Amit Samanta

Team Leader

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestrasse 85 (building 99, room O3.003)
22607 Hamburg





Our current research is focused on method development and implementation to bring large biomolecules (peptides, proteins, viruses, cells) into gas phase and rapidly cool them to ultra-cold temperature using buffer gas cooling technique. This will provide us intense, collimated beam of cold (~4 K) and controlled biomolecules and nanoparticles for atomic resolution diffractive imaging using X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL). We are also working on 'techniques to control' cryogenically-cooled bio-nanoparticles using electric or optical fields. This provides the prerequisites for future time-resolved studies of ultrafast biochemical dynamics, which require well-defined starting states to controllably and reliably trigger specific dynamic processes of interest

Curriculum Vitae

2019–presentCMI COMOTION team leader at Center for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg
2016–2019Research associate at Center for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg
2011–2016Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
2006–2011PhD Student at Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata, India