Molecules react with each other within femtoseconds (10-15 s). The involved electrons re-arrange themselves much faster – within a few attoseconds (0.000 000 000 000 000 0001 s). The time-resolved, laser-based methods developed by Hans Jakob Wörner, such as so-called high-harmonic spectroscopy, first made it possible to observe the dynamics of atomic nuclei and electrons in a molecule during a chemical reaction in real time.
Prof. Hans Jakob Wörner, born in 1981, is from Freiburg in Breisgau. He majored in chemistry at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne, then moved to ETH Zürich, where he received his doctorate in 2007. He did research at the Laboratoire Aimé-Cotton du CNRS in Orsay, France, and at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. In 2010 Wörner returned to ETH Zürich as a junior research group leader. Since 2012 his work has been funded by the Starting Grant Program of the European Research Council (ERC). Since 2013 Wörner has been an associate professor and leads a research group devoted to ultrafast spectroscopy and attosecond research in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry at ETH.
The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award is presented annually to an outstanding younger German scientist. In alternating years it goes to a chemist or a physicist respectively. The award ceremony is held in cooperation between the Otto Klung Foundation and Freie Universität Berlin. Five of the previous winners later went on to win a Nobel Prize – physicists Theodor W. Hänsch, Gerd K. Binnig, Horst L. Störme, and Johann Georg Bednorz and the chemist Hartmut Michel. Other winners were later honored with various major national and international awards.
Time and Location
- Thursday, November 6, 2014, 5 p.m.
- Freie Universität Berlin, Henry Ford Building, Garystraße 35, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Thielplatz (U3)