Forthcoming Events

19.04.2020 - 22.04.2020, AkademieHotel, Karlsruhe, Germany
11.05.2020 - 11.05.2020, Paul Scherrer Institute, Auditorium Lecture Hall, PSI West
03.06.2020 - 05.06.2020, Nyon, Switzerland


New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Banerji and Chergui
Ruth Signorell receives the Humboldt Prize- awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in research and teaching
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Keller, Chergui, Richardson / Vanicek, Wörner, Castiglioni / Osterwalder / Hengsberger / van Bokhoven
Ursula Keller wins the SPIE 2020 Gold Medal- awarded in recognition of outstanding engineering or scientific accomplishments
Nobel Prize winner Gerard Mourou - Physics Colloquium 11.12.19: Passion Extreme Light
Paths to a professorship – 23 interviews
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Peter Hamm, Ursula Keller, Jörg Standfuss, and Fabrizio Carbone

MUST 2020, International Conference on Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology

September 6 - 10, 2020, Hotel Sunstar Grindelwald

Registration and Paper Submission are now open!

The scientific sessions of MUST2020 consist of plenaries, invited and contributed talks and poster sessions. The meeting will start on Sunday evening September 6, 2020 and run to Thursday noon, September 10. MUST2020 will be held in Grindelwald, in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland at the foot of the Jungfrau mountain massive. The conference will cover:
  • Solid State and Surface Physics
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Attosecond science
  • Ultrafast spectroscopy and imaging from Terahertz to X-ray
  • Theory of ultrafast processes in physics and chemistry
  • Femtochemistry
  • Biology and biophotonics

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Grindelwald! For more details: see the conference website:

Our plenary speakers:

Prof. Helen Fielding - Ultrafast Transient Absorption, University College, London

Professor Fielding’s group is recognized internationally for their original work in the field of spectroscopy and dynamics of excited state of molecules. During the last 15 years, they have designed and built four separate experiments employing photoelectron spectroscopy to study small neutral molecules in the gas-phase, large molecular anions in the gas-phase, molecules on surfaces and, most recently, organic chromophores in solution. They also have expertise in electronic structure theory to support the interpretation of their experimental work. Highlights from their work on biological chromophore anions include showing that the first electronically excited state of the isolated green fluorescent protein chromophore anion in the gas-phase is bound with respect to electron detachment, contradicting earlier theoretical predictions (J. Phys. Chem. A 116, 7943, 2012), finding that the relaxation dynamics in the gas-phase are identical to those in solution (Chem. Sci. 4, 921, 2013) and demonstrating that the redox properties of the chromophore can be controlled by moving the position of a hydroxy group on the chromophore or chemical substituents with electron withdrawing or electron donating character (Chem. Sci. 8, 1621, 2017; Chem. Sci. 8, 3154, 2017).

Prof. Ilme Schlichting, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, X-ray free electron-laser based structural biology

Structural biology, and in particular scattering-based techniques making use of X-rays and electrons, have provided high-resolution insight in the structure and function of molecules, molecular assemblies, and cells. Despite a lot of advances in instrumentation, radiation damage limits high resolution imaging of biological material using conventional X-ray or electron based approaches and can change in particular redox sensitive cofactors, compromising chemical insight in reaction mechanisms. X-ray free-electron lasers (XFELs) exceed the peak brilliance of conventional synchrotrons by almost 10 billion times. They promise to break the nexus between radiation damage, sample size, and resolution by providing extremely intense femtosecond X-ray pulses that pass the sample before the onset of significant radiation damage. (Recent Publications in link below)

Prof. Rupert Huber, Ultrafast Quantum Electronics and Photonics, D-Phys, University of Regensburg

Many of the fundamental laws and unexpected phenomena in condensed matter physics are caused by extremely fast dynamics of electrons and ions on the femtosecond time [1] and terahertz frequency scale [2]. Unravelling such ultrafast processes is the main interest of our research. We develop next-generation, high-intensity femtosecond laser sources and THz technology, and employ them to explore novel femtophysics.
[1] 1 fs = 10-15 s
[2] 1 THz = 1012 Hz

Recent highlight in Nature: Temporal and spectral fingerprints of ultrafast all-coherent spin switching(e.g. Nature 569 383 2019

Prof. Herschel Rabitz, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

Herschel Rabitz graduated from Harvard University in 1970, earning his Ph.D. in chemical physics. This was followed by post-doctoral work at the University of Wisconsin. In 1971 Professor Rabitz joined the faculty of the Princeton University Department of Chemistry, and from July 1993 to July 1996 he was chair of the department. He is also an affiliated member of Princeton University’s Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Professor Rabitz’s research interests lie at the interface of chemistry, physics, and engineering, with principal areas of focus including: molecular dynamics, biophysical chemistry, chemical kinetics, and optical interactions with matter. An overriding theme throughout his research is the emphasis on molecular scale

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