Past Events

November 2017

  • Majed Chergui is the keynote speaker of the 78th “Sir Jesse Boot Lecture” at the University of Nottingham, where he will talk about “Ultrafast Chemical Dynamics in Solution: Optical and X-ray studies”.

October 2017

  • Thomas Rossi is awarded the Teaching Awards by the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Section for his assistantship in the course “Molecular Physics”. Congratulations Thomas!

September 2017

  • Majed Chergui is giving an Inaugural Visionary Lecture at the OSA Frontiers in Optics and Laser Science meeting (Washington DC, September 2017).

August 2017

  • A new method for probing interfacial electron injection is published in JACS and featured in the EPFL SB news and on

Edoardo Baldini, Tania Palmieri, Thomas Rossi,  Oppermann, Enrico Pomarico, Gerald Auböck, and Majed Chergui

“Interfacial Electron Injection Probed by a Substrate-Specific Excitonic Signature.”

JACS, web publication on August 1, 2017. 

July 2017

E. Baldini, A. Dominguez, L. Chiodo, E. Sheveleva, M. Yazdi-Rizi, C. Bernhard, A. Rubio, and M. Chergui.

“Anomalous anisotropic exciton temperature dependence in rutile TiO2.”

Physical Review B 96, 2017.

June 2017

May 2017

  • This month’s issue of CHIMIA is entirely dedicated to LACUS and features a collection of articles presenting the capabilities of this facility, incuding our Harmonium and LOUVRE laboratories.

April 2017

E. Baldini, L. Chiodo, A. Dominguez, M. Palummo, S. Moser, M. Yazdi-Rizi, G. Auböck, B.P.P. Mallett, H. Berger, A. Magrez, C. Bernhard, M. Grioni, A. Rubio, M. Chergui.

“Strongly bound excitons in anatase TiO2 single crystals and nanoparticles.”

Nature Communications 8(13), 2017.

January 2017

  • Congratulation to Dr. Fabio Santomauro for the public thesis defense.

Fabio G. Santomauro, Jakob Grilj, Lars Mewes, Georgian Nedelcu, Sergii YakuninThomas Rossiet al.

“Localized holes and delocalized electrons in photoexcited inorganic perovskites: Watching each atomic actor by picosecond X-ray absorption spectroscopy.”

Structural Dynamics 4, 2017.

  • Congratulation to Dr. Edoardo Baldini for your public PhD thesis defense!

December 2016

November 2016

  • Tania Palmieri is awarded the 1st prize for the “Flash Presentation” at the EPFL Photonics Day, for presenting the poster “Ultrafast exciton dynamics in CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystals” in 180 seconds. Well done!

Majed Chergui receives the 2015 Earle K.Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics

Majed Chergui with Marsha Lester, editor-in-chief, Journal of Chemical Physics and Samuel Aronson, président of the APS.

Majed Chergui receives the 2015 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy & Dynamics

“For developing new methods and redefining the boundaries of molecular spectroscopy through extending the temporal and spectral range, and for his pioneering work in ultrafast X-Ray spectroscopy for studies in solution and the solid state.”

Edoardo Baldini receives Best Graduate Student prize

Edoardo Baldini received a 2000 Euro prize as the best graduate student of the Academic Year 2011/2012 in terms of marks, number of months to complete the Master’s Degree and final Master’s Degree mark.

The Master’s Degree was in Electronic Engineering (curriculum of Quantum Electronics and Photonics)  “Linear and Nonlinear Optical Properties of Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Integrated Structures”. Supervisor: Dr. Ilaria Cristiani of the Quantum Electronics and Nonlinear Optics Laboratory.

Ultrafast Phenomena XVIII in Lausanne!

General Chairs:
Majed Chergui, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Antoinette Taylor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Programme Chairs:
Regina de Vivie-Riedle, Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
Steven Cundiff, NIST, USA
Kaoru Yamanouchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

More photographs of the conference:

Majed Chergui winner of Kuwait Prize 2009

Web site Kuwait prize

Professor Majed Chergui awarded a 2010 Humbold Research Award

Humbold Foundation