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Welcome Margaux

Margaux recently completed her PhD in Physical-Chemistry at the AFM-IR Lab at the Institute of Physical-Chemistry and Paris-Saclay University in France, under the supervision of Ariane Deniset-Besseau and Dominique Bazin. Her work focused on the characterization of biomineralized samples with AFM-IR, with a strong emphasis on methodology implementation and chemometrics. She is now joining the CAVS group as a postdoc within the Cluster of Excellence (CoE) “microbiomes drive planetary health” project. Her role within the project will consist of working alongside CoE scientists to help them chemically explore and understand their objects of interest at the nanoscale and to develop novel techniques for nanoscale IR spectroscopy.

Optica Congress in Vienna

Gustavo Lukasievicz from our research group attended the Optica congress (Optica High-Brightness Sources and Light Driven Interactions Congress). The event presented several topics related to the latest advances in mid-IR laser technologies. The section “Mid-Infrared Coherent Sources (MICS)” presented particularly interesting talks related to the topics of interest to the CAVS Research Group. Mid-IR spectra provide spectroscopic fingerprints of samples, which can be exploited for the identification and quantification of target analytes in many different application scenarios. High-brightness sources are key to develop new sensing schemes beyond current state of the art, such as our new approach of photothermal lens spectroscopy applied to the detection of water traces in organic solvents. 

Cool Takeaways 😎

  • Fresh insights on mid-IR to THz-tech advancements.
  • The impact of mid-IR sources on remote sensing and spectroscopy.
  • New connections with pulsed laser suppliers for upcoming research.

ICAVS12 – Krakau (PL)

Our research group attended the 12th International Conference on Advanced Vibrational Spectroscopy in the vibrating city of Krakow in Poland.

It was a well organized and scientifically fruitfull conference, where members of our group had the opportunity of presenting their ongoing research with oral- as well as poster presentations to an infrared spectroscopy affine audience.

With many new ideas and contacts the ICAVS 12 conference ended with a joint dinner in the famous salt mine in Krakow.

Evaluation – Science Days

The Science days event will take place at May 25 and 26, 2023 and is a crucial component of the evaluation process at the Technical Chemistry Faculty at TU Wien, designed to provide a formal platform for faculty groups to showcase their achievements and plans to the evaluation board and external experts.

This 2 day event will feature structured presentations by faculty group leaders and will offer a forum for commentary/questions by the International Advisory Board (IAB), Evaluation Board (EB), Teaching Advisory Board as well as the Faculty members.

The Science Days event will be held in a hybrid format, featuring live broadcasting of the group presentations to the broader audience (incl. the Faculty); as well as an integrated Zoom session for IAB members who cannot attend in person.  The Zoom link will be provided at the bottom of the page.

Each presenting group (out of 8 this year) will be allocated a one-hour time slot, which will include a 30-minute presentation and a 30-minute discussion period with both the in-room (i.e. boards) and online audience. Additionally, during the poster sessions, senior group members will present overview posters highlighting different areas of the group’s research. This part of the event will, however, be only available on-site.

More Informations about timeline and online participation Links:

Welcome Elizandra!

Elizandra Sehn obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from Universidade Estadual de Maringá in 2009. She is an Associate Professor at the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR). Starting from March 2023 till February 2024, she joins the CAVS group at TU Wien as Postdoctoral Researcher. She has experience in Photothermal Lens and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy applied in biological systems.

Welcome Gustavo!

Gustavo V. B. Lukasievicz received a B.Sc. (2009), a master’s degree (2011), and Ph.D. in Physics (2014) from Universidade Estadual de Maringá in Brazil. In July 2014, he took the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at the Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), Medianeira campus. He has experience in condensed matter physics, focusing on the theoretical and experimental development of photothermal techniques to study the thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of non-crystalline solids and liquids.

Starting from March 2023 till February 2024, he joined the CAVS group at TU Wien as Postdoctoral Researcher, working on photothermal effects in the Mid-Infrared Spectral Region.

Welcome Leopold!

Leopold has joined the CAVS group in February 2023. During his MSc, he focussed on analytical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, and high-performance computing. He brings three years of experience working as a software developer, having created GUIs, DAQ systems, and control firmware for IR spectrometers at his previous company.

At CAVS, he will start a PhD and continue to work on IR spectroscopy and data science to develop new ways of non-destructive chemical sensing and process control.

“I remember my first chemistry lecture when we were cautioned against Maslow’s Hammer: If you have no other tools, every problem looks like a nail.
Here at CAVS, every member brings a varied and rich set of tools, so we can find solutions that are both innovative and elegant.”

Thought Leader Award for Prof. Bernhard Lendl

Bernhard Lendl conducts research in the field of molecular spectroscopy with a focus on infrared and Raman spectroscopy. For his innovative work, he has now been awarded the “Thought Leader Award”, a prize for trailblazing science influencers.

Agilent’s criteria for awarding this prize are the international visibility and reputation of the award candidate, as well as groundbreaking preliminary work on an emerging topic.