MBI Staff Member – Personal info


  • Department Head A2 "Ultrafast XUV Physics" huhu
  • Project Coordinator 3.1
  • Member of Project 2.3


We explore ultrafast electron dynamics of photoexcited molecules using time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. The main goal of the program is experimental investigation of the influence of molecular environment on the excited state relaxation dynamics of biochromophores and biomimetic systems. The experiments are conducted using recently constructed XUV time delay compensating monochromator beamline coupled to a photoelectron spectrometer with a microliquid jet sample delivery system. This setup allows recording photoelectron spectra of relaxing molecules in their natural environment: water, other solvents or protein cages. The setup is also used in combination with the velocity map imaging spectrometer to investigate gas phase molecular dynamics using time-, energy-, and angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.

Curriculum vitae

2012/present - department head, Max-Born-Institute

2010/2012 - staff scientist, Max-Born-Institute

2006/2010 - postdoctoral fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA

2001/2006 - PhD student (Prof. J. Peter Toennies), Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Selforganization, Göttingen

1999/2001 - Master student (Prof. G. G. Vladimirov), St. Peterburg State University, Russia

1995/1999 - Bachelor student (Prof. G. G. Vladimirov), St. Peterburg State University, Russia

MBI Publications

  1. Femtosecond XUV induced dynamics of the methyl iodide cation

    G. Reitsma, M. L. Murillo-Sánchez, Nalda, R. de, M. E. Corrales, S. Marggi Poullain, J. González-Vázquez, M. J.J. Vrakking, L. Bañares, O. Kornilov

    Ultrafast Phenomena XXI 205 EJP Web of Conferences (2019) 02020/1-3
  2. Delayed relaxation of highly excited cationic states in naphthalene

    G. Reitsma, J. Hummert, J. Dura, V. Loriot, M. J. J. Vrakking, F. Lepine, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 123 (2019) 3068-3073
  3. Ultrafast proton transport between a hydroxy acid and a nitrogen base along solvent bridges governed by hydroxide/methoxide transfer mechanism

    M. Ekimova, F. Hoffmann, G. Bekçioğlu-Neff, A. Rafferty, O. Kornilov, E. T. J. Nibbering, D. Sebastiani

    Journal of the American Chemical Society 141 (2019) 14581-14592
  4. Femtosecond extreme ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy of organic molecules in aqueous solution

    J. Hummert, G. Reitsma, N. Mayer, E. Ikonnikov, M. Eckstein, O. Kornilov

    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9 (2018) 6649–6655
  5. Extreme-ultraviolet refractive optics

    L. Drescher, O. Kornilov, T. Witting, G. Reitsma, N. Monserud, A. Rouzée, J. Mikosch, M. J. J. Vrakking, B. Schütte

    Nature 564 (2018) 91–94
  6. Few-femtosecond passage of conical intersections in the benzene cation

    M. C. E. Galbraith, S. Scheit, N. V. Golubev, G. Reitsma, N. Zhavoronkov, V. Despre, F. Lepine, A. I. Kuleff, M. J. J. Vrakking, O. Kornilov, H. Koppel, J. Mikosch

    Nature Communications 8 (2017) 1018/1-7
  7. Subpicosecond spin dynamics of excited states in the topological insulator Bi2Te3

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, M. Battiato, M. Krivenkov, E. Golias, A. Varykhalov, A. Romualdi, L. V. Yashina, J. Minár, O. Kornilov, H. Ebert, K. Held, J. Braun

    Phys. Rev. B 95 (2017) 125405/1-10
  8. Laser-induced persistent photovoltage on the surface of a ternary topological insulator at room temperature

    J. Sánchez-Barriga, M. Battiato, E. Golias, A. Varykhalov, L. V. Yashina, O. Kornilov, O. Rader

    Applied Physics Letters 110 (2017) 141605/1-5
  9. XUV-induced reactions in benzene on sub-10 fs timescale: nonadiabatic relaxation and proton migration

    M. C. E. Galbraith, C. T. L. Smeenk, G. Reitsma, A. Marciniak, V. Despré, J. Mikosch, N. Zhavoronkov, M. J. J. Vrakking, O. Kornilov, F. Lépine

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 19 (2017) 19822-19828
  10. Interference stabilization of autoionizing states in molecular N2 studied by time- and angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

    M. Eckstein, N. Mayer, C.-H.Yang, G. Sansone, M. J. J. Vrakking, M. Ivanov, O. Kornilov

    Faraday Discussions 194 (2016) 509-524