Prof. Dr. Jochen Küpper FRSC

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Group leader Controlled Molecule Imaging

Jochen Küpper (image)

Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)
Coherent Imaging Division
Notkestrasse 85, building 99, room 03.085
22607 Hamburg

Department of Physics and The Hamburg Center for Ultrafast Imaging (CUI)
University of Hamburg
Luruper Chaussee 149
22761 Hamburg

phone: +49-40-8998-6330
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  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014)
  • ERC Consolidator Grant COMOTION (2013)
  • Nernst-Haber-Bodenstein Prize of the German Bunsen Society for Physcial Chemistry (2009)
  • Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2001)
  • Rao Prize (2000)

Curriculum Vitae

  • Member of Scientific Board, DESY Photon Science (since 2013)
  • Research group leader at Center for Free-Electron Laser Science, DESY and
    Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, Germany (since 2010)
  • Habilitation: Manipulating the motion of neutral molecules (Dr. habil.), Department of Physics, Free University of Berlin, Germany (2009)
  • Group leader in the Department of Molecular Physics at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany (2004-2010)
  • PostDoc at the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics "Rijnhuizen" (Gerard Meijer), Nieuwegein, The Netherlands (2002-2003)
  • PostDoc in the Department of Chemistry (Roger E. Miller), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA (2001-2002)
  • Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (2000)
  • Research associate in the Institute for Physical Chemistry, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (1996-2000)
  • Diplom (Dipl. Chem.), Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany (1996)
  • Research associate in the Department of Chemistry (David W. Pratt), University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA (1995)

Academic services


  • Scientific journals: Angew. Chem., J. Chem. Phys., J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Nature Phys., New J. Phys., Phys. Rev. Lett., Rev. Sci. Instrum., Science, and many more
  • Funding organizations: AvH (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; including Humboldt Prizes), DFG (German Research Foundation, including Emmy Noether program), FWF (Austrian Science Fund), Minerva Foundation, NSF (National Science Foundation USA), SNF (Swiss National Science Foundation, including SNF Assistant Professorships), EU (including ARISTEIA, ERA-Chemistry), DOE (Department of Energy, USA), ACS PRF (Petroleum Research Fund), ...
  • Editorial board member of Dataset Papers in Physical Chemistry


  • Femtochemistry, 12-17. July 2015 in Hamburg (organizer)
  • Cold and Controlled Molecules with a first conference 14–19. September 2014 at Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland (co-initiator with E. Narevicius, A. Osterwalder, S. Willitsch of this new biannual conference series)
  • Faraday Discussions 171 "Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics" 9–11. July 2014, Sheffield, UK (co-organizer)
  • Bunsen-Tagung 29.4–1. May 2014 in Hamburg (co-organizer, with Horst Weller and Alf Mews)
  • Organization of more than ten special symposia at annual meetings of professional societies (DBG, DPG, APS)
  • Program committee member, chair person, and prize judge at various national and international conferences
  • Organization of the Karriereforum für den Hochschullehrernachwuchs at the Bunsen-Tagung 2008 in Saarbrücken, Germany and co-organization of the Karriereforum für den Hochschullehrernachwuchs at the Bunsen-Tagung 2009 in Cologne, Germany, including a panel discussion on the “Zukunft der Hochschule” at the Bunsen-Tagung 2009 in Cologne, Germany


  • Deutsche Bunsengesellschaft für Physikalische Chemie (DBG)
  • Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)
  • European Physical Society (EPS)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Deutsche Anwendervereinigung TeX (DANTE)
  • Deutscher Hochschulverband (DHV)


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Jochen Küpper
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The European Research Council (ERC) grant will support our research on control of complex molecules. [More]
18. June 2014
First Image of Super-Cooled Liquid Water (-46C)

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