Forthcoming Events

26.03.2018 - 28.03.2018, Hilton Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
22.04.2018 - 26.04.2018, Strasbourg Convention & Exhibition Centre, France


Thomas Feuer: Vortrag über THz Strahlung (in German)- in der Physikalischen Gesellschaft Zürich (PGZ)
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Ursula Keller, Thomas Feuer, Majed Chergui and Hans Jakob Wörner
Peter Hamm selected as the 2018 recipient of the Ellis R. Lippincott Award (OSA)- for seminal contributions to developing multidimensional infrared, Raman and Terahertz spectroscopy
Ursula Keller awarded the IEEE Photonics Award 2018 -for her work as a pioneer in the field of ultrafast lasers
Jean-Pierre Wolf to Receive ZEISS Research Award - for his groundbreaking application of laser pulses in researching the earth’s atmosphere
Three new scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Jean-Pierre Wolf, Majed Chergui / Rafael Abela / Chris Milne and Ursula Keller /Jörg Osterwalder / Matthias Hengsberger
Special Issue of Structural Dynamics on the NCCR MUST- with 10 reviews and 2 perspectives
Majed Chergui elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences of Spain - as successor to Ahmed Zewail (1999 Chemistry Nobel Laureate)
GAP-Biophotonics with Jean-Pierre Wolf-visited by the Grand Conseil of Geneva
First time resolved Pilot Experiment by SwissFEL (30.11.2017): Semiconductor to metal transition in Ti3O5 nanocrystals
ERC Consolidator Grant for Hans Jakob WörnerAttosecond X-ray spectroscopy of liquids ...
ERC Consolidator Grant for Fabrizio CarboneVisualizing the Conformational Dynamics of Proteins ...

ERC Starting Grant for Ulrich Lorenz

Visualizing the Conformational Dynamics of Proteins by Time-Resolved Electron Microscopy

Ulrich Lorenz is a junior PI in MUST. Since March 1, 2016, he has an Assistant Professorship at EPFL that is sponsored by the Swiss National Science Foundation. On June 1, he was appointed Tenure Track Assistant Professor. He studied Chemistry at the University of Würzburg, straying very briefly into Metal Organic Chemistry, before discovering his interest in Molecular Physics. During his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Thomas Rizzo at EPFL, he worked on the spectroscopy and dynamics of cryogenic molecular ions in the gas-phase, which included a fair share of instrument development. For his postdoc in the group of Prof. Ahmed Zewail at Caltech, he switched to the field of Time-resolved Electron Microscopy, studying the dynamics of nanoscale systems.

A summary of his ERC-project: "The function of many proteins involves large-amplitude domain motions that occur on a timescale of microseconds to millisecond. In the absence of tools to directly observe these dynamics, our understanding of the function of proteins is necessarily incomplete and must frequently rely on extrapolation from known static structures. The project involves the implementation of real-time imaging of single particle dynamics in liquid phase with both microsecond time resolution as well as near-atomic spatial resolution. The experimental approach builds on several recent technological advances, namely the advent of Time-Resolved (“Four-Dimensional”) Electron Microscopy, in-situ Electron Microscopy, and direct electron detection cameras, which are combined with established single-particle reconstruction techniques in cryo-Electron Microscopy. Visualizing the conformational dynamics of proteins will fundamentally advance our understanding of these nanoscale machines and has the potential to greatly benefit biomedical applications."

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