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Dr. Ellen Backus
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Selected News

April 2017

Alejandra Sánchez successfully defends her PhD-thesis and is granted a doctoral degree in chemistry.
On 15 March 2017 Ellen Backus was appointed Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam.

April 2017

On 15 March 2017 Ellen Backus was appointed Extraordinary Professor at the Institute of Physics at the University of Amsterdam.
How does ice melt? Layer by layer!Alejandra Sánchez, Marc-Jan van Zadel, Jenée Cyran, Yuki Nagata, Mischa Bonn and Ellen Backus have a paper Experimental and theoretical evidence for bilayer-by-bilayer surface melting of crystalline ice published in PNAS. It is a collaborative paper with University of Toyama, Tufts University, University of Mainz, FOM Institute AMOLF, Tohoku University, Kyoto University and University of California.

December 2016

How does ice melt? Layer by layer!
Alejandra Sánchez, Marc-Jan van Zadel, Jenée Cyran, Yuki Nagata, Mischa Bonn and Ellen Backus have a paper Experimental and theoretical evidence for bilayer-by-bilayer surface melting of crystalline ice published in PNAS. It is a collaborative paper with University of Toyama, Tufts University, University of Mainz, FOM Institute AMOLF, Tohoku University, Kyoto University and University of California. [more]
Chunyan Ma joins the group as a visiting postdoctoral researcher to study the catalytic mechanism of small molecule gas oxidation.

November 2016

Chunyan Ma joins the group as a visiting postdoctoral researcher to study the catalytic mechanism of small molecule gas oxidation.
Prerna Sudera joins the group as a PhD student to study ice interfaces.

September 2016

Prerna Sudera joins the group as a PhD student to study ice interfaces.

Latest Publications

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A Brumberg, K Hammonds, I Baker, EHG Backus, PJ Bisson, M Bonn, CP Daghlian, MD Mezger, and MJ Shultz
Single-crystal Ih ice surfaces unveil connection between macroscopic and molecular structure
DOI
2.
MJ Qazi, RW Liefferink, SJ Schlegel, EHG Backus, D Bonn, and N Shahidzadeh
Influence of Surfactants on Sodium Chloride Crystallization in Confinement
DOI
3.
S Hosseinpour, F Tang, F Wang, RA Livingstone, SJ Schlegel, T Ohto, M Bonn, Y Nagata, and EHG Backus
Chemisorbed and Physisorbed Water at the TiO2/Water Interface
DOI
4.
A Abdelmonem, EHG Backus, N Hoffmann, MA Sánchez, JD Cyran, A Kiselev, and M Bonn
Surface charge-induced orientation of interfacial water suppresses heterogeneous ice nucleation on α-alumina (0001)
DOI
5.
T Ohto, J Hunger, EHG Backus, W Mizukami, M Bonn and Y Nagata
Trimethylamine-N-oxide: its hydration structure, surface activity, and biological function, viewed by vibrational spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations
DOI

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