Professor Christian Bressler

European XFEL, Hamburg, Germany

LECTURE: Femtosecond X-Ray Experiments for the Russian Scientific Community.


Christian Bressler studied Physics at the University of Heidelberg and obtained his diploma with a thesis on exotic atoms generated at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) near Oxford. He received his PhD under the supervision of Prof. N. Schwentnerat the Free University of Berlin in 1995, working on the spectroscopy and photomobility of matrix-isolated molecules and atoms with VUV synchrotron radiation at BESSY. In 1998, here located to the group of Prof. M. Chergui at the University of Lausanne where he worked on the implementation of ultrafast time-resolved structural dynamics at synchrotrons. In 2002, Christian Bressler became an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Lausanne, and since 2003, he has been an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Over the past 5 years Prof. Bressler has been working on time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy with synchrotron radiation (ESRF−Grenoble, ALS−Berkeley, and SLS−Villigen) and laboratory-based pulsed X-ray sources. His current research interests focus on the application of ultrafast structural methods to the understanding of fundamental chemical reactions in the condensed phase.He is currently a Leading scientist at the European XFEL and the head of its Femtosecond X-Ray Experiments (FXE) beamtime.