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 - presentTeam Leader for COMOTION, Center for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg
2013–2014 Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Hamburg
2012 PhD Thesis "Femtosecond Photoelectron Imaging of Anions" at the Durham University, UK
2009–2012 Graduate Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, Durham University, UK, studying ultrafast dynamics in anions under Dr. JRR Verlet
2005–2009 MSc. Natural Sciences - Chemistry and Physics at the Durham University, UK

Recent Publications

You can find a full list of my publications here (PDF, 93KB), or visit my ResearcherID or ORCiD page.