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. Size-dependent ultrafast ionization of nanoscale samples in intense femtosecond X-ray free-electron-laser pulses

    S. Schorb, D. Rupp, M. L. Swiggers, R. N. Coffee, M. Messerschmidt, G. Williams, J. D. Bozek, S.-I. Wada, O. Kornilov, T. Möller, C. Bostedt

    Physical Review Letters 108 (2012) 233401/1-5
  2. Ultrafast probing of ejection dynamics of Rydberg atoms and molecular fragments from electronically excited helium nanodroplets

    O. Bünermann, O. Kornilov, D. J. Haxton, S. R. Leone, D. M. Neumark, O. Gessner

    Journal of Chemical Physics 137 (2012) 214302/1-9
  3. Molecular frame Auger electron energy spectrum from N2

    J. P. Cryan, J. M. Glownia, J. Andreasson, A. Belkacem, N. Berrah, C. I. Blaga, C. Bostedt, J. Bozek, N. A. Cherepkov, L. F. DiMauro, l. Fang, O. Gessner, M. Gühr, J. Hajdu, M. P. Hertlein, M. Hoener, O. Kornilov, J. P. Marangos, A. M. March, B. K. McFahrland, H. Merdji, M. Messerschmidt, V. S. Petrovic, C. Raman, D. Ray, D. A. Reis, S. K. Semenov, M. Trigo, J. L. White, W. White, L. Young, P. H. Bucksbaum, R. N. Coffee

    Journal of Physics B-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 45 (2012) 055601/1-8
  4. Femtosecond photoelectron imaging of transient electronic states and Rydberg atom emission from electronically excited He droplets

    O. Kornilov, O. Bünermann, D. J. Haxton, S. R. Leone, D. M. Neumark, O. Gessner

    Journal of Physical Chemistry A 115 (2011) 7891-7900
  5. Terminal liquid mass fractions and terminal mean droplet sizes in He free-jet expansions

    E. Knuth, O. Kornilov, J. P. Toennies

    AIP Conference Proceedings on Rarefied Gas Dynamics 1333 American Institute of Physics (2011) 173-178