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Efficient pathways to neutralization and radical production enabled by environment

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 2˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 2˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-10-01   to  2021-09-30


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 Project objective

The relaxation of electronically excited systems like atoms and molecules embedded in environment is a key question in chemistry and photobiology and the underlying physical mechanisms have been widely studied. The applicant has predicted theoretically that there are two efficient electronic processes between a system and its neighbors even if the system itself is in its electronic ground state and does not have excess energy, making clear that an important gap exists in our current understanding of systems embedded in environment. There is extensive future potential in filling this gap and we aim at exploring and exploiting it in systems of physical, chemical, and biological interest. The discovered electron-transfer mediated decay (ETMD) [several variants of ETMD have been already verified experimentally] and intermolecular Coulombic electron capture (ICEC) mechanisms give rise to a plethora of surprising electronic phenomena relevant to many fields. In radiation damage, for instance, differently charged cations and electrons are produced by ionization and Auger processes, and ETMD and ICEC continue to be operative, neutralize cations and produce radicals in the environment also after the known mechanisms of radiation damage have ceased to operate. This leads to severe additional damage. Knowing the factors influencing the impact of ETMD and ICEC most, we can exploit this knowledge to be able to suppress or enhance this impact. Such a control is invaluable in many cases, may be even in radiation therapy. We are certain that the novel and fundamental ETMD and ICEC processes can be exploited to probe and control systems embedded in an environment. Such a breakthrough necessitates the advancement of current methodologies far beyond the state-of-the-art, and can only be achieved by the close collaboration of a highly motivated strong team of scientists over a long period of time. The support by the ERC will substantially contribute to the realization of this vision.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Aryya Ghosh, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Kirill Gokhberg
Electron transfer mediated decay in HeLi 2 cluster: Potential energy surfaces and decay widths
published pages: 164309, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.5082952
The Journal of Chemical Physics 150/16 2019-09-02
2018 Tsveta Miteva, Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi, Nicolas Sisourat, Christophe Nicolas, Wandared Pokapanich, Thanit Saisopa, Prayoon Songsiriritthigul, Yuttakarn Rattanachai, Andreas Dreuw, Jan Wenzel, Jérôme Palaudoux, Gunnar Öhrwall, Ralph Püttner, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Jean-Pascal Rueff, Denis Céolin
The All-Seeing Eye of Resonant Auger Electron Spectroscopy: A Study on Aqueous Solution Using Tender X-rays
published pages: 4457-4462, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b01783
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/15 2019-09-02
2017 Isaak Unger, Robert Seidel, Stephan Thürmer, Marvin N. Pohl, Emad F. Aziz, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Eva Muchová, Petr Slavíček, Bernd Winter, Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi
Observation of electron-transfer-mediated decay in aqueous solution
published pages: 708-714, ISSN: 1755-4330, DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2727
Nature Chemistry 9/7 2019-09-02
2018 Nicolas Sisourat, Tsveta Miteva, Jimena D. Gorfinkiel, Kirill Gokhberg, Lorenz S. Cederbaum
Interatomic Coulombic electron capture from first principles
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.98.020701
Physical Review A 98/2 2019-09-02
2018 Shenyue Xu, Dalong Guo, Xinwen Ma, Xiaolong Zhu, Wentian Feng, Shuncheng Yan, Dongmei Zhao, Yong Gao, Shaofeng Zhang, Xueguang Ren, Yongtao Zhao, Zhongfeng Xu, Alexander Dorn, Lorenz S. Cederbaum, Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi
Damaging Intermolecular Energy and Proton Transfer Processes in Alpha-Particle-Irradiated Hydrogen-Bonded Systems
published pages: 17023-17027, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201808898
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/52 2019-09-02
2019 Lorenz S. Cederbaum
Efficient non-resonant intermolecular vibrational energy transfer
published pages: 1950-1955, ISSN: 0026-8976, DOI: 10.1080/00268976.2018.1473654
Molecular Physics 117/15-16 2019-09-02
2019 Hironobu Fukuzawa, Tsukasa Takanashi, Edwin Kukk, Koji Motomura, Shin-ichi Wada, Kiyonobu Nagaya, Yuta Ito, Toshiyuki Nishiyama, Christophe Nicolas, Yoshiaki Kumagai, Denys Iablonskyi, Subhendu Mondal, Tetsuya Tachibana, Daehyun You, Syuhei Yamada, Yuta Sakakibara, Kazuki Asa, Yuhiro Sato, Tsukasa Sakai, Kenji Matsunami, Takayuki Umemoto, Kango Kariyazono, Shinji Kajimoto, Hikaru Sotome, Per Johns
Real-time observation of X-ray-induced intramolecular and interatomic electronic decay in CH2I2
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10060-z
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-09-02
2017 I. Unger, R. Seidel, S. Thürmer, M.N. Pohl, E.F. Aziz, L.S. Cederbaum, E. Muchová, P. Slavíček, B. Winter, and N.V. Kryzhevoi
Observation of electron-transfer-mediated decay in aqueous solution
published pages: , ISSN: 1755-4330, DOI:
Nature Chemistry 2019-06-14
2016 K. Nagaya, D. Iablonskyi, N. V. Golubev, K. Matsunami, H. Fukuzawa, K. Motomura, T. Nishiyama, T. Sakai, T. Tachibana, S. Mondal, S. Wada, K. C. Prince, C. Callegari, C. Miron, N. Saito, M. Yabashi, Ph. V. Demekhin, L. S. Cederbaum, A. I. Kuleff, M. Yao, and K. Ueda
Interatomic Coulombic decay cascades in multiply excited neon clusters
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI:
Nature Communications 2019-06-14
2016 A.C. LaForge, V. Stumpf, K. Gokhberg, J. von Vangerow, F. Stienkemeier, N.V. Kryzhevoi, P. O\'Keeffe, A. Ciavardini, S.R. Krishnan, M. Coreno, K.C. Prince, R. Richter, R. Moshammer, T. Pfeifer, L.S. Cederbaum, and M. Mudrich
Enhanced Ionization of Embedded Clusters by Electron-Transfer-Mediated Decay in Helium Nanodroplets
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI:
Physical Review Letters 2019-06-14
2017 D. You, H. Fukuzawa, Y. Sakakibara, T. Takanashi, Y. Ito, G. Maliyar, K. Motomura, K. Nagaya, T. Nishiyama, K. Asa, Y. Sato, N. Saito, M. Oura, M. Schöffler, G. Kastirke, U. Hergenhahn, V. Stumpf, K. Gohkberg, A. I. Kuleff, L. S. Cederbaum, and K. Ueda
Charge transfer to ground-state ions produces free electrons
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI:
Nature Communications 2019-06-14
2017 T. Takanashi, N. V. Golubev, H. Fukuzawa, K. Motomura, D. Iablonskyi, Y. Kumagai, S. Mondal, T. Tachibana, K. Nagaya, T. Nishiyama, K. Matsunami, P. Johnsson, P. Piseri, G. Sansone, A. Dubrouil, M. Reduzzi, P. Carpeggiani, C. Vozzi, M. Devetta, M. Negro, D. Faccialà, F. Calegari, A. Trabattoni, M. C. Castrovilli, Y. Ovcharenko, M. Mudrich, F. Stienkemeier, M. Coreno, M. Alagia, B. Schütte, N. Berrah, C. Callegari, O. Plekan, P. Finetti, C. Spezzani, E. Ferrari, E. Allaria, G. Penco, C. Serpico, G. De Ninno, B. Diviacco, S. Di Mitri, L. Giannessi, K. C. Prince, G. Jabbari, L. S. Cederbaum, Ph. V. Demekhin, A. I. Kuleff, and K. Ueda
Time-resolved observation of interatomic Coulombic decay induced by two-photon double excitation of Ne2
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI:
Physical Review Letters 2019-06-14

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