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Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn


Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn

Brief Curriculum vitae of Mischa Bonn

1. Personal details

Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research
Ackermannweg 10
D-55128 Mainz

Male; born, 25/01/71, Nijmegen (NL), married +1.
Nationality: Dutch (NL)

2. Education


  University of Amsterdam; MSc in Physical Chemistry
  (highest honors), 10/05/93


  AMOLF / University of Eindhoven; PhD in Physical Chemistry,


  Fritz Haber (Max Planck) Institut (Wolf/Ertl group),
  Berlin, Germany, 1997–1999


  Columbia University (Heinz group)
  NY, USA, 1998-2001 (totaling ~6 months).

3. Appointments


  Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer
  Research, Mainz, Germany


  Honorary Professor
  University of Mainz


  Extraordinary Professor (Physics Dept.)
  University of Amsterdam


  Group Leader at FOM-Institute for Atomic and
  Molecular Physics


  Scientific Advisor at FOM-Institute for
  Plasma Physics ‘Rijnhuizen’


  Associate professor (tenured)
  at Leiden University (Chemistry Dept.)


  Assistant professor (fixed term)
  at Leiden University (Chemistry Dept.)

4. Publications and presentations:

350+ papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index: 59, ISI; H-index: 72, Google scholar); ResearcherID: H-7446-2012
230+ invited talks at international conferences and institutions; (co-) supervised ~30 PhD theses.

5. Research Fields:

Label-free (ultrafast) vibrational spectroscopy and microscopy of biomolecular systems and water in such systems, including model systems for biological membranes; Studies of carrier dynamics in photovoltaic building blocks.

6. Selected Prizes and Awards

  • 2019 Van't Hoff Prize from the Bunsengesellschaft (Three-yearly Award from the German Association of Physical Chemists)
  • 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS)
  • Gold Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (2009)
  • Personal Fellowship (’VICI’) from the Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO) for research: "Biomolecular Dynamics in Membrane Models" finished 1st in national competition
  • Personal Fellowship (’Vernieuwingsimpuls’) from NWO for research proposal entitled: "Ultrafast Studies of Chemical Reactions at Surfaces". Finished 1st in national competition
  • Other prizes/awards include: Elected Member of ‘The Young Academy’ of the ’Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW), Amsterdam; Personal fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS); Fellowship from the ’Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW); Award winner in the ’Promising young researchers’-contest of the Dutch Physical Society 1997; Marie Curie Stipend; Alexander von Humboldt Stipend
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