Ursula Keller wins “Swiss Nobel” Marcel Benoist Prize- for pioneering work in ultrafast lasers
MUST2022 Conference- a great success!
New scientific highlights- by MUST PIs Wörner, Chergui, and Richardson
FELs of Europe prize for Jeremy Rouxel- “Development or innovative use of advanced instrumentation in the field of FELs”
Ruth Signorell wins Doron prizefor pioneering contributions to the field of fundamental aerosol science
New FAST-Fellow Uwe Thumm at ETH- lectures on Topics in Femto- and Attosecond Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science- SSPh asked female scientists about their experiences
New scientific highlight- by MUST PIs Milne, Standfuss and Schertler
EU XFEL Young Scientist Award for Camila Bacellar,beamline scientist and group leader of the Alvra endstation at SwissFEL
Prizes for Giulia Mancini and Rebeca Gomez CastilloICO/IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics & Ernst Haber 2021
Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to RESOLV Member Benjamin List- for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis
NCCR MUST at Scientifica 2021- Lightning, organic solar cells, and virtual molecules

MUST Theory Fellows

In Phase II the MUST DC developed the MUST Theory Fellow (MTF) grants to increase theory support for experimental groups, primarily focused on condensed matter and attosecond processes. In Phase III these awards continue with limited funding available to verify theoretical or experimental results by
  • paying a lump sum (local Postdoc salary for the duration of the project) to an international theory group as a compensation for a defined task (mandate) supporting experimental and/or theory research by MUST-groups
The Application Form and Submission Guidelines should be used to apply for funding. Each application is limited to a maximum of 15,000 CHF.  The call for funding is now open.

Three MUST Theory Fellow Projects were awarded in Phase II (2014 -  2018)
Dr. Michael Fechner, (Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter), Hamburg, for Urs Staub (PSI) on "Excited state TDDFT on correlated perovskites”.
  • Porer, M., Fechner, M., Kubli, M., Neugebauer, M.J., Parchenko, S., Esposito, V., Narayan, A., Spaldin, N.A., Huber, R., Radovic, M., Bothschafter, E.M., Glownia, J.M., Sato, T., Song, S., Johnson, S.L., and Staub, U. (2019). Ultrafast transient increase of oxygen octahedral rotations in a perovskite. Phys Rev Research 1, 012005. (
Dr. Maria Richter, Dr. Olga Smirnova, and Prof. Mikhail Ivanov at the Theory Division of the Max-Born-Institute Berlin, worked with Jean-Pierre Wolf, Uni Geneva on "Maxwell Schrödinger simulations for filamentation processes (MAXSCOPE)"
  • Matthews, M., Morales, F., Patas, A., Lindinger, A., Gateau, J., Berti, N., Hermelin, S., Kasparian, J., Richter, M., Bredtmann, T., Smirnova, O., Wolf, J.-P., and Ivanov, M. (2018). Amplification of intense light fields by nearly free electrons. Nature Phys 14, 695-700. (
Dr. Tom Penfold, University of Newcastle, UK worked with Majed Chergui (EPFL) and Chris Milne (PSI on "Probing Femtosecond Hole Trapping in ZnO with X-ray Spectroscopy”
  • D. Kinschel, C. Bacellar, O. Cannelli, B. Sorokin, T. Katayama, G. F. Mancini, J. R. Rouxel, Y. Obara, J. Nishitani, H. Ito, T. Ito, N. Kurahashi, C. Higashimura, S. Kudo, T Keane, F. A. Lima, W. Gawelda, P. Zalden, S. Schulz, J. Budarz, D. Khakhulin, A. Galler, C. Bressler, C. J. Milne, T. Penfold, M. Yabashi, T. Suzuki, K. Misawa and M. Chergui (2020) Femtosecond X-ray emission study of the spin cross-over dynamics in heme proteins. Nature Commun. (under review) and arXiv:2005.05598 (May 12, 2020)
  • Disentangling the hole and electron dynamics in photoexcited ZnO nanoparticles: ultrafast optical fluorescence and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (paper in preparation)

One MUST Theory Fellow Projects was awarded in Phase III (2018 -  2022)

Dr. Tom Penfold, University of Newcastle, UK works with Hans Jakob Wörner (ETHZ) on "Strong Field Ionised Solvents Probed by X-ray Spectroscopy" (in progress)
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