Controlled Molecule Imaging

Unraveling the Structure‑Function Relationship in the Molecular Sciences

We develop innovative methods to obtain full control over large molecules and nanoparticles. These methods and the created controlled samples are exploited in fundamental physics and chemistry studies to unravel the underlying mechanisms of chemistry and biology by watching molecules at work.

Highlights

Novel corkscrew-laser technique can send molecules spinning rapidly about a selected axis

12 October 2018

Modified optical centrifuge has potential to open up new ways for the study of superrotors

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First experiments at Europe's new x-ray laser reveal unknown structure of antibiotics killer

02 October 2018

DESY-led international collaboration obtains first scientific results from European XFEL

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Water is not simply water: different chemical reactivity of para- and ortho-water

29 May 2018

Water molecules exist in two different forms with nearly identical physical properties. For the first time, researchers have now shown that these forms can exhibit different chemical reactivities. These results were reported by researchers from the University of Basel and their colleagues from DESY and the University of Hamburg in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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New Humanities Center for Advanced Studies "Imaginaria of Power"

28 March 2018

Muscle power, mental power or purchasing power – there is barely a field of cultural reflection that does not refer to power in its widest sense. The Humanities Centre for Advanced Studies “Imaginaria of Power” aims to systematically investigate the concept of power for the first time, thereby reconstructing a basic concept of art and cultural theory in dialogue with the natural sciences and science history. This will involve investigation of biological, physical, socio-political, religious, economic and psychological forces.

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