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

A new path through the looking-glass

09 November 2018

Theoretical prediction of innovative experimental scheme to create mirror molecules, published in Physical Review Letters.

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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, published in Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.

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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, published in Nature Communications.

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Spatial separation of prototypical peptides

14 August 2018

A team of scientists at DESY and Universität Hamburg has reached another milestone towards the direct imaging of individual biomolecules: the group led by Jochen Küpper from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science developed an experimental technique that allowed for the separation of different conformers of a prototypical peptide in order to analyze and image them separately. The scientists reported their method, which ultimately can be applied in diverse experiments, in the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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