About NCCR MUSTThe NCCR MUST (Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology) is an interdisciplinary research program launched by the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2010. It brings together 18 Swiss research groups working in Ultrafast Science across the fields of physics and chemistry. Our themes are:
- Watching atoms and electrons in molecules and solids at work
- Observing the fastest processes in nature
- Controlling atomic and electronic motion
In Switzerland every modern aspect of Ultrafast Science is covered by the MUST network and Swiss researchers are among the leaders in the field. The research goals of MUST include examining the structural dynamics of the building blocks in nature, and how changes in structure are related to function. Moreover, MUST will shed light on the role of electrons, specifically the rearrangement of the electron density during changes in structure. MUST will also try to measure how fast electrons are transported within molecules to tackle problems related to electron transport.
Such science is fundamental in nature but relates strongly to a number of major challenges which our society faces. A detailed understanding of the structural dynamics of molecules will help developing alternative sources of energy, synthesizing complex drugs, or designing electronics in the post-Moore’s law era.
The NCCR MUST network is developing outreach projects to promote science in schools, and activities to promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in science.