CMWS Seminar

The CMWS Seminar is a lunch talk series on water-related science and technology. The aim of the series is to intensify the scientific exchange within the framework of the Center for Molecular Water Science CMWS. Currently the seminars take place every second Thursday at 12 pm.

Summer Semester 2022


7th of April, 2022

Simone Wiegand. (Forschungszentrum Jülich / Universität zu Köln)

Title: Thermophoresis as sensor for solute-water interactions

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21st of April, 2022

Alexander Schlaich. (Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science, University of Stuttgart)

Title: From interfaces to confinement - water's peculiar behavior on the nanoscale

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5th of May, 2022

Simone Techert. (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

Title: How hydrophilic are hydrophobic hydrogels from disordered proteins? - From phenomenological to (ultrafast) mechanistical studies

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19th of May, 2022

Bogdan Dereka. (University of Zürich)

Title: Mapping energy landscape of a hydrogen-mediated chemical bond with femtosecond 2D full Mid-IR spectroscopy

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23rd of June, 2022

Livia Bove. (University of Rome / Sorbonne University)

Title: New structures and exotic properties of ices and hydrates under planetary conditions

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7th of July, 2022

Ruth Signorell. (ETH Zürich)

Title: Water droplets: Electron scattering, hydrated electrons and mass transfer across the air-liquid interface

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Winter Semester 2021/2022


10th of February, 2022 at 5pm

Pablo G. Debenedetti. (Princeton University)

Title: The phase behavior of supercooled water: Recent computational results

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13th of January, 2022

Mathias Ernst. (Technische Universität Hamburg)

Title: Expanding removal potentials of porous polymer membranes for sustainable drinking water treatment?

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9th of December, 2021

Philip Ball. (Science Writer, London)

Title: What does water actually do in a cell?

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25th of November, 2021

Hannes Hoeppe. (University of Göttingen)

Title: X-ray Imaging of Cavitation Dynamics with Free-Electron Laser Pulses.

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11th of November, 2021

Richard J. Saykally. (University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Title: Probing Complex Interfaces.

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28th of October, 2021

Melanie Schnell. (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)

Title: Every water molecule counts - structural insights on microsolvation using rotational spectroscopy.

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14th of October, 2021

Simone Techert. (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY)

Title: How Hydrophilic are Hydrophobic Hydrogels from Disordered Proteins? – from Phenomenological to (Ultrafast) Mechanistical Studies.

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Summer Semester 2021 


8th of July, 2021

Ellen Backus. (Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Universität Wien and Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung, Mainz)

Title: The surface of ice, liquid water, and acidic water.

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24th of June, 2021

Lydéric Bocquet. (Micromégas team, Laboratoire de Physique Ecole Normale Supérieure and CNRS, Paris)

Title: Scale oddity of water transport in nanochannels.

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10th of June, 2021

Patrick Huber. (Hamburg University of Technology and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY)

Title: Water confined in nanopores: What do we know about it and what is it good for?

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27th of May, 2021

Felix Lehmkühler. (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY)

Title: Probing nanoscale dynamics with MHz repetition rates –superheating water above 170 °C. For a full abstract please click here.


  • A full compilation of the seminar series for the summer semester 2021 can be found here.