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Cologne, 30 September 2014:

Katharina Röttger receives prestigous Albert-Weller-Prize

Dr. Katharina Röttger, Institute of Physical Chemistry of CAU Kiel, received the prestigious Albert Weller-Prize of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, the German Chemical Society) and the Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie (DBG) for her outstanding work on the photophysical and photochemical dynamics of electronically excited DNA building blocks. The prize was presented at the 24th GDCh Lecture Conference on Photochemistry by Prof. Dr. Axel Griesbeck, chair of the GDCh Photochemistry Division.

Katharina earned her Ph. D. degree at CAU Kiel in 2013 with a Thesis on the "Ultrafast Deactivation Dynamics of Structurally Modified and Hydrogen Bonded DNA and RNA Building Blocks". She previously already received the CAU Faculty Prize for her Thesis. In 2015, she will start postdoctoral research at the University of Bristol, UK, where she plans to work with Prof. Andrew Orr-Ewing.

Click here for the CAU press release with further information.

Katharina Röttger receives Albert-Weller-Prize

Foto: Dr. Sebastian Hanft
(c) Universität zu Köln

Chemical Communication hot of the press (published on the web on 15 July 2014):

Photoisomerisation and Ligand-Controlled Reversible Aggregation of Azobenzene-Functionalised Gold Nanoparticles

Anja Köhntopp, Alexandra Dabrowski, Michal Malicki and Friedrich Temps
Chem. Commun. 50 (2014).  DOI: 10.1039/C4CC02250E.


The photochemical behaviour of functionalised gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) carrying azobenzene- thiolate/alkylthiolate monolayers was investigated. Repeated trans-cis and cis-trans isomerisation cycles could be performed in all cases with high efficiency. Reversible photoinduced aggregation was observed when azothiolates with long alkyl spacers (≥ C7) were combined with short (C5) alkylthiolate coligands. The choice of coligand thus offers control over the aggregation properties of the nanoparticles.

Link to ChemCommun Homepage     Download PDF     Electronic Supplementary Information (1219K)

Bordesholm, 13 July 2014:

Katharina Röttger receives MNF Faculty Prize 2014

At the Universitätstag 2014 in Bordesholm, Dr. Katharina Röttger was awarded by CAU President Prof. Dr. Lutz Kipp with the Faculty Prize 2014 of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences for her outstanding Ph. D. Thesis.  Katharina received her Ph. D. degree in 2013. The title of her thesis was "Ultrafast Deactivation Dynamics of Structurally Modified and Hydrogen Bonded DNA and RNA Building Blocks". In her thank-you-speech, she noted the special and stimulating atmosphere in the workgroup and thanked all workgroup members.  

Congratulations, Katharina!

Click here for the CAU press release with further information.

Foto: Claudia Eulitz, (c) CAU

Hamburg, 31 May 2014:

Uta Corinna Stange wins Poster Prize at Bunsentagung

Uta Corinna returned with a poster prize from the annual Bunsentagung 2014 in Hamburg, where she had presented a paper entitled "Temperature-dependent femtosecond spectroscopy reveals energy barriers in ultrafast electronic deactivation.  Congratulations!

Click here to read Uta's poster abstract.
Uta Stange
Uta C. Stange

Kiel, 20 February 2014:

Uta Corinna Stange elected to new chairperson of the JCF Kiel

Uta Corinna Stange,  who is presently in her second year as Ph.D. student in our group, has been elected as the new chairperson of JCF-Kiel, the Kiel chapter of the Young Scientists Association of the German Chemical Society (GDCh). As former vice-chair, she now follows Katharina Holz. Sebastian Beil is the new vice-chair, Steve Waitschat the new treasurer.  Kiel-JCF has been responsible for many successful projects in recent years, and the new board already has plenty of ideas for more to come ...

Visit the Kiel-JCF website for more information!

Conferences 2014:

Come and meet us at one of the following conferences in 2014:

Kiel, 19 December 2013:

Mayra C. Stuhldreier receives Otto Diels-Prize for best Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2013

Mayra C. Stuhldreier had reason for an early Christmas celebration this year:  After finishing her Ph.D. in the summer with Summa Cum Laude, she received the Otto Diels-Prize of the Chemistry Department of Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel for the best Ph.D. in Chemistry 2013.  In her Thesis on the "Electronic Deactivation Dynamics of DNA Model Systems and Solvation Dynamics of a Natural Antioxidant by Femtosecond Fluorescence and Absorption Spectroscopy", she reported the first spectrally as well as temporally resolved experimental data on the fate of the elusive exciton and excimer states in DNA dinucleotides after UV photoexcitation. With this work, she shed light on a long-lasting highly controversial problem of Photobiophysical Chemistry! 

Foto: F. Renth

The Otto-Diels Prize was presented to Mayra (see photo, second from right) at the traditional Christmas Colloquium of the Kiel Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) by Prof. Thisbe K. Lindhorst (third from left). At the same meeting, Matthias Lipfert (AK Sönnichsen) received the prize for the best Master degree, four new Bachelors of Science won two-year GDCh memberships and two poster awards were presented for designs of CAU Chemistry Internationalization Posters. The afternoon's programme was completed by three scientific presentations from the Chemistry Institutes, a thoughtful and memorable intermezzo on the birth of Inventions in Chemistry by Thisbe Lindhorst, and tranditional Glühwein, Christmas cookies and soup prepared by JCF Kiel.

Potsdam, 21 - 26 July 2013:

32nd International Symposium on Free Radicals

Free Radicals 2013
124 scientists from 23 countries gathered for the 32nd International Symposium on Free Radicals  from 21 - 26 July 2013 at Seminaris SeeHotel in Potsdam, Germany, less than 5 km from the beautiful parks and palaces of Sanssouci. The Symposium featured 22 Invited Talks, 12 Hot Topic Talks, and 87 Poster Presentations.

The Scientific Programme started on Monday morning with an outstanding talk by Hans Jacob Wörner, ETH Zürich, who received the 2013 Broida Prize. In his presentation entitled "Probing Electronic Structure and Dynamics with High Harmonic Spectroscopy", he highlighted new frontiers in electron dynamics by attosecond spectroscopy which will influence free radical research for years to come. Stimulating presentations and lively scientific discussions followed throughout the entire week. 

The conference excursion by boat on Wednesday led to Schloss Cecilienhof, the site of the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Preceded by a guided tour through Sanssouci Palace, the banquet on Thursday took place at Restaurant "Historische Mühle". The PCCP poster prizes were received by Volker Lutter for his poster on "High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Ge2C3" and Nancy Faßheber for her poster on "Glyoxal Photolysis as a Quantitative Source of HNO Studied by Frequency Modulation Spectroscopy".

Terry A. Miller, Ohio State University and Chair of the International Committee, announced that the 33rd International Symposium on Free Radicals will be held from 02 - 07 August 2015 in Squaw Valley, CA. 

Fotos: K. Laß, F. Renth

24 years after the German reunification, the 2013 Free Radicals Symposium has been the first in former East Germany. Jugded from the enthusiastic comments we received after closing, it was a great success. In the words of two participants, the meeting was a "wonderful combination of scientific engagement, cultural experiences, and friendly interactions", "the science was superb ... and the excursions were very, very nice". Everyone already looks forward to the 2015 Symposium!

Click the following links to visit the FRS2013 homepage, to download the FRS2013 Abstract Book, or to view the FRS2013 Photo Gallery.

Changchun, P.R. China, and Kiel, Germany, 10 May 2013:

Shuangqing Wang wins CSC Scholarship to work on his Ph.D. at CAU

Shuangqing Wang has been awarded a prestigious 4-year stipend by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) to work in our group towards a Ph.D. from CAU Kiel. Shuangqing holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Northeastern Pedagogical University and an M.Sc. in Chemistry and Physics of Polymers from Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin. His Ph.D. project at Kiel will involve the study of photochromic molecular switches in complex environments, including polymers, amorphous films and glasses, by means of ultrafast spectroscopy. He will be starting in Kiel in September 2013.


Conference Presentations in 2013

Kiel, 20 December 2012:

Uta Corinna Stange wins BASF Prize for best Master Degree in 2012, Mark Dittner receives B.Sc. Prize

Two BASF Prizes for the best Master Degrees in 2012 were awarded at this years Christmas Colloquium of the Kiel Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh), one of them went to Uta Corinna Stange. In her Thesis project, Uta studied the temperature dependence of the ultrafast electronic deactivation of 7H-adenine. She was the first to measure the existence of an activation energy for the electronic deactivation of 7H-Ade. Apparently, the excited wavepacket can be trapped in a shallow potential energy well en route to the conical intersection with the ground state. Vibrational excitation helps the wavepacket to escape from the well.

Uta Stange
Uta Stange

Mark Dittner received the prize for his B.Sc. degree. Mark's B.Sc. project on a porphyrin derivative switch is in the context of SFB 677 "Function by Switching".  

Congratulations to your degrees and awards!

Kiel, 18 July 2012:

32nd International Symposium on Free Radicals, 21 - 26 July 2013

The 32nd International Symposium on Free Radicals will take place in Potsdam, Germany, from 21 - 26 July 2013 at Seminaris SeeHotel, less than 5 km from the beautiful parks and palaces of Sanssouci. 

Want to know why you should participate?  The Scientific Programme will be superb!

There will be 22 Invited Talks, a series of Hot Topic Talks selected from the contributed poster abstracts, and two large Poster Sessions. Students who wish to present a poster and register early will obtain assistance towards their registration fees.

Moreover, Potsdam, just 35 km from the center of Germany's hot and sizzling capital Berlin, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features more than 20 parks and palaces, the larges ensemble of palaces north of the Alps. And it does not need to be mentioned that Berlin, which has become one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, offers countless landmarks and cultural highlights.

Free Radicals 2013
To learn more about the Scientific Programme and the opportunities around the Symposium, visit the Free Radicals 2013 website, and subscribe to the Free Radicals 2013 Newsletter for receiving up-to-date information!

26 June 2012:

Disperse Red 1 study featured on the cover of Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences

In a femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence up-conversion and broadband transient absorption study carried out in project A1 of the Kiel Collaborative Research Centre 677 "Function by Switching" (SFB 677), we showed that the ultrafast photoisomerization of the push-pull azobenzene photoswitch Disperse Red 1 proceeds via a two-step, sequential mechanism: 

J. Bahrenburg, K. Röttger, R. Siewertsen, F. Renth, F. Temps, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci. 11, 1210 - 1219 (2012).   DOI: 10.1039/C2PP05400K.   

The work was selected by the editors for the cover of the July 2012 issue.

Click here to download and read the paper.

Click here to see a large version of the cover page.
Copyright: Royal Society

Kiel, 15 June 2012:

Kiel Cluster of Excellence Future Ocean gets funding for phase II

Champagne bottles were opened after the announcement by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on June 15 to fund the Excellence Cluster "Future Ocean" for a second five-year period. The DFG also announced continued funding for the Excellence Cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces" and the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes". The application for the Cluster "Materials for Life" did not win, but Nano and Surface Sciences with heavy involvement of the Chemistry and Physics Departments will remain the fourth research focus of CAU.
The Future Ocean
How do micro-scale processes at ocean interfaces affect fluxes of climate-relevant substances? This is the key question of the new Research Area R7: Ocean Interfaces of Future Ocean, where Physical Chemistry is of central importance. The research combines state-of-the-art molecular, microbiological and biogeochemical analytical techniques, laser spectroscopy, micro- and mesocosm experimentation, in-situ measurements and theoretical modeling. Three research foci have been identified:

Research Area R7

Focus 1
investigates formation, retention and emission processes of climate-relevant substances.

Focus 2 links biological imprints on extracellular organic matter to interface properties by investigating the accumulation of organic substances and their intense microbial transformation in the surface ocean boundary layer.

Focus 3 investigates (i) chemical aspects of the ocean as a major source and sink for radiatively and chemically active atmospheric trace gases and (ii) the specific roles of the prevalent organic microlayer in sea-air gas exchange processes and as a biochemical reactor.
Link to CAU press release.
Link to Future Ocean homepage.
Link to research area R7: Ocean Interfaces for more information on our research goals.

Stuttgart, 12 - 16 March 2012:

Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society 2012 in Stuttgart

Ph.D. students Thomas Michalak, Mayra Stuhldreier and Katharina Röttger presented their recent results in three talks at the 2012 Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society.  

Read their abstracts:

See also Christian Greve's abstract (Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, Berlin) on 2D fs IR spectra of Adenosine-Thyidine base pairs:

Complete programme: DPG-Verhandlungen

Kiel, 22 December 2011:

Gernot Friedrichs promoted to W2 Professor with tenure

Following his sucessful work in the last five years in the DFG-funded Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", Gernot Friedrichs has been promoted to W2 Professor of Physical Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at CAU Kiel.

After earning his Ph.D. at the University of Göttingen and postdoctoral work at Stanford University, Gernot joined our work group as Research Scientist in January 2002.  In August 2007, he officially started his own research group as a Junior Professor in the Excellence Cluster "The Future Ocean".  The promotion to W2 Professor  with tenure acknowledges his outstanding achievements in the Chemistry of Ocean Interfaces, Ultrahigh Sensitivity Laser Spectroscopy, and High Temperature Chemical Kinetics. 


Dr. G. Friedrichs
Gernot Friedrichs
Click here to visit the new Homepage of the Friedrichs Group.

Upcoming Conference Presentations:

Conference Presentations in 2012

  • Symposum on Noncovalent Interactions, Bochum, 29 - 31 May 2012

Kiel, 25 May 2011:

SFB 677 "Function by Switching" extended for second funding period

SFB 677 "Function by Switching"

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 667 "Function by Switching" at CAU Kiel with about 8 million EUR for a second period until 2015. In one continuing (A1) and one new project (B10) in our group, we will investigate the dynamics of molecular switches in solution, in self-assembled monolayers on nanoparticles and on flat surfaces, and in functional photoresponsive environments and systems. To achive our highly challenging goals, we use state-of-the-art femto- and picosecond time-resolved optical spectroscopies [e.g., broadband femtosecond transient absorption, femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion, femtosecond broadband fluorescence, vibrational sum frequency generation (VSFG), and second harmonic generation (SHG) spectroscopies].

In SFB 677, work groups from Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science at CAU Kiel join forces in 18 sub-projects to develop and investigate tiny light-driven molecular switches to realize new functions and functional materials. The Collaborative Research Centre has been inaugurated on 1 July 2007. The speaker is Prof. Rainer Herges of the Otto Diels Institute of Organic Chemistry. Our continuing project A1 is led jointly by Prof. Bernd Hartke, Dr. Falk Renth, and Prof. Temps, our new project B8 is led jointly by Prof. Gernot Friedrichs and Prof. Temps.  

Please contact us for questions and new open positions for Ph.D. and Master/Diploma Thesis projects.

Click here for the CAU press release.
Click here for the SFB 677 homepage.
Click here for more information on project A1: "Ultrafast Dynamics of Photo-induced Switching Processes"
Click here for more information on project B8: "Spectroscopic Investigation of the Switching of Azobenzene-based Monolayers on Gold and SiO2"

Kiel, 02 March 2011:

New Cluster of Excellence "Materials for Life" takes a step forward

SFB 677 "Function by Switching"

The joint committee for the Excellence Initiative has invited Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (CAU) to submit a full application for the planned new Kiel Cluster of Excellence "Materials for Life (M4L)". M4L's mission is to explore new intelligent materials exhibiting complex multiple sensing and actuating properties towards medial applications. Materials scientists, physicists, chemists and medical researchers from CAU, the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT) and the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Coastal Research Geesthacht (HZG) join forces in a comprehensive multidisciplinary research thrust following novel bottom-up and top-down strategies.

Molecular structure, interactions and dynamics and supramolecular mechanisms at biomolecule/materials interfaces form an essential research focus in the M4L Cluster, where they are explored via advanced experimentation and first-principles theory in Research Area A1 (Prof. Dr. R. Berndt and Prof. Dr. F. Temps, Principal Investigators). 

Click here for the CAU press release.
Click here for the M4L Homepage.

Conference Presentations:

Conference Presentations in 2011:

  • Graduate School and Workshop of the SFB 677, Schleswig, 05 - 07 October 2011
  • 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Denver Co, USA, 28 August - 1 September 2011
  • FEMTO10 - The Madrid Conference on Femtochemistry, Madrid, Spain, 10 - 15 July 2011

Kiel, 16 December 2010:

Claudia Sievers and Uta Corinna Stange reveive B.Sc. Prize, Meike Becker receives Otto Diels Diploma Prize

This years Christmas Colloquium of the Kiel Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) saw a premiere:  The first bachelor degrees in the chemistry department at CAU were celebrated with prizes going to the five best graduates.  Among the winners were two students, who did their thesis work in our research group:  Claudia Sievers and Uta Corinna Stange. 

Claudia synthesized and characterized two new multi-chromophore azobenzene compounds which allowed her to gain insight into the mutual interactions between two or more azobenzene chromophores in a molecule by charge-transfer or exciton coupling.  Uta on the other hand prepared self-assembled azobenzene-thiol monolayers on gold (111) and measured their IRRAS and IR/VIS SFG spectra.  Both projects open new doors for our research in the frame of SFB 677 "Function by Switching".  

At the same time, Meike Becker won the Otto Diels diploma prize for one of two outstanding diploma degrees of the year 2010.  Meike measured pCO2 and the 13CO2/12CO2 isotope ratios using cavity ring spectroscopy on a trip aboard RV Polarstern between Punta Arenas (Chile) and Bremerhaven.  Her  thesis work, which was funded by the Excellence Cluster "The Future Ocean", was supervised jointly by Gernot Friedrichs and Arne Körtzinger of IFM Geomar.

Congratulations to your graduations and awards!

Claudia Sievers
Claudia Sievers
Uta Stange
Uta Stange
Meike Becker
Meike Becker

Kiel, 13 - 16 September 2010:

Third Bi-Annual Kiel Symposium on "The Future Ocean"

250 scientist from 18 countries gathered in Kiel this week for the "Third Bi-Annual Kiel Symposium on The Future Ocean" to discuss a broad range of interdisciplinary marine topics.  Plenary lectures by Michael Grunze (University of Heidelberg) on "Chemical and Physical Cues in Marine Fouling" and by Heather C. Allen (Ohio State University) on "Molecular Organization at the Ocean Surface: Ions, Water, and the Microlayer" highlighted the ubiquitous roles played by Physical Chemistry in the Marine Environment.  The accompanying mini-symposium on "Chemistry at Marine Interfaces" organized by G. Friedrichs, R. von Glasow, F. Temps, and D. Wallace featured four additional special sessions with invited and contributed talks on "Ocean-Atmosphere Coupling", "Surface Films", "Heterogeneous Processes", and "Air-Sea Gas Exchange" as well as a poster session. FO Symposium Foto

Copyright: The Future Ocean
A big "Thank You" goes to all speakers, poster presenters, and participants, who came from countries as far away as Japan to report on their most recent work.  Your presentations and your contributions to the lively discussion made this Symposium a great joy and success!  Special thanks to Michael Grunze and to Heather Allen, who did a great job in explaining their research to an interdisciplinary audiance. And many thanks also to Barbara D'Anna, Franz Geiger, Martina Roeselova, Reinhard Zellner, Hartmut Herrmann, and Roland von Glasow for their excellent feature talks. We really enjoyed having you all in Kiel for a great meeting and hope to see you all again soon, in Kiel or elsewhere.

Click on the above image for a larger version of the workshop photograph (sorry, several people were too busy discussing the last talks and are therefore missing).  You can also download the programme of the mini-symposium "Chemistry at Marine Interfaces" by clicking here.

Kiel, 11 August 2010:

Background Information on the Oil Accident in the Gulf of Mexico

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform on 22 April 2010 caused the second-largest man-made oil pollution of the sea and the surrounding shores ever.  780 Million Liters of crude oil flowed into the Gulf waters, where they caused severe damage to the unique ecosystems along the Louisiana coastline, in the Mississippi delta, and on the shores of the adjacent states.

The estimation of the ecological and economic consequences of the accident is highly complex and poses many challenging questions.  Geologists, chemists, oceanographers, biologists, lawyers, and economists of the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" ("Der Ozean der Zukunft") share their insights into the problems involved with the stopping of the leak, the consequences of the pollution, and the future research needs in a 40 page background paper. 

Das Papier - in Deutsch - kann hier heruntergeladen werden.

Deepwater Horizon Accident

Bordesholm, 11 July 2010:

Christiana Albertina University commemorates its roots at the Bordesholm monastery with annual Faculty Prize Ceremony

Every year on the second Sunday in July, Christiana Albertina University celebrates her roots in Bordesholm, where the university was founded in 1665.  During the - by now traditional - ceremony at the monastery church, the president of CAU presents the coveted Faculty Prizes for the best Ph.D. theses of the preceding academic year.  This year, CAU president Professor Fouquet presented one of the two prizes of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences to former work group member Dr. Nina K. Schwalb.  Nina earned her Ph.D. degree in 2009 with a thesis entitled "Ultrafast Electronic Deactivation Dynamics in DNA Model Systems by Femtosecond UV Fluorescence Spectroscopy".  

Click here for the CAU press release with further information.

Copyright: CAU, Foto: Claudia Eulitz

Conference Presentations 2010:

List of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters at national and international conferences in 2010:

  • 22nd Conference of the GDCh-Division of Photochemistry, Erlangen, 27 - 29 September 2010

  • Third Biannual Symposium "The Future Ocean", Kiel, 13 - 16 September 2010
  • 17th International Symposium on Ultrafast Phenomena, Snowmass Village, CO, 18 - 23 July 2010
  • Colloquium on Laser Analysis and Control of Complex Molecular Systems, Düsseldorf, 02 July 2010

  • Mesilla Chemistry Workshop Electronic Non-Adiabatic Dynamics for Many-Atom Chemical Reactions 7-10 February 2010, Mesilla, NM, USA

Kiel, 17 December 2009:

Otto Diels-Prize for best Ph.D. Theses 2009 to Dr. Claudia Bornholdt and Dr. Nina K. Schwalb

The Otto Diels-Prize of the Chemistry Department of Christian Albrechts University Kiel for the best Ph.D. Thesis in the academic year 2008/09 has been awarded to Dr. Nina K. Schwalb and to Dr. Claudia Bornholdt.  Nina's thesis work on the "Ultrafast Electronic Deactivation Dynamics in DNA Model Systems by Femtosecond UV Fluorescence Spectroscopy" established a research field in our group, which has now developed into one of our main tasks. Claudia did her Ph.D. work on "Ligand-Driven Light-Induced Spin Cross-Over in Single Molecules at Room Temperature" in Rainer Herges' group. Both were honored for their "truly outstanding original contributions to the forefront of chemical sciences".  

The prizes were presented to Nina and Claudia at the traditional Christmas Colloquium of the Kiel Division of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) by Prof. Thisbe K. Lindhorst.  At the same meeting, the BASF prizes for the best diplomas were awarded to Dipl.-Chem. Michelle Fernandez-Bieber and to Dipl.-Chem. Mark Feyand, who have been working in the groups of Prof. Lindhorst and Prof. Stock. In addition, four young undergraduate students received pre-diploma prizes.  The afternoon's programme was made complete by four talks (see right) and the traditional "Glühwein break".

xmas 2009

30 November 2009:

Through the Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas (Chile): Premiere for the Institute of Physical Chemistry on RV "Polarstern"

A Cavity Ringdown (CRD) Spectrometer developed by Prof. Gernot Friedrichs and his group in the Institute of Physical Chemistry of CAU made its first trip aboard RV "Polarstern" from Bremerhaven through the Strait of Magellan to Punta Arenas in Chile.  The new spectrometer has been tested in collaboration with CONTROS Systems & Solutions GmbH and Prof. Arne Körtzinger of IFM-GEOMAR. It enables marine scientists to make highly precise, on-site CO2 isotope measurements to obtain answers, as to which physical, chemical, and biological processes determine the fate of dissolved CO2 in the Earth's oceans. The development has been funded by the Kiel Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean".

Click here for the press release by CAU and The Future Ocean.
Click here to visit Prof. Friedrichs web site.
Peer Fitzek on board of RV Polarstern
Ph.D. student Peer Fietzek operating the Ringdown Spectrometer aboard RV "Polarstern".
Copyright: Ozean der Zukunft

Kiel, 11 November 2009:

uni-live-gespräche 2009:

The first issue of a new CAU publication series, "uni-live-gespräche", sheds light on the current research-and-education conditions at CAU Kiel. Professors and students from eight faculties share their views on the questions that are moving them.  Read their opinions on the new Bachelor/Master study courses, tuition ("Studiengebühren"), and the consequences of the desastrous underfunding of our university.  
F. Temps
F. Temps
Carmen Schüler
Carmen Schüler
Click here for the complete issue of uni-live-gespräche.
Click here to read the interviews with Prof. Temps and Chemistry & Economics student Carmen Schüler.

JACS communication hot of the press (published on the web: 14 October 2009):

Highly Efficient Reversible Z−E Photoisomerization of a Bridged Azobenzene with Visible Light through Resolved S1(nπ*) Absorption Bands

Ron Siewertsen, Hendrikje Neumann, Bengt Buchheim-Stehn, Rainer Herges, Christian Näther, Falk Renth and Friedrich Temps
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 15594 - 15595 (2009).  DOI: 10.1021/ja906547d.

Abstract   Full:  HTML /  PDF (612K) 

Kieler Nachrichten, 17 June 2009:

"Chemie ist eine ungeheuer faszinierende Wissenschaft"

Kiel University offers more than 60 courses of studies.  Prof. Temps, student advisor for chemistry students, offers his insights into why Chemistry is a tremendously fascinating subject opening a vast number of high potential fields in an interview with Martin Geist in the June 17, 2009 issue of Kieler Nachrichten.

Read the article in Kieler Nachrichten (in German)

Conference Presentations 2009:

List of invited talks, contributed talks, and posters at international conferences in 2009:

  • SOLAS Open Science Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 16 - 19 November 2009

  • Symposium on Light-Regulation in Chemistry and Biology, Schloss Rauischholzhausen, 9 - 10 November 2009

  • 238th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, 16 - 20 August 2009

  • XXIV International Conference on Photochemistry, Toledo, Spain, 19 - 24 July 2009

  • 108th Bunsentagung 2009, Cologne, 21 - 23 May 2009

Glasgow, 30-31 October 2008:

Poster prize at International Workshop on Ultrafast Chemical Physics goes to Nina Schwalb

Nina K. Schwalb won a poster prize at the International Workshop in Chemical Physics in Glasgow with her poster on The Relevance of Hydrogen-Bonding Dynamics in Electronically Excited DNA.

SCIENCE article hot of the press (10 October 2008):

Base Sequence and Higher-Order Structure Induce the Complex Excited-State Dynamics in DNA

Nina K. Schwalb and Friedrich Temps
SCIENCE 322, 243 - 245 (2008)
DOI: 10.1126/science.1161651

DNA dissipates ultraviolet light more effectively when it consists of a mixed sequence than when it is an extended run of the same nucleotide.

Abstract         Full Text as HTML or PDF         Supporting Online Information
Femtosecond Laser Laboratory
Optical components of the femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion spectrometer.
Foto: AK Temps
See also: CAU press release, Report in Kieler Nachrichten (10 Oct. 2008).

Bielefeld, 9 October 2008:

Ph.D. student Ron Siewertsen and Postdoc Falk Renth win poster prize at GDCh's 21st Conference on Photochemistry

Congratulations to Ron Siewertsen and Falk Renth, who won the poster prize at this year's 21st Conference on Photochemistry of the GDCh Division of Photochemistry with their presentation on a Time-Resolved Transient Absorption Study of the Ultrafast Dynamics of the Competing (E) - (C) and (E) - (Z) Photoisomerization of a Photochromic Furyl Fulgide.

Download Poster
Download poster #1

Conference Presentations 2008:

In 2008, we have presented invited talks, contributed talks, and posters at the following conferences:

  • International Workshop on Ultrafast Chemical Physics, Glasgow, UK, 30 - 31 Ocober 2008

  • 21st Conference on Photochemistry, GDCh Photochemistry Division, Bielefeld, 6 - 8 October 2008

  • Ultrafast Phenomena XVI, Stresa, Italy, 9 - 13 June 2008

  • GDCh-JCF Young Scientists Conference on Chemistry, Rostock, 27 - 29 March 2008

Bordesholm, 6 July 2008:

Familie Schindler Förderpreis for outstanding Ph.D. thesis to Dr. Harald Studzinski

The 2008 Familie Schindler Förderpreis for their outstanding Ph.D. theses in Physical Chemistry has been presented to Dr. Angela Gaber and to Dr. Harald Studzinski.  Harald obtained his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. Temps in 2007 with a thesis on "Ultrafast Radiationless Dynamics of Selected Electronically Excited Aromatic Molecules by Femtosecond Time-Resolved Mass Spectrometry and Photoelectron Imaging". He studied the distinctive electronic relaxation dynamics in hexa- and pentafluorobenzene and in pyrrole and a series of methyl-substituted pyrroles using a combination of novel time-resolved techniques. His work has implications for understanding the photochemistry and photophysics of DNA, the "molecule of life", and is of fundamental importance for developing organic molecule based solar cells helping to sustain our future energy needs.  Angela received her Ph.D. in 2007 in the group of Prof. Grotemeyer.  Both have since accepted top level R&D positions at leading industrial companies.

See the CAU press release here.

Kiel, 13 December 2007:

Otto Diels Prize for Chemistry Diploma 2007

Dipl.-Chem. Carsten Fehling received the Otto Diels Prize of the Chemistry Department of Christiana Albertina University Kiel for his top chemistry diploma in the academic year 2006/07.  He did his thesis in our work group on the "Setup and Characterization of an NIR Cavity-Ringdown Spectrometer and Investigations of Thin Films on Surfaces".

Right: Prof. Felix Tuczek and Carsten Fehling.
More photos here.

Prof. F. Tuczek and C. Fehling
Foto: Dr. Torsten Winkler

Kiel, Auditorium Maximum at CAU, 23 November 2007:

November 23: "The 2007 Night of the Profs"

Discover science - at a big CAU science party - in five lecture theatres non-stop from 8 pm to 2 am.

The 2007 Night of the Profs was a big success.  The lecture halls were packed until 2 am.  An audience of about two hundred, among them many high school students, university students from chemistry and different other fields, young and old scientists, and interested citizens, gathered to listen to Prof. Temps' talk on "How our DNA protects itself from UV Radiation Damage - New Insights on Hydrogen Bonds" in lecture theatre A from 1 - 2 am.  Many listeners, who did not arrive early, stood in the back of the lecture hall to learn about research results on the photophysics and photochemistry of the arguably most important molecules of life, the DNA and its building blocks.

Download a pdf of the talk here.

Oxford, 22-27 July 2007, and  Boston, 19-23 August 2007:

Ph.D. student Nina Schwalb wins poster prizes at international conferences

Nina Schwalb returned with extra luggage from two international conferences.  She received the PCCP poster prize at the International Conference on Femtochemistry and Femtobiology 8 in Oxford and she won the PHYS division poster prize at the 234th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston.  The ACS meeting featured over 9 500 scientific papers and more than 15 000 registrants.

Download Femto8 Poster

Download Femto8 poster

Kiel, 31 July 2007:

Dr. Gernot Friedrichs promoted to Junior Professor

Gernot Friedrichs has been promoted to Junior Professor to head the Junior Research Group A6 - Changing Chemistry of the Ocean Surface in the CAU Excellence Cluster The Future Ocean.

See Prof. Friedrich's homepage.

JACS article hot of the press (10 July 2007):

Ultrafast Electronic Relaxation in Guanosine is Promoted by Hydrogen Bonding with Cytidine
Nina K. Schwalb and Friedrich Temps
J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 2007; 129(30) pp 9272 - 9273; (Communication)
DOI: 10.1021/ja073448+

Abstract   Full:  HTML /  PDF (44K)  

Bordesholm, 8 July 2007:

Dr. Jens Riedel receives 2007 Familie Schindler Förderpreis for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Physical Chemistry

Jens obtained his Ph.D. in 2006 with a thesis on "Investigations of Photo-Induced Molecular Dissociation Processes by Photofragment Imaging Spectroscopy", in which he applied photofragment imaging to a variety of exciting reactions, including the photo-induced N-H/N-D predissociaton processes of pyrrole and pyrrole-d1. He also developed a new Doppler-free variant for H-atom imaging.  He has since moved as post-doc with Prof. Kopin Liu to the Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences of the Academia Sinica in Taipeh, Taiwan, which under the leadership of 1986 Nobel Laureate Prof. Yuan T. Lee has grown into a world-renowned institute.

See the CAU press release

Kiel, 1 July 2007:

Tiny Switches with Huge Effects. New SFB 677 in Kiel takes off!

SFB 677 "Function by Switching"

In the new Collaborative Research Centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) SFB 677 "Function by Switching" at Kiel, work groups from the Chemistry, Material Science, and Physics Departments at CAU Kiel develop tiny molecular switches driven by light to realize new functions and functional materials. The SFB, inaugurated July 1 2007, is chaired by Prof. Rainer Herges of the Otto Diels Institute of Organic Chemistry.  We participate with a collaborative project led by Prof. Bernd Hartke, Dr. Falk Renth, and Prof. Temps, in which we explore the dynamics of photochromic molecular switches in solution and more complex molecular environments using femtosecond spectroscopy and by quantum chemical calculations (SFB project A1). 

See more information on SFB 677 and more on subproject A1 (Hartke, Renth, Temps).

26 June 2007, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft:

Neuer Sonderforschungsbereich für Kieler Uni


DFG Press Release, 23 May 2007:

DFG bewilligt elf neue Sonderforschungsbereiche


26 May 2007, Kieler Nachrichten (unizeit #42):

Chemistry at the Ocean Surface

Chemical processes at the ocean surface are unknowns in current climate models.  Physical chemists in the excellence cluster The Future Ocean in Kiel work to unravel the facts. 

Download pdf (in German)


Radio NDR 1 Interview:

Chemistry at the Ocean-Atmosphere Interface

Listen to mp3 recording (in German)


Kiel, 14 December 2006:

Otto Diels Prize for Chemistry Diplomas 2006

Dipl.-Chem. Anke Petter and Nina Schwalb received the Otto Diels Prize of the Chemistry Department of Christiana Albertina University Kiel for the best chemistry diplomas of the academic year 2005/06.  They submitted their diploma theses in December of 2005, Anke on an "Investigation of the Dynamics of the Ultrafast Z-E Photoisomerization of a Furyl Fulgide by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy" and Nina on "Time-Resolved Femtosecond Fluorescence Spectroscopy of N6,N6-Dimethyladenine".



Right: Prof. Felix Tuczek presenting the Otto Diels prizes to Anke and Nina.

More photos here.

Prof. F. Tuczek and A. Petter
Prof. F. Tuczek and N. Schwalb
Fotos: S. Kastaun

Physical Chemistry in the Excellence Cluster The Future Ocean (1 November 2006):

Changing Chemistry at the Ocean Surface

Chemical processes at the ocean surface are unknowns in current climate models.  Physical chemists in the Excellence Cluster "The Future Ocean" in Kiel working in research area A6 unravel the facts (Prof. Dr. D. Wallace and Prof. Dr. F. Temps, Principal Investigators; Prof. Dr. G. Friedrichs, JRG Leader). 

The Future Ocean
See link to Research Area A6 for more information.

Kiel, 23 September 2006:

Open Door at the Chemistry Department of Kiel University



See pdf flyer (in German), and more photos here.
Jens Riedel explains research in the group of Prof. Temps at the Institute of Physical Chemistry
Laser laboratory in the group of Prof. Temps at the Institute of Physical Chemistry
Fotos: Dr. A. Krüger

Bordesholm, 8 July 2005:

Dr. Thomas Pancur receives Familie Schindler Förderpreis for outstanding Ph.D. thesis

Thomas obtained his Ph.D. at the end of 2004 with a thesis on "Investigations of the Isomerization Dynamics of Azobenzenes and the Radiationless Deactivation of Nucleobases by Femtosecond Fluorescence Spectroscopy". His work was instrumental for the birth of the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 677 "Function by Switching"  in 2007. He also layed foundations for our on-going research on the photophysics and photochemistry of DNA bulding blocks.  

Foto: Kieler Nachrichten

Sophienhof Kiel, 14 - 17 May 2003:

Kieler Chemiemeile zum Jahr der Chemie 2003

Download PowerPoint presentation (29 MB) and press echos.
Download booklet "Chemistry in Kiel" (in German and English).


Chemiemeile 2003
Foto: S. Kastaun

16 May 2003, Informationsdienst Wissenschaft:

Bunsentagung 2003 in Kiel

Download complete programme and photos.
Download booklet "Chemistry in Kiel" (in German and English).#
Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie

11 January 2003, Kieler Nachrichten (unizeit #13):

How life defends itself against UV light

Which strategies does nature exploit to protect the genomic information encoded in the DNA from photodamage by UV radiation - a major cause of mutations? Using sophisticated methods based on ultrafast spectroscopy, we have uncovered clever new defense mechanisms developed by evolution to protect the nucleic acid bases, which form the letters of our genetic code, from photochemical destruction.


Kiel, December 2002:

2002 BASF prize for an outstanding Ph.D. thesis to Dipl.-Chem. Dr. Attila Kuczmann

Dr. Attila Kucmann receives the BASF prize for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis on "State-Resolved Investigations of the Photo-Induced Dissociation of Methyl Nitrite and Formyl Radicals using Photofragment Velocity Map Imaging".



22 March 2002, Kieler Nachrichten:

Inauguration of Kiel Femtochemistry Laboratory

Mehr Informationen in der Pressemitteilung des Instituts.



Kiel, December 2001:

Otto-Diels-Prize of the Chemistry Department at Kiel 2001 goes to Dipl.-Chem. Thomas Pancur

Dipl.-Chem. Thomas Pancur, who did his diploma thesis at the Institute of Physical Chemistry, where he worked in the groups of Profs. H. Mäder and F. Temps, received the Otto-Diels-Prize of the Kiel group of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) for the best diploma of the academic year 2000/2001.



9 November 2001, Kieler Nachrichten:

Zeichen dafür, dass wir noch konkurrenzfähig sind

Right: Prof. Temps together with Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow Dr. Jie Wei aligning laser beams for a triple resonance experiment.


Dr. Jie Wei and Prof. F. TempsFoto: Kieler Nachrichten

Kiel, 21 September 2000:

Bunsentagung 2003 nach Kiel vergeben



29 April 2000, Kieler Nachrichten:

Tag der Offenen Tür der CAU am 7. Mai 2000



4 December 1999, Kieler Nachrichten:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Preis der DFG nach Kiel



3 December 1999, DFG-Pressemitteilung:

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preise 2000




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