet Nam.


  • 1990 – 2019: Member of the Board of Department Chemistry, Faculty of Science, KU Leuven.
  • 1990 – 2019: Member of the Board of Division of Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry, KU Leuven.
  • 2000 – 2013: Member of Selection Committees of the Flemish (Belgian) Fund for Scientific Research, FWO-Vlaanderen, with various committees on chemistry.
  • 2005 – 2019: Member of the Standing Committee of the European Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modeling (TCCM).
  • 2018: Co-Chair of the Taiwan-Thailand-Vietnam Conference on Computational Chemistry.
  • 2015: Member of the Board of the Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists, APATCC.
  • 1986: Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS USA).
  • 1990: Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC, UK).
  • 2009 – now: Coordinating Editor of the Series “Lecture Notes in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling, TCCM”, of Springer.
  • 2000 – 2010: Member of Editorial Board of “International Journal of Molecular Sciences”. IJMS.
  • 2018 – now: Member of the Editorial Board of “Symmetry”.