Group Leader

Dr. Ellen Backus
Dr. Ellen Backus
Group Leader
Phone:+49 6131 379-536

Previous Colleagues

Dr. Jan Schäfer
PhD student (2015-2019)

Now working at Coherent as a Field Engineer.

Dr. Saman Hosseinpour
Postdoctoral Fellow (2014-2017)

Now as a group leader in University of Erlangen

Ruth Livingstone
Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2015)

Now in the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science in Hamburg

Fenglong Wang
Visiting PhD student (2015)

Now back at The University of New South Wales, Australia

Dan Lis
Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher (2012-2014)
Zhen Zhang
Posdoctoral Researcher (2009 - 2014)

Now in the institute of Chemistry Chinese Academy of Science

Cho-Shuen Hsieh
PhD Student (2009 - 2014)

Now Team Leader at the Institute for Basic Science, South Korea

Monique van der Veen
Visiting Posdoctoral Researcher (2012 - 2013)

Now at Delft University of Technology

Ruben Pool
PhD Student (2009 - 2013)

Now at i2i, Amsterdam

Masanari Okuno
Postdoctoral Researcher (2012 - 2013)

Now at Tsukuba University


Viktor lab: 

06131 379 732


Veronika lab:

06131 379 733


Vivian lab: 

06131 379 737


BaBo lab: 

06131 379 730


Dolly lab: 

06131 379 734


Ice lab: 

06131 379 322


Members of the Water at Interfaces Group

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Martin Buessler
Martin Buessler
PhD student

Martin did his Master degree in Matter and Materials in extreme conditions and his Diploma of Engineer in Physics and Computer sciences at the Polytechnic school and at the University of Orléans in France. Combining fundamental understanding of matter behaviours and engineering competences, in his PhD thesis, he will investigate the fundamental mechanisms of photo-catalytic water splitting using vibrational SFG spectroscopy.

Malte Deiseroth
Malte Deiseroth
PhD Student
Phone:+49 6131 379-293

Malte studied physics at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz. He did his Master in experimental high energy physics, characterizing a prototype for the electromagnetic calorimeter of the PANDA experiment. In his PhD thesis he will investigate the water-air interface using time resolved multidimensional SFG.

Max Lukas
Max Lukas
PhD Student
Phone:+49 6131 379-784

Max studied Physical Engineering (B.Sc.) and Applied Physics (M.Sc.) at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. During his studies, he worked in the development department of H+S Cube Optics and investigated the loss mechanisms in wavelength division multiplexing components for fiber-optic communication networks. Under supervision of Ellen Backus and Ahmed Abdelmonem from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, he is studying heterogeneous ice nucleation on atmospheric relevant mineral surfaces using sum-frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy.

Patrick Ober
Patrick Ober
PhD Student
Phone:+49 6131 379-269

Patrick studied chemistry at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. He conducted his master thesis at the working group of Prof. Hess and used operando spectroscopy to study vanadium oxide catalysts. In his PhD at MPIP under the supervision of Prof. Mischa Bonn and Prof. Ellen Backus he will apply vibrational SFG spectroscopy to investigate water interfaces under non-equilibrium conditions.

Simon Schlegel
Simon Schlegel
PhD Student
Phone:+49 6131 379-293

Simon studied chemistry at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz. In his diploma thesis at the Max- Planck-Institute for Chemistry he worked with single aerosol particle mass spectrometry in the group of Dr. Johannes Schneider. In his PhD thesis he is investigating the water splitting process on TiO2 surfaces using SFG.

Prerna Sudera
Prerna Sudera
PhD Student
Phone:+49 6131 379-324

Prerna did her Masters in Nanotechnology from Amity University, India. During her Master thesis in KIT (Karlsruhe), she worked on tuning mechanical properties of polymeric materials, and later worked on biomolecular simulations. For her PhD, she uses SFG to probe the surface of ice.

Veronika Wank
Veronika Wank
Phone:+49 6131 379-264

Veronika finished her bachelor’s degree in bio- and process technology with a focus on electrochemical degradation of antibiotics. She continued her studies at the RheinMain University of applied Sciences in Wiesbaden in environmental technology. She did her Master Thesis in the group of Prof Ellen Backus at the MPIP on the analysis of environmentally-relevant molecules using SFG. She continues as a PhD student, working for both University of Vienna and MPIP, with a focus on the reaction dynamics at interfaces of such molecules.

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