Forthcoming Events

08.10.2017 - 13.10.2017, Jackson Hole, WY, USA
29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld / CFEL, Hamburg
30.11.2017 - 01.12.2017, European XFEL, Schenefeld, Germany


Ambizione awards for three current and former MUST researchers- Axel Schild, Arianna Marchioro and Dmitry Momotenko
Successful Gender and Science Meeting 2017- 80 participants, lively discussions, and inspiring talks
OSA - Women of Light: A Special Program for Women in Optics, with Ursula Keller
Gender and Science Meeting 2017- organised by the NCCR MUST and RESOLV
STC2017 - Big data in chemistry - Basel- Deadline for registration August 1
Führen in Hochschulen- new book by Springer, including an interview with Ursula Keller by Andrea Eichholzer
Special issue of Chimia - on The Lausanne Centre for Ultrafast Science (LACUS)
Weizmann Women and Science Awardto Prof. Ursula Keller
An ultrafast X-ray source in a laboratory format- New Science paper by Hans Jakob Wörner, Jean-Pierre Wolf and co-workers
A Journey into Time in Powers of Ten- exhibition in Campus Info, ETH Hönggerberg, Sept. - Dec. 2016

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.
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