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 ...

Research overview

The Grand Challenges aim at increasing our understanding of molecules, liquids, and solids, at the level of electrons and atoms, and define two main research strategies. First, Structural Dynamics, which includes all theoretical and technological developments and scientific questions that are concerned with dynamic rearrangements of both the electronic charge distribution and the position of atomic constituents upon photo-excitation. Second, Charge, Energy, and Signal Transfer, which includes, for example, electron transfer reactions, but also signal transport within proteins.

Briefly, the Grand Challenges are:
  • First-principles molecular dynamics simulations of ultrafast processes,
  • protein dynamics from the electronic system to the scaffold,
  • properties of biological, interfacial, and bulk water as an important part of proteins in their natural environment,
  • charge transfer mechanisms, such as attosecond electron dynamics or bimolecular electron transfer,
  • controlling the dynamics of molecules in solution, at surfaces, and at interfaces and solids through tailored light pulses,
  • valence order in strongly correlated electron systems.
The SwissFEL X-ray laser, which is now well underway at PSI and is planned to go into operation by the end of 2017 (middle of MUST Phase II), will be a powerful tool for ultrafast structural and X-ray spectroscopic studies of chemical and biochemical systems. The sub-nm spatial resolution and chemical specificity provided by the XFEL represent an ideal extension of the laser-spectroscopic methods developed in MUST, and many MUST PIs are directly involved in planning the SwissFEL experimental program. On the other hand, the realization of ultrafast time-resolved scattering and spectroscopic methods at SwissFEL benefits greatly from the knowledge and experience being generated within MUST. This is true in terms of the properties and concepts important in ultrafast chemistry, the experimental methods pertinent to ultrafast spectroscopy and the theoretical techniques needed to model ultrafast interactions.
NCCR MUST Office : ETHZ IQE/ULP-HPT H3 | Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1 | 8093 Zurich | E-Mail | +41 44 633 36 02
The National Centres of Competence in Research (NCCR) are a research instrument of the Swiss National Science Foundation