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.
17 November 2016
Jochen Küpper provided a presentation on "the physics of chemistry" to a general audience on Thursday, 17. November 2016 at 19:00h. Within the Project Wissen vom Fass, Jochen Küpper discussed not only the CMI research with an interested audience over a beer or cocktail in the JUSSI bar in Hamburg Eppendorf.
Watching chemical reactions at work: Helmholtz cooperation lays foundations for the detailed observation of chemical processes using a tabletop laser and special-purpose detector
16 November 2016
A team of researchers from the Helmholtz Institute Jena and DESY has paved the way for using conventional lasers to observe chemical bonds being broken apart. For their experiments, the scientists combined high-performance light generation and detection components from the two Helmholtz institutions. The resulting set-up forms the basis for observing high-speed processes with a resolution of 30 billionths of a second (30 femtoseconds). In addition, the set-up is so compact and robust that it could serve as a prototype for measuring equipment that could be installed and operated even at smaller facilities and universities.