Group Leader

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

Selected News

Patrick Ober has joined the group as a PhD student to study water interfaces under non-equilibrium conditions.

October 2018

Patrick Ober has joined the group as a PhD student to study water interfaces under non-equilibrium conditions.
Lisa Dreier won a prize on the Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy in Biddeford, US, for her poster titled "Saturation of charge-induced water alignment at model membrane surfaces".

August 2018

Lisa Dreier won a prize on the Gordon Research Conference on Vibrational Spectroscopy in Biddeford, US, for her poster titled "Saturation of charge-induced water alignment at model membrane surfaces".
Jenée Cyran was awarded the Victoria Buch Memorial Poster Award at the GRC for Water and Aqueous Solutions. The title of the poster was "Molecular Hydrophobicity at a Hydrophilic Surface".

July 2018

Jenée Cyran was awarded the Victoria Buch Memorial Poster Award at the GRC for Water and Aqueous Solutions. The title of the poster was "Molecular Hydrophobicity at a Hydrophilic Surface".
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.

May 2018

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.

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]

Latest Publications

1.
S Das, M Bonn, and EHG Backus
The surface affinity of cations depends on both the cations and the nature of the surface
DOI
2.
J Cyran, MA Donovan, D Vollmer, FS Brigiano, S Pezzotti, DR Galimberti, M-P Gaigeot, M Bonn, and EHG Backus
Molecular hydrophobicity at a macroscopically hydrophilic surface
DOI
3.
LB Dreier, M Bonn, and EHG Backus
Hydration and Orientation of Carbonyl Groups in Oppositely Charged Lipid Monolayers on Water
DOI
4.
J Cyran, EHG Backus, M-J van Zadel, M Bonn
Comparative Adsorption of Acetone on Water and Ice Surfaces
DOI
5.
S Sun, F Tang, S Imoto, DR Moberg, T Ohto, F Paesani, M Bonn, EHG Backus, and Y Nagata
Orientational Distribution of Free O-H Groups of Interfacial Water is Exponential
DOI

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