Colloquia
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2019-01-18
NANDA REA
2019-02-01
JUSTIN WARK
2019-03-01
GERD LEUCHS
2019-06-07
ALEXANDER GAETA
2019-07-05
PETRA SCHWILLE
2019-09-06
ANDREW CLELAND

Mapping Atomic Motions with Ultrabright Electrons: Fundamental Space-Time Limits to Imaging Chemistry

R. J. DWAYNE MILLER
April 5th, 2019 R. J. DWAYNE MILLER Director of the Atomically Resolved Dynamics Division The Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter and Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Distinguished Faculty Research Chair in Chemical and Biological Physics University Professor University of Toronto
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R. J. Dwayne Miller has published over 200 research articles, one book, and several reviews. He has pioneered the development of both coherent multidimensional spectroscopy methods, associated ultrafast laser technology, and introduced the concept of using ultrabright electron sources to probe structural dynamics. The electron sources developed by his group are sufficiently bright to literally light up atomic motions in real time. He and his group were the first to capture atomic motions during the defining moments of chemistry – to directly observe the very essence of chemistry. This work accomplished one of the dream experiments in science, to bring the chemists’ collective gedanken experiment of chemistry to direct observation. His research accomplishments have been recognized with an A.P. Sloan Fellowship, Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Presidential Young Investigator Award (USA), Polanyi Award, Rutherford Medal in Chemistry, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Medal, and numerous named lectureships. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the CIC, Fellow of the Optical Society of America, and distinguished University Professor at the University of Toronto. He recently received the E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, conferred by the American Chemical Society (2015), the Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016), and Doctorate of Science Degree (honoris causa) from the University of Waterloo (2017). He is also a strong advocate for science promotion. He earned the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (2011) for founding Science Rendezvous, the largest celebration of science (geographically at least) with over 300 events all across Canada, with new initiatives in the North, aimed to make science accessible to the general public. Abstract


Friday, April 5, 12:00. ICFO Auditorium