Univ.-Prof. Dr. Eleonora Hendrika Gertruda Mezger-Backus

Professur für Physikalische Chemie an der Fakultät für Chemie

Curriculum Vitae:

born 1978 in Beverwijk, the Netherlands
1996-2000 Master (Doctoraal) in Chemistry, final grade "cum laude, with distinction", Thesis in physical chemistry "Photoionization dynamics of the products of the photo-dissociation of 16 valence electron triatomics" University of Amsterdam, NL
2000-2005 Doctorate "Driving and probing surfaces with light", Chemistry Department, Leiden University, NL
2006-2008 Postdoc, NWO Talent stipend and University Zurich "Forschungskredit", "Molecular dynamics of small peptides and lipids with 1D and 2D ultrafast laser spectroscopies", Physical Chemistry Department, University of Zurich, CH
2008-2012 Senior postdoc, independent VENI fellowship, "Vibrational energy transport through model membrane systems", Research Institute AMOLF, Amsterdam, NL
2012-2014 Group leader, "Structure and dynamics of water at interfaces studied with multidimensional sum-frequency generation spectroscopy", Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
since 2014 Independent Minerva and ERC Starting Grant group leader, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
since 2017 Professor by special appointment, "Non-linear spectroscopy of surfaces and interfaces", Physics Department, University of Amsterdam, NL
since October 2018 Professor in Physical Chemistry, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Research Areas:

* Photocatalytic mechanism of water splitting on TiO2
* (Non-)equilibrium molecular scale water structure adjacent to mineral interfaces
* Energy transfer at electrolyte interfaces
* Surface melting of ice
* Development of vibrational spectroscopy