3.1 Dynamics of Condensed Phase Molecular Systems
Project coordinator(s): E. Nibbering, O. Kornilov
Highlights of project 3.1 (and previous project II.11 and project 2-04)

Dynamics of Condensed Phase Molecular Systems

Highlights of project 3.1 in 2018

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10 April 2018

Headline news:
A joint experimental and theoretical study by scientists from the HZB-BESSYII, Uppsala University, MBI, the University of Manchester at Harwell, SLAC and LBNL, shows how absolute x-ray absorption cross sections of L-edges of MnII(acac)2 and MnIII(acac)3 complexes connect to electronic structure.

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One sentence summary:
Probing the frontier orbitals of Mn-oxo-ligand complexes with soft-x-ray L-edge spectroscopy in transmission mode with a liquid flatjet, provides direct insight into electronic structure of these model systems for the Mn-oxide clusters in Photosystem II.

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Contact: Erik T. J. Nibbering
Contact: Philippe Wernet
Contact: Marcus Lundberg


External funding by:

German Science Foundation (DFG) Project Nr. DFG - NI 492/11-1.

Link to DFG



16 January 2018

Headline news:
Mechanisms and dynamics of the interaction between RNA and water are now revealed by vibrational spectroscopy on ultrashort time scales and analyzed by in-depth theory.

Link to original paper


One sentence summary:
Structural boundary conditions set by the RNA surface impose interfacial water to have librational motions within a fraction of a picosecond whereas the local spatial arrangement is preserved for a time range longer than 10 ps, in marked contrast to that of neat water.

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Contact: Thomas Elsaesser
Contact: Benjamin Fingerhut


External funding by:

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DFG within the Emmy Noether Programme (grant number FI 2034/1-1)

Link to DFG/Emmy Noether Programm