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Structural Dynamics Editors

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Marjed CherguiMajed Chergui – Editor-in-Chief

After studying in the United Kingdom and France, Majed moved to Berlin (Germany) in 1987 where he spent six years. In 1993, he was appointed full professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2003, he moved to his present position at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne where he is a Professor of Physics and Chemistry and head of the Laboratory of Ultrafast Spectroscopy.

Research Interests: His past and current research interests include the study of molecular structure and dynamics using cutting edge novel technologies, both lab-based and at large scale installations, such as synchrotrons and more recently, free electron lasers (FEL). He has pioneered ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy and more recently, ultrafast 2-dimensional spectroscopy in the ultraviolet spectral range.

Professional Activities and Awards: He was chairman of the European Science Foundation network on Ultrafast Structural Dynamics in Biology, Chemistry and Materials Science (2005 ) and Editor-in-chief of the journal Chemical Physics (Elsevier) until 2013. He has received a number of awards and prizes such as the Medal of the CNRS (France, 1987), the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (1987-1989), the Rammal Award (Euroscience Foundation, 2006), the Humboldt Research Prize (2010), and the Kuwait Prize for Physics (2010). In 2015 Prof. Chergui received the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics and he was elected a Fellow of the European Physical Society by his peers.


Thomas Elsässer – Associate Editor

After studying physics at the University of Heidelberg and the Technical University of Munich, Thomas received the Dr. rer. nat. degree in 1986. From 1986 until 1993, he worked as a research associate at the TU Munich. In 1990, he spent a postdoc period at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ and finished his habilitation in 1991. In 1993, he joined the newly established Max-Born-Institute as a director and received a joint appointment from Humboldt University in 1994.

Research interest: His research focuses on ultrafast processes in condensed matter. Main topics are multidimensional terahertz and vibrational spectroscopy of hydrogen bonds in liquids and macromolecules, ultrafast dynamics of low-energy excitations in bulk and nanostructured solids, and ultrafast structural dynamics of solids. He has pioneered femtosecond x-ray methods for mapping atomic and electronic charge motions in crystalline phases.

Professional activities and awards: Thomas has published more than 400 reviewed papers and has given some 280 invited talks. He has served as chair of several international conferences and as a Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He received a number of scientific prizes including the Rudolf Kaiser Prize 1991, the Otto Klung Prize 1995, and the Julius Springer Prize 2012. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America and received an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council in 2009.


Franz Pfeiffer – Associate Editor

After studying physics at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Franz completed his doctorate at Saarland University, conducting a number of experiments at major research facilities such as DESY in Hamburg. Franz carried out his post-doctoral research at the University of Illinois before joining the renowned Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. In 2007 he took up an assistant professorship at the ETH Lausanne, and in 2009 he was called to the Chair of Biomedical Physics at the Technical University of Munich, where he is currently leads a research group for biomedical x-ray imaging.

Research interest: X-ray microscopy, computed tomography, coherent x-ray diffraction and imaging, phase-retrieval and algorithms, biomedical imaging

Professional activities and awards: Franz has published more than 100 reviewed papers and has given numerous invited talks. He has received several prestigious research award, such as the Leibniz Price of the German Science Foundation and the National Latsis Award of Switzerland.


George N. Phillips, Jr. – Associate Editor

After completing his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University in the 1970’s, Dr. Phillips pursued postdoctoral training in the Structural Biology Laboratory at the Rosenstiel Center at Brandeis University. He served as Asst. Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by his return to Rice University in 1987 as Professor of Bichemistry. In 2000, he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but returned yet again to Rice University in 2012 as the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor in the Department of Biochemisty and Cell Biology and the Department of Chemistry.

Research Interests: Dr. Phillips’ research interests are centered on the relationship of structure and dynamics on the biological function of macromolecules and the development of new methods to study these relationships using both experimental and computational approaches.

Professional Activities and Awards: Dr. Phillips has been active in crystallography and structural biology in many ways. He has served on many advisory boards of organizations related to the study of structure and dynamics of proteins, and has also served as President of the American Crystallographic Association. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has deposited more than 350 entries to the Protein Data Bank and has over 250 refereed publications in journals ranging in scope from physics to chemistry to biochemistry to computer science and applied mathematics, not to mention crystallography.


Toshinori Suzuki – Associate Editor

Toshi received PhD degree in 1988 from Tohoku University in Japan. From 1988 to 1990, he worked as a research associate at the Institute for Molecular Science (IMS). Between 1990 and 1992, he became a JSPS fellow for research abroad and carried out research on molecular beam scattering at Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley. In 1992, he returned to Japan as an associate professor at IMS and Graduate University for Advanced Studies and started his experimental research group on chemical reaction dynamics. In 2001, He moved to RIKEN to be the director of Chemical Dynamics Laboratory. Since 2009, he has been a professor of chemistry at the Graduate School of Science of Kyoto University. He is also a visiting professor of Infrared Free Electron Laser Research Center of Tokyo University of Science.

Research Interests: Molecular beam scattering and ultrafast spectroscopies of chemical reaction dynamics in gas and liquid phases using table-top ultrafast lasers, synchrotron radiation and free electron lasers.

Professional Activities and Awards: He served as a president of the Japan Society for Molecular Science in 2010 – 2012. He is an editorial board member for Molecular Physics and the Journal of Chemical Physics. He received the Broida Award from the International Symposium on Free Radicals, IBM Japan Science Award, Japan Society for Promotion of Science Award, Commendation for Science and Technology by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan, and The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work.


Gwyn P. Williams – Associate Editor

Gwyn has spent all 42 years of his career using synchrotron radiation, first at Daresbury Lab in England, at Tantalus in Wisconsin, Brookhaven National Lab in New York, and, for the past 13 years, at Jefferson Lab. His work has been motivated by the development of these ultra-bright light sources as probes for materials science, and has focused in the past decade on Free-Electron Lasers.

Research Interests: Electronic structure and dynamics in solid materials and surfaces using THz, IR and VUV radiation from lasers and synchrotrons, including multiphoton pump-probe studies of relaxation mechanisms.

Professional Activities and Awards: Fellow of the American Physical Society. 1990 recipient of an R&D 100 Award for developing a wavefront dividing interferometer for use with spatially coherent light sources. For 25 years (1988 – 2013) was the North American Editor of Synchrotron Radiation News.


Linda Young – Associate Editor

After studying Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she obtained a S. B., Linda did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she obtained a Ph.D. in 1981. From 1981 until 1983, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. In 1983, she joined Argonne National Laboratory as an Assistant Physicist in the Physics Division. At Argonne she was named group leader of the Atomic Physics Group in 1994, in 2007 she was named an Argonne Distinguished Fellow. Since 2010, Linda has been the Director of the X-ray Science Division of the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne.

Research interest: Her current research focuses on ultrafast processes in isolated atoms and molecules in the gas and condensed phases. Main areas include quantitative understanding of ultraintense x-ray interactions with small quantum systems, control of inner-shell electron dynamics, multiphoton/nonlinear x-ray processes, laser control of molecular/nanoparticle alignment. She has pioneered the study of ultraintense x-ray interactions in atoms at FELs and microprobe laser-pump/x-ray probe techniques at high repetition rate at synchrotron sources.

Professional activities and awards: Linda is the current Chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (DAMOP) of the American Physical Society and has been a Distinguished Travelling Lecturer of the Division of Laser Science since 2007. She has chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first hard x-ray free electron laser, and serves on the SACs of DESY, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Advanced Light Source and the Synchrotron Radiation Center. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and has been a Visiting Fellow of JILA and is an Associate Editor of Applied Physics Letters.

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