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

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.


LEAPS – the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources – is a strategic consortium initiated by the Directors of the Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Laser user facilities in Europe. Its primary goal is to actively and constructively ensure and promote the quality and impact of fundamental, applied and industrial research carried out at each facility to the greater benefit of European science and society.

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


CA17123 - Ultrafast opto-magneto-electronics for non-dissipative information technology (MAGNETOFON). The explosive growth of digital data use and storage leads to an enormous rise in energy consumption, which is rapidly becoming unsustainable. Ultrafast opto-magneto-electronics is an emerging field that combines the ideas and concepts of opto-magnetism and spin transport with photonics for ultrafast low-dissipative manipulation and storage of information. Both light and spin currents can control magnetic order, but mechanisms as well as corresponding time scales and energy dissipation differ. The MAGNETOFON Action aims at the best of both worlds, combining short time scales and non-dissipative propagation of light with nanoscale selectivity and strong interactions of spin currents. The ultimate goal is to create and implement non-volatile, low-dissipative, and ultrafast functional elements for data technology.


COST Action CA1822 (ATTOCHEM) coordinates experimental and theoretical efforts to exploit the large potential of attosecond technologies. Recent developments of ultrashort intense light sources operating in the XUV and X-ray spectral regions promise to revolutionize chemistry, as they will give access to dynamical processes occurring in the attosecond time scale (1 asec = 10-18 s), the natural time scale for electronic motion in atoms and molecules. Thus, such light sources will allow to address new fundamental questions about the role and possible control of electron dynamics in chemical reactivity, to investigate photoinduced charge migration in relevant molecular systems, and to image, with asec resolution, fast structural changes in molecules during proton transfer, isomerization, or motion through conical intersections. Large-scale facilities are currently being developed all over Europe for this purpose (ELI-ALPS, EuXFEL, FERMI, SwissFEL, etc), accompanied by an increasing demand of accurate theoretical support for an optimal use of these resources.


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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