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Nicholas Engel

Joint Ultrafast Dynamics Laboratory in Solution and at Interfaces

Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie

Freie Universität Berlin

PhD Student

Arnimallee 14
Room -01.02.06
14195 Berlin

At JULiq, we are specialized in the investigation of liquids. I am currently bridging “structure” and “dynamics,” whereas the study of transition metal complexes in solutions is my main focus. These are often model systems and catalysts that function in solution.


By combining X-ray absorption and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (detection of photons), a detailed picture of the electronic structure can be obtained which is used to reveal the molecular orbital and geometric structure as well as interactions characteristic for liquids.


Using laser-generated pulses and detecting electrons, we can obtain complementary structural information of the valence. Additionally, by exploiting the pump-probe technique, we obtain detailed information on the (ultrafast) dynamics of the system, e.g., the population dynamics and life-times of excited states as well as charge-transfer dynamics.