Martina Havenith

ETH-FAST Fellow from April 16 - 25, 2014


Martina Havenith

C4-Professor (chair) Department of Physical Chemistry,
Laserspectroscopy and Biophotonics
Institute for Physical Chemistry II, Building NC 7/72
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Prof. Martina Havenith pioneered THz absorption spectroscopy as a new tool to study hydration dynamics in 2006.
A hot topic and covered during her lectures this week.

Key references:
1) "Solute-induced retardation of water dynamics probed directly by terahertz spectroscopy"
PNAS 103, 12301, 2006 Heugen-2006 PNAS
2) "An extended dynamical hydration shell around proteins"
PNAS 104, 20749, 2007 Ebbinghaus-2007 PNAS
3) "Correlated structural kinetics and retarded solvent dynamics at the metalloprotease active site"
Nat. Struc. & Mol. Bio 18, 1102, 2011 Grossman-2011 Nature SMB

Tutorial topics:
  • THz sources and THz applications – an overview (THz Overview)
  • Some like it cool – THz absorption studies of as a tool to study biomolecular hydration (Some Like it Cool)
  • Watching the dance of water in the hydration shell of ions and biomolecules in the THz frequency range (THz Dance)
  • Observing the rattling modes of ions in the THz Range (Ion Rattling)

Date and Time: Tuesday, 22. April, 13:15 - 16:00 and Friday, 25. April 9:15 - 12:00

Location: ETH Hönggerberg HCI D8

Certificate: If you need a certificate for credit points, please contact Jan van Beilen ()jad+n.x/vaw3nbq6eif/lee,n@n4phs2yst$.ep,tha)z.f1chc)

Martina Havenith studied physics and received her Ph.D. and Habilitation at the University of Bonn, Germany. She was a research associate and associate professor, also at the University of Bonn, before she took the C4-professor (chair) position at the Ruhr-University Bochum. She founded and currently serves as the director of the RESOLV excellence cluster (evaluated by DFG), and received a range of honors, awards and fellowships.
  • 4/1984-7/1987 Grant of the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”, (German National Academic Foundation)
  • 8/1987-7/1988 Oversea Grant of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 10/1988-7/1990 PhD Grant of the German National Academic Foundation
  • 3/1995 Bennigsen-Foerder-Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2/1995-1/1998 Habilitation grant of the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft”, (German Science Foundation)
  • 7-8/1998 Heisenberg grant of the German Science Foundation
  • since 2002 Full Member of the Academy of Science of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 2003 Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, University of Oxford
  • 3/2004 Human Frontier Science Programme (HFSP) Award
  • 8/2006 Offer: Chair of Physical Chemistry, University of Würzburg, declined
  • since 2007 Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • 5/2008 Rubitec Innovation Prize 2007 (Organization for Innovation and Technology at Ruhr University Bochum)
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