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Elementary Processes of Light-Driven Reactions at Nanoscale Metals

This series of talks and seminars brings together scientists in the fields of ultrafast dynamics, chemistry and catalysis as well as nanoscale materials. It is organized by Prof. Dr. Matias Bargheer and Prof. Dr. Ilko Bald.

Detailed information on this research programme can be found at the following website:

Seminars & Workshops Winter Semester 2022/23

If not stated differently, the seminar starts at 12:15 (CEST).




Johannes Gurke

University of Potsdam & IAP

“Applied Photochemistry & 3D Bioelectronics: Translating Novel Organic Photochemistry into Biomedical Engineering"


(live on location -27.1.01)

Rigoberto HernandezJohn Hopkins University, Baltimore "Spiral feedback between computation and experiment at the nano-bio interface"



 Ki Tae Nam

Seoul National University, South Korea

“432 Symmetric Chiral Gold Nanopariticles directed by peptides”



Holger Lange

University of Hamburg 

"Optically-induced Dynamics in Nanoscale Metals"

16.12.2022Ilko Bald University of Potsdam "Selectivity, chirality and application of plasmon-induced chemical reactions "
Guillaume BaffouAix Marseille University, France"Thermoplasmonics for physics, chemistry and biology at the microscale" 



 at 4:15 pm in Building

25/F0.01 at UP


Stefanie Gräfe

Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena

"Plasmon-assisted catalysis - mechanistic aspects"


In the winter-semester 2021/22 the seminar will take place as a hybrid event every
second Friday at 12.15 in Room 28.0.102 and simultaneously via Zoom.

The link will be communicated via e-mail. Some speakers plan to come to Potsdam, others prefer to be only virtually present.

In this case there will be "public viewing" of the presentation on Campus Golm in Room 28.0.102.

Seminars & Workshops Winter Semester 2021/22

If not stated differently, the seminar starts at 12:15 (CEST).
Shifted starting times for speakers from the other side of the globe are indicated below.

ZOOM! starts
at  13.30 - 15.00
Renee FrontieraUniversity of Minnesota "Ultarfast SERS probes of plasmon-molecule interactions"

Zoom & Live 
Andrea Baldi  Vrije University of Amsterdam    “Plasmon-driven synthesis of nanomaterials”
10.12.2021Bill Barnes University of Exeter  “Linking molecules with light”
07.01.2022Renato Zenobi ETH Zurichtba
21.01.2022Emiliano Cortes LMU Munich"Plasmonic and photonic catalysis"
04.02.2022Pedro Camargo University of Helsinkitba
18.02.2022Carsten SönnichsenJohannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz"Plasmons for implantable sensors"


Seminar Schedule from 08.01. - 04.10. 2021

If not stated differently, the seminar starts at 12:15 (CEST).



Prof. Dr. Prashant JainUniversity of IllinoisPlasmonic Chemistry: Concepts and Controversies
22.01.2021Prof. Dr. Matias Bargheer                    University of PotsdamDiscussion the schedule of the research center
5.02.2021Prof. Dr. Ilko BaldUniversity of PotsdamPlasmon mediated bond cleavage in halogenated DNA
19.02.2021Prof. Dr. Jeremy BaumbergUniversity of CambridgeUsing light to watch molecule-metal interactions at the single bond level
5.03.2021Prof. Dr. Carsten HenkelUniversity of PotsdamAn optics view on plasmonic particles
19.03.2021Prof. Dr. Stefan MaierLudwigs-Maximilians-Universität, MunichLight harvesting and energy conversion with nanostructured metals and dielectric
16.04.2021Prof. Dr. Janina KneippHumboldt University, BerlinPlasmon-enhanced spectroscopy for monitoring plasmon-catalyzed reactions


Prof. Cyrille BoyerUniversity of New South Wales, AustraliaAdvancing Macromolecular Synthesis for 3D Printing and Surface Functionalization
21.05.2021Dr.Bartholomäus Pieber Max Planck Institute of Colloids
and Interfaces, Potsdam
An organic chemist's view on photocatalysis
28.05.2021Prof. Dr. Timothy NoëlUniversity of Amsterdam

Accelerating photocatalysis in continuous-flow reactors

11.06.2021Prof. Dr. Renske van der VeenUniversity of IllinoisElectrons and X-rays for Unraveling Atomic-Scale Dynamics in Light Energy Conversion


Prof. Dr. Katherine WilletsTemple University, Philadelphia

Measuring hot carriers in plasmonic nanoparticle electrod

09.07.2021Prof. Dr. Javier Aizpurua   Center for Materials Physics, San Sebastián   

Describing plasmon-enhanced molecular spectroscopy at the atomic scale           

20.08.2021Prof. Dr. Matias Bargheer                            University of Potsdam "Recent progress in understanding plasmon driven reactions: "hot" electrons and vibrations"
12:15 Uhr !
Dr. Claudia Pacholksi
         Evgenii Titov
University of Potsdam

"Tuneable metal/semiconductor hybrids for controlling plasmonic catalysis."
"Dynamics of Photoinduced Switching and Fragmentation of Molecules"

01.10.2021WORKSHOP University of Potsdam"Elementary Processes of Light-Driven Reactions at Nanoscale Metals"
WORKSHOP University of Potsdam"Elementary Processes of Light-Driven Reactions at Nanoscale Metals"