Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn

Curriculum vitae


Director at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany


Honorary Professor (Chemistry Dept.) University of Mainz


Extraordinary Professor (Physics Dept.) University of Amsterdam


Group Leader at FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics


Scientific Advisor at FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics ‘Rijnhuizen’


Associate professor (tenured) at Leiden University (Chemistry Dept.)


Assistant professor (fixed term) at Leiden University (Chemistry Dept.)

Research fields

Label-free (ultrafast) vibrational spectroscopy and microscopy of biomolecular systems and water in such systems, including model systems for biological membranes; Studies of carrier dynamics in photovoltaic building blocks.

Selected prizes

  • 2017 Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
  • Gold Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society (2009).
  • Personal Fellowship (’VICI’) from the Netherlands Scientific Organization (NWO) for research: "Biomolecular Dynamics in Membrane Models" finished 1st in national competition.
  • Personal Fellowship (’Vernieuwingsimpuls’) from NWO for research proposal entitled: "Ultrafast Studies of Chemical Reactions at Surfaces". Finished 1st in national competition.
  • Other prizes/awards include: Elected Member of ‘The Young Academy’ of the ’Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW), Amsterdam; Personal fellowship from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS); Fellowship from the ’Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences’ (KNAW); Award winner in the ’Promising young researchers’-contest of the Dutch Physical Society 1997; Marie-Curie Stipend; Alexander von Humboldt-Stipend.
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