Expertise in Research and Complementarity
The Göttingen team is led by Professor Jürgen Troe (JT). He
has wide experience in reaction kinetics in all areas, spectroscopy,
and photochemistry, both in experiment and theory. In addition, his
fields are laser technology, combustion, atmospheric chemistry and
setting up data bases for kinetics and spectroscopy. He has been a
professor for physical chemistry at the Swiss Federal Polytechnique at
Lausanne (Switzerland). Presently he is professor and director at the
Institute for Physical Chemistry of the University of Göttingen
and at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry at
Göttingen. He is chairman of the Laboratory for Laser Technology
at Göttingen. He has received two honorary doctorates (Bordeaux
and Karlsruhe), one honorary professorship (Lausanne), many awards such
as the Polanyi Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London), the
Bernard Lewis Gold Medal of the Combustion Institute (Pittsburgh), and
the Walther Nernst Medal of the Bunsengesellschaft (Frankfurt).
Göttingen is a well-known center of reaction kinetics. JT is
chairman of a center of excellence on ``unimolecular processes''
established by the German National Science Foundation. Göttingen
provides first-rate infrastructure as well as experimental and
theoretical know-how for all kinds of problems in reaction kinetics,
spectroscopy, molecular physics, laser technology, combustion,
atmospheric and astrophysicochemical kinetics. The team has been
active in several European collaborative research programs such as
several programs on Non-Nuclear Energy Research and Astrophysical
Chemistry. JT since long has been an active member of the former
CODATA/now IUPAC task group for the critical evaluation of kinetic and
spectroscopic data for atmospheric chemistry. He is also a member of
the former EU/now IUPAC task group for the critical evaluation of
kinetic data for combustion chemistry. The created data base is
generally accepted for modelling of atmospheric and combustion
Expertise in Training and Knowledge Transfer
The postdoctoral fellow (PDF) would either be employed in experimental
work with shock waves or laser photochemistry or would participate in
theoretical modelling of rate processes of astrophysicochemical
importance. Some help in critically evaluating rate data and setting up
reliable data bases for astrophysical chemistry may also be asked for.
The PDF will participate in the very active research activity within
the center of excellence and the activities around. Over the past
four years, JT has supervised about 20 students (2/3 M, 1/3 F) who have
finished their PhD. His groups at the University of Göttingen and
at the Max-Planck-Institute currently comprise about 40 PhD and
diploma students as well as about 10 postdoctoral coworkers.
Involvement of Key Scientific Staff.
||Data evaluation, theory
||Low temperature kinetics
|R. van Benten
||Low temperature kinetics
1. Statistical rate theory for
the HO + O HO HO + O reaction system: SACM/CT calculations
between 0 and 5000 K. L. B. Harding, A. I. Maergoiz, J. Troe and V.
G. Ushakov, J. Chem. Phys. 113, 11019-11034 (2000).
2. Experimental and theoretical study of the ion-molecule association
reaction NH + NH (+M) NH (+M). S.
Hamon, T. Speck, J. B. A. Mitchell, B. R. Rowe and J. Troe, J. Chem.
Phys. 117, 2557-2567 (2002).