On May 10, 2018 the Deutsche Bunsen-Gesellschaft has awarded the Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein prize to Dr. Ellen Backus. With this prize the Bunsen Gesellschaft recognizes Ellen Backus for her original and unique experimental contribution to unravel the structure and dynamics of molecules, especially water, at interface. The award was handed to her during the opening ceremony of this years meeting of the german physical chemistry society in Hannover.[more]
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.
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.
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.
Prerna Sudera joins the group as a PhD student to study ice interfaces.
Jenée Cyran has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers on Shedding Light on the Mechanism of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Reactions on Ice Surfaces.
Saman Hosseinpour will be awarded The Corrosion Division Morris Cohen Graduate Student Award 2016 for the best doctoral thesis in corrosion science and electrochemistry" world-wide at the PRiME2016 meeting on Honolulu in October.
Ruth Livingstone, Yuki Nagata, Mischa Bonn and Ellen Backus have a paper entitled Two types of water at the water – surfactant interface revealed by time resolved vibrational spectroscopy accepted to JACS.
Ellen Backus speaks at the Annual Meeting of New Champions at the 2015 World Economic Forum.
Jenée Cyran joins the group as a postdoctoral researcher to study ice surfaces using SFG. Additionally Sudipta Das joins the group as a PhD student, working on the dynamics of water on the charged water-air interface.
Ellen Backus, Yuki Nagata and Mischa Bonn have a collaborative review on Molecular Structure and Dynamics of Water at the Water-Air Interface Studied with Surface-Specific Vibrational Spectroscopy published in Angewandte Chemie.
30th March-1st April 2015
The group attends the International Workshop for Sum Frequency Generation in Wiesbaden Naurod, Germany, where Alejandra and Simon presented posters.
At the DPG Spring Meeting, Ruth won the poster prize for the Chemical and Polymer Physics Devision, for her poster entitled "Ultrafast dynamics of membrane-bound water molecules revealed by two-dimensional surface-specific vibrational spectroscopy". In addition, Simon won a helicopter for having the best aim in the Newport OpticsCage+TM-Fight Competition