Dr. Daniel A. Horke

Team leader

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
Notkestrasse 85 (building 49a, room 202)
22607 Hamburg



I currently lead the team of the COMOTION project, where we are working on transferring large systems into the gas-phase, cool them to cryogenic temperatures, sort species according to size, shape, isomer etc and finally control their motion using static or dynamic electromagnetic fields. We are interested in the entire spectrum of system sizes, from molecules such as di- or tripeptides all the way to micrometer-sized objects such as entire viruses or cells. Once in a controlled gas-phase environment, atomic-resolution imaging techniques will be used to study these systems.

I am also still involved in our cluster dynamics project, where we produce pure size-selected cluster beams using the electrostatic deflection technique and then study the dissociation and ground-state dynamics of these clusters in the molecular frame.

Curriculum Vitae

2014 - present: Team Leader for COMOTION, Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY
2013 - 2014: Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY
2012: PhD Thesis, Femtosecond Photoelectron Imaging of Anions at Durham University
2009 - 2012: Graduate Researcher at the Dept. of Chemistry, Durham University, studying ultrafast dynamics in anions under Dr. JRR Verlet
2009: Research associate at the Dept. of Chemistry, Durham University (UK)
2005 - 2009: M.Sci. Natural Sciences - Chemistry and Physics, Durham University (UK)

Recent Publications

For a full list of publications please see my ResearcherID or ORCiD page.