Dr. Benjamin Fingerhut, junior group leader at the Max-Born-Institute (MBI) receives the 2016 Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award. The award is granted by an international scientific committee, consisting of members of the editorial board of the journal Chemical Physics, in order to support excellent early career researchers.
To honor Robin Hochstrasser and support young scientists Elsevier has initiated for Chemical Physics the Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award. Professor Hochstrasser was one of the pioneers in ultrafast spectroscopy of molecular systems and has made seminal contributions to our understanding of condensed phase structure and dynamics. His group was the first to introduce 2D IR spectroscopy in 1998 as optical analogue of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Today, this technique is among the most important in ultrafast science. At MBI, it has been extended into the terahertz range and is being applied to biophysical problems.
The Robin Hochstrasser Young Investigator Award of Chemical Physics is granted to excellent scientists younger than 40 years of age on the basis of their scientific contributions. An international committee of scientists, consisting of five members of the editorial board of Chemical Physics, selects the winner from the nominations.
Benjamin Fingerhut joined the MBI in 2014 and is currently supported by an Emmy Noether Early Career Grant of the German Research Foundation (DFG) which allowed him to establish the new Junior Research Group: Biomolecular Dynamics at the MBI. His research involves the development of state of the art spectroscopic simulation techniques and their application to the real-time determination of ultrafast structural dynamics of molecular and biomolecular systems. The group combines analytical and computational approaches for novel simulation protocols suited to investigate excited-state non-adiabatic dynamics as well as vibrational dynamics of spacio-selective probes like phosphate groups to explore fluctuation induced decoherence dynamics in aqueous and biological environments.
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