Farewell and Welcome!Chris Milne leaves for the European XFEL, Camila Bacellar takes over
SY-GAIA expedition - measures aerosols in the North-Atlantic
Synergy grants for MUST-AssociatesSylvie Roke (EPFL) and Gebhard Schertler (PSI/ETH).
Promotion to Associate Professor of Photonicscongratulations to Rachel Grange!
First light in the SwissFEL Maloja endstation- on track for first experiments in 2021
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Chergui, Milne, Wörner, Vaníček and Röthlisberger
New scientific highlights- from MUST researchers at PSI

Collaborations and Networks

Swiss Photonics Network

NCCR MUST is an active member of the association SWISS PHOTONICS and works together with them to foster collaborations within the Swiss photonics community. The association SWISSPHOTONICS is the Swiss National Thematic Network (NTN) for Photonics, supported by CTI (the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation) and serves as the national network between industry and academia for photonics in Switzerland. One tool is the SwissPhotonics Workshops, which was mainly used in Phase I of the NCCR MUST.

European Photonics Industry Consortium

EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics in Europe. The members encompass the entire value chain from LED lightingPhotovoltaic solar energyPhotonics Integrated CircuitsOptical componentsLasers, SensorsImagingDisplaysProjectorsOptic fiber, and other photonic related technologies. EPIC fosters a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC is the industry association with the largest network and maintains the European photonics database. EPIC manages several focused LinkedIn Groups, and exhibits at leading events.

Joint Laser Research Institute

In 2012, the "Advanced Photonics Research Institute" (APRI) located in Gwangju (South East Korea), the University of Bern, and SAMSUNG opened the Joint Laser Research Center for high performance Laser technology. For 3 years APRI has been a partner institute of the Institute of Applied Physics (University of Bern) and is one of the leading photonics research centers in Korea. The goal of this cooperation is to lead a world-class research in photonics and particular in the area of fiber lasers (press release, in German).

COST Actions


The major aim of CMST COST Action CM1405 "Molecules in motion" (2014-2018) is the development of the armoury of first-principles nuclear motion theory, via the advancement of theories, algorithms, and codes, with special emphasis on quantum effects involving electrons as well as nuclei (PI Jiri Vanicek).

Molecular Machinery

The Action "Understanding Movement and Mechanism in Molecular Machines" (2014-2018) will create an EU network to bring together the spectroscopic and structural biology communities that will enable integration of the static and dynamic aspects of important biomolecules (PI Ursula Röthlisberger).


In this ECOSTBio Action "Explicit Control Over Spin-states in Technology and Biochemistry" (2014-2018), a network of both experimental and theoretician research groups is created that will tackle a diversity of chemical problems where spin is an important factor. This will be achieved by the joint creation of a SPINSTATE database of systems with known spin states and spin-related properties ((PI Ursula Röthlisberger).


Action MP1307 StableNextSol "Stable Next-Generation Photovoltaics: Unraveling degradation mechanisms of Organic Solar Cells by complementary characterization techniques" (2014-2018) created a network to study the degradation mechanisms occurring in state-of-the-art OPVs and Perovskite solar cells, based on the use of complementary analytical techniques. The Action seeks disruptive innovations targeted to mitigate device failure, and aims to develop new concepts for OPVs ans PSCs that are more stable and reach lifetimes longer than 20 years (PI Natalie Banerji).


Action CM1204 "XUV/X-ray light and fast ions for ultrafast chemistry - XLIC" (2013-2017) aim to understand, monitor and control the complex ultrafast electronic and nuclear dynamics that occur in medium-sized and large molecules, to develop new control strategies of reactions and to develop a new generation of ultrafast spectroscopies combining attosecond temporal and sub-Angstrom spatial resolutions (PI Majed Chergui).


Action CM1202 PERSPECT-H2O: "Supramolecular Photocatalytic Water Splitting" (2013-2017) aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the function determining light-induced elementary reactions in supramolecular photocatalytic water splitting and to realize novel supramolecular photocatalysts for water splitting (PI Andrea Cannizzo).


The aim of Action MP1102 "Chemical imaging by Coherent Raman microscopy" was to establish active scientific exchange between European experts for the development of the emerging category of Coherent Raman (CoR) microscopy techniques - the optical correspondent to MRI, enabling non-invasive tomographic imaging of molecular species in innovative materials and living matter with high specificity at sub-wavelength resolution by probing natural molecular vibrations. (PI Thomas Gerber, Phase I).
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