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Prof. Dr. Peter Gilch

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Institut für Physikalische Chemie II

Prof. Dr. Peter Gilch

Peter Gilch, born 1970, studied chemistry at the University of Konstanz before receiving his PhD in 1999 from the Technical University Munich. He then joined the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich for his Habilitation (2004) at the Lehrstuhl für BioMolekulare Optik. Since 2009 he has been a professor for femtosecond spectroscopy at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf. From 2009 to 2014 he was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Heisenberg professorship).


Peter Gilch received a Kekulé scholarship of the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (1995–97) and the Albert-Weller-Award of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (1999).


Peter Gilch’s research group studies fast processes in photophysics, photochemistry and photobiology. The photophysical work focuses on fast spin-forbidden transitions. This interest led to the OLED work presented here. In photochemistry, complex light-induced re-arrangements, occurring for instance in nitroarenes, are scrutinized. Most of the photobiological work is related to UV-induced DNA damages. The group has further introduced a novel imaging technique, femtosecond stimulated Raman microscopy (FSRM).   


  • Transient absorption spectroscopy
  • Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy
  • Raman microscopy

Facts, background information, dossiers

  • biomolecular optics
  • femtosecond spectroscopy
  • photophysics
  • FSRM
  • OLEDs

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    Kristoffer Thom, born in 1993, studied chemistry at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, where he completed his bachelor thesis in the group of Rainer Weinkauf on mass spectrometry of peptides. For his master thesis he joined the group of Peter Gilch, investigating novel emitters for O ... more

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