Bunsen Colloquium invited speakers
Prof. Dr. Ferenc Krausz has a joint appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and the Department of Physics of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich in Garching (Germany). His research is focussed on real-time observation and control of electronic motion – individual or collective – in atoms, molecules, plasma, in solids and on surfaces. The ultimate goal is to probe and manipulate the transient electronic structure of matter with attosecond resolution in time and picometer resolution in space.
Prof. Hartmut Michel is a Director of the Molecular Membrane Biology department at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Professor of biochemistry at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. Prof. Michel is a Nobel Laureate (1988) jointly with Johann Deisenhofer and Robert Huber for the determination of the three-dimensional structure of a protein complex found in certain photosynthetic bacteria. Their work provided a general understanding of the mechanisms of photosynthesis and revealed similarities between the photosynthetic processes of plants and bacteria.
Gabor Somorjai is a Professor of Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley (USA). His research interests include Physical Chemistry, Solid State Chemistry, Surface Science and Catalysis. He pioneered and contributed significantly to the atomic and molecular level understanding of surfaces and the mechanisms in catalytic reactions, adhesion, lubrication, and the biocompatibility of materials.
Kurt Wüthrich is a Professor of Biophysics at the ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Structural Biology at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (USA). In 2002 he received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for determining the three-dimensional structure of biological macromolecules in solution.The present research interests of Prof. Wüthrich include structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, and the development of nuclear magnetic resonance techniques for macromolecular structure determination in solution and for studies of intermolecular interactions in biomedical research.
Prof. Jürgen Troe has a joint appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry and at the Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Göttingen University in Göttingen (Germany). His research interests include reaction kinetics, photochemistry, spectroscopy, atmospheric and combustion chemistry, and laser chemistry.