The Volkswagen Foundation's Freigeist (German for “free spirit”) Fellowship enables excellent young researchers with extraordinary and unconventional research foci to finance their own position as junior group leaders for a maximum of 5 or 6 years. Young research personalities who “explore new paths” should thus be able to pursue their scientific activities with a maximum degree of freedom.
Freigeist Fellowships at the MIN Faculty
Prof. Dr. Daria Gorelova (2019 - 2025)
The physicist Prof. Dr. Daria Gorelova studies in her project “Seeing excitons in motion” characterization possibilities of exciton dynamics with special x-ray light that can be generated by free-electron lasers, such as European XFEL in Hamburg.
Excitons are quasi-particles that describe a special state of electrons and are crucial for the photovoltaic effect as used by solar cells
She uses quantum-mechanical methods to investigate how ultrafast light pulses can measure excitonic motion on atomic scale.
The microscopic phenomena that Prof. Dr. Daria Gorelova studies can open up new prospectives for the field of renewable energies.
Recently expired Freigeist Fellowships
There are no recently expired Freigeist Fellowships at the MIN Faculty.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Kaufmann (2016 - 2021)
The new microscopy method combines super-resolution fluorescence microscopy with cryo-immobilisation (flash-freezing) of biological structures.
Through freezing, changes in the sample during the sample preparation can be avoided and the actual original state of the biological specimens can be viewed.
In order to be able to visualise these frozen samples optically, Prof. Dr. Kaufmann is developing a new super-resolution fluorescence microscope particularly for cryo-microscopy.
More information about the project and the group of Prof. Dr. Kaufmann: https://uhh.de/cryofm >