HYBRID: Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanomaterials

A lecture in the "Physics & Pizza" series (held in English)

Mo, 13.11.2023 18:15  –   Mo, 13.11.2023 19:15
Prof. Dr. Hélène Seiler, Free University of Berlin, Physics Department, tenure-track Professor
Magnus-Haus Berlin
Am Kupfergraben 7, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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Topic: Nanomaterials play an increasingly important role in our daily lives, with applications ranging from optoelectronics to biomedicine. In many cases, these applications involve some non-equilibrium states within the nanomaterial (e.g. electrons are in an excited state following photon absorption in a semiconductor nanocrystal). Much contemporary research is thus dedicated to understand these non-equilibrium phenomena. In this talk I will discuss how ultrafast methods can be employed to reveal their electronic and structural dynamics with femtosecond temporal resolution.

CV: Hélène Seiler grew up in Lausanne. She completed her physics studies at EPFL. She then did a diplomatic internship at the Swiss Embassy in China and a one-year master's degree in environmental policy. Missing the natural sciences, she completed her PhD at the Chemistry Department of McGill University in Canada from 2013 to 2018. From 2018 to 2022, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin. Since October 2022, she has been a tenure-track professor of experimental physics at Freie Universität Berlin. Her research expertise is in ultrafast dynamics in nanomaterials.

Following the lecture, there will be a get-together where participants can exchange ideas with each other over pizza and drinks in the Remise and the garden of the Magnus-Haus.

The event is sponsored by the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation.