Group Leader

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

Selected News

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]
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.
B Weber, Y Nagata, S Ketzetzi, F Tang, WJ Smit, HJ Bakker, EHG Backus, M Bonn, D Bonn
Molecular Insight into the Slipperiness of Ice
DOI
2.
Y Nagata, EHG Backus, and M Bonn
Dynamics of Water Molecules at the Water/Air Interface
DOI
3.
LB Dreier, Y Nagata, H Lutz, G Gonella, J Hunger, EHG Backus, M Bonn
Saturation of charge-induced water alignment at model membrane surfaces
DOI
4.
WJ Smit, J Versluis, EHG Backus, M Bonn, and HJ Bakker
Reduced Near-Resonant Vibrational Coupling at the Surfaces of Liquid Water and Ice
DOI

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