Prof. Chergui is a pioneer in Ultrafast Spectroscopies and their applications to biosystems, molecular systems and materials. In particular, he initiated ultrafast X-ray spectroscopy which allows probing in “real-time” the evolution of molecular structure. He published over 330 articles, and has over 10 book chapters. He is the Editor-in-chief of “Structural Dynamics” (AIP Publishing). He received, among others, the Humboldt Research Award (2009), the Kuwait Prize for Physics (2010), The APS Plyler Prize (2015), the E. Stern Prize (2015) and is Fellow of the EPS, APS, OSA and the Royal society of Chemistry (UK).
Structural dynamics of biosystems, molecular systems and materials. Energy and electron transfer in biosystems. Light-induced spin, nuclear and electronic dynamics. Solar energy research. DNA, metallo proteins, transition metal complexes, transition metal oxides.
Ultrafast transient absorption optical to X-ray spectroscopy. Two-dimensional deep-UV and visible spectroscopy. Photoelectron spectroscopy. Ultrafast fluorescence spectroscopy.
Available equipment and techniques:
State-of the art 1 kHz and 20 kHz laser set ups for transient absorption and 2D spectroscopies. A facility (HARMONIUM) for ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopies applied to solids, liquids and gases. Time-resolved X-ray spectroscopies (absorption and emission).