Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn

Prof. Dr. Mischa Bonn

Main Research Fields

Label-free vibrational spectroscopy and microscopy of soft matter and biomolecular systems and water in such systems, including model systems for biological membranes; Surface dynamics: elucidating mechanism and timescales of molecular motion and energy transfer at surface and interfaces; Studies of carrier dynamics in organic semiconducting systems, nanocrystalline semiconductors and other photovoltaic building blocks and systems.

Scientific Career

Since 2010 Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research Mainz
Since 2005 Extraordinary Professor (Physics Dept.), University of Amsterdam
Since 2004 Group Leader at FOM-Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics
2003 - 2004 Associate Professor (tenured) at Leiden University (Chem. Dept.)
1999 - 2002 Assistant Professor (fixed term) at Leiden University (Chem. Dept.)
1998 - 2001 Postdoc at Columbia University, NY, USA
1997 - 1999 Postdoc at the Fritz Haber (Max Planck) Institute, Berlin, Germany
1993 - 1996 PhD in Physical Chemistry, AMOLF/University of Eindhoven
1989 - 1993 MSc in Physical Chemistry, University of Amsterdam

Scholarships, Awards and Honors

Since 2010 Program Director within National Initiative “Hightech Systems and Materials” (the Netherlands)
2010 Elected as one of 60 ‘Outstanding Young Scientists’ worldwide to attend and contribute to the World Economic Forum, Tianjin, China
2009 - 2010 Scientific Advisor of Alexander Pechtold, Chairman of the Dutch Democratic Party
2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society
2003 - 2011 Elected and twice re-elected Chair of the Scientific Counsel, FOM-Institute AMOLF
2007 Personal Fellowship (‘VICI’) from Dutch Science Foundation; finished 1st in 2007 national competition (perfect score)
2004 Elected Member of ‘The Young Academy’ of the ‘Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences‘ (KNAW), Amsterdam