Early Science Program (ESP)

The CMWS Early Science Program (ESP) was launched in 2019 supporting PhD projects in molecular water science between different CMWS partners. The program is jointly financed by DESY and CMWS partners with equal contributions. The scope of the ESP is to extend and further strengthen the common research activities within the CMWS. Presently, 6 active projects with ESP funding and 3 associated projects without ESP funding are running. A second call was launched in February 2020 and 10 new projects start within the year 2021.

Projects Phase 1

Unraveling the formation of economic Cu, Mo and W deposits in the Earth’s crust by hydrothermal supercritical hydrous fluids using in-situ X-ray Absorption and Fluorescence spectroscopy
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Universität Potsdam, DESY
Experimental investigation of the stability of Dense Hydrous Magnesium Silicate phases (DHMS) and the study of their physical properties across dehydration processes in the Earth mantle (V_1_3)
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ), DESY

Computation of water properties at high pressure and high temperature
Universität Rostock, DESY

Fragile to strong transitions in supercooled aqueous salt solutions
Stockholm University, DESY

The role of ice in making new molecules
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, DESY

Water in confined spaces – biomimetic artificial water-channels
Universität Hamburg, DESY

Behavior of hydrous minerals in the subduction oceanic sediment and crust and its influence on the water cycle of the Earth’s interior, using powder and single crystal diffraction and a heated DAC.
Yonsei University, University of Milan, DESY
X-ray absorption of small, mass-selected water cluster cations
Universität Hamburg, DESY

X-ray based studies of perovskite active states during (photo-) electrochemical water splitting
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, DESY

Projects Phase 2

Experimental studies of H2O-CH4 ices in mini-Neptune exoplanets at EuXFEL
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, DESY

Influence of nanohydration on the radiation induced fragmentation and denaturation of proteins and DNA strands
University of Caen Normandy, DESY

Interplay of slow dynamics and X-ray induced dynamics in amorphous ices: an X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy study
University of Padova, DESY

The Role of Water in Different Types of Hydrogels: How is Water Determining Functionality?
Universität Potsdam, DESY

Unraveling the first 50fs of water radiolysis in real-time: From ionization to charge-hole separation
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, DESY
Size-dependence of water-amphiphile interactions and their climate relevance.
University of Oulu, DESY
Time-resolved attosecond spectroscopy of electron dynamics in water clusters
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, DESY

In situ multidiagnostic characterisation of nano-confined water using NMR/DRS and X-RAY/DRS methods
KU Leuven, DESY

Fast and ultrafast dynamics of capillary waves at water Interfaces
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, DESY
Turning water into a glass: Ultrafast X-ray pulses to probe the structure of water during glass- and ice formation
Stockholm University, European XFEL, DESY