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Dr. Ellen Backus
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Selected News

Lisa Dreier won 2nd place in the Best Poster Presentation competition at the Lorentz & Psi-k Workshop "Fundamental Electrocatalysis: Theory Meets Experiments" in Leiden, Netherlands from 26 to 30 June 2017.

July 2017

Lisa Dreier won 2nd place in the Best Poster Presentation competition at the Lorentz & Psi-k Workshop "Fundamental Electrocatalysis: Theory Meets Experiments" in Leiden, Netherlands from 26 to 30 June 2017.

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.

Latest Publications

1.
J Schäfer, G Gonella, M Bonn, EHG Backus
Surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy of the water/silica interface: screening and interference
DOI
2.
WJ Smit, F Tang, Y Nagata, MA Sánchez, T Hasegawa, EHG Backus, M Bonn, and HJ Bakker
Observation and Identification of a New OH Stretch Vibrational Band at the Surface of Ice
DOI
3.
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
4.
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

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